Take Action on Local Return to #makeLAcity Streets Safe, Equitable, & Active

Today is Mobility Monday! Please take action today by emailing, tweeting, or sharing our social media to make sure that the Transportation Committee knows you want to #makeLAcity a safe place to bike and walk. Together we can eliminate traffic fatalities in Los Angeles!

 

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After taking action today for #MobilityMondayLA, join us on Wednesday, March 29, at 12:45 p.m. in L.A. City Hall Room 1010, when the Transportation Committee (T-Com) will discuss how to spend Measure M local return dollars. RSVP here.

Measure M ensures sustained funding for walking and biking projects in L.A. County, and sets aside local return money which cities can use to improve bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and much more.

The City of Los Angeles will soon receive about $50 million dollars annually from Measure M local return. We need you to tell City Council to spend that money on projects that create safer streets to achieve Vision Zero and prioritize transportation equity.

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LAFD Bike Medic Team

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Los Angeles is a city that offers many challenges to first responders.

Traffic, large crowds, and a variety of unpredictable situations can make reacting to emergencies in a timely fashion a great challenge.

One of the tools that has improved the Los Angeles Fire Department’s efficiency is the growth of its expanding bike team.

Responders can’t always get where they're needed with the size limitations of trucks and ambulances, meaning bicycles provide the perfect flexibility for tight situations.

Marathons, the Rose Parade, concerts, football and baseball games, LAX, parades, and open streets events like CicLAvia are examples of some of the places the LAFD Bike Medic Team is greatly suited for.

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Meet Colin Bogart, LACBC's Education Director & Team LACBC Member

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Photo by Serena Grace

If you've been following LACBC for a while, chances are that you might have met a familiar face that has been with this organization for years: Colin Bogart.

Colin is currently LACBC's Education Director, but his journey with LACBC involves many different responsibilities: He's been an LACBC volunteer, board member, and staffer with different titles.

In addition to being a current LACBC staffer, Colin is returning to Team LACBC for Climate Ride California this June for a second time. He shared a little bit about how he started riding a bike, why he's back for Climate Ride, and his not-so-secret radio past.

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St. Patrick's Day Ride 2017 Photo Gallery

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(photos by Dale Zapata) 

Last Friday, LACBC hosted our first St. Patrick's Day Lunch Ride to celebrate our Green on the Ground Week, where we've been telling the stories of green bike lanes across the county.

Our ride started at Pershing Square, wound through Downtown L.A. via the green bike lane on Spring St., and ended at Grand Hope Park for lunch.

Some of the participants decided to leave their own bikes at home as Metro provided free coupons to test out their Bike Share program.

Here are some photos of the ride taken by our super volunteer Dale Zapata:

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Green Bike Lanes Before and After

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(images from Google Maps)

Green is just another color, but when placed within the urban fabric it can change people's understanding of how a space is supposed to be used.

The streetscape is normally covered by a sea of lines that might be hard to decipher even when driving at just normal speeds, so the addition of green paint can help one easily distinguish space reserved for cyclists.

Thanks to the wonder of Google Maps, we're able to take a look back at before and after visuals to see how Green Bike Lanes can transform streets into a more navigable area that everyone can use.

Here are some other examples of how just a little bit of paint can make a world of difference.

 

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Green on the Ground: Sonora Ave in Glendale

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We're extending Green on the Ground Week in featuring green bike lanes and infrastructure across L.A. County. In a bonus feature, Ely Lester, a member of local chapter Walk Bike Glendale, writes about the green bike lanes on Sonora Avenue in Glendale, which connect to Riverside Drive by the L.A. River Bike Path.

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Green on the Ground: Reseda Blvd.

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It's Green on the Ground Week, and we're featuring green bike lanes and infrastructure across L.A. County. Today Kayla Kaiser, Founder and Board Member of Bikecar101, writes about the protected bike lanes as part of the L.A. Great Streets project along Reseda Blvd. in Northridge.

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Off the Chain With Tamika: Shining Lights, Going Green

Dear LACBC fam,

The weather is great! Daylight saving time is over and we wanted to share some news. Operation Firefly season just concluded last week  and it was more successful than ever! I was also just named to theMetro Policy Advisory Council and will be working with a group of amazing leaders on shaping the Measure M guidelines. Finally, we also wanted you to know that we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and green bike lanes tomorrow with a ride!

Let’s talk about making people safer as the ride at night! Every year we shine the bike light on those who need lights. Our data shows that most people we give lights to use bikes as their primary mode of transportation and don’t have lights because they can’t afford them. This was Operation Firefly’s fifth year and we exceeded our goal to provide bicycle lights and educational information to 3,000 people countywide, growing the program once again. Despite all the rain this year, we conducted 39 on-street distribution events which took place in 10 different cities and included over 150 Team Firefly volunteers.

We’re grateful to our Season Sponsor, AARP Los Angeles, as well as SoCalGas, the City of Long Beach, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and L.A. Council Members Bob Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, Jose Huizar, Nury Martinez, and Mitch O’Farrell. We can’t thank our volunteers enough for enduring all the scheduling and rescheduling due to weather and for showing up to staff the on-street distributions and be the human face of the program. We also partnered with 16 different community organizations to help with distribution, including Trust South LA, API Forward Movement (formerly APIOPA), Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Lamp Village, the Weingart Foundation, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, CICLE, Bike SGV, East LA College, the Bicycle Kitchen, the Bike Oven, theBikerowave, Ride On! Bike Co-op, and Bici Libre. Be on the lookout for an Operation Firefly summary of results in May.

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L.A. River Path Re-Opens in Elysian Valley Section

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 A map of the L.A. River was used at a community meeting about the L.A. River closure.

Last October, we reported that the Elysian Valley section of the L.A. River Path had been closed with little or no public notice by the Army Corps of Engineers. This week, we received notice that the non-native vegetation removal had been completed, and that the path has been re-opened!

This is a huge announcement for people who use the path to commute by bike, people that run or bike on the path for exercise, or community members who use the open space and need access to enjoy the L.A. River.

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Green on the Ground: Strathmore Linking UCLA

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It's Green on the Ground Week, and we're featuring green bike lanes and infrastructure across L.A. County. Today our volunteer and electric bike rider David writes about the green bike lanes on Strathmore covering the heart of UCLA's campus.

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