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Introducing, the new Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Introducing LACBC’s new Executive Director, Tamika Butler!

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.50.10 PMAfter an extensive national search, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has selected Tamika Butler to lead LACBC into the next phase of continued growth as we further our mission to make the Los Angeles region a healthy, safe and fun place to ride a bike.

“I’m really proud of the process and results of the search and couldn’t be more excited about Tamika as our next Executive Director,” says LACBC Board President Steve Boyd. “Tamika is the ideal leader to write LACBC’s next chapter.”

Tamika brings to LACBC a proven track record of sustainably expanding and running programs and organizations, as well as a policy and advocacy background. She spent three years as an employment lawyer at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and most recently comes from Liberty Hill Foundation, where she was the Director of Social Change Strategies. She first made her mark in Los Angeles as the California Director at the startup policy and advocacy organization Young Invincibles, where she managed the west coast regional staff, was the media and policy spokesperson, organized and led coalitions, developed curriculum and trainings, and fundraised to expand the organization’s presence on the west coast. She also developed relationships with community leaders and state and local lawmakers to advance the organization’s policy goals.

“I am thrilled to have the privilege to become the next Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and look forward to continuing the success, growth and cutting edge Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.50.27 PMwork of the organization. Biking in Los Angeles County has personally changed my life and deepens my love of the region every time I go for a ride. We’re lucky to live and bike in a county full of diverse communities that motivate this talented staff and me to push towards building a healthier, more vibrant Los Angeles County. I am excited to start pedaling, dig deep, and get to work with our members and partners, within and across sectors, as we race to the front lines of the nationwide movement to create bikeable, safe and sustainable neighborhoods.” One of Tamika’s top priorities is to grow the diversity of LACBC staff and coalition membership.

When Jen Klausner started as Executive Director in 2007, there was only one other employee at headquarters and it was a real struggle to keep doors open. Jen and the organization faced an uphill battle at City Hall to pass the Los Angeles Bicycle Plan and get pavement striped with room for bikes. Seven years later, under her leadership, there are now twelve employees working on your behalf with a LOT of successes! Our growing roster of twelvelocal chapters will extend that reach even further as we strive to more fully represent the diversity of those who bicycle and want to bicycle in all neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. Tamika brings deep experience in social justice work and looks forward to working with the full range of communities across the county. We couldn’t be more excited.

Jen says, “Our new Executive Director Tamika Butler brings a fresh perspective to the leadership of LACBC, and one that is so relevant to the growth of the bike-ped movement and to important dialogues happening here and in cities across the nation. I am confident in Tamika’s ability to take LACBC to the next level, and I, for one, will be staying tuned and keeping my membership current, because this organization is poised to do great things in the coming years. Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to Tamika!”

Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, agrees that Tamika will make a great Executive Director: “Tamika is a dynamic, innovative leader who will be a huge asset to the LACBC team. She brought Young Invincibles to new heights and I know that she’ll do the same in her new role!”

We look forward to introducing Tamika to our members, partners and supporters at the first available opportunity in January. Look for announcements of those opportunities in our weekly newsletter, on the website, and through Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget—as part of our end of year campaign, any donation at the $250 level and above will get you an invitation to our January 22nd Donor Thank You Party—an intimate gathering with our brand new Executive Director, Tamika Butler, in attendance. Hope to see you there!

A View in the Rear View Mirror, Santa Monica Spoke

At this year’s LACBC Holiday Open House we had a slide show instead of the vision boards we assembled last year. LACBC and each Local Chapter contributed slides from this year along with a few of our favorite images. Each chapter was asked to contribute 5 slides.

Our 5 slides from the LACBC Open House Slide Show.

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top: Community event SMMoA, right: Community Meeting with city staff & SMPD, bottom: Walk & Bike Audit gathering input for MANGo
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Youth Bike Skills Festival at Mc Kinnley for Bike it Walk it Week
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top: LACBC Sunday Funday Santa Monica up PCH to meet CalBike Surf & Turf Tour, right: Road side assistance at Tour da Arts Bike Event, bottom: Santa Monica Festival at Clover Park
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top: new bike corrals on Main Street, right: Santa Monica’s first greet lanes on Ocean Park Blvd, bottom: Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community national designation by League of American Bicyclist
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Kidical Mass is more than just a bike ride. A city that seeks to build safer streets to encourage families on bikes is safer for all road users.

Feeder Ride to CicLAvia from Santa Monica, 12/7/2014

This Sunday all new CicLAvia Historic South LA!

Whether you ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it!
CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it!

We will once again lead a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday December 7th. We’ll meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox 12.2 miles and mostly flat on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you to “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long or in trailers.
Join us Sunday and experience the fun of CicLAvia!

December 7th, 9am -3pm – Come experience
CicLAvia’s New Route, Historic South LA

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Start           Santa Monica Pier, at the Canon
Meet           8:00am   

Roll out      8:30am (sharp)
Route         ROUTE about 12.2 miles
We intend to use the Expo Bike Path and closely the route Expo will soon take into Santa Monica once complete!

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CicLAvia South LA 12:7
Click here to download map

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!
  • SMILES

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! 
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane to Expo Bike Path west and then south to Leimert Park Hub.  

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Bikerowave: Monthly Open House is Friday, 12/5

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Looking for something fun and bikey?!

Join us this Friday at Bikerowave‘s monthly Open House.
Celebrate and hear about the excitement of our own Rachel Horn as she embarks of several long trips, abroad and then a bike tour in the US.

BIKEROWAVE
OPEN HOUSE, MIXER, HAPPY HOUR!

Fri, December 5th, 7-10 pm
12255 Venice Blvd. 90066 (east of Centinela)

Bring a dish or a drinks to share.
Please, bring your own mess kit.
This is a zero waste event

#GivingTuesday: Consider donating to Santa Monica Spoke

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#GIVINGTUESDAY‬!
As we gather this holiday season with friends and family, we give thanks for the health and safety of those we hold most dear and look forward to sharing and creating cherished memories with family, friends and neighbors like you!  
We hope you will also take a moment to consider a year end donation to us at Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC! 
With your support we can expand our adult and child education programs and classes, outreach and more! More success and continued work toward more equitable and safer policies and infrastructure for people walking and biking in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles region.

Gift a MEMBERSHIP
50% of
 your membership dollars stay local / 50% help support region efforts through LACBC,
or you can Donate 
via LACBC on our behalf to Santa Monica Spoke
Donations are tax deductible!
Questions? let us know. 


DONTATE TODAY: ONLINE FORM HERE 

Thank you from all of us at Santa Monica Spoke!

LACBC Open House this Thursday! December 4th DTLA!

 

Music, Food, Beverages and CAKE – Plus GREAT COMPANY!
What? Photo Booth too! = Too much fun!
LACBC Open House 2014

You are all invited to join us for our LACBC Annual Open House!
Learn about what LACBC and all it’s Local Chapters and Bike Ambassadors have been up to this year, bid farewell to our totally Awesome executive director Jen Klausner, mingle with your bike buddies, and look forward to 2015.

LACBC is excited to announce that we will have music from DJ Starskee Suave, drinks from Angel City Brewery, appetizers from the Border Grill, cake from Sweet Lady Jane, and a photo booth to capture the night’s merriment!

Please RSVP!
The event is free for LACBC members and $10 for the general public (please pay at the door). Not a current LACBC member? Sign up or renew online and get in for free!

When: Thursday, December 04; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, 1st Floor - 634 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Happy Day of Thanks, Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful day of thanks.
Many many thanks for friends, family and bikes!

Enjoy your day – enjoy a ride – see you all soon!

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Image Back Alley Bikes 2012, courtesy of missionbicycle.com

What can motorist commit to give TODAY and EVERYDAY?
Commit to GIVE 3FT (or more) for Safety as you pass people on bikes! WE’LL THANK YOU! 

3 FT LAW

Questions on the 3 foot Law, FAQ here

Next CicLAvia December 7, 2014: All New South LA Route!

CicLAvia makes its first journey to South LA for an all new route on December 7th from 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.. Open streets and the opportunity to explore more of Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport. The South LA route will connect beautiful Leimert Park with historic Central Avenue, traveling along Martin Luther King Boulevard. Participants will be able to enjoy the sights, music, food and culture that makes South LA such a vibrant part of Los Angeles.

YES We will RIDE FROM SANTA MONICA to CicLAvia as always!
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Check out this cool video on the new route! CicLAvia SouthLA!

Click here to download map “CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. CicLAvia engages with people to positively transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.”

All Hubs will offer CicLAvia information, merchandise, free water, restrooms and first aid stations.

The route will feature a pedestrian zones in the Leimert Park and Jazz Park Hub. For info and options on WalkLAvia click here See full program HERE ALONG THE ROUTE:

  • The Los Angeles Carnival (www.losangelescarnival.com) will lead a festive parade down part of the route featuring costumed dancers. They will start assembling costumes at King Boulevard and Vermont Avenue at 8am and leave the assembly point at 11am. Estimated arrival in Leimert Park is between 1:30pm and 2pm. People interested in participating can visit the website for information about renting a costume.

LEIMERT PARK HUB

  • Maverick’s Flat programs an outdoor stage with DJs and bands playing neo-soul, Caribbean, house and hip hop:
  • More live music at local Leimert Park venues:
  • Check out community groups in Leimert Plaza Park and arts and crafts vendors on Degnan Blvd.
  • Food Trucks: Grilled Cheese Truck / King Kone / Luckdish Curry / No Jodas Cuban Kitchen / Surfer Taco

EXPOSITION PARK HUB

  • Expo Center will host their annual Winter Festival in collaboration with the California African American Museum (CAAM) which will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration (http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/target_sundays.htm). The hub will feature musical programming, pictures with Santa Claus, snow on the Soboroff Sports Field and food demos from the CSU Expo mini-farm
  • Free bike valet
  • Food trucks and food carts programmed by CAAM

JAZZ PARK HUB

  • Pedestrian Zone and free bike valet
  • Kick-off ceremony featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Curren Price, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Jaime Ortiz (co-founder of the ciclovia open streets movement) and CicLAvia Executive Director Aaron Paley
  • Los Angeles City Council District 9 Constituent Center and Community Health Councils will host a health expo with cooking demos, fitness classes, free health screenings, community organization booths and a bilingual bike rodeo
  • Fresh produce from the Central Ave Farmers Market and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market booths
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price will host #TechLA where there will be free sessions on everything from web design and Photoshop to film editing and coding
  • CRCD hosts tours of the Dunbar Hotel at 10am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
  • Live music in the park programmed by the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and K-JAZZ
  • Food Trucks: Farmer’s Belly / India Jones / Waffles de Liege / Yalla Truck
  • NEAR THE HUB: Dismount and dance with DanceLAvia volunteers. Help them keep the tunes going by pedaling the Movable Parts stationary bike-powered DJ.

CENTRAL AVENUE HUB

  • Kids Zone featuring a bike safety skills course and painting on the Mobile Mural Lab. If a child doesn’t have 
a helmet, complete the skills course and get a free kid’s bike helmet (while supplies last). Also a chance to win a kid’s bike!
  • Food Trucks: Don Cho Tacos / The Greasy Wiener / Mandoline Grill / Vchos Truck / Zugo Liquitarian
  • NEAR THE HUB: Listen to live DJs and enjoy smoothies at A Place Called Home (2830 S Central Ave). Aztec dancers perform at 10am.

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST!  Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then  Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms) Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane to Expo Bike Path west and then south to Leimert Park Hub.   Big Blue Bus -<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Spoke Event Saturday, Bikeshare, Bike Action Plan Updates & PARTY!

Join us Saturday afternoon for an Update & Input Meeting, followed by a family friendly Party to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of our Bike Action Plan

Please join us
DAY /DATE:    Saturday, November 22rd
TIME:              3:00pm Updates, Input & Discussion
immediately followed by BIKE ACTION PLAN PARTY
PLACE:            1640 5th Street, SM (south of EXPO)
- Private outdoor courtyard - please dress accordingly

Please RSVP@SMSpoke.org

We will be joined by special guests, City staff and local leaders to give updates and gather input on recently approved Bikeshare contract, Bike Action Plan Implementations: completed and in the pipeline, KIDICAL MASS, SAMOHI SRTS & MANGo Progress, EXPO & Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects, and more! As always YOUR INPUT is most valuable in this process.

SOBI Bikeshare bike will be there for you to check out!

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