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LACBC Open House 2016 is this WEDNESDAY 12/7!

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Celebrate the history of LACBC, our campaigns, rides in our city, and the people working to make our communities healthy, safe, and fun places to bike! Join your fellow cyclists for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and conversation about biking in L.A.

Ticket rates are suggested donations for members and nonmembers. No one will be turned away at the door on Wednesday!51wpcwlD-4L.jpg

All ticket levels include- food, drinks, a Where to Bike in LA book and special LACBC merchandise!

Thank you to our Open House Sponsors!

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LACBC Open House 2016

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Celebrate the history of LACBC, our campaigns, rides in our city, and the people working to make our communities healthy, safe, and fun places to bike! Join your fellow bicyclists for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and conversation about biking in L.A.

Get your tickets at: http://www.la-bike.org/openhouse16

Tickets are $5 for LACBC members and $20 for non-members (which includes an LACBC membership)6

Both ticket levels include- food, drinks, a Where to bike in LA book and special LACBC merchandise!

2015 LA Bike & Ped Count

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REPORT: L.A.’S MOST POPULAR STREETS ALSO MOST UNSAFE

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LACBC, with partners Los Angeles Walks and the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, conducts bicycle and pedestrian count presented by AARP. Count reveals progress and challenges on Los Angeles streets.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. –

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and AARP are partnering to release the results and findings of the Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, a citywide survey of walking and biking safety and accessibility in Los Angeles. The count, which was conducted in September 2015 in partnership with Los Angeles Walks, the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and local organizations, covered 156 unique locations across Los Angeles. Data from the biennial count is used to measure the effectiveness of bicycle and pedestrian improvements and help the city of Los Angeles apply for competitive transportation grants.

The report found that:

  • The most popular streets for walking and biking are also the most unsafe: All of the top 30 count locations for people walking are located on the High Injury Network, along with 24 of the top 30 locations for people biking. These top 30 locations accounted for 65% of all people walking who were counted and 55% of all people biking who were counted. All of these locations are located in high-density neighborhoods, near major destinations, or in low-income communities of color. Almost all of the top 30 locations were in neighborhoods with median household incomes below the rest of the city.

  • As bike lane installation has slowed, new ridership has decreased: In 2015, riders continued to gravitate towards bike lanes; however the count shows an overall 9% year-by-year decline in same location ridership from 2013 to 2015. In the last two years, bike lane installation has decreased significantly from a high of 101 miles in fiscal year 2013 to only 11 miles in fiscal year 2015. Many of these new lanes have been installations where bike lanes could be included in other road resurfacing or safety projects, rather than installations along high priority corridors identified in the Bicycle Plan. Of the initial 183 miles of bike lanes prioritized in the 5-year Bicycle Plan Implementation Strategy, only 45 miles (25%) have been installed. As a result, the bike network in Los Angeles remains fragmented with large gaps in bike lanes along most riders’ trips. This lack of connectivity continues to be the greatest barrier reported by many people who bike or would like to.

  • Women want safer biking options: In Los Angeles, women make up just 16% of cyclists overall, but the gender disparity is lowest on streets with quality bikeways (bike paths at 22% and bike lanes at 17%) and highest on streets with no bicycling infrastructure. Cities with safer streets for bicycling in general tend to have smaller gender disparities in bicycling, such as Portland, Oregon (35%), and Copenhagen, Denmark (50%).

  • Bike lanes have made streets safer, but more work needs to be done: On the new bike lanes studied, bike ridership increased by 62% after installation. After accounting for increases in bike ridership, new bike lanes reduced bicycle crash risk by an average of 42%.

This report comes at a time of important policy shifts in the City of Los Angeles. Every year, over 200 people are killed on city streets in traffic crashes, about half of them while walking or biking. In 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed Executive Directive 10, making Los Angeles a Vision Zero city and calling for all city departments to work together to end all traffic deaths by 2025. The City Council adopted this same policy goal to make safety the City’s top transportation priority as part of Mobility Plan 2035. To achieve Vision Zero, LADOT is working to catalog all serious and fatal traffic crashes and deploy proven engineering solutions to prevent them. In this report, LACBC analyzed collision data along corridors where bike lanes were installed and found that bike lanes are a key strategy for making streets safer–for people who bike and for all people using the roads. Recently, L.A. County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure M, also known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan.” Measure M will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects across L.A. County, including $4 billion for biking and walking.

“Every Angeleno deserves to feel safe and comfortable biking and walking on our streets,” said Tamika Butler, Executive Director of LACBC. “We know from our counts and crash data that the most acute traffic safety problems are occurring in low-income communities and communities of color, where biking and walking often are the only means of transportation.”

The report found that top 30 (20%) count locations account for over 65% of people who walk and 55% of people who bike. Most of these locations are located on top of the City’s High Injury Network, which indicates that people walking and biking on these streets are more likely to get injured or killed by traffic collisions. People walk and bike to access important neighborhood destinations like local businesses, services, transit stations, schools, and parks, many of which are located on the High Injury Network. Making walking and biking safe and convenient requires making infrastructure improvements on the streets where people are walking and biking.

“Each year, the L.A. Bike and Ped Count proves that better data leads to better decisions,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who serves as Chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee and has helped encourage participation in the Bike and Ped Count on the Westside. “The Bike and Ped Count reveals crucial information, which shows that investing in safer streets allows more and more people to opt out of the soul-sucking traffic that comes with commuting in a single-passenger car. As we work to eliminate traffic fatalities in Los Angeles, this data helps show policy makers where we must prioritize safe, accessible and balanced transportation projects.”

“Data plays a crucial role in guiding us to reach our goal of a city where no one dies getting around our city. We thank all the volunteers who give their time to make this contribution” said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT General Manager.

“Safe, accessible streets are extremely important to our 50+ community members, who are increasingly walking, biking and taking public transportation to the grocery store, to visit friends or to doctors’ appointments,” AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson said. “In California, adults 65 and older comprise almost a quarter of pedestrian fatalities, making the state second in the nation in the deaths of elderly pedestrians. It is our hope that the information provided in the 2015 Los Angeles Pedestrian and Bicycle Count will help us work toward a point where Angelenos of all ages can experience safe and vibrant streets.”

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About LACBC:

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Founded in 1998, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is a membership-based, volunteer driven nonprofit organization that works to make all communities in Los Angeles County into healthy, safe and fun places to ride a bike. Through advocacy, education and outreach, LACBC brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life for the entire region. Since 2009, LACBC has been the primary organization conducting regular bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout the City and County of Los Angeles. Learn more at www.la-bike.org.

About AARP:

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Serving 38 million members nationwide–3.3 million in California–AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/losangeles or follow @AARPCA on Twitter.

For more information and to download a copy of the report, go to: www.la-bike.org/labikepedcount2015_report

 
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Tonight: Ask an Officer

EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED – STAYED TUNED FOR NEW DATE

Join in a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA.

Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & de Los ReyesLos Angeles Walks, and the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance to discuss some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

WHEN      November 14, 2016 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

WHERE    LACBC HQ
634 S Spring St
Edison Room (first floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

LACBC, Pocrass, LA Walks, Vision Zero alliance

Off the Chain

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Hey LACBC Fam,

Usually, I write my Off the Chain around the 15th, but this month we wanted to do it early because we have some BIG victories to celebrate. Everything we endorsed on the ballot won! Now in Los Angeles County, Measure M is a reality. Our work won’t end here, but the first step to #makeLACounty bikeable, livable, and connected is complete. There will also be more jobs and housing for all people in Los Angeles thanks to a victory on JJJ. We were part of a coalition to Build a Better LA and we couldn’t be happier. We’ll also see funding for parks with the passage of Measure A, and the equitable growth of green space is coming to your neighborhood.  Los Angeles took a stand to support our neighbors who are homeless and say that we won’t stand for it any longer thanks to an HHH victory. Finally, in Santa Monica, LV failed and sustainable development and affordable housing will continue to be a possibility in the city.

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LACBC FAM!! WE DID IT!! Our staff worked ridiculously hard during this campaign season and I can’t thank them enough. We’ve been everywhere and doing everything we can to ensure victory and we did it. YOU did everything you could, you hosted personal phone banking parties and knocked on doors, you VOTED. You also showed up to all of our phone banking sessions at HQ and you made sure that other members of LACBC heard why these measures were important and made the right decision at the ballot box. Thank you. We could not have done this without you. As I said, our work isn’t over. These victories mean nothing if we don’t hold elected officials responsible and make sure implementation happens. We’re on the job and ready to do it. Sign up to be a member to celebrate, or support us by making a donation, or sign up to receive our updates. We’re still going to need you. If this election showed us anything, it’s that we’re stronger together. Let’s keep rolling, let’s make our vision of L.A. County a reality.

Oh, and one last thing before signing off. California often exists in a bubble and L.A. County a bubble within a bubble. ButTuesday was a big day for the nation. We don’t comment on national politics at LACBC; we’re here to make impacts on the local level, for you—our members. But I am also the Executive Director of an organization whose diversity matches that of our county.  When I look at my team this week, I know we are proud of our success as staff of this organization, but as people, we’re hurting. Your LACBC team is composed of people who have immigrated to this country, your team is composed of parents to daughters who still see a glass ceiling despite qualifications, your team is composed of people whose families live across borders and fears of families continuing to be ripped apart, your team is composed of people who are part of communities that face discrimination because of fear about who and how we worship, your team is composed of people who didn’t grow up with English as their first language and have had to fight to get where they are, your team is composed of some strong nasty women, your team is made of of people from low-income communities and communities of color who are so much more than just people with nothing to lose from the inner city.

This is your team. This is my team. Many of us are afraid. Many of us are worried. Many of us don’t know what comes next. The work stuff is sometimes easy, but at some point we leave work and we are people. As we’ve made changes at LACBC that have focused more on talking about race, class, justice, and inclusivity, we’ve heard cries that this organization isn’t as bikey as it used to be, as effective as it used to be, and as great as it used to be. We’ve heard that we’re putting certain people over the people who got us here. Internally, we’ve been very honest about our shortcomings and what we could be doing better. We’ve also been very honest about the undertones of racism and sexism this dialogue holds and the personal impact it’s taken on members of our team.

On Monday, we had our normal staff meeting where I told staff that I believed that the presidential election would have a result that might require people, including me, to take a personal day for self-care. I thought this might happen, because as a queer woman of color I’ve experienced a lot in my lifetime, I knew who this country was. I’ve experienced a lot in my two years on this job, I’ve endured through tough conversations, racist statements, sexist statements, and statements about how I am not fit to lead. But we’ve kept going, we’ve kept pushing. At LACBC we’re a family. Our diversity brings us together. It makes us stronger. It allows us to hug one another, love one another, do our best work, and support each other as people. We can’t thank you enough for your support this campaign season. But some of us will need a few days to process all that has happened. We’re going to keep fighting for L.A. to be a safe, fun and healthy place to bike—for everyone. We’re here for you. We work for you. But we’re people, so over the next few days if we’re a little slower to respond, if we don’t seem as excited as you think we should be, just remember, we are people with identities and lives beyond bikes. We’re just recharging, we’re just taking care of ourselves. That’s okay. Take care of yourself, too. And no matter what happens, know, we’ll keep pedaling.

Ride On,

Tamika Butler
LACBC Executive Director
tamika@la-bike.or

Why Yes Measure M?

WHAT IS MEASURE M?

Make LA County Bikeable, Liveable & Connected!

 Measure M, known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,”  is a half-cent sales tax ballot measure that L.A. County residents have the opportunity to vote on this November. The measure will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects. Of that money, over $4 billion is set aside for walking and biking. Measure M will give Los Angeles County its first sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.

Make LA County Bikeable, Liveable & Connected!
See what Measure M will bring to Santa Monica!
Pledge to vote YES on Measure M November 8th!

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Vote #YesOnM

Climate Ride: Team LACBC

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Team LACBC returns for the fourth year to tackle hills and climate change on Climate Ride California North Coast this May! Sign up as part of Team LACBC, and you’ll ride in support of LACBC and other environmental causes.

Joni and Nicole: Two local riders participating to benefit LACBC and Local Chapter Santa Monica Spoke!

Here are 10 reasons why you should join Team LACBC on Climate Ride!

About Climate Ride California North Coast Ride:

Climate Ride California North Coast is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California’s historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Climate Ride California is more than a bike trip—it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles—the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.

This 5-day journey has riders covering 40-70 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. The ride is fully supported, with Climate Ride staff taking care of meals, snacks, mechanical support, luggage transport, and other logistics. The dates for 2016 are May 22 to May 26.

About Team LACBC at Climate Ride:

Now in our fourth year of participating in Climate Ride, Team LACBC first formed in 2012 and has been the top fundraising team for the past three years. This year’s co-captains are returning riders Greg Laemmle and Nora Hipolito. Read about our history here.

How It Works:

When you join Team LACBC and choose LACBC as your sole beneficiary, a portion of the money you raise will support LACBC’s work to make L.A. County a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike. It is important to note that the only thing that is required of your participation on Team LACBC is that you select Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition as your SOLE beneficiary. This is because beneficiaries receive a percentage of the amount raised. After you finish registering, you are provided a personal fundraising page to begin collecting donations.

Each rider has to raise a minimum of $2,800. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry! We have lots of experience in this area and can help reach your fundraising goals. Climate Ride offers many tools that make raising money easier than you might think. LACBC also offers incentives to Team LACBC riders for reaching fundraising milestones, as well as incentives you can offer to the individuals and companies who contribute to your ride. Trust us, you can do it.

Join Team LACBC:

Sign up for Team LACBC here!

Connect with Team LACBC:

Email Marc Horwitz at climateride@la-bike.org if you have questions. Also, check out Team LACBC’s Climate Ride FAQ section, as well as Climate Ride’s FAQ section.

Follow the Team on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamLACBC2016. Check our FB page for all the latest news and the scoop on Training Rides!

Training Rides:

Ride with the team! Most of our training rides are open to the public. Whether you’re considering signing up for the team, want to support the team, or just looking for a good weekend ride, you’re more than welcome to join us on the road!
Ride details will be posted in advance each week via our Facebook Page. Note, these are not supported rides and participants are expected to keep pace with the group. Pace changes weekly, according to rider levels.

Resources:

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Cynthia Rose and Mobility Plan 2035 Are LACBC’s National Advocacy Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce that Cynthia Rose and LACBC have been awarded multiple Advocacy Awards by the Alliance for Biking & Walking at this year’s National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum in Washington DC!

After receiving five nominations, Monday night we took home:

  • Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award – Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke
  • Winning Campaign of the Year – Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035


Cynthia Rose rides a Breeze Bike Share bike with Countri Bike's Jeffrey Tannenhaus around Santa Monica. Photo: Santa Monica Spoke.

Cynthia Rose rides a Breeze Bike Share bike with Countri Bike’s Jeffrey Tannenhaus around Santa Monica.

Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

This award commemorates Susie Stephens, one of the Alliance’s founders and an enduring inspiration for many members of the bicycle and pedestrian movement. The honor goes to an individual who carries on Susie’s passion for advocating for bicycling as a fun and economical means of transportation, as well as creating a safe biking and walking environment for all.

  •     Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke

I feel so incredible honored to have received this award that commemorates the dedication and inspiration of Susie Stephens. I am so grateful to her and her inspirational mother who has carried on her daughters enthusiasm with her own commitment and dedication. With that I must say that like any successful advocacy – there are many to thank. Those that preceded us and make our work and successes possible, those that continue today working with us side by side, and in Santa Monica to our wonderful, talented community and civic partners that help and support us in creating a safer environment that encourages more people to walk and bike. I am deeply appreciative of all these partners every single day. 

Thank you to the Alliance of Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists for their national leadership and support of local advocacy — and to our regional and state partners at LACBC and the California Bicycle Coalition. 

“Together We Lead” our communities to a healthier, safer, more equitable future biking and walking.

Cynthia Rose 

From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “Cynthia Rose, a co-founder of Santa Monica Spoke, is also known to many in the Los Angeles area as ‘Purple’ (her favorite color) — but her vibrance spans the spectrum of bicycle advocacy. She played a key role in helping launch the first public bike share program in Los Angeles County: Breeze Bike Share, and pioneered the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Local Chapter program. She is an educator, an advocate and a rider leader, but even her actions are outdone by her joyful enthusiasm. Her bright smile and infectious attitude have invited countless new riders into the movement by making bicycling welcoming and fun. As her nominator summed up: ‘Cynthia truly is an inspiration.'”


Winning Campaign of the Year

This award goes to an organization for a winning campaign, in the last year, which has had the biggest impact on walking and biking. Their victory will dramatically increase active transportation in their state/ community or will dramatically shift the way that walking and biking are considered.

  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035

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From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “With 300 miles of protected bike lanes, the adoption of Vision Zero and a central commitment to safety, the Mobility Plan 2035 passed by the Los Angeles City Council in 2015 marked a major transformation for big city transportation. Behind the scenes, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition helped to lead that charge with a thoughtful, strategic and multi-year campaign to increase access and safety for all. Their inside-outside game, rallied the public and LACBC members to engage with their policymakers, brought new partners to table and authentically considered the need of all road users, from bicyclists to bus riders. Read much more about their effort here.”


We would like to thank all of our members, partners, and supporters for making these wins possible! These wins (plus our additional nominations) are recognition of every call to action you’ve responded to, every meeting you’ve attended, every letter or email you’ve written, every public comment you’ve made, every hour of time you’ve volunteered in the office or on the streets, every hashmark recorded for our bike and ped counts, and every bike light installed as a member of Team Firefly, not to mention every mile you’ve pedaled either with us or on our behalf. We hope you’ll help Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC and all our local chapters continue this work to make Los Angeles County a great place for all people from all communities to ride their bikes everywhere, safely and conveniently, by becoming a member of LACBC and a local chapter or renewing your membership.

Congrats to Cynthia and all the other winners: Living Streets Alliance (Tucson), Fernando Martinez, and Community Cycling Center (Portland). Read more about all the winners on the Alliance for Biking & Walking blog.

Update: LA Mobility Plan 2035

Planning Commission Keeps Westwood & Central in
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At today’s L.A. Planning Commission hearing, Planning Commissioners unanimously adopted staff recommendations for Mobility Plan 2035 (with minor clarifications) to keep Central Avenue and Westwood Blvd bike lanes in the plan! We are glad that Mobility Plan 2035 will foster conversation and commitment by the City to engage with communities before making decisions.Thank you to all who went to today’s hearing or emailed the Planning Commission to voice your support. The next step is expected concurrence by Mayor Garcetti, followed by consideration by the Los Angeles Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) and Transportation Committees. We will continue to keep you updated.You can catch up on the hearing highlights by following @lacbc and the #LA2B hashtag on Twitter.

Save Westwood and Central in LA Mobility Plan 2035

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Support LA Mobility Plan 2035 with Bike Lanes on Westwood
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With all “consensus” amendments now adopted in Mobility Plan 2035, two new amendments that directly undermine the balanced network approach by cutting out two critical segments of the bike network are left. The entire Mobility Plan is premised on the idea that all modes deserve complete, functional networks so that people have a range of good mobility options. That principle is under attack with these two remaining amendments:

  • Councilmember Koretz’s amendment would remove Westwood Blvd from the Bicycle Enhanced Network, which provides direct access to UCLA for hundreds of students, faculty, and staff who ride this route every day. This segment has approximately 800 bike riders on an average weekday.
  • Councilmember Price’s amendment would remove Central Ave from the Bicycle Enhanced Network, which runs through the heart of historic South Central, serving businesses, youth centers, schools, and the Constituent Services Center (CD9’s district office). This segment had approximately 60 bike riders per hour during our 2013 bike count.

Because these amendments are not consistent with the overall goals of Mobility Plan 2035, LA city staff is recommending against them. However, each council office is expected to lobby vigorously for the removal of these bike lanes from the plan.

We need your support to uphold the LA Mobility Plan’s balanced approach and to avoid piecemealing the carefully designed networks. You can show your support by:

1.) Coming to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission public hearing on these amendments, where a final decision on whether to keep these critical bike lanes in Mobility Plan 2035 will be made.

Los Angeles City Planning Commission Public Hearing
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016, at approximately 8:30 a.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Public Works Board Room 350 (3rd Floor) – 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012

2.) Sharing your support by email. Can’t make the meeting? You can still support bike lanes on Westwood Blvd and Central Ave by emailing james.k.williams@lacity.org (and bcc us at hyeran@la-bike.org). A sample email is available on LACBC’s blog.

3.) Spreading the word. Share the blog post with your networks. On Monday, we’ll be having another #MobilityMondayLA.

Read the LACBC blog for more details on these amendments, and come to the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday!