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News Cycle: LA Rivers Challenge Early Bird Registration, E-Bike Town Hall, Operation Firefly Update

LACBC Newsletter

The News Cycle

March 25, 2021

Registration for LACBC’s LA Rivers Challenge is now open!

The LA Rivers Challenge is a month-long virtual race challenge in place of our annual River Ride. Challenge yourself to bike, walk or run 31 to 640 miles throughout the month of June!

Which distance challenge will you choose? Go to to sign up, and make sure to use code EARLYBIRD10 to get $10 off registration until April 15.


City of LA’s Bicycle Advisory Committee is having its bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 6 at 7pm.

Join via Zoom by clicking here.

Metro is studying how to eliminate fares on their buses and trains and they want to hear from us! Join the Telephone Town Hall on March 31st from 6:30 – 7:30pm to share your opinions on how a fareless system could impact the way you use transit. Click here to learn more about the initiative and how to join next Wednesday’s town hall. If you have any questions about these meetings or about the Fareless System Initiative, please email

Tonight at 6pm: E-Bike Town Hall hosted by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Click here to learn more.

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

 Stay in the Know 

FYI – If you are 62 years of age or older, you can apply for a parking pass from the Department of Beaches and Harbors. Click here to learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

Read up on what LACBC has been collaborating on with UCLA.

Our executive director, Eli, and our intern Darren (both pictured here), have been supporting this project to potentially influence LA’s long-term infrastructure planning. Read more about their work by clicking here.


Our upcoming ride, Fat Tire Presents: Zooming in on the Microscopic, will be an exploratory look at local places cultivating microbes in batches & brews we love. Just in time for National Beer Day on April 7 and Earth Day right after that, our ride will focus on the little critters we can’t see that have huge impacts on the way we live our lives. Stay tuned on our social media, our website, or our izi.Travel page.


Your prompt action generated almost 350 letters of support for the change, which would allow cities, towns, and other local jurisdictions to use Highway Program funds to pay for active transportation infrastructure improvements. Metro’s Board of Directors will vote on the change today and we will let you know in our next newsletter how the vote turned out. Stay tuned!

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is basically the guide for road design and signage. It’s currently being revised. Click here to learn more and to make your voice heard!

$1.6 million from federal American Rescue Plan should mean bus service levels resume to pre-pandemic levels by September.


Reminder to fill in Caltran’s survey on ped/bike improvements needed throughout LA County. 

Updates by Region

Central Los Angeles

Bike lanes in the works for 1.2 miles of San Vicente Boulevard

There’s a new protected bike lane on Figueroa between Wilshire and 2nd St

Northeast LA

Tell Metro you support Beautiful Boulevard, Eagle Rock Forward’s grassroots plan for the NoHo-Pasadena BRT’s design on Colorado.

Attend the online community meeting on Thursday April 1 from 5-7pm and show your support. Click here for Zoom info & talking points.

You can also sign the online petition by clicking here.

Gateway Cities

I-5 Authority Pushes to Exempt Widening Project from Mandated Equity and Environment Evaluation

San Gabriel Valley

La Puente houses one of the largest landfills in the US.

The communities around the area want a regional park built. Show your support. Click here to learn more and sign the petition to hold people acountable.

San Fernando Valley

Canoga Park gets $30.7 million from the California Transportation Commision for transit improvements in the area between Vanowen, Saticoy, Topanga Canyon Blvd and DeSoto. Click here to learn more.

LADOT wants your input on improvements along Lincoln Blvd.

Take the survey and learn more about the project.

Become an LACBC Lime Hero!

Thank you to all of you who have supported LACBC by opting in to donate a slice of your Lime ride! 

Operation Firefly 2021 Update!

For the past 8 years the Operation Firefly program has distributed free lights and educational materials to more than 15,000 bicyclists in LA between November and March during Daylight Savings time.

Click here to learn about the partners and supporters that made it possible to continue light distribution amidst a pandemic.


Bike shops open during the pandemic


Check this spot out on your own or ride our 22.6 mile tour!

honey hi is a restaurant located in Los Angeles that promotes personal, public and planetary well-being. Their cooking celebrates food cultures from around the world and honors those who have shaped these traditions. They strive to utilize local and organic ingredients from the Echo Park, Hollywood, and Santa Monica farmers markets. Their mission is to cultivate community and develop meaningful relationships. While on the ride, stop by honey hi, reflect on the history of Los Angeles, and pay homage to those who have called Los Angeles home before us. Located at 1620 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, open 9am-4pm daily.


Support LACBC while securing your bike

When you make a purchase at Seatylock through this link, a portion of your purchase goes to support LACBC!


Click here to learn more on what to do if you are involved in a bicycle crash. If someone you know was killed in a bicycle crash, here are some resources to guide you through this difficult time.

If you would like to share a few words about someone you know that passed away while riding, please reach out to us through email ( or by using this form


The Learning Corner is now:

Word on the Street

Job Alert: Electric Policy + Campaign Director at People for Bikes

Check out this series of lectures on race in transportation hosted by UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies


Support us by becoming a member or making a donation.

Did we miss something? Send us your LA County bike-related updates and events, and we’ll include them in the next newsletter (two weeks from now). Email

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

PO Box 17733

Long Beach, CA 90807

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