Voice Your Concerns About the L.A. River Path Closure at Monday’s Meeting

River_Gate_Closed.jpgLast month, we were alarmed to learn that portions of the L.A. River Bike and Pedestrian Path in the Elysian Valley section were closed down to all users due to flood risk management and vegetation removal, with very limited announcement. The Army Corps’ notice on September 16th states that work was set to start on September 19th, but there is no mention of what that work would entail and how that might affect the path with closures.

We issued an action alert and want to remind everyone of Monday’s upcoming meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers:

When: Monday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Friendship Auditorium - 3201 Riverside Drive, Griffith Park

View the notice.

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Measure M: #MakeLACounty Livable in the South Bay

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The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is excited about the many improvements Measure M would bring across L.A. County if it passes on November 8th.

In the South Bay, Measure M would providing additional funding for implementation of the seven-city South Bay Bicycle Master Plan that LACBC helped form and pass in 2011.

LACBC's Planning and Policy Director, Bryan Moller, explains some of the specifics on how Measure M will make the South Bay more livable.

Learn more about Measure M and pledge to vote yes on M this November 8th at la-bike.org/MeasureM.


LACBC's 3rd Annual Firefly Ball Is Another Night of Fun

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Last Thursday night, LACBC hosted our 3rd Annual Firefly Ball at The Reserve in Downtown Los Angeles. Not only does our fundraiser honor leaders in the bicycling community, but it also helps launch us into the new Operation Firefly season and is a party full of good drink, good food, good conversation, and good times.

We rounded up some of our favorite photos from the night, and they are posted below.

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An L.A. River Path for All Users

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The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition appreciates Councilmember O’Farrell and LADOT’s recent response to address issues on the Elysian Valley portion of the L.A. River Bike & Pedestrian Path. The path is a highly used route for both biking and walking for both commuting and recreational purposes. The path connects neighborhoods and people, and local Elysian Valley residents enjoy the green space that the L.A. River provides. We envision a future in which the path is fully complete, running continuously from the west San Fernando Valley all the way to Long Beach and serving as a vital part of a countywide greenway network.

We believe that the suggested future enhancements for the Elysian Valley section are a step in the right direction. Signage and stenciling are important to notify all users to slow down and to look for others, especially when the path is crowded. However, we do believe that there are more things that the City of Los Angeles can do to keep all path users safe, and we do have some concerns about suggested changes.
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Measure M: Spreading the Word with Mayor Garcetti

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LACBC Volunteers pose with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Measure M will bring much needed traffic and infrastructure improvements across the county to make the region more connected. 

With the election one week away, Los Angeles City Mayor and Metro First Vice Chair Eric Garcetti is enthusiastically drumming up more support for this county measure in the final days.

While hitting the ground to get out the vote at the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station, the Mayor was also in the Halloween spirit as he passed out out candy. Needless to say, many people were taken by surprise when they looked up to see who was making the offering.

LACBC staffers and many of our great San Fernando Valley volunteers also showed up to join the effort while having fun and spreading the word.

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Measure M: The L.A. River Path Can Make the San Fernando Valley More Connected

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For the San Fernando Valley, Measure M's passage would bring much-needed enhancements, such as the East San Fernando Valley Transportation Corridor, Orange Line improvements, rail through the Sepulveda Pass, and Bus Rapid Transit between North Hollywood and Pasadena.

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Army Corps Closes L.A. River Path (Again)

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This week, many cyclists were alarmed to find that the L.A. River Bike & Pedestrian Path through the Elysian Valley was closed for flood risk management and vegetation removal with limited public announcement. The Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the closure, and we have noticed that they have a pattern of little to no notification for closures.

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Behind the 2017 LACBC Kit with superdomestik

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súperdomestik's superpacer kit and the LACBC 2017 Jersey

 

Los Angeles contains an exciting and vibrant cycling scene and LACBC was looking to capture that essence that with our 2017 Cycling Kit Collection

We paired with local designer súperdomestik, whose work has widely been featured in Bicycling Magazine, the Radavist and a number of other publications. It was also important to have our kits manufactured in California, so we partnered with Voler to produce our clothing out of their home in Grover Beach.

We spoke with Kjeld Clark of the súperdomestik collective about his experience as a designer and how the LACBC kits came to be.

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9 Reasons Why You Should Join Us for the 3rd Annual Firefly Ball

The 3rd Annual Firefly Ball is in one week, and the Firefly Ball Committee and LACBC Board and Staff are excited for what is to come! We’ve compiled a list of the best reasons, in no particular order, why you should join us. Read on, and RSVP by Monday, October 24th (new deadline!), at: la-bike.org/fireflyball.

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Measure M: Sharing the Possibilities to #MakeLACounty

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At Sunday's CicLAvia - Heart of Los Angeles, LACBC set up a booth at the MacArthur Park hub where we talked to people from all over L.A. County (and beyond). A lot of folks expressed their enthusiasm at the ways in which they have seen improvements in biking in their areas and some expressed how they would like to see more.

Measure M, also known as the Los Angeles County Transportation Plan, has the possibility to #makeLACounty more bikeable, more livable, and more connected. CicLAvia goers shared why they planned to #VoteYesOnM on November 8th and how Measure M can transform L.A. County. See some of the responses below.

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