Call & Email for Lankershim Bike Lanes Today

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It's coming down to the wire and we need your support nowCall Councilmember Paul Krekorian today!

There are two quick things you can do to make Lankershim a more bikeable, safer, and vibrant street:



1. 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.


2. Email his office

Just copy and paste this email. Remember to add your name and address at the bottom:

To: Councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org jackie.keene@lacity.org

Bcc: zachary@la-bike.org

Subject: I support protected bike lanes and traffic calming on Lankershim


Dear Councilmember Krekorian:

I support the Great Streets proposal to include protected bike lanes and corridor improvements promoting safer streets for Lankershim. It would beautify the neighborhood and business district, make the street more walkable and bikeable, while encouraging drivers to travel at safe speeds.

Making Lankershim accessible for everyone will attract more visitors and allow the area to function as a gathering place in the neighborhood.

These improvements would help the placemaking efforts on Lankershim, affirm your commitment to Vision Zero, and most importantly save lives.

Please help build a better future for us all.

 

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Your address]

 


LACBC urges the City of Los Angeles to invest in saving lives

 

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The City Budget Can Fix the Biggest Health Crisis Facing Children in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition urges the City of Los Angeles to invest in saving lives by equitably funding in Vision Zero implementation and bike program.

 

Today we shared some bad news and good news with the Los Angeles Budget and Finance Committee Members. The bad news is that we have a public health crisis facing children in Los Angeles in our streets--with traffic collisions being the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 and 14. The good news is that the City has the power to put an end to these injuries and deaths with the right investment. That is why the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) strongly encouraged the Committee to revise the 2017 proposed City Budget and robustly invest in saving lives and preventing injuries by adequately funding Vision Zero in an equitable manner.

The City has a plan, Vision Zero, to end traffic fatalities by 2025. However, the City is not living up to their promise with a current proposed budget allocation of $16 million, which is insufficient to fully implement Vision Zero.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s General Manager, Seleta Reynolds, has said it will cost $80 million to achieve the City’s Vision Zero goal of 20% reduction in traffic deaths by the end of 2017. This leaves the City with a $64 million shortfall in this year’s proposed budget. This extreme shortfall shows the City’s lack of commitment to providing meaningful funding to meet its Vision Zero goals. In addition to the lack of adequate funding for Vision Zero implementation, the City’s budget items related to the Bike Program have remained flat over the past few budget cycles. This is unacceptable and provides missed opportunities for making investments that can save lives and provide a more enjoyable environment for all Angelenos who walk, bike, or drive.

For LACBC, saving lives through improved neighborhood infrastructure, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks and funding for programs like Safe Routes to School, are just a few steps towards equitable transportation investment in communities. Nearly half of the streets on the High-Injury Network are neighborhoods with a greater percentage of people of color, immigrants, and low-income families. Transportation investments must not harm the communities they aim to protect. We must make sure that the folks whose lives are being improved through transportation investment in their neighborhood are able to remain. In addition to increased funding for Vision Zero implementation and the budget line items related to the City’s bike program, LACBC encouraged the Committee to ensure that increased resources are coupled with anti-displacement measures that preserve affordable housing and increase tenant protections.

At today’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting, we were encouraged by some of the comments that committee members made regarding the importance and urgency of meaningfully funding Vision Zero. We agree with Councilmember Bonin that "People are dying in the street and we (the City of Los Angeles) have a moral obligation to stop that." We need to ensure that the urgency expressed today is reflected in the proposed budget moving forward.

Please take action today by emailing the Budget and Finance Committee to let them know you want to #makeLAcity a safe place to bike and walk (Click here to learn how). Together we can eliminate traffic fatalities in Los Angeles!

 


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 Budget & Finance 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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In addition to taking action throughout #MobilityMonday by sending in emails or engaging on social media, join us this morning, Monday, May 1, at 9:00am in L.A. City Hall Room 340, when the Budget & Finance Committee will discuss how to fully fund active transportation in the 2017-2018 City Budget.

LACBC is advocating that the City:

  • Meaningfully increase funding for Vision Zero while decoupling funding for road resurfacing and Vision Zero efforts so the public has an accurate understanding of how money is being prioritized;
  • Increase funding to the budget line items related to the City’s bicycle program;
  • Dedicate 10% from local return dollars from Measure M for anti-displacement measures that will go towards protecting residents from the unintended consequences of infrastructure investment;
  • Prioritize Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color by applying an equity lens to active transportation spending

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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Statement on LACBC's Commitment to Inclusivity

At the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), our mission is to make Los Angeles County a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bicycle. The board and staff of our organization are diverse, as are our members. What makes our work and our community so strong is that we are able to embrace and celebrate what makes us each unique. We are also strong because we are able to speak clearly and honestly about racism, sexism, homophobia, and institutionalized structures of white supremacy and how they impact people as they move through their lives and are mobile in their communities.

In recent months, weeks, and days, we have witnessed leaders  on the national and local level make hateful and divisive comments that make groups of individuals the other, rather than including them. We have also seen many people make excuses for this behavior or simply refuse to call it what it is. Hate. Racism. Xenophobia. Homophobia. Transphobia. Sexism.

We want to be clear: statements that bully, ridicule, and stereotype groups of people or individuals based on characteristics or identity--such as their race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender identity and gender expression), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency), or citizenship status--are hateful and cause real harm.

Members of our community, members of our board, and members of our staff have been the victims of these types of attacks and they do not reflect the bicycle advocacy community we represent. For years, many bicycle advocates have been fighting to center social justice in their work. Many of those advocates have been low-income people, women, or people of color, whose voices are often ignored or muted, compared to those with more privilege claiming to represent the bicycle community. We are a diverse and vibrant community. Many of us live at the intersections of multiple identities. It is a misconception that bicycle advocates care only about bike lanes. Many of us see the bike as a tool to bring people and communities together.

Hate is not a value of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. Hate is not a value of the community we represent. Hate does not reflect our board or our staff. We stand with marginalized and historically neglected communities against hate. We hope you stand with us.

LACBC is 501(c)(3) and does not make endorsements of political candidates.

 


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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It's coming down to the wire and we need your support nowCall Councilmember Paul Krekorian today!

There are two quick things you can do to make Lankershim a more bikeable, safer, and vibrant street:



1. 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.


2. Email his office

Just copy and paste this email. Remember to add your name and address at the bottom:

To: Councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org jackie.keene@lacity.org

Bcc: zachary@la-bike.org

Subject: I support protected bike lanes and traffic calming on Lankershim


Dear Councilmember Krekorian:

I support the Great Streets proposal to include protected bike lanes and corridor improvements promoting safer streets for Lankershim. It would beautify the neighborhood and business district, make the street more walkable and bikeable, while encouraging drivers to travel at safe speeds.

Making Lankershim accessible for everyone will attract more visitors and allow the area to function as a gathering place in the neighborhood.

These improvements would help the placemaking efforts on Lankershim, affirm your commitment to Vision Zero, and most importantly save lives.

Please help build a better future for us all.

 

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Your address]

 

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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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