It’s #LACBCeverywhere for Earth Day

 

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Earth Day and cycling are a natural pair as the environment wins when more people take to bikes.

LACBC is naturally in demand across the county this time of year to show how pedal power isn’t just good for your lungs, but the air as well.

Here are some of the highlights from the past few days:

 

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Vision Zero Open Houses in South LA and Southeast LA

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With people dying at an alarming rate, we face a crisis in our streets in Los Angeles. This is particularly pronounced in the streets of South and Southeast Los Angeles where eleven people have already died this year due to traffic violence.

These deaths are preventable. After looking at crash data, the City of Los Angeles found that 65% of all deaths and severe injuries involving people walking occur on just 6% of our streets, including segments of Vermont, Central, and Hoover.

LACBC has been heavily involved in the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance (LA0) since its inception in the summer of 2015. The LA0 is a diverse coalition that advocates for the implementation of the City’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025.

 

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In February, LACBC wrote a response statement to the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, where we pointed out our concerns with its commitment to bicycle lane installation and prioritization of enforcement without addressing racial profiling.

LACBC maintains that the City cannot claim to be committed to equity unless it is willing to explicitly address race and racial VisionZeroSELA02.jpgprofiling. Sixteen out of the forty priority corridors identified in the High Injury Network are located in the South Los Angeles communities in Council Districts 8 and 9.

As the City of L.A. begins implementing its 2017 Vision Zero Action Plan, Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD 8) and Curren Price (CD 9) will be hosting open houses in South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles to discuss Vision Zero improvements planned for these Community Plan Areas.

These open houses are a great opportunity for community members to voice support, ask questions, and vocalize concerns to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the city council members. Spanish translation will be provided at all meetings.

Come help end traffic deaths in your community! All meetings will be an open house format, so drop by anytime between 6 - 9PM.

Southeast LA

  • Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m., Estelle Van Meter Center, 606 E. 76th St.
  • Tuesday, May 02, 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m., Fire Station 64, 10811 S. Main St.

South LA

  • Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m., Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave.
  • Thursday, June 01, 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m., EXPO Center / Roy Anderson Rec Center, 3980 Bill Robertson Ln.

Please attend these meetings and spread the word!


Action Alert! Call Councilmember Paul Krekorian to Show Support for Protected Bike Lanes on Lankershim

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Our Ride Lankershim campaign continues and we need your help. Call Councilmember Paul Krekorian today!

Last week, the Mid-Town NoHo Neighborhood Council voted, by a slim margin of 10 to 8, to oppose changes that would makeLankershim.jpg 
Lankershim a more bikeable, safer,  and more vibrant street. Today, we need you to call the Councilmember and let him know we are counting on him to make Lankershim a safer place to bike and walk.

Call him at one or both of his offices between 9:00am and 5:00pm:

North Hollywood Office: (818) 755-7676

City Hall Office: (213) 473-7002

Here’s what you can say when you call:

Hi, my name is _______ and I (pick one or more): live / work / commute / shop in the North Hollywood Arts District area. I support the traffic calming measures and protected bike lanes in the Great Streets proposal and to make Lankershim a more walkable and bikeable street. 

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Take Action NOW for a Safer Lankershim

 

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Last night, the Mid-Town NoHo Neighborhood Council voted, by a slim margin of 10 to 8, to oppose changes on Lankershim between Magnolia Blvd and Vanowen Street that would include:

  • Reducing travel lanes to improve safety

  • Improving bike and pedestrian connections

  • Calmer traffic for a safer drive, walk, and ride

  • Trees, landscaping, and green infrastructure

Thanks to our members, we had a strong showing at the meeting with community members and advocates stressing the need for a Lankershim that prioritizes biking and walking and a more vibrant community. Despite the vote, we want to carry the momentum from last night and keep pushing for this change. The vote is just a recommendation, but a final decision has yet to be made by the City on the project.

Now, more than ever, we need your help to ensure Councilmember Paul Krekorian approves this plan and makes Lankershim safer for all road users.

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Report What You See on the Road

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No cyclist wants to be put into the position needing to report a crime.

Being verbally or physically threatened is already a stressful experience to deal with on its own.

Reporting the incident might not seem like a priority at the moment, but taking action, even if you have little information, can make an impact. Here is one such example where reporting a crime made a difference.

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Support Proposed Protected Bike Lanes on Lankershim Blvd!

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LACBC has been working on getting bike lanes on Lankershim Blvd., a major commercial corridor, transit hub, and cultural center of NoHo Arts District, and our hard work has paid off.

For years LACBC has been actively promoting and engaging the public about the benefits of installing bike lanes on Lankershim Blvd. Since 2012 we have led two bike rides that drew over 100 people each, conducted over a dozen tabling events at the North Hollywood station and Farmer’s Market, hosted events on Lankershim and distributed bike lights to commuters who were not visible at night through our Operation Firefly program.

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#makeLACity: Transportation Committee Votes for Vision Zero & Active Transportation in Local Return

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Yesterday the City of Los Angeles took an important step in making the award-winning vision of the Mobility Plan 2035 and Mayor Garcettii’s Vision Zero directive realities. The Transportation Committee's 3-2 vote to allocate 60% of local return to Vision Zero funding, 10% to bike infrastructure, 10% to sidewalk repair and reconstruction, and 20% to median island and curb extension improvements marks a positive step forward for active transportation advocates.

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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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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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