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News Cycle: Ktown townhall TONIGHT, bike safety classes coming up, public transit-adjacent vaccinati


LACBC Newsletter

The News Cycle

March 11, 2021



The City of LA’s Bicycle Advisory Committee’s Subcomittee on bikeways & planning is meeting on Tuesday March 16 from 1pm-3pm. Click here for the Zoom link.

Metro BEST Bike Safety Classes

Bike Maintenance: Fix-A-Flat

Saturday, March 13 | 11am – 12 pm


Bike Maintenance: Cleaning Your Bike

Wednesday, March 17 | 6pm – 7pm


Bicycling 101: E-Bikes

Thursday, March 18 | 12pm – 1pm

Bicycling 101: Bike Fit

Saturday, March 20 | 10am – 11am


Bicycling 101: Rules of the Road for Night Riding

Tuesday, March 23 | 6pm – 7pm


Bike Maintenance: Flat Repair

Saturday, March 27 | 10am – 11am


Bicycling 101: Shifting Gears

Sunday, March 28 | 12pm – 1pm

Bike Maintenance: Brake Adjustments

Wednesday, March 31 | 6pm – 7pm

Help us bring bikes to people in need with #LACountyBikeMatch!



 Stay in the Know 

Have extra time on your hands? LACBC would love to have you volunteer with us!

We have remote volunteer opportunities available, please sign up here.

We’re excited! We’re launching our LA Rivers Challenge on Monday!

Our annual fundraiser is getting a makeover this year. Go to LARiversChallenge.com on March 15 to see all the details.

If you’re one of the awesome folks who signed up for early bird registration for last year’s LA River Ride and didn’t get a refund we have something special for you (including free registration!). If you’re one of these folks, check your inbox in the next couple of weeks for an email from us.

 


A public transit-adjacent vaccination site opened up this week. At USC, the site is close to several bus routes, as well as the E (Expo) Line and J (Silver) Line. This is in addition to several vaccination sites around the County. Click here to learn more.

LADPH says transit workers are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine under the “Emergency Services” category.

 

Federal Updates with Local Implications

Help make $2,500 in tax beneits for riding a bike a reality


The recently passed $1.9-trilliion relief bill includes $30 billion for transit agencies.


This includes $1.4 billion to support capital projects, including Metro’s Regional Connector and D (Purple) Line Extension.

Pictured here is Elsie, Metro’s Tunnel Boring Machine on the D (Purple) Line extension project. Elsie broke through to Wilshire/La Cienega last month after having started boring at Wilshire/Fairfax in May of last year.


General LA Updates


Review the plan for yourself and make sure to provide your feedback.

We at LACBC are excited for the new open space, trail improvements and cultural amenities to be added along the river. However, we have concerns around:

  1. Equitable approach to these projects and making sure communities that lack opportunities now get a real chance to close the gap.

  2. Displacement and these projects not having enough anti-displacement measures in place, causing the current community to get pushed out as projects are completed.

  3. Public safety defined only as enforcement and not including a more long-term approach to helping the houseless population currently living along the river as well as preventing more people from becoming houseless.

While we are thrilled to see the LA River Master Plan provide a variety of new recreation and transportation opportunities to our communities, we urge the County to take additional steps to provide added protections for those communities who will likely be most impacted by the plan. If we build new infrastructure that does not serve the communities in which they are built, we are only contributing further to the destruction of our region’s vibrant culture.


Submit your comments on the LA River Master Plan website before the deadline, and feel free to use our comments above for your talking points. 

“Aim Very Low: LADOT Releases New Strategic Plan Update”

Streetsblog provides a comprehensive look at upcoming LA County Walk/Bike Projects

Metro is hiring bus operators in order to restore bus service.