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Once again, thanks to AARP California for being the season's sponsor.
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Dear LACBC fam,
The weather is great! Daylight saving time is over and we wanted to share some news. Operation Firefly season just concluded last week and it was more successful than ever! I was also just named to theMetro Policy Advisory Council and will be working with a group of amazing leaders on shaping the Measure M guidelines. Finally, we also wanted you to know that we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and green bike lanes tomorrow with a ride!
Let’s talk about making people safer as the ride at night! Every year we shine the bike light on those who need lights. Our data shows that most people we give lights to use bikes as their primary mode of transportation and don’t have lights because they can’t afford them. This was Operation Firefly’s fifth year and we exceeded our goal to provide bicycle lights and educational information to 3,000 people countywide, growing the program once again. Despite all the rain this year, we conducted 39 on-street distribution events which took place in 10 different cities and included over 150 Team Firefly volunteers.
We’re grateful to our Season Sponsor, AARP Los Angeles, as well as SoCalGas, the City of Long Beach, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and L.A. Council Members Bob Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, Jose Huizar, Nury Martinez, and Mitch O’Farrell. We can’t thank our volunteers enough for enduring all the scheduling and rescheduling due to weather and for showing up to staff the on-street distributions and be the human face of the program. We also partnered with 16 different community organizations to help with distribution, including Trust South LA, API Forward Movement (formerly APIOPA), Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Lamp Village, the Weingart Foundation, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, CICLE, Bike SGV, East LA College, the Bicycle Kitchen, the Bike Oven, theBikerowave, Ride On! Bike Co-op, and Bici Libre. Be on the lookout for an Operation Firefly summary of results in May.Read more
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When LACBC launched Operation Firefly in the fall of 2012, we started with about 500 lights and a plan to hand them out over the course of several months until we ran out. We limited each distribution to 40 light sets and stopped after 2 hours or when we ran out lights that night, whichever came first. We didn’t have any sponsors at the time, but we DID have enthusiastic volunteers to help us make Operation Firefly a reality. Now, after four winter seasons, we’ve distributed lights and safety information to more than 6,000 people throughout the county and we’re growing the program by distributing lights through partner organizations that work with homeless or formerly homeless people who ride bikes for transportation.
From the very beginning, we’ve relied on our Team Firefly volunteers. We’ve also been very fortunate to receive support from the Laemmle Charitable Foundation (LCF) as the Season Sponsor for the last two years. Their sponsorship gave us the ability to expand the program, reaching five times the number of people this winter than we did the first year. We can’t thank Greg & Tish Laemmle of LCF enough. We were thrilled that they were able to join us for the ride and picnic (not to mention their participation in Operation Firefly in Westwood last month). We also want to thank the City of Long Beach, New Belgium Brewing, SoCal Gas, and LA City Council Members Jose Huizar, Felipe Fuentes, Joe Buscaino, Bob Blumenfield, Mitch O’Farrell, Mitch Englander, Paul Koretz, and Gil Cedillo for their support this year.
For the April Sunday Funday ride, we combined it with a celebration of our Operation Firefly program and the close of another successful Firefly season this past winter. We thought a ride and a picnic would be a fun way to say “thank you.” We decided on a light-themed ride for our members and Team Firefly volunteers (who handed out lights and information to more than 2,500 people county-wide between November 2015 and March 2016).
So, on April 3rd, the first Sunday of the month, we gathered at Barnsdall Park in East Hollywood to take a tour of historic L.A. street lights from the park to LACMA and back. Thanks to information shared with us by Jeffrey Ziliotto, Assistant Division Manager at the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting, we enjoyed a relaxing, informative ride through neighborhoods of L.A. with old streetlights (still functioning) at the center of it all. Thanks go out also to the LACBC Ride Marshal Team for guiding the ride and Orange 20 Bikes for doing basic bike checks at the start of the ride.
The whole group in front of the Urban Light exhibit at LACMA, featuring 17 different styles of light poles from southern California cities.Read more
Operation Firefly has some pretty lofty goals for the 2015-2016 season: Hand out 2,500 light sets to people cycling. That's 500 more than the previous season, but with five weeks left, we are less than one thousand away from hitting our goal!
So far, we've covered a large portion of the county visiting many neighborhoods, such as Pacoima, Wilmington, North Hollywood, Encino, Watts, Canoga Park, East Hollywood and Vernon. We've also held five distributions throughout Long Beach with another five coming.
We'll also be looking to many more locations, including Maywood, Bell, MacArthur Park, Boyle Heights, Cudahy, and a number of others coming up.Read more
Operation Firefly (Operacíon Luciérnaga) is an education and bike light distribution program of LACBC intended to make sure people riding bikes in LA County are riding safely at night. When riding at night in California, a white front light and reflectors are required by law (CVC21201). More importantly, riding without lights and reflectors is dangerous.
We focus on lights because lights can prevent collisions. According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71% of bicyclist fatalities in 2014 in the U.S. were in urban areas, and 49% of the bicyclist fatalities occurred between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am (NHTSA “Traffic Safety Facts” May 2016 DOT HS 812 282). Our goal is to seek out people riding without lights for various reasons, especially riders who may not have the means or time to acquire lights on their own.
You can review and download a summary sheet about our 2016-2017 season here.
We're proud to announce that AARP is the Season Sponsor for Operation Firefly in 2017-2018.
How Does Operation Firefly Work?
LACBC organizes groups of “Team Firefly” volunteers to meet for “street distributions” at undisclosed locations throughout LA County where night-time bicycle ridership is expected to be high. The volunteers stop people who are riding bikes without lights in order to give them front and rear lights along with bilingual safety information and to survey each light recipient. Each year, an average of 75% of our light recipients have told us that their bicycle was their main form of transportation and on average, only 2% knew all the legal requirements for night-time riding.
Volunteer For Operation Firefly
Operation Firefly relies on its "Team Firefly" volunteers to accomplish our goals. We have distributed lights and information to more than 9,000 people since the program’s inception in 2012 and we set an increasingly higher goal each year. For the winter of 2017-2018, we're aiming to serve 3,500 people county wide and we need your help. We'll be conducting Operation Firefly light distributions all over LA County following the time change in November and ending the first week of March. Each distribution event is typically Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings, 4:30 - 7 pm
Join Team Firefly today and we'll send you regular updates with dates and locations as the calendar progresses. There's no pressure and you need only respond to dates and locations that work for you. Each season we usually have around 150 volunteers total, many of whom do 1 or 2 events and some who do multiple events.
Overall, we always need more volunteers and many hands truly do make light work. We need bilingual English/Spanish speaking volunteers for recipients who speak Spanish and we also need female volunteers to encourage female riders to stop. Of course, Operation Firefly distributions are a lot of fun and everyone
goes home with a big smile on their face. Sign up for Team Firefly today and please invite a few of your friends. Thanks.
- Tuesday, November 28, 4:30 PM - 7 PM - East Hollywood
Wednesday, November 29, 4:30 PM- 7 PM - Westlake / MacArthur Park
Support Operation Firefly
Since the inception of Operation Firefly in 2012, we’ve distributed lights and safety information to more than 9,000 people in Los Angeles County and we’ve worked hard to grow the program each year. You can support Operation Firefly by making a tax-deductible donation today. Thank you!