November 13, 2014
Contact: Eric Bruins
650-823-9713

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition awarded $10,000 to increase biking and walking equity in Southeast Cities

Los Angeles, CA – November 13, 2014 – The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is pleased to announce it was awarded a $10,000 “Big Ideas” Grant from Advocacy Advance—a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking. As a “Big Ideas” Grantee, LACBC has been recognized as an organization pushing forward on some of the most important areas of bicycling and walking advocacy.

The “Big Ideas” Grant will support LACBC’s work with five cities in southeastern Los Angeles County – Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, and Vernon – to increase their capacity to apply for and receive funding from California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP). The five cities are all are disadvantaged communities, as designated by ATP guidelines, with high numbers of people biking, walking and taking transit, but without appropriate infrastructure to do so safely. LACBC will increase the communities’ readiness to apply for funding through coordinating working group meetings, leading outreach to community stakeholders, creating bicycle and pedestrian master plans, and reviewing draft ATP applications to improve the cities’ chances of success.

If successful, the campaign will fill the planning gap and ensure that these cities are eligible and competitive for infrastructure and programmatic grants – therefore unlocking future revenue measures for people who bike and walk for the next few decades.

“People already walk and bike in the Southeast Cities and they deserve safe routes to schools, parks, transit and jobs. LACBC is invested in making sure that low-income families who are most likely to rely on walking and biking are able to benefit from safety projects in their communities,” said Planning and Policy Director Eric Bruins.

“The ‘Big Ideas’ Grant will enable Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to develop a model for inclusive planning processes,” said Brighid O’Keane, Advocacy Director at the Advocacy Advance partnership. “By connecting the dots between planning and accessing funding, LACBC will create a model for not only biking and walking advocates, but also for planning and transportation agency staff to meaningfully engage all communities in transportation funding decisions.”

Over the past three years, Advocacy Advance has awarded grants that have supported campaigns that have won over $120 million in public investments for active transportation projects.

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About the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition:

Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride. Learn more at www.la-bike.org.

About Advocacy Advance:

Advocacy Advance is a dynamic partnership of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists to boost local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy efforts. With support from SRAM and Every Body Walk!, Advocacy Advance provides targeted trainings, reports, grants and assistance to equip advocates with the specific tools they need to increase biking and walking in their communities. Learn more at www.AdvocacyAdvance.org.

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