Earth Day and cycling are a natural pair as the environment wins when more people take to bikes.
LACBC is naturally in demand across the county this time of year to show how pedal power isn’t just good for your lungs, but the air as well.
Here are some of the highlights from the past few days:
WARNER BROTHERS PARTY FOR THE PLANET!
LACBC Deputy Executive Director Erik Jansen, and volunteers Fernando, Leo, and Steve “Partied for the Planet” on the Warner Brothers lot last Friday, along with other environmentally-friendly non-profits and companies.
Warner Brothers employees were encouraged to explore the street fair set against the elegant brownstones of New York Street and sign up for the 17th Annual L. A. River Ride! As a long-time supporter of the River Ride, every year Warner Brothers sends close to 100 employees to participate on the ride and support LACBC.
Volunteers Leo and Steven show off their L.A. River Ride shirts at Warner Brothers.
Doug Maxfield, Fitness Director at Warner Brothers Studios doesn’t break a sweat talking cycling.
FIG AT WILSHIRE EARTH DAY
LACBC visited the Figueroa at Wilshire building for its annual Earth Day Fair on Friday, April 21. A number of employees working inside stopped by at our booth to learn about LACBC and the upcoming L.A. River Ride.
People were encouraged to write “what they will do to save the Earth” on a paper leaf and put it on a big paper tree set up in the lobby. Some of the participants pledged to ride more public transit or bike to work.
Tree of Pledges: Many people pledge to drive less and take transit and bike to work!
Hyeran and Pablo encouraging people to join at the L.A. River Ride
EARTH DAY BIKE RIDE ON THE LOWER LA RIVER
As part of its ongoing work with the Lower LA River Revitalization Plan (LLARRP), LACBC rolled up bright and early to John A. Ford Park in Bell Gardens.
A small, but dedicated group rode the LA River bike path up to Vernon to survey existing conditions and discuss potential ideas with community members.
The group finished back at the park in time for the Earth Day Celebration with California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia.
The ride was the first of six to be held this spring and summer to gather input from communities along the Lower LA River.
Dan Sharp, Senior Civil Engineer from the Los Angeles County Public Works led our early tour of the L. A. River.
After the early ride, the group returned to the festivities at John Anson Ford Park.
Avid cyclist and passionate activist, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, meets with CalBike’s Jared Sanchez and LACBC’s Tamika Butler and Lyndsey Nolan.
Speaker of the California State Assembly Anthony Rendon (center) led our second ride down to Hollydale Park.
BIKE WITH BOB:
One hundred cyclists joined L.A. City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield for his 4th Annual Bike with Bob ride covering nine miles.
Starting from his field office in Reseda, a wide range of cyclists showed up eager to roll as the ride was led by the LA Sheriff’s Department, LAPD, LACBC and of course, Councilmember Blumenfield himself.
The ride highlighted the L.A. River Bike Path, Sherman Way (L.A. Great Streets selection) and the new Aliso Creek Confluence Park.
L.A. City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and LACBC’s Zachary Rynew get ready to ride.
The ride got a little dirt action in before riding by the newly christened Aliso Creek Confluence Park.
Bike with Bob took over Sherman Way and even gained riders who were just passing by.
Thanks to Councilmember Blumenfield for recognizing LACBC’s impact on the community.
LACBC LOCAL CHAPTER RETREAT
This past Sunday, April 23rd, LACBC hosted representatives from its chapters in Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Culver City, Montebello, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Pomona and West Hollywood.
LACBC and its chapters discussed what worked well in the past year and what resources chapters need to best succeed this year. LACBC’s 2017 Organizational Goals were discussed along with ways for chapters to get involved with Vision Zero, local return from Measure M and Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan. LACBC’s Organizing Department will be working closely with chapters this year to strategize how to most effectively achieve change around chapter priorities.
Santa Monica Spoke and Board Representative for Local Chapters, Cynthia Rose speaks to other local chapter leaders about her tabling best practices and methods.
West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition members Kevin and Ben share their tabling set-up and engagement methods.
Jenny from Walk Bike Glendale shows off her chapter’s gear and tabling set-up for other LACBC chapters.
VISION ZERO PROJECT: RISE UP HOOVER INSTALLATION
On Saturday, April 22, The Vision Zero Rise Up Hoover team got together at Hoover-Gage Park to prepare for the weeklong activation along Hoover corridor. Rise Up Hoover is the first of the eight Vision Zero Community Outreach Projects sponsored by LADOT Vision Zero team. Join MCM, LA Commons and LACBC on 4/29 for a feeder walk and ride to the community march to mark the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Uprising.
LACBC’s Hyeran Lee takes a minute to pose with some of the volunteers.
Hoover between Florence and Slauson will be represented with Vision Zero messaging throughout the corridor, including these fists symbolizing South L.A.’s rich history of resilience and its fight against injustice.
Rise Up Hoover Street Team is ready to go! They’ll be collecting input from community on traffic safety and traffic violence in the neighborhood.
CHINATOWN SERVICE CENTER SPRING HEALTH FAIR
On Saturday, April 22, LACBC also represented at the Community Health & Service Fair taking place at the Chinatown Service Center. Attendants took advantage of free medical checks while our interns and volunteers provided information promoting healthy lifestyles through cycling.
Charlotte, Chari, Pablo and Lauren tabling at the Chinatown Service Center Spring Health Fair.
Our team stopped by L.A. State Historic Park’s Grand Reopening which was just a couple of blocks away.