News and Events
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00am - 8:00pm
Primary Elections in City of L.A. and other Cities
When: Tuesday, March 3; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Find your polling place here: http://lavote.net/locator
As a 501(c)(3), LACBC cannot endorse candidates, but we can provide you with resources to help you make educated decisions at the polls. We received several responses from candidates in Council District 4 and Council District 14 to surveys we sent out. Below are links to their responses, in the order that they were received.
Council District 4
Not Received: Jay Beeber, Teddy Davis, Step Jones, Joan Pelico, David Ryu, Rostom "Ross" Sarkissian, Mike Schaefer
Council District 14
Not Received: Mario Chavez, Gloria Molina, John O'Neill
West Hollywood: Our local chapter WeHoBC has candidate surveys up for City Council candidates. The West Hollywood election is on March 3rd.
Pasadena: The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition has candidate surveys up for mayoral candidates and District 1. The Pasadena election is on March 10th.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:00am
The cities of Cudahy, Bell Gardens, Commerce, and Vernon are looking for input on how to make these cities better places to bike, walk, and access transit. Join LACBC and the LA River Revitalization Corp for our first Southeast L.A. cities ride along the L.A. River through Cudahy! The ride includes a community discussion about L.A. River access in the SELA area, mobile asset mapping and snacks.
When: Saturday, March 07; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Meet at Cudahy City Hall- 5220 Santa Ana St., Cudahy, CA
The two-time defending champion Team LACBC now has 14 riders on board to participate in Climate Ride California this May and has raised 13% of the team goal. These all-stars will be riding and raising money for LACBC and other environmental causes!
After learning about more about Team LACBC member Ryan Jones, we now learn about Nora Hipolito. A resident of Burbank, she first got involved with LACBC through our newest local chapter Walk Bike Burbank. Learn more about Nora's perseverance, how she'll bike 126 miles for pizza, and more.
When and why did you start riding a bike?
After childhood, I had a renewed interest while living in Chicago. About 10 years ago, I was living and working in downtown Chicago and decided to go carless, as that’s the way to go in that city. I bought a steel Schwinn hybrid and used it to run errands, ride to go sailing on Lake Michigan, and even grocery shop when it snowed! Once I moved to Los Angeles to work at Warner Bros I bought a car because I thought it was the only way to get around. I was soon recruited by the WB triathlon team because of my extensive marathon experience. I worried about the road cycling portion of the event, as I envisioned excruciating pain from a seat that was tiny compared to my Schwinn's--boy was I wrong! I bought my first road bike three years ago and fell in love after a few rides. Thanks to a professional bike fitting, the riding has been painless. Running has fallen to the wayside and now I regularly ride 100-200 miles a week.
How did you get involved with LACBC?
My circle of friends here in Los Angeles is made up of cyclists, and many volunteer for LACBC and CicLAvia. Once I learned about my local LACBC chapter, Walk Bike Burbank, I decided it was time to get involved and make this city more bike friendly.
Why are you joining Team LACBC for Climate Ride?
I’ve fundraised in the past, and this time I wanted to do so for causes I feel very strongly about: cycling and climate advocacy. My friends look to me as an example of perseverance and never giving up because I had a very bad fall on my bike two years ago; I broke many bones and my neck too! However, two months later I jumped onto the trainer, and then was back on the bike as soon as my neck brace came off--even though I wasn’t able to fully lift my right arm up at the time. I’m totally healed now, and want to show everyone that I am 100% recovered.
Have you ever done a long-distance ride before?
No, I haven’t. My longest ride to date has been a 126-mile ride from Burbank to Solana Beach for pizza. Afterwards, we took the train back home.
What are you doing to prepare for Climate Ride?
To prepare for the ride, I’m not doing anything out of my normal routine. I usually do 50-100 mile rides on the weekends and bike commute to the office during the week. I just started training for road racing…this should help me keep up with everyone!
Do you have any goals for Climate Ride? If so, what are they?
I’m excited about hearing the different speakers on our various stops talk about their environmental actions, and I hope to be much better informed, both from them, my teammates, and the people I will meet along the way.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Women Bike, Women Lead: A Social Conference for Women Transforming Their Communities Through Bikes
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) are partnering on a women-led series of bike rides and workshops from January to April 2015 designed to encourage women to build their networks and grow their capacity for transforming their communities through active transportation, namely biking.
The Women Bike, Women Lead series is also dedicated to empowering women to expand personal and professional goals related to active transportation, especially for those who are new to advocacy and community mobilization.
The bike rides and workshops are provided at no cost and reserved for women-identified participants. Pre-registration for workshops is required. Limited spaces are available.
- Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Community Partners at California Endowment Building, Los Angeles (free; registration required)
Please complete this registration form. Registration is confirmed automatically for bike rides. Workshop participation is pending confirmation from event organizers.
The Women Bike, Women Lead series is funded by the League of American Bicyclists' Women Bike Mini-Grant Program with support from LACBC and MCM.
This series is organized by Daniella Alcedo, founder of the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition chapter of the LACBC, and Maria Sipin, advisory board member of MCM– two women who have spent the past few years engaged in active transportation-related work and believe in the value of making educational opportunities and mentorship accessible to women and young professionals.
For more information regarding this media release, please contact Maria Sipin at maria [at] multicultimobility [dot] org.
In 2013, Team LACBC became the top fundraising team and brought home the coveted top fundraising pint glasses by raising over $35,000 for Climate Ride and LACBC. Last year, Team LACBC rocked Climate Ride again! We raised over $74,000 for Climate Ride and LACBC and were easily the top fundraising team. We're coming back to raise some dough, 3-peat as the fundraising champions, and ride along the scenic Northern California coast!
Climate Ride California takes place from May 17th through May 21st, 2015, and is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California's historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
Climate Ride participants must raise at least $2800 by May 11th, 2015, in order to participate, and if you're part of Team LACBC, we'll receive a portion of your raised funds. Have questions about Team LACBC and Climate Ride? Email Kelly Martin at kelly [at] la-bike [dot] org.