Take Action with LACBC: Support Safe Streets on the Westside

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Street safety projects on the Westside have come under attack. If opposition to safe streets succeeds in getting these projects removed, it could stifle similar projects across the city.

Here at LACBC we know that even the best drivers can make mistakes on dangerous streets. LA is one of the deadliest cities in our country for all road users--especially the most vulnerable such as children, older adults, pedestrians, cyclists, low-income commuters, and commuters of color. Street safety improvements are critical strategies to solve this public health crisis.

LADOT, informed by community engagement, used internationally proven and evidence-based methods to design the new street safety improvements on the Westside, including the Mar Vista Great Streets Project and the Safe Streets for Playa Del Rey Initiative.

Some drivers using these corridors have grown impatient because they are unable to travel at the same unsafe high speeds as they previously could. However, LADOT continues working to improve the synchronization of signal lights to help improve traffic flow, while also keeping streets safe for all who use the corridor throughout their day, including drivers.

Despite the great public benefit, these projects unfortunately have come under attack amid a flurry of misinformation being circulated about the projects. There is some concern that they will be removed, but there are actions you can take to make sure that the streets are safer for the communities of Mar Vista and Playa Del Rey.

 

Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative

The Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative began in 2015 with an extensive community outreach process facilitated by Councilmember Mike Bonin and the city-wide Great Streets Initiative. The primary goal is to make Venice Blvd. safer for all road users who travel the corridor, as well as to support local businesses.

Venice Blvd. is part of LA’s Vision Zero High Injury Network (HIN), meaning the street has a higher rate of injuries and deaths compared to others in L.A. Since 2011, there have been 48 cyclists and pedestrians injured from crashes in this particular corridor.

In May the City installed four new pedestrian crossings, protected and buffered bike lanes, and improvements at existing signalized intersections--all with the goal of reducing injuries and deaths. The project runs about .8 miles from Inglewood Blvd. to Beethoven St.

 

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Playa Del Rey Street Safety Initiative

The Playa Del Rey projects came from community interest in improving street safety and making Playa del Rey a more livable beach community for all of its residents. After two and a half years of community outreach and engagement, the community opted to install lane restriping as a pilot project, which it will continue to evaluate over the next year. According to LADOT, from 2003 - 2016, Culver Blvd. had 84 serious injury crashes and 6 deaths; Jefferson Blvd. had 96 serious injury crashes and 2 deaths; and Pershing Dr had 64 serious injury crashes.

The boundaries of each project are Culver Blvd. between Vista Del Mar and Jefferson Blvd.; Jefferson Blvd. between Culver Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd.; and Pershing Dr. between Cabora Dr. and Westchester Pkwy. Each of these streets were re-striped to calm traffic and slow vehicle speeds as cars drive through the Playa del Rey neighborhood. Each also includes added buffered bicycle lanes that will create safe routes for people on bikes to connect to destinations on Westchester Pkwy., Lincoln Blvd., and Dockweiler State Beach bike path.

 

 

Vista Del Mar

A separate but related project on Vista Del Mar was urgently developed--with an unfortunately a rushed community outreach process--in response to dangerous levels of speeding, a pattern of tragic crashes that resulted in serious injuries and death, and a $9.5 million wrongful death lawsuit that was settled in April of this year. The suit came in response to the tragic death of 16-year old Naomi Larsen, who was fatally struck by a car while trying to cross the street after attending a bonfire at Dockweiler with her friends.

From 2003 - 2016, there were 210 traffic collisions on Vista Del Mar, including 5 deaths. To address the dangerous design of this street before the summer beach crowds started flooding in, LADOT began working on May 21 to move all parking to the west side of the street only (parking had to remain on the street due to California Coastal Commission regulations), create U-turn pockets, and narrow the road to one lane in each direction. This project does not include a bike lane. The project runs from Imperial Hwy. to Culver Blvd.

 

Want to take action?

Help make sure these street safety projects are a success and show your support by:

ATTENDING one of the upcoming meetings. Don’t forget to share on social media if you show up!

Venice Neighborhood Council meeting
When: Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
Where: Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, 90291
The board will consider a motion to host a town hall with Councilmember Bonin.

Venice Blvd Great Streets Town Hall
When: 
Saturday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
Where:Windward School Gym, 11350 Palms Blvd., Mar Vista, 90066
Speak directly with LADOT staff about the project!

Playa del Rey Street Safety Projects Town Hall
When: 
Saturday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
Where: Roski Dining Hall, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, 90045 
Speak directly with LADOT staff about the project!

 

SHARING on social media! Tweet and post photos of your ride through Venice, Jefferson, and Culver Boulevards, and Pershing Drive on the new bike lanes! Use #SaferVeniceBlvd, #SaferJeffersonBlvd#SaferCulverBlvd#SaferPershingDr, and #SaferWestside to share your message with fellow safe streets advocates. 

SUPPORTING all of LACBC's work on advocating for safer streets by becoming a member, renewing your membership, or making a donation.

EMAILING the Mar Vista Community Council and Venice Neighborhood Council TODAY to show your support for street safety improvements on Venice Blvd. See sample email below.

 

SAMPLE EMAIL:

To: MVCC@EmpowerLA.org, VeniceNC@EmpowerLA.org

CC: councilmember.bonin@lacity.org

BCC: lyndsey@la-bike.org

 

RE: Support for Venice Blvd Great Streets Safety Improvements

Dear Members of the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council:

I strongly encourage the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council to continue supporting the project on Venice Blvd. as part of the Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative. This recently installed project has come under attack, much of it being fueled by misinformation. Impatience of drivers shouldn’t stop the community  from building safer streets and more vibrant neighborhoods. These safety improvements will prevent future injuries and can save lives. 

As a [student, older adult, mom, cyclist, person with a disability, business owner, etc], I firmly support the street safety improvements on Venice Blvd. This project was designed through community dialogue throughout a yearlong open process and is meant to make all residents and visitors safer. Similar to how the farmers market has improved our community, we believe the “small town feel” of this Great Streets initiative will do the same for Mar Vista and will further improve community culture.

We must continue to improve our streets with rigorous and informed evaluations, and I urge you to remain committed to creating vibrant and safer streets in Mar Vista.

 

Sincerely,

 

[Your name]

[Your address]

 


This article was produced in collaboration with Dayna Galbreath from Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) and other partners.

 


Thank you for another sucessful #LARiverRide! What's next?

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Thank you so much for attending the 17th Annual L.A. River Ride! Over 1,500 riders of all ages and 300 volunteers participated in the L.A. River Ride this year. We hope you had a great time with your friends and family. It’s been already two weeks since the event and we wanted to catch up with you on a few things.

You’re now a proud member of LACBC!
(Or your membership is renewed!)

Did you know that your registration comes with a 1-year LACBC membership? You’re now an LACBC member! Or your annual membership has been renewed as of June 4th if you were already a member, which means your new 1 year membership will begin at June 5th, 2017.

LACBC is a membership-based organization and we rely on your support to make Los Angeles County a better place to bike. Your membership benefit includes: 

  • A team of bike advocates working for you
  • Being a part of the bike movement
  • Discounts with our participating business partners
  • Discounts on rides, workshops, and special events
  • Invitations to members-only rides and events, such as Sunday Funday rides on every First Sunday!
  • Representation at the local level through our local chapters, which you can join at no extra cost
  • Representation at the state level through our affiliate partner at CalBike.
  • Weekly newsletters delivered to you every Thursday that includes bike events, education programs, advocacy news, and more on #BikeLA

**If you recently got an email from us saying that your membership has expired, we apologize for the mix up. We’re in the process of updating our membership rolls with River Ride registrations.. You’ll be getting a membership card and a membership packet from us early July so look out for your mail! Thank you for your patience and welcome to the LACBC family!

 

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Are you excited to check out professional photos from the event? Serena from Serena Grace Photo (Autry) and Alan Crawford from AC Digital Media (Long Beach) took really great photos of you at our two hubs. Check out their photos and tag yourself on this Facebook Album.

PhotoCrazy also took photos of you on the L.A. River Path at the Fletcher Ave, about 3 miles from the Start/Finish at Griffith Park. You can purchase high resolution photos from their website here. Thank you PhotoCrazy.com for awesome photos! 

We <3 seeing your photos #LARiverRide!

 We put together a Storify board that shows all the social love from you guys! If you have posted your photos or stories on Instagram or Twitter with #LARiverRide, you’ll see them on the board. Check out what riders loved about #LARiverRide and share yours with a hashtag#LARiverRide and #LACBC! We would still love to see more photos from you!

 

What’s next?

So you’ve done the LA River Ride. Let’s keep in touch!

 

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Measure M Guidelines - SPEAK UP on how transportation dollars should be spent in your community!

The Metro Board has been developing guidelines on how to spend Measure M funding in your city and across the County. Measure M is a county-wide ballot initiative passed last November to fund transportation projects. Thursday, June 22, the Metro Board is scheduled to adopt the Measure M Guidelines. 

LACBC, in partnership with many other transportation, safety, equity, and housing advocates, has been urging the Metro Board to support key amendments to improve the proposed guidelines. These include (but not limited to):

  • Ensure that highway subfunds can be used for planning and building bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Require that Measure M funds align with state climate goals, help achieve vehicle miles traveled reduction targets, reduce burdens on disadvantaged communities, and improve safety--especially for the most vulnerable road users.  

Good news! Metro Board Members Garcia, Bonin, Solis, and Hahn have recently proposed a motion that does just that! If passed, this motion would allow “Operational Improvements” for Highway Subfund Projects to include active transportation, Complete Streets, and Innovative Mobility Transportation projects. It also replaces references to Level of Service (LOS) with Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).

 

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LACBC Board President Bids Tamika Farewell

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Dear LACBC Family,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, I’d like to ask you to join me in expressing our profound gratitude to Tamika Butler, our Executive Director, for her leadership of LACBC during her nearly three year tenure. Tamika has decided to pursue other opportunities and will be stepping down as Executive Director effective on July 14, 2017. 

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In 2016, Tamika and LACBC, played a key role in the Yes on M campaign – successfully leading to the passage of Measure M – securing, for the first time, a dedicated source of funding for Active Transportation in Los Angeles County. Additionally, having just completed the 17th Annual River Ride, and after 17 years of advocacy, we can celebrate that we will finally see the gap on the LA River Bike Path closed through Measure M funding.

The declaration of Los Angeles as a Vision Zero city means Tamika’s legacy of ensuring all residents of LA County have access to safe cycling infrastructure will be memorialized in the concrete and steel of improving and expanding active transportation infrastructure. While the hard work of implementation and holding elected officials accountable remains, the prioritization of a high injury network means low-income communities and communities of color that have historically been disproportionately affected by traffic violence will finally see real investments in safety and active transportation infrastructure.

Tamika is leaving the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition primed for continued growth and success, which speaks volumes not only to her own leadership, but also to the team and culture she cultivated during her tenure. While we wish her success in all her endeavors, we must now turn to the future of our organization to ensure what has been gained under Tamika’s leadership is not lost. The board will be identifying an interim Executive Director in the coming weeks, and launching a full, national search to attract a strong applicant pool for our next Executive Director. We’re asking members and supporters of LACBC, community partners, and funders to take a moment and encourage anyone you may know that may be interested to apply.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary in 2018, and we’ll continue to fulfill our mission of making Los Angeles County a fun, healthy, and safe place to ride a bike. We’re better positioned now to achieve that mission than ever before, and that’s in no small part due to Tamika’s tenure as Executive Director. We wish her well.

Sincerely,

Doug John

President, Board of Directors

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

 


Off the Chain with Tamika: Tamika Rides On

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Dear LACBC fam,

This is the hardest Off the Chain I’ve had to write in my nearly three year tenure at the organization as I announce that I’ll be leaving LACBC on July 14th. Leaving is truly one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. Ultimately, I had to do what was best for my family and I have an incredible opportunity at a new organization that is going to help me continue to grow as an Executive Director and leader. 

When I rode my bike to the LACBC Spring Street office in December of 2014, I never imagined how much I would grow as a leader and person with this organization. Like any epic ride, my time at LACBC has been full of hard climbs, exhilarating views, and plenty of tears and laughs with all of you.

LACBC was already a phenomenal organization when I got here, but during my time here, we have become even stronger, and that is because of all of you!  Our members, volunteers, and staff are the core of what we do at this organization. You are the backbone to our successes. You are the people we do this work for and that encourage us to keep fighting to make LA a healthy, fun, and safe place for all people who ride here.  Here are a few highlights of what the LACBC team has accomplished together:

  • L.A. becomes a Vision Zero City: The City of Los Angeles became a Vision Zero city. As other cities around the county look to adopt Vision Zero policies, LACBC has been a leading advocate in this work. We have stressed the need for Vision Zero to save lives, but also value lives and consider issues such as gentrification, displacement, and racial profiling as cities look towards utilizing enforcement strategies. LACBC has been viewed as a national expert on this topic and our intersectional approach to Vision Zero has been seen as a national model.

  • Measure M passes: Last November, L.A. County residents overwhelmingly voted to pass Measure M, which provides approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects, including at least $4 billion for active transportation. Not only is this funding important to complete biking and walking projects, but working on the campaign was a true collaboration between organizations and groups with different missions. This campaign required strategic organizing and thoughtful storytelling. LACBC was at the forefront of this campaign with our partners and were a critical player in its passage. We also stood boldly and honestly in calling it a sales tax and continuing our fight post-passage to ensure that the low-income communities and communities of color most often negatively impacted by infrastructure aren’t afterthoughts as the county looks towards implementation. Our seat on the Metro Measure M Policy Advisory Committee solidifies our position as we continue to influence the shaping of Metro’s work and vision as they plan the future of the county.

  • Operation Firefly expands: Since 2012, LACBC’s Operation Firefly program has been helping people bike more safely at night by distributing bike lights and handing out safety information, and this program has grown tremendously. During my tenure we had an over 160% increase in the number of lights dispersed, including over 3000 lights this last season. In our continued effort to serve all people who bike, our youngest light recipient was 2 and our oldest recipient was 85.

  • LACBC in schools: In the largest grants awarded to LACBC in our history, we have developed an education model that will incorporate bicycle education classes into more than 30 LAUSD schools. We’ll be training PE teachers how to teach bicycle education classes to their students, allowing our work to ignite a new generation of people who bike and creating an education model that will live on from year to year as we reach thousands of students. We have prioritized schools serving low-income communities and communities of color as our commitment to equity has been the driving principle in reaching neighborhoods that were historically neglected by our work and other transportation improvements.

  • Bike share debuts across the county: Santa Monica led LA County with the first bike share program, Breeze Bike Share, last fall.Since then, other areas have followed: Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Downtown LA, and West Hollywood. We’ve been on the frontlines working with Metro and Multicultural Communities for Mobility as we looked to make bike share more equitable as it grows throughout the county.

  • Internal sustainability and chapter growth: Behind the scenes, we’ve grown the budget, we’ve grown our membership, we’ve expanded our reach, and we’ve increased our professionalism. A major part of doing this was expanding our chapter system which now includes 13 local chapters of our most committed members throughout the county. They lead the work from the ground and have been a key part in pushing us to be better. We’ve done all of that while making the team stronger, providing better pay and benefits for the staff, investing in the professional development of our team, and having a ton of FUN!

  • Continued expansion of our events for all riders: Whether it was a fancy gala, a ride spanning the state to fight climate change, the historical LA River Ride, or a Sunday Funday exploration of a new neighborhood. We continued to offer a variety of events that cater to all experience levels and all ages. We have these events not just to raise money (though throughout my tenure, our fundraising from these events grew), but to primarily build community. These events are about having fun, experiencing the diversity of our county and membership, and making new friends!

  • Meeting you all: From LA River Ride to meetings to conferences to Sunday Funday rides, I have loved connecting with so many of you in person and hearing about what is important to you. We don’t always agree, but we all want to make LA better. I’ve been energized by that and am more committed than ever to serving others in the furtherance of that goal.

  • LACBC’s recognition as a national leader: During my tenure, LACBC has been recognized as a national leader on a number of issues. In particular, as part of our mission to make LA a healthy, fun, and safe place for all people who ride here, we’ve pushed people to consider voices that have historically been silenced. As our national presence and visibility rose, many people right here in LA didn’t understand why we were talking about things like race, inequity, housing unaffordability, police, or social injustice. Often times when you’re leading the way, people on the sidelines question what you do because they don’t yet understand what it is, why it’s important, or that you’re changing the game. We at LACBC have been part of changing the game. We know that we’ve only been able to do this because of all the leaders (predominately women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks) in our community and across the country who paved the way. Many of these leading individuals did this at the expense of their own well-being while being minimized and tokenized by the broader movement. We thank those people. We’re happy to join the fight and we will continue to do this work, even after my departure. It’s now essential to the LACBC culture and all that we do. We know that everyone may not understand, but we hope that one day everyone will. When they’re ready, we’ll still be here, leading the way.

These are just a few of the things this amazing team has accomplished, and LACBC isn’t done. The vision of the organization is to continue centering the voices of all people who bike in Los Angeles County and to do our work with an intersectional social justice lens. At LACBC we don’t always do what’s popular. We do what’s right. We do what’s inclusive. We do what is going to best fulfill our mission to represent all people who are biking in their communities. Our work is about people, not just bikes. We’re going to keep this vision and this commitment. The next chapter of LACBC is going to be the best chapter yet. I can’t wait to see what’s next! 

This experience has forever changed me and I want to thank each and every one of you who has supported me and pushed me to be better. For now, we still have work to do, so I need to get back to it!

Ride On,

t 

p.s. Feel free to reach out before I leave, I’d love to see you! Stay tuned to the newsletter for updates on the ED search. I’ll also be announcing my new landing spot shortly.

 


LACBC's Response to Great Streets Lankershim Not Going Forward

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We are deeply disappointed by Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s decision Friday to take the Lankershim Boulevard Great Streets Initiative “back to the drawing board” due to what he calls inadequate public outreach. However, this is far from the truth. The Mayor’s Great Streets team and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) have done extensive outreach since 2014, from numerous community meetings, design charrettes, community surveys, and pop up events, in order to better understand the needs and desires of the community and integrate it into a plan that would make the corridor safer for all people traveling by car, bike, foot, or transit and improve businesses through beautification enhancements.

We firmly believe that this is not an approach that is consistent with Vision Zero’s goal of saving lives.  Want to help? Join us in calling Councilmember Krekorian (818-755-7676) and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (213-972-8470) today to tell them you don’t think this project needs to go back to the drawing board.

Lankershim Boulevard (between Magnolia Blvd and Vanowen Street), a Vision Zero Corridor, is listed as one of the most dangerous corridors to navigate as it has a high number of collisions that have occurred as a result of being a wide street with inadequate infrastructure for people who walk and people who bike. According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, from 2009 - 2014 there have been 54 pedestrian / bicyclists collisions and 88 vehicle-to-vehicle collisions on this one portion of Lankershim Boulevard. Up until last Friday, there was a well-vetted plan by the community that would have provided safety and mobility improvements to the corridor. We need your help to put this plan back on track!

 

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LACBC testing out Protected Bike Lanes on Lankershim for the Great Streets Pop-Up

 

LACBC has been working on improving safety on Lankershim Boulevard for years.  We have actively been listening to residents’ concerns which has helped inform our position. We’ve integrated the feedback we’ve received into our engagement and educated the public about the benefits of installing bike lanes on Lankershim Boulevard since 2012. To better connect with residents and develop community supported solutions we have led multiple bike rides that have drawn over 100 people each, conducted over a dozen tabling events at the North Hollywood station and Farmers Market, hosted events on Lankershim and distributed bike lights to commuters who were not visible at night through our Operation Firefly program. Through our outreach, we have collected signatures of over 2,000 local stakeholders and over 30 businesses who support installing bike lanes on Lankershim. What LACBC found was that the community’s support for the proposed improvements, such as a protected bike lane, has been overwhelming.

Due to the great amount of community outreach that has been done on Lankershim Boulevard over the past five years by LACBC, the Mayor’s Great Streets Team and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation we do not believe that taking this project “back to the drawing” board will yield a solution that will truly enhance the safety of all people traveling through or to the corridor. However, the planning and transportation engineering research shows that for this particular type of corridor, collision reductions for people on bike, foot, or in a car cannot happen unless car speeds are slowed and that some space on a very wide street is used for facilities such as bike lanes and other speed reduction elements. Minor changes to the corridor that do not reduce the speed of vehicles or adequately provide for infrastructure that improves the safety of people biking or walking, such as façade improvements or other corridor beautification enhancements, would not be meeting the goals of Vision Zero and should not be eligible for this funding. 

Many residents are supportive of the changes the City was planning in this dangerous corridor, which were originally set to completed by 2018, that included the following:

  • 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

These proposed improvements could have had serious benefits for residents, visitors, and businesses alike. According to LADOT, new protected bike lanes on Lankershim could reduce injuries by 28% and increase retail sales by 9%. Additionally, slower travel time that would only add 36 seconds to someone traveling through the corridor by car could dramatically increase the survival rate of someone getting hit by a vehicle from 10% to 80%.

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The community has been thoroughly engaged and many residents and business owners support the improvements. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Great Streets Initiative has dedicated staff time and resources to develop and design a corridor plan to significantly improve Lankershim Boulevard. The City has also dedicated funds to implement this plan and have it completed in 2018. However, what is lacking is political leadership and will. Lankershim Boulevard will continue to be one of the City’s most dangerous corridors if the lack of political support continues to block meaningful progress.

Join us in calling Councilmember Krekorian (818-755-7676) and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (213-972-8470) today to tell them: 

  • You do not want this project to go back to the drawing board;

  • You support the proposed improvements for Lankershim Boulevard; and

  • You would like to see the current proposed plan implemented by no later than 2018.

 

Also please email Councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org, jackie.keene@lacity.org, ladot@lacity.org, and bcc: monique@la-bike.org

 

Sample Email:

 

Dear Councilmember Krekorian,

We are deeply disappointed by your decision Friday to take the Lankershim Boulevard Great Streets Initiative “back to the drawing board” due to what you calls inadequate public outreach. However, this is far from the truth. The Mayor’s Great Streets team and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) have done extensive outreach since 2014, from numerous community meetings, design charrettes, community surveys, and pop up events, in order to better understand the needs and desires of the community and integrate it into a plan that would make the corridor safer for all people traveling by car, bike, foot, or transit and improve businesses through beautification enhancements.

We firmly believe that this is not an approach that is consistent with Vision Zero’s goal of saving lives.  

Many residents are supportive of the changes the City was planning in this dangerous corridor, which were originally set to completed by 2018, that included the following: 

  • 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

These proposed improvements could have had serious benefits for residents, visitors, and businesses alike. According to LADOT, new protected bike lanes on Lankershim could reduce injuries by 28% and increase retail sales by 9%. Additionally, slower travel time that would only add 36 seconds to someone traveling through the corridor by car could dramatically increase the survival rate of someone getting hit by a vehicle from 10% to 80%. 

We urge you to:

  • Not send this project back to the drawing board;

  • Support the proposed improvements for Lankershim Boulevard; and

  • Implement the proposed plan by no later than 2018.

 

Sincerely,

 

Name

Address

Email

 

 

 


Getting excited for the 17th Annual River Ride

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When’s the last time someone told you that to make a difference in your community, all you had to do was ride your bike? Making sure the LA River is developed as a real recreational and transportation corridor is important for LACBC, and more to the point, for the future of Los Angeles.

Sure, it’s our 17th annual River Ride on June 4th, and you may be asking yourself what could possibly make this year’s ride so important? Well, aside from being LACBC’s biggest event of the year, River Ride has always had a significant advocacy component.

If you’ve ridden before or if this is your first time, you’ll notice there’s a pretty big chunk of the Los Angeles River through Chinatown, Downtown, Boyle Heights, and Vernon, without a bike path. LACBC has been fighting for seventeen years to build momentum to have that gap in the LA River Bike Path closed. Last year, with the passage of Measure M, Los Angeles has a dedicated source of funding towards just that!

Now, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. The 17th Annual River Ride isn’t quite a victory lap, yet. We have money to help build it out, but we need to ensure we keep up the pressure at the City and County level so our elected officials know how important completing the path really is!

 

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And let’s not forget we still need to push the western portion of the path all the way to Canoga Park in the Valley. So, let’s celebrate a big victory and get ready for the next push. And the best way to do that? REGISTER FOR RIVER RIDE! Go out, have some fun and let your friends and family know what a great time you had. They’ll want to know more….

What makes 2017 more exciting? After a year hiatus, we’re back in Long Beach this year! If you rode the 70 or 100 miler from Griffith last year, why not start your adventure with a different perspective - looking north! You’ll get the fun and food of the Long Beach Expo - AND - you’ll make it to the Autry in Griffith Park as your turn-around point. That means you don’t have to worry about missing all the fun in Griffith. Folks, that’s TWO expos. For those of you that were daydreaming about bicycles in Algebra class - that’s TWICE AS MANY EXPOS as we had last year.

Think about the type of city we want to leave the next generation. I know the place I want my daughter to grow up in has 53 miles of continuous multi-use path running from Canoga Park to Long Beach. I know that’s a legacy I’ll be proud to have. So, even if you don’t actually want to ride (but seriously, you do. I know you do…), in the immortal words of Helen Lovejoy:

 

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Off the Chain: Moving Forward on Vision Zero

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Dear LACBC fam,

At LACBC, we work to make all communities in Los Angeles County healthy, safe, and fun places to bike and walk. In fact, this week is Bike Week, and we are working tirelessly to host events that show that LA is a fun place to bike. But it’s hard for people to bike when they do not feel safe so we have been doing everything we can to push the City to fund Vision Zero.

However, there have been some mischaracterizations or misunderstandings about where we stand on Vision Zero. With our VZ.jpgamazing partners in the Vision Zero Alliance, a coalition led primarily by leaders of color and from fields outside of active transportation, we’ve been fighting for Vision Zero since the mayor announced it.

From the beginning we’ve said we feared the City would not truly invest in saving lives, but rather use this as an opportunity to pad the police department enforcement budget. Just a few weeks ago I was at a national conference talking about Vision Zero with experts from around the world.  It’s widely recognized that for Vision Zero to be successful, a city must lead with engineering, evaluation, and education--not enforcement. A city must invest in infrastructure. A city must invest in protecting its most vulnerable road users.

Today, the City of LA took a step in the right direction thanks to the leadership of our Councilmember Bonin, our Department of Transportation, and the committed hours of our community partners: ACT-LA, NRDC, AARP, Advancement Project CA, SCOPE, SAJE, LA Walks, Thai CDC, FAST, TRUST South LA, Little Tokyo Service Center, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, and Investing in Place. We were able to reverse Friday’s abysmal funding proposal of $3 and secure almost $30 million for Vision Zero in this year’s budget.

But we almost didn’t get here. Unfortunately, the very thing we feared and predicted would happen, did happen last Friday. Somehow some folks think our Vision Zero Alliance partners and LACBC are responsible. That couldn’t be further from accurate. We’ve been advocating on every channel all week long and continued to do so today at City Hall.

Our advocacy and prediction about how the City would implement Vision Zero is why we are truly disappointed at the Budget and Finance Committee’s decision last week to seriously cut Vision Zero funding and to dedicate half of Measure M local return dollars to resurfacing streets and improving pavement conditions. This motion works in direct conflict with the Transportation Committee’s proposal to invest $30 million of local return per year into Vision Zero.

LACBC has worked and continues to work for the City Council to commit meaningful funding towards Vision Zero traffic safety LA0_logo.pngprojects that would benefit our City’s most vulnerable road users--people who bike and walk, seniors, children, immigrants, low-income communities, and communities of color.

As we heard Councilmember Bonin say today at City Hall, traffic safety is a public health crisis in Los Angeles, with the highest rate of traffic deaths per capita of all major U.S. cities.Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14 in Los Angeles County, and result in over 1,000 life-altering, serious injuries to Angelenos every year. In addition, people walking and biking have a disproportional risk of dying in traffic crashes, accounting for nearly half of all deaths, despite being involved in only 14% of crashes. To reduce these tragedies, the City must follow the leadership of Councilmembers Bonin, Harris-Dawson, Martinez, and Huizar and invest local return dollars into Vision Zero implementation.

The investments in Vision Zero should not be predominately reserved for the police department and enforcement by that agency. Last Friday’s proposal would have resulted in 50% of the $3 million dedicated to Vision Zero being allocated to the Los Angeles Police Department. This is unacceptable. As our partners at the Vision Zero Alliance and Multicultural Communities for Mobility have noted, collision data shows that a disproportionate number of serious and fatal collisions take place in communities that are exposed to over-policing and experience higher rates of violent interactions, some of which have resulted in the untimely deaths of Black and Latinx residents, by the hands of our City’s law enforcement agency. Vision Zero traffic safety policies should not justify the over policing of communities of color and the criminalization of low-income individuals, immigrants, youth, and transgender and queer individuals

Additionally, we firmly believe that transit and transportation investments must not harm the communities they aim to protect. Vision_Zero_Budget_Explanation_DRAFT4.jpgNearly half of the streets on the High Injury Network are in neighborhoods with a greater percentage of people of color, immigrants, and low-income families. When infrastructure investments are made in these communities, residents often fear displacement, gentrification, and that the improvements are not for them. The City should address these concerns in tandem with their transportation investments.We believe that in future years it will be critical for a portion of local return dollars to be spent on anti-displacement measures to ensure that the people currently living in communities seeing investment can afford to stay.

This is an intersectional approach to Vision Zero. I make no apologies for that. It is the same approach we bring to all of our work. In the bike community, if we want to make change, we have to start bringing people in, not excluding them for considering issues that matter.

Thanks to this approach, our diverse coalition helped the city change course today. Today the City moved towards prioritizing the safety and well being of Angelenos who use multiple modes of transportation. Today the City moved toward investing in our most vulnerable road users and in low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by serious traffic injuries and deaths.

We encourage you to join us as member or reach out if you ever have questions about our vision for a more equitable and safer Los Angeles for all people who bike.  We need to stand united as we urge the City Council to continue committing to ending traffic deaths by investing in Vision Zero’s life-saving strategies each year of this 10 year initiative.

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LACBC Everywhere: Jennifer Longville

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Family is important, but cycling allows you to form close bonds as well.

Jennifer Longville may not think of herself solely as a cyclist.

As a professional and mother, riding a bike sometimes takes a back seat, but that doesn't wane it's importance.

Cycling provides Jennifer not just an outlet to get away, but also also a sense of community.

Her Wednesday night Women's Ride isn't just a two hour escape, but a ritual.

With the work week being so hectic, the friendships and camaraderie formed from this group ride gives her something to look forward to in the middle of the week.

We catchup with Jennifer as she talks about how she found her "2nd family".

 

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What to do if you get a Ticket

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LACBC has been getting more calls from bicyclists who want to know what they can do when they get tickets. We are not lawyers, so if you are looking for solid legal advice, seek a professional, but here are a few things we do know:

  • Look at the vehicle code on the ticket and then look it up online. Make sure it’s valid. If it’s not valid, you can fight it. One example would be getting a ticket for no lights or reflectors during the day (the law only requires them at night). You can look up CA vehicle codes here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/
  • Make sure the ticket says “bicycle” or “bike” on it. This indicates you were cited while riding a bicycle and not driving a motor vehicle. This is important because the ticket should not show up on your driving record. You’re not required to have a driver’s license to ride a bike so a ticket for a traffic violation while riding a bike doesn’t apply to your driving record. If it doesn’t say “bicycle” on your ticket, make sure the court knows that it was a bicycle-related citation. Here’s the DMV website page that says points assigned for traffic violations do not apply to bicyclists or pedestrians: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/vioptct
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