Los Angeles River Connections Move Forward

0011.jpgSince the very first Los Angeles River Ride in 2001, LACBC has championed completing a 51-mile bike path along its banks from Canoga Park to Long Beach. In 2013, our efforts received a welcomed boost with the launch of Greenway 2020, led by the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, which reframed the City and County’s timeline for completing this goal from “eventually” to the year 2020. During this time, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice has also been organizing for a community alternative to the I-710 project that embraces the river and seeks to connect it to surrounding neighborhoods so that primarily low-income residents have safe places to walk and bike and cleaner air to breathe. This past week, these multi-year campaigns by our river-ly partners took huge steps forward, moving us closer to a connected 51-mile greenway.

Last Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl announced funding for a coordinated design for 12 miles of remaining bike path gaps in the San Fernando Valley. Four of the city council members for the area—Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, David Ryu, and Nury Martinez—all contributed funding toward this effort. Previously, the City has pursued construction funding in bits and pieces for segments as short as half a mile. While this approach has made incremental progress, it hasn’t resulted in a connected, useful bike path across the Valley. This announcement is a fundamental shift in approach to treat the river as one project, in line with Greenway 2020. While construction may still happen in phases, moving the whole project forward into design allows the City and County to work together to pursue larger grants with faster timelines. We are thrilled to see this change in strategy take hold.

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Off the Chain with Tamika: Building Community

"Off the Chain with Tamika" is LACBC Executive Director Tamika Butler's monthly letter to the LACBC family. Here is the latest for October.

Hi LACBC Family,

It’s been an exciting month since I last checked in! I’m now a married lady, well rested from a honeymoon, and more pumped than ever about what’s ahead for LACBC.

To wrap up this month, I’m excited about LACBC’s opportunities to talk about our work and have some fun. Let’s start with the fun. On Thursday, October 29th, we’ll be throwing our second annual Firefly Ball! Last year’s gala was phenomenal, but we’re upping the ante and honoring some great folks for all they do for biking in Los Angeles. Check out the event here, buy tickets, and celebrate with us.

This weekend, we’ll be celebrating five years of CicLAvia, riding around the Heart of L.A., and unveiling the limited run of our #bikeLA shirts for people who sign up or renew their membership.

Finally, we’ll be speaking on a number of panels and as one of the plenaries at the California Bicycle Summit in San Diego. The focus of the summit is equity, and it’s an appropriate link to what I’ve been talking about in my first year at the helm of this amazing organization. In addition to talking about equity, the whole team at LACBC has been working to put our fight against inequity into action. This hasn’t always been an easy lift. It’s a cultural shift for LACBC and the bicycling advocacy world as a whole, but we’re committed to not only doing it for ourselves and for the Los Angeles community, but also leading the way nationally.

I have centered my vision for the organization on utilizing the bicycle as a tool for social justice and making social justice the center of our work. We can be better by building bridges and rich coalitions with groups that might not otherwise talk about bikes.

Bikes bring people together and build community. It’s part of why I love bikes, this job, and this organization. Community should be inclusive and reflect Los Angeles’ diversity.

Inclusion requires being intentional and prioritizing historically marginalized communities. We’re working with new partners to elevate the voices of the marginalized who have lacked a voice. We want the voices of women, youth, low-income people, people with disabilities, and people of color to better inform and lead our work.

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A Letter from Tamika: Reflections on Safety, Equity, and North Figueroa

Dear North Figueroa Friend, 
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I wanted to reach out and check in about what is happening around the North Figueroa campaign. First, I think it’s important that we thank you for supporting our campaign to make North Figueroa safer to walk and bike. As a nonprofit organization, we’re only as strong as the members we represent. Your tireless work, concern, and advocacy have kept this campaign alive, and for that, I’m extremely grateful. We stand with community members advocating for safe streets and call on the City to effectively engage stakeholders and build consensus.

As many of you know, in our efforts to call on the City to make Figueroa safer, we have participated in a number of meetings with elected officials and City agency staff. Most recently, LACBC helped to organize a Vision Zero event with the Vision Zero Alliance, the Mayor’s office, the Department of Transportation, and the leading national expert on Vision Zero, Leah Shahum. Following that event, I also met with Councilmember Gil Cedillo and members of his team.

Councilmember Cedillo and I talked about a number of things, including the recent tragic passing of Yolanda Lugo. We also discussed his policy around housing, homelessness, and active transportation. We talked about community engagement, where his office has fallen short, and where LACBC has fallen short. I will continue to engage him, and I will share what we’re hearing from our members, like you. I will do so with respect, but with a firm determination to ensure that he hears what is important to so many of us living in his district.

I also left that conversation with a renewed sense of how I must continue to listen. My first year at LACBC is almost complete and I have been spending it traveling all over the county learning about how LACBC has been successful, how we’ve failed, and where we have room for growth.

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Support a Safe & Accessible Westwood Blvd: Sign the Petition Today!

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1. Sign the petition here!

 

2. Call 213-473-7005 or send a email to Councilmember Koretz to support bike lanes on Westwood!

 

3. Spread the word out! Share this petition with your friends via facebook, twitter, and email!


Sample email:

To: paul.koretz@lacity.orgjay.greenstein@lacity.orgjoan.pelico@lacity.org,

Bcc: hyeran@la-bike.org

Dear Honorable Councilman Koretz:

As a (resident of CD5), I am distressed by your recommendation to remove bike lanes on Westwood Blvd from the Mobility Plan 2035.  At a time when the City of Los Angeles is working to become more walkable and bikeable, we need more safe bike lanes connecting popular destinations like Westwood Village and UCLA to neighboring communities--not fewer. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT), along this half mile stretch, more than 8 times as many collisions occur between vehicles and bicyclists than similar streets in Los Angeles. Without proper accommodation for bicyclists, Westwood will continue to fail the thousands of students and faculty who ride to the campus every day, as well as the countless more who will come when the Expo Line opens next year. Not to mention anyone wishing to visit the area’s shops and restaurants by any means other than motor vehicles.

According to LADOT and transportation consultants Ryan Snyder Associates, there is funding to install bike lanes along Westwood Boulevard and space to do so without removing any traffic lanes or parking. The campus community, Westwood Village business owners, UCLA Hospital, and residents have come out to countless public meetings and hearings to speak in favor of bike lanes. Please don't let a persistent, vocal minority block the safety improvements Westwood so desperately needs.

(Personalize here)

Please keep Westwood Blvd in the Mobility Plan 2035. I urge you to begin engineering study of buffered or protected bike lane options for Westwood Blvd between Wellworth and Le Conte. UCLA Transportation just installed bike lanes on Westwood Blvd to the campus border at Le Conte. It is now up to the City to do its part and extend these lanes through the Village and eventually connect to the new Expo Line station south of Pico.

Sincerely,

(Your name)
(Your address)
For more information, please email hyeran@la-bike.org or call 213-629-2142 x 120
If you want to volunteer for the campaign, please sign up here

Are You Bike-Friendly? CD4's Tara Bannister Responds

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 is the primary election for important City Council seats in the City of Los Angeles. LACBC invited all candidates to share their perspectives on bicycling and transportation with our members and supporters. While LACBC does not endorse candidates, we encourage you to consider these responses before casting your vote on March 3rd.

Below are responses from Council District 4 candidate Tara Bannister.

All candidate responses are available here: http://la-bike.org/vote

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Are You Bike-Friendly? CD4's David Ryu Responds

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 is the runoff election for Council District 4 the City of Los Angeles. Prior to the primary election in March, LACBC invited all candidates to share their perspectives on bicycling and transportation with our members and supporters. While LACBC does not endorse candidates, we encourage you to consider these responses before casting your vote on May 19th.

Below are responses from Council District 4 candidate David Ryu.

All candidate responses are available here: http://la-bike.org/vote

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Are You Bike-Friendly? CD14's Jose Huizar Responds

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 is the primary election for important City Council seats in the City of Los Angeles. LACBC invited all candidates to share their perspectives on bicycling and transportation with our members and supporters. While LACBC does not endorse candidates, we encourage you to consider these responses before casting your vote on March 3rd.

Below are responses from current CD14 Councilmember and Council District 14 candidate Jose Huizar.

All candidate responses are available here: http://la-bike.org/vote

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Are You Bike-Friendly? CD4's Steve Veres Responds

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 is the primary election for important City Council seats in the City of Los Angeles. LACBC invited all candidates to share their perspectives on bicycling and transportation with our members and supporters. While LACBC does not endorse candidates, we encourage you to consider these responses before casting your vote on March 3rd.

Below are responses from Council District 4 candidate Steve Veres.

All candidate responses are available here: http://la-bike.org/vote

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Are You Bike-Friendly? CD14's Nadine Momoyo Diaz Responds

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 is the primary election for important City Council seats in the City of Los Angeles. LACBC invited all candidates to share their perspectives on bicycling and transportation with our members and supporters. While LACBC does not endorse candidates, we encourage you to consider these responses before casting your vote on March 3rd.

Below are responses from Council District 14 candidate Nadine Momoyo Diaz.

All candidate responses are available here: http://la-bike.org/vote

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Are You Bike-Friendly? CD4's Tomas O'Grady Responds

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 is the primary election for important City Council seats in the City of Los Angeles. LACBC invited all candidates to share their perspectives on bicycling and transportation with our members and supporters. While LACBC does not endorse candidates, we encourage you to consider these responses before casting your vote on March 3rd.

Below are responses from Council District 4 candidate Tomas O'Grady.

All candidate responses are available here: http://la-bike.org/vote

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