Introducing LACBC’s new Executive Director, Tamika Butler!
After 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 work 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 twelve local 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!
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.
We are woking on planning a group ride to the exhibitor early 2015.
Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891—on display at the Fowler Museum from Dec. 14, 2014–Apr. 5, 2015—features forty-two circular black-and-white photographs taken by the cyclists and reproduced from recently scanned negatives held by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The images track a year on the road between Athens, Greece, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and their accompanying captions are based on Sachtleben’s meticulous notes, written on the envelopes that contained each original negative.
In the summer of 1890, two young Americans, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr., set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles. Three years later, after pedaling some 18,000 miles across three continents, their harrowing tales of adventure made them international celebrities. Their timely championing of the bicycle helped spark the great bike boom of the mid-1890s, which transformed cycling from an elitist, male-dominated pastime into a wildly popular means of recreation and transportation for all. Along the way, Sachtleben and Allen chronicled their adventures with two novel compact Kodak film cameras, heralding a new “democratic” era for photography, as well.
The photographs vividly convey what the two adventurers experienced as they pedaled across barren dirt roads, river crossings, mountain passes, and volcanic terrains, encountering peoples and cultures entirely foreign to them. The scenes of everyday life also reflect how the locals—many of whom had never before seen a Westerner or a bicycle—reacted to them and to the marvelous technologies that were destined to change ancient ways of life.
During their three-year journey, Sachtleben and Allen traversed Europe, Asia, and North America and recorded some 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives. Only about a third of the negatives are known to have survived, and these are now part of the Sachtleben Collection kept since 1984 by UCLA Special Collections. The negatives were scanned in 2013—a complicated process, given their fragile and combustible state.
The exhibition features four of the countries Sachtleben and Allen toured in 1891, arranged chronologically: Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Approximately ten images have been selected from each country, and enlarged to 20” in diameter.
Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The guest-curator is David V. Herlihy, historian and author of Bicycle: The History and Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is one of the country’s most respected institutions devoted to exploring the arts and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Thursdays, from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $12 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call 310 825-4361 or visit fowler.ucla.edu.
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
Start Santa Monica Pier, at the Canon
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!
Stuff to bring:
- helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
- sun screen
- spare tube/ patch kit
- any special tools your bike requires!
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
When: Thursday, December 04; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, 1st Floor – 634 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
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!
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!
Questions on the 3 foot Law, FAQ here
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.
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 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.