Sunday Funday: Old San Fernando Recap

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To kick off our monthly Sunday Funday series for 2017, LACBC headed out to the Northeast San Fernando Valley to ride and learn about the area's early history.

The fifteen-mile ride went by such historical sites as the Pico Adobe, Mission San Fernando, Lopez Adobe, San Fernando Middle School, Morningside Elementary, Old Pacoima, and Brand Boulevard, the site of the old Pacific Electric Railway. We also got to see more recent additions like the Nethercutt Museum and Rudy Ortega Park.

As part of the route, cyclists got to experience the new protected bike lane on Van Nuys Blvd as part of L.A. City's Great Streets Initiative.

Afterwards, a number of riders grabbed some food and headed over to the San Fernando Brewing Company where we were able to relax and mingle around.

Thanks to all who participated and we're glad we had such a strong showing for our first ride in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

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Off the Chain with Tamika: My First Two Years

Off the Chain with Tamika: My First Two Years at LACBC

Dear LACBC fam,

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My first day at LACBC. December 22, 2014.

It was two years ago today that I was biking to the LACBC offices for my first day of work. At times, it feels like that wasn’t that long ago, and at other times, it feels like so much has changed since December 22nd, 2014. Over the past two years, our organization has grown to better serve cycling Angelenos across the county through organizing, advocacy, and education programs.

Your contribution will help us do even more in 2017 and beyond!

Here are a few highlights from my first two years here:

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LACBC Family: Choosing a Bike for Riding Together

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Many parents wonder about the difficulty with bringing your child for a ride when they're too young to bike themselves.

With so many choices, it may sound daunting to find the right one, but once your child is on board, you'll realize with all the fun they're having that there was no need to worry!

Almost any type of bike works if you want to ride together, but there are also customized options that are versatile enough to handle more than just trips around the neighborhood.  

This guide gives you an overview of the many alternatives to pick from when deciding how to ride with your children!

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If you're looking to start with what you've got, then you're like most parents out there.

A good portion of people own a standard hybrid or commuter bike. They're built for versatility while still delivering a decent amount of performance:

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Giant Escape City Bike from Just Ride LA.

One of the great features of hybrid bikes are their flat handlebars. You'll notice these on many of the other child-carrying bikes because this setup is easier for maneuvering than riding with drop bars, especially since you'll normally be going slower speeds.

Another feature to consider is adding on wide tires. They not only will improve the ride's comfort and navigation, but they feel more stable as well.

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L.A. River Valley Path and Greenway Meeting Roundup

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This past Tuesday, the second of two community meetings regarding the future design of the Valley portion of the L.A. River path and greenway was held at Los Angeles Valley College with an audience of a number of different stakeholders.

Having a connected path across the length of the San Fernando Valley will have a transformative effect, as this route will provide better links for many residents to transit and commercial districts.

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This board illustrates some of the neighborhood's characteristics along the bikeway.

 

Another feature of this plan is to create a number of green spaces along the river to give the path its own distinctive feel, like New York's High Line.

While there are portions of the L.A. River Valley path that are either complete or currently in construction, there are still another 12.5 miles that needs to be built to make this a continuous path. This is the study to fill that gap. 

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The L.A. River Valley Path and Greenway provides a number of park space opportunities of varying size.

 

One of the obstacles here in the planning stages is designing around the 23 street crossings the path negotiates.

Many of these junctions will be crossed either by bridges or underpasses, but certain intersections will not have these options available as they face such obstructions as utility lines, structural issues, and maintaining the river's flow.

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In some cases, the route will be rerouted away from the river, as in this segment in Studio City circumventing CBS Studios.

 

In some of these circumstances, engineers are recommending a number of at-grade crossings, especially east of the 405 Freeway.

With many these alignments occurring at mid-block, LACBC wants to ensure that these crossings are made as safe as possible.

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The series of crossings near the Sepulveda Basin provides some challenges.

 

Another hurdle that the path faces is its passage through the Sepulveda Basin. Crossing the 405 Freeway poses engineering issues as well as designing the bikeway's alignment with the Sepulveda Dam. Building a bridge to span ten lanes of high speed traffic with limited space to place landings requires a solution that needs more study.

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LACBC's 2nd Annual Clean Up Mulholland with Phil Gaimon

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Our crew all ready to get cleaning.

LACBC and Phil Gaimon want everyone to know that cyclists care about the environment, so for the second year in a row we returned to clean up Mulholland Drive.

This year, we started at the Nancy Pohl Hoover Overlook above Studio City along the southern edge of Fryman Canyon Park.

Before the cleanup, a group of riders joined Phil at the Universal City / Studio City Red Line Station to bike to the site.

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LACBC Family: Talking about the Holiday Ride with Walk Bike Glendale's Steven Nancarrow

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Walk Bike Glendale's Holiday Bike Ride is nearing, and LACBC Family is excited to be a part of it! Not only will this be a great ride for families, but also a chance for those who are unfamiliar to explore Glendale.

Steven Nancarrow is the father of two and is also the Chair of Walk Bike Glendale. While his newborn, Richie, will soon be riding along on two wheels, his three-year old daughter, Holly, is already well acclimated to sitting on dad's handlebar.

We talk with Steven about cycling through Glendale, life as a dad and the upcoming Holiday Bike Ride on Sunday, December 18th.

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Follow Up on the NELA Meeting with Tamika

Dear NELA Stakeholder, 

This is a little longer than usual, but we packed a lot into our meeting and I promised a thorough recap, so please hang in there and read it to the end. Last night at 6:30 p.m. we met at the Arroyo Seco Library in Highland Park. We had a productive conversation. It wasn’t a conversation that was always easy, but it was a conversation that was deeply helpful to me. I know it was also a conversation that the LACBC team, as a whole, saw as a chance at a new beginning as we work towards reaching a place of understanding around how we can better serve our members in Northeast Los Angeles.

The most important thing we need to say in this recap is thank you. We really appreciate everyone who took the time to come to the meeting and those who helped make the meeting happen. We know that you do this work because you care, thanks for giving your time.

LACBC was represented by Planning & Policy Director Bryan Moller, Planning & Policy Coordinator Hyeran Lee, and me, Executive Director Tamika Butler. It was amazing to see so much diverse NELA representation at the meeting with folks from Lincoln Heights, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park, and Montecito Heights. Community members who were present had been living in the area for as short as a few months, to some who have been there for over a decade and even their whole lives.  This won’t be the last NELA meeting for the LACBC team or for me. Something we did agree on at the meeting is that for us to continue working together and to get to a joint vision of Fig—even if we use different tactics to get there—we have to keep listening to each other, we have to stay open to one another, and we have to do so as partners with equal respect and empathetic understanding for one another. 

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LACBC Open House 2016 Highlights

Last night, LACBC hosted our 3rd Annual Open House where LACBC members and supporters came out to celebrate the year in cycling with food, drink, and good conversation. Take a look at some of the night's highlights.

All photos by Ryan Duclos.

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The LACBC Board and Staff thanks you for your support this year and every year!

 

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Recap: #RideLankereshim - Tour de NoHo at the Great Streets Pop-up protected bike lanes!

Last Saturday, the Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative hosted a community pop-up event on Lankershim between Weddington and Magnolia, which included a pop-up protected bike lane. The Great Streets Initiative, in partnership with Councilmember Paul Krekorian, is developing a vision for the future of Lankershim Blvd from Magnolia Blvd to Vanowen St. The City has been collecting input from community stakeholders and is planning to release a concept in February 2017. A final plan will be then implemented when the City is resurfacing the entire stretch during the Summer of 2017 after the completion of the LA Department of Water and Power project. If you missed the event, you can still give your input by submitting this online survey. And sign up to be the Valley bike ambassador to get more updates about the Valley!

For the first time since we started the Ride Lankershim campaign in 2012, the City has a budget and political support to make these long-awaited improvements a reality. To showcase the area’s potential, we led the Tour of North Hollywood along Lankershim Blvd. and the adjoining neighborhood highlighting the area’s history.

Here’s what we loved about the event: 

1. We are still here. #RideLankershim

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Between 2012 and 2013, San Fernando Valley Bike Ambassadors have actively promoted and engaged the public about the benefits of installing bike lanes on Lankershim Blvd. We have conducted two bike rides of 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 through our Operation Firefly program. The community’s support was overwhelming, reflecting a heightened interest in biking coupled with frustration over lack of facilities. Through our outreach we have collected signatures of over 2,000 local stakeholders and over 30 businesses who support installing bike lanes on Lankershim Blvd.

Bike Ambassadors and local residents still want improvements on Lankershim and were excited to see the pop-up protected bike lanes.

 

IMG_6060.JPGSFV Bike Ambassadors came out to support #RideLankershim again! 

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Say "Lankershim"! A group photo before the ride is a must.
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L.A. River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Community Meetings

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The dream of a completed L.A. River Bikeway and Greenway through the San Fernando Valley will finally become a reality, and you can play a role in shaping this important corridor.

In July, an engineering firm and team of designers were selected to plan the river's 12.5-mile layout from Vanalden Avenue to Forest Lawn Drive, but the issue of how the construction would be paid for was still a looming question at the time.

With the passage of Measure M, the bikeway has a secured funding source that will help realize the many bridges and underpasses needed to make this a first-class connection across the Valley.

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