LACBC Statement on Los Angeles Vision Zero Action Plan

On Thursday, January 26th, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) released the Vision Zero Action Plan. The plan outlines the city’s strategy to reduce traffic fatalities by 20 percent by the end of 2017, with the ultimate goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025. In 2015, Mayor Garcetti signed an executive order making Los Angeles a Vision Zero city with safety as L.A. streets’ highest priority.

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Intern Profile: Bryony van Velzen

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LACBC has had a number of interns contribute to the world of cycling, but none has done it faster than Bryony van Velzen.

Coming to us from the Netherlands, last summer Bryony was signed by the Lares-Waowdeals UCI World Tour Team, which competes at the highest level of competitive cycling, after winning two races. While she is just starting her pro cycling career, she is also studying International Business at Zuyd University.
During her time here at LACBC, Bryony has helped us on a variety of fronts, including marketing plans, social media, and managing data among other things. Unfortunately for us, she'll be departing the US in February for training camp in Spain, but this may not be the last we see of her. Bryony is hoping not only to return to Los Angeles next fall, but she's wishing to be back sooner as a participant in this year's Amgen Tour of California.
We asked Bryony a few questions about her experiences as she completes her internship here at LACBC:
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Tips for Biking to Women's March Los Angeles

Tomorrow, January 21st, thousands of people will be descending on Downtown Los Angles to participate in the Women's March Los Angeles, which starts at Pershing Square and ends with a rally at City Hall. The march to City Hall begins at 10:00 a.m., but speakers will be kicking off the day as early at 8:20 a.m. at Pershing Square. Traffic into Downtown L.A. is expected to be heavy, and we highly recommend biking to the march or taking public transportation early in the day.

General map of the Women's March route.

Here are some general tips:

  • Remember to bring a bike lock with you so that you can securely lock your bike to a bike rack (or, if none are available, use a sign post that is secure in the ground). Do not lock your bike to a tree or another bike, and try not to block the sidewalk. Here is some guidance on locking your bike.
  • Do not expect to ride or roll your bike with you in the March, as it will be very crowded.
  • Try parking away from the general march route, which will be mainly on Hill and Broadway streets, and walk to Pershing Square from there. You can use the LADOT Bike map layers feature at bike.lacity.org to search for a bike rack beforehand.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to find parking and walk to the start.
  • If you plan on doing a multimodal bike/transit combo, be aware that buses and transit towards Downtown L.A. might be more full than usual or be on detour. Bus bike racks might be full, which is why you'll want to start your journey early.
  • After the rally at City Hall, consider using Metro Bike Share to get back to where you parked your bike.

 

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Use the layers tab for the map at bike.lacity.org to search for sidewalk bike parking, bike corrals, and art bike racks.

Here are more tips on the Women's March from LAist and knowing your cellphone rights from Slate.

Have any other biking tips? Leave them in the comments section.


Off the Chain With Tamika: What's in Store for 2017

A message from Tamika Butler, LACBC's Executive Director:

Dear LACBC fam,

Happy new year! I’m excited to be back at HQ and getting back into the swing of things in the new year. This year marks LACBC’s 19th birthday! That means we’re going to be leaving our teens behind and entering our tenacious 20s. We’re excited about all that’s on our plate for the year ahead, but we also want you to keep your ears open. We’re planning something big for our 20th year. We’re heading into the planning process now and we’re going to be coming back to our member to launch us into our next chapter.

So what does this year have in store for all of us? So much! Last week we had our staff retreat (photo to the right) and we planned out the year ahead. Here’s what is on deck:

  • We’re doing a new strategic plan! It’s the right time and as we go into our 20th year, we are refining our vision and our brand and getting ready for the new challenges ahead. We’re going to be looking to interview stakeholders, so look out for more communication from us.
  • We had another successful fundraising year, raising the most money in LACBC's history. We’ve grown from a small organization to an organization with a $800,000 budget when I started, to hitting a $1.2-million budget last year. With Erik, our new Development Director in place, we’re poised to raise more money than ever this year. You want to help? Your first opportunity is already here. Join Team LACBC on Climate Ride and help fight climate change and raise money for LACBC.
  • We’re going to invest more time and energy into our local chapter program and Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program. Want to know how to be informed for the March elections or how to engage locally or at Metro? We’ll make sure you’re ready as one of our local leading advocates.
  • We’re not just investing in you, we’re investing in our team at HQ so they can better serve you. We’re going to be looking at our structure as part of the strategic plan, hiring, reorganizing, and getting ourselves the training and resources we need to do our best work.
  • When it comes to campaigns, we’re keeping our eyes on the prize and continuing our work at LACBC and as part of different coalitions to work on the campaigns that matter most to you:
    • Keeping you up-to-date on the issues that matter like adding protected bike lanes, theL.A. River, Bike Month, and Active Streets LA.
    • Staying on top of Measure M implementation, participating in the policy guideline process, ensuring spending transparency, and continuing the fight for biking and walk investments. We’ll do this in conjunction with our advocacy around Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
    • Holding the City of Los Angeles to its promise to achieve Vision Zero by 2025 and getting other cities in the county to take the pledge.
  • We’ll continue to be a leader at the national level in incorporating equity and the dismantling of systematic racism and oppression into all that we do at LACBC.

And finally, we’ll keep having FUN! We have a great year ahead, we hope you are as excited as we are. Join LACBC or renew your membershipsign up to volunteer, and get engaged. We’re out to make L.A. a better place to live and bike and we can’t do it without you!

Tamika Butler
LACBC Executive Director
tamika@la-bike.org


Submit Comments on Ventura Blvd. Bike Lanes by Friday

Action Alert! Submit your public comments on Ventura Blvd. project to csuh@katherinepadilla.com & cc: hyeran@la-bike.org by Friday, January 20.

C2BJWSGUcAAY-DD.jpgLast Thursday, January 12th, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s office and LADOT hosted a community meeting on the future of the western edge of Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills between Sale Ave. and Royer St. Following last December’s brainstorming meeting with community members, this recent meeting allowed people to discuss more concrete ideas and concepts. The room was full of residents, business owners, and other stakeholders. There were interactive tables where people could place different street elements on a blank canvas to try out their ideas and discuss how they would work. Consultants from Sam Schwartz Engineering photographed the configurations that people came up with and later shared them with the larger group to discuss. 

This stretch of the Ventura Blvd. is a neighborhood commercial corridor with a number of neighborhood-serving businesses. Currently the 90-foot-wide street has three travel lanes on each side, 5-foot bike lanes on each side, and parallel parking on the curb. Through traffic travels at a high speed so that people do not feel safe walking and biking on the street. Crossing distances are too long, or crossings do not exist for a long distance, which means that people cannot safely cross where they need to.

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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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