LACBC Welcomes Cesar Hernandez as Deputy Director of Advocacy

Cesar01.jpgLACBC is excited to announce that Cesar Hernandez has joined our team as our new Deputy Director of Advocacy. Cesar comes to us from PFLAG National, where he served as Field and Policy Manager since 2009.

A Los Angeles native, Cesar earned his BS in Urban and Regional Planning out of Cal Poly Pomona. After graduating, Cesar interned at the City of Huntington Park before working as an Assistant Project Manager at Genesis LA. 

I sat down with Cesar to ask him a few questions that would let the LACBC community get to better know him:

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In Our Shoes

Last Friday - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - was a day that I'll never forget. Alongside members of the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, I helped to spray-paint over 500 silhouettes of shoe prints on the steps of City Hall East. Each pair of shoes represented a person - a mother, daughter, friend, husband, grandfather, child - who had been killed by traffic violence since August 2015. 

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LACBC Welcomes Jesi Harris as Organizing Director

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LACBC is happy to announce that Jesi Harris has joined our team as our new Organizing Director. Jesi comes to us from the LA LGBT Center, where she served in multiple capacities, including direct service, outreach, health education, and professional capacity building.

A native of North Carolina, Jesi earned her BA in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and followed her studies working with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them feel safe and included in their communities.

We sat down with Jesi to ask a few questions to introduce her to the LACBC community.

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20th Anniversary Logo Design Contest

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Calling all artists and designers! The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is turning 20 years old next year, and we want you to design our new 20th Anniversary logo! We’re looking for a design that acknowledges our community’s history, while also looks forward to a Los Angeles that fosters communities that are safe, fun, and healthy places to ride a bike. Everyone who submits a design will be given a free 1-year membership to LACBC! Plus, All submissions will be displayed at our holiday open house this December, and will be showcased digitally on our newly redesigned website. 

The winning design, chosen by our 20th anniversary committee, will receive a $100 honorarium, as well as the 2018 River Ride jersey featuring their design! 

To enter, submit your artwork & a signed copy of this agreement to dana@la-bike.org by Nov. 20, 2017. 

Be sure to include the name, website, and any social media handles you’d like credited. Submissions that do not follow the below guidelines will not be considered.

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LACBC Calls on Councilmember Ryu to Make Necessary 6th Street Safety Improvements

Walking or biking on 6th street between Fairfax and LaBrea feels like walking next to a highway. Cars, encouraged by the design of the roadway, consistently speed, and crashes are a daily occurrence. Children and families who walk and bike to school, work, museums, and health centers must traverse broken glass and metal detritus left behind by vehicle collisions. In 2012, a 74-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed while walking near the intersection of 6th and Hauser. Since then, two more of our neighbors’ lives have been taken by dangerous roadway conditions on 6th street between Fairfax and La Brea. The time for redesigning this section of 6th street is now.

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Bikeshare Needs Complementary Infrastructure

With the opening of the pilot bike share station in Echo Park, LACBC is excited that Councilmember O'Farrell is driving progress to make CD-13 a safe and fun place to walk and bike. We look forward to partnering with the Councilmember to implement much-needed infrastructure improvements to Fletcher and Temple Streets, part of the City's High Injury Network.

Los Angeles streets are currently the leading cause of death of children under the age of 14 in the city. Too many pedestrians and cyclists have already lost their lives due to unsafe road designs that don't accommodate pedestrians or bicycles. LACBC is commited to working with local communities in CD-13 to ensure that a comprehensive network of safe infrastructure is in place. We encourage Councilmember O’Farrell to continue to support the safety of our neighbors by implementing infrastructure improvements on Temple and Fletcher.


Erik Jansen Named New Executive Director of LACBC

Today, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) Board of Directors announced Erik Jansen has been appointed Executive Director of LACBC. Erik joined LACBC in 2016 as Development Director, then became Deputy Executive Director of Advancement in February of 2017, and has been Interim Executive Director since the departure of Tamika Butler earlier this summer. The LACBC board and staff know Erik for his energy, experience, and commitment, and are excited for him to lead the coalition in working to make biking safer and more equitable for all people of Los Angeles County.

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Metro Blue Line First Mile/Last Mile Projects

This summer, LACBC hosted two events along the Metro Blue Line as part of a pilot project to improve safety and access to each Blue Line station. While bus and train rides usually make up the core of a person’s trip, people often get from their homes to the train, or from the train to work, on their own. This is known as First/Last Mile, and often requires folks to walk, ride, or roll to access a transit center.

This First/Last Mile project started last fall with six other community-based organizations including TRUST South LA, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, American Pacific Islander Forward Movement, Ride On Bike Coop, East Side Riders, and Healthy Active Streets.

Each organization led walk audits with volunteers and community members around each of the 22 Blue line stations to assess them for safety and ease of access, and to help identify opportunities for improvement.

LACBC staff and volunteers completing walk audit materials at Compton Station in January.

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Over 300 Volunteers Tally Number of People Walking and Biking in Fifth Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count Presented by Metro

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Volunteers from across the City of Los Angeles are out on the streets today, counting the number of people walking and biking at over 100 unique locations. Since 2009, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) has led this biennial all-volunteer effort to track the growth of walking and biking over time in Los Angeles. The 2017 LA Bike + Ped Count, presented by Metro, is produced in collaboration with Los Angeles Walks and local partner organizations throughout the city. The LA City Bike + Ped Count is the largest source of data on walking and biking on Los Angeles streets. Previous data collected demonstrated year-to-year increases in the numbers of people biking and walking, particularly where the city has installed new and improved infrastructure, and helps make the case for further investment in our communities. 

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Vision Zero Alliance Launches Policy Platform

Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance Marks Two Years of Vision Zero Initiative by Announcing New Policy Platform

platform.pngLast week marked the two-year anniversary of LA City’s adoption of Vision Zero, calling for a 20% reduction in traffic deaths by 2017, and the elimination of traffic fatalities by 2025. To help reach this goal, the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance released its official policy platform.

The Alliance is a coalition of more than 20 community-based and advocacy organizations, including LACBC, that has worked since August 2015 to support and influence the implementation of the City’s Vision Zero initiative.

As part of the Alliance, LACBC will use the platform to monitor, track, and evaluate relevant departments holding each accountable to the City’s own Vision Zero goals.

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