News and Events
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
We hope you'll join us our annual Open House to learn about what we've been up to this year, mingle with your bike buddies, and look forward to 2016.
We'll have drinks from Angel City Brewery, as well as many surprises.
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, 1st floor - 634 S. Spring St., Downtown L.A.
The Open House is free for all LACBC members. $10 for the general public.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 2:30pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 4:30pm
Los Angeles has a new plan to make our streets safer, neighborhoods more walkable, and whole city more accessible. Adopted by the City Council in August, Mobility Plan 2035 calls for a balanced approach to providing transportation options for Angelenos with improvements for people walking, biking, taking transit, and driving. The goal is to make all of these transportation modes more accessible and reliable so that everyone can make informed decisions about the best way to travel for any particular trip, while no one is left without safe options to get where they need to go.
With common-sense objectives like putting safety first and giving people options, developed through five years of public input from thousands of stakeholders, you’d think Mobility Plan 2035 would have a smooth road ahead. But, critics and skeptics have begun fear mongering to spook council members into reconsidering their support. Prognostications of smog and gridlock—ironically the exact issues the plan aims to address—are the basis of a misinformation campaign about what the plan actually does.
While the lawsuits against the plan work their way through the courts and create legislative wrinkles like this week’s procedural re-vote, it is more important than ever for supporters like you to make your voices heard, and for myth to be separated from fact.
We’re counting on supporters like you to help us clear the air about Mobility Plan 2035 and share the plan’s many benefits. Continue to call and write your council members in support of the plan, but, more importantly, talk with your friends, family, and neighbors. Let them know about how Mobility Plan 2035 will make it easier for them to get around the city and enjoy everything that Los Angeles has to offer. Talking about transportation isn’t always easy, so we’ve made a handy fact sheet (found on our blog) to help you share what the plan actually does!
Read more on Mobility Plan 2035 and how you can help on the LACBC blog.
Operation Firefly kicked off last night in North Hollywood with an enthusiastic group of volunteers handing out free lights to a number of cyclists. We were situated at the NoHo Red Line Station with the help of the LAPD Valley Traffic Division and Metro Security.
It was both windy and chilly, but it didn't deter Team Firefly from giving out more than one light set every two minutes to those riding without them. Both LACBC Executive Director Tamika Butler and Operation Firefly's season sponsor Greg Laemmle of the Laemmle Foundation were on hand to help sort out the high volume of commuters to find who needed lights.
Thank you to our Team Firefly volunteers, the Laemmle Charitable Foundation, the LAPD Valley Traffic Division, and Metro.
We have distributions scheduled throughout the fall and winter. If you want to volunteer as part of Team Firefly, sign up for updates!
Our Operation Firefly research is powered by QuestionPro survey software, helping us track and analyze data for our stakeholders.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thank You for Attending the 2nd Annual Firefly Ball Awards Gala
Last Thursday, we gathered together for the 2nd Annual Firefly Ball Awards Gala to recognize local leaders doing great bike work in our communities and have a fun-filled evening full of great people, excellent food, tasty drinks, auctions, and music. We had a great night emceed by Taylor Nichols, and kicked off the night with future mayor of L.A. Matty Grossman presenting former Mayor of L.A. Richard Riordan with the Passionate Pedal Award. Finish the Ride's Damian Kevitt then spoke about Councilmember Mitch Englander's work in combatting hit-and-run crimes. John Jones III of East Side Riders Bike Club and Buscaino's office presented Councilmembers Joe Buscaino with the Innovator Award. And Councilmember Buscaino greeted the audience with, "Hello, one-percenters!" Andres Ramirez, a South L.A. activist, then presented Tafarai Bayne with the Alex Baum Achievement in Advocacy Award for his work bringing CicLAvia to South L.A. and his work as an L.A. Transportation Commissioner.
Congrats to all of our honorees, and thank you to our sponsors:
Frame Sponsor: Riordan Foundation
Wheel Sponsor: Lynda & Stewart Resnick
Cranks Sponsor: Josh Cohen, Los Angeles Bicycle Attorney
Hub Sponsor: Bikeable Communities, Carrie Ungerman & Arthur Pinchev, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Climate Ride's Team LACBC, Douglas John, Greg & Tish Laemmle, Pocrass & De Los Reyes, LLP, Kelly Perigoe & Tamika Butler, C.C. Pascal Charitable Foundation, SCAG, The REEF, and Walk Bike Burbank
Tandem Sponsor: Stifel, Sam Schwartz Engineering, and Conor Lynch Foundation
Beer sponsored by Angel City Brewery, Vodka by Ventura Spirits, Wine by D’Aquino Wines. Prizes and giveaways by Rapha, KIND Snacks, Pure Fix Cycles, Tern Bicycles, Timbuk2, Greg & Tish Laemmle, and Pocrass & De Los Reyes.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 7:00am - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 1:00pm
We started in September, and now we're here! After hundreds of shifts (including many make-up shifts), we beat the time change and finally have the data we need for the 2015 Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count! Here are a few key numbers from the count:
- 1,200 volunteer hours
- 600 shifts, including make-up shifts
- 401 volunteers
- 155 locations, including 40 new screen lines
- 20 shifts conducted by volunteer Dennis Hindman
- 10 in-person training sessions
Thank you to all of the volunteers that made this happen. Thanks to our presenting sponsor at AARP California. Thanks to Fehr & Peers and Kind Bar for their support. And thanks to our partners at Los Angeles Walks, UCLA Lewis Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, Bicycle Kitchen, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, National Health Foundation, Pacoima Beautiful, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, and Youth Policy Institute! We plan on having a report out by next spring.
Be sure to see our Storify collection on the #LABikePedCount for some of the selfies, ideas, cool sightings that our count volunteers encountered during their shifts!
Fehr & Peers - Kind Bar
Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance - Bicycle Kitchen - Highland Park Heritage Trust - Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp - Multicultural Communities for Mobility - National Health Foundation - Pacoima Beautiful - T.R.U.S.T. South LA - Youth Policy Institute