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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Bike Count Results Are In! Help L.A. Move in the Right Direction

Dear Supporters,

As we close out 2016, it’s been a year to remember. From the election to continuing to advocate for a strong Mobility Plan 2035 to the passage of Measure M, this year has presented challenges, but also many successes. Today the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and AARP are releasing the results and findings of the Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, a citywide survey of walking and biking safety and accessibility in Los Angeles. The count, which was conducted in September 2015 in partnership with Los Angeles Walks, the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and local organizations, covered 156 unique locations across Los Angeles.

Here’s what we found: when you build bike lanes, more people bike. However, the number of bike lanes being built in Los Angeles has decreased.

What does that mean for LACBC? We have more work to do! We’re using the release of this report to kick off our campaign for your support in this fight.

Will you donate today to help us push our elected officials to deliver on the promises of Mobility Plan 2035, Vision Zero, and Measure M?

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Why is your support necessary? We can’t do this without you. Your support helps ensure that we are present at city halls across the county, Metro board meetings, and different community meetings and workshops where we represent you and your voice.

Want to know more about the report? Here is what else we found:

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Your help will be needed more than ever to ensure that L.A. gets back on track to build quality bike infrastructure across L.A. County. We’ll need you to contact your local officials, show up to meetings, and support LACBC to ensure that Los Angeles moves in the right direction.

As we gear up for 2017, make a donation to LACBC today!

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As an added bonus, any donation from now through December 31st will enter you to win a bicycle from Pure Cycles. Every bit helps and every donation gets you an entry.

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Download the the bike count report, and help L.A. move in the right direction.

Thank you for your support!

Tamika L. Butler, Esq.
Executive Director
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
tamika@la-bike.org

P.S. We hope to see you at the LACBC Open House on Wednesday, December 7th!


Lack of Communication Continues at L.A. River Closure Workshop

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On Monday night at the Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park, a number of constituents gathered for the Glendale Narrows Public Workshop hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers.

All path users were concerned over the sudden closure of the L.A. River Bike and Pedestrian Path until the end of March, which marks the second time this year that this public greenway has closed for an extended period of time with insufficient community outreach.

The evening featured a number of tables set up to address various issues surrounding the L.A. River, but people were disappointed when the group presentation contained little information and lasted long enough just for people to get seated. 

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Off the Chain with Tamika: The Future Is Bright for L.A. County

Hey LACBC Fam,

Usually, I write my Off the Chain around the 15th, but this month we wanted to do it early because we have some BIG victories to celebrate. Everything we endorsed on the ballot won! Now in Los Angeles County, Measure M is a reality. Our work won’t end here, but the first step to #makeLACounty bikeable, livable, and connected is complete. There will also be more jobs and housing for all people in Los Angeles thanks to a victory on JJJ. We were part of a coalition to Build a Better LA and we couldn’t be happier. We’ll also see funding for parks with the passage of Measure A, and the equitable growth of green space is coming to your neighborhood.  Los Angeles took a stand to support our neighbors who are homeless and say that we won’t stand for it any longer thanks to an HHH victory. Finally, in Santa Monica, LV failed and sustainable development and affordable housing will continue to be a possibility in the city.

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LACBC FAM!! WE DID IT!! Our staff worked ridiculously hard during this campaign season and I can’t thank them enough. We’ve been everywhere and doing everything we can to ensure victory and we did it. YOU did everything you could, you hosted personal phone banking parties and knocked on doors, you VOTED. You also showed up to all of our phone banking sessions at HQ and you made sure that other members of LACBC heard why these measures were important and made the right decision at the ballot box. Thank you. We could not have done this without you. As I said, our work isn’t over. These victories mean nothing if we don’t hold elected officials responsible and make sure implementation happens. We’re on the job and ready to do it. Sign up to be a member to celebrate, or support us by making a donation, or sign up to receive our updates. We’re still going to need you. If this election showed us anything, it’s that we’re stronger together. Let’s keep rolling, let’s make our vision of L.A. County a reality.

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How LACBC Staff Will Bike, Bus, and Walk the Vote Today

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Today is Election Day! In addition to voting for the next U.S. President and statewide positions, there are several local initiatives that you can vote on to help shape the future of Los Angeles.

As a reminder, here is how you can #BikeTheVote:

1. Find your polling place at lavote.net/locator. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2. Know your voting rights. Your employer is required by law to give you time off to vote. You can vote if your name isn’t on the list using a provisional ballot. You can vote after polls close, as long as you’re in line. You can change your vote if you make a mistake — just ask for a new ballot. You can take your vote-by-mail ballot to any polling location (and you can trade it for a new one if you make a mistake on it).

3. Learn more about our ballot positions and view candidate surveys at la-bike.org/vote.

Below, the LACBC staff shares how they will be getting to the polls today.
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Measure M: #MakeLACounty Connected with the Pomona Valley

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Bikes taking over the streets at the Pomona Christmas Parade.

Sitting along the eastern edge of L.A. County, the Pomona Valley continues to rise.

Home to Route 66, Claremont Colleges, L.A. County Fairgrounds, La Verne Mansion, and historic Old Town San Dimas, the Pomona Valley is a growing region that is in need of better connectivity.

On top of many transportation improvements, Measure M would bring $3.6 million in local return every year to the Pomona Valley to improve local infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes.

These investments would also supplement the proposed Gold Line extension which will connect Downtown Los Angeles with Claremont.

We spoke with John Trendler of the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, a local chapter of LACBC, to describe the area's current landscape and how Measure M can help #MakeLACounty connected. 

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