Archive for February 16, 2010

LA Street Summit 2010 – Biking, Walking and Beyond!

This sounds like it might be an interesting conference.

Saturday March 20, 2010

LA Trade Tech College
10:30 am – 5:00 pm tentatively
Admission is FREE!!

Thursday March 18th 2010

Antionette & Vincent M. Dungan Lecture on Energy and the Environment by Janette Sadik-Khan

In March 2009, more than 300 community residents, activists, researchers, and others gathered at L.A. Trade Tech for the 2009 L.A. Bike Summit. Building on that experience and broadening the agenda to include the parallel issues of biking, walking, and related streets issues, The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College is helping facilitate the L.A. STREET SUMMIT 2010: BIKING, WALKING, AND MORE. Along those lines, we are seeking individuals and organizations to provide educational and action-related workshops for this 2010at the Streets Summit 2010.

There’s a link on the page to register. I’m thinking about going, since I will be in Los Angeles that Saturday. Perhaps we could send a contingent from the AV cycling community?

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The economic benefits of bicycle infrastructure

Today on Streetsblog:

Yesterday on the Streetsblog Network, member blog Portlandize published a great post summarizing the economic benefits of better cycling infrastructure. The piece serves as a response to those who might have their doubts about Portland’s ambitious new Bicycle Plan for 2030.

Just one of the benefits:

What many cities in Europe have found out, is that pedestrians and cyclists are better shoppers than those who arrive in automobiles. They are more able to stop on a whim, browse casually, and for those who don’t own a car, the fact that they aren’t spending loads on owning and operating an automobile all the time means they potentially have more money to spend./blockquote>

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This week’s L.A. Livable Streets Events

This is a busy week for livable streets events:

Wednesday – The Los Angeles County Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the county’s upcoming Bike Master Plan.

Thursday –The Bike Working Group for the Arroyo Seco project will meet to discuss the status of the bike trail associated with the project.

Friday – Metro is hosting what is basically an all-day “Town Hall Meeting” with Boxer and LaHood to discuss the upcoming transportation (including bicycle funding) reauthorization bill.

Friday – Doug Failing of the highway division at Metro is holding a “bike roundtable” at 2:00 P.M.

Saturday – C.I.C.L.E.’s monthly urban expeditions ride tours the L.A. River. Departs at 12:30 at L.A. River Center Street: 570 W. Avenue 26.

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February Club Meeting

It’s that time again! Join us this Monday, February 15th
7 pm @ Nick’s Pizzeria
43755 15th St. West
Lancaster, CA 93534

We will discuss upcoming club elections and make nominations for officers.

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The “I didn’t see him” defense

From the Bicycle Law blog, a post about the “I didn’t see him” defense:

It’s the most common excuse negligent drivers make after colliding with a cyclist. And it makes no difference whether the cyclist is wearing bright colors or “lit up like a Christmas tree”—negligent drivers will still utter these four words after hitting the cyclist. Except, of course, in the Netherlands, where the presumption of liability encourages drivers to be more careful about seeing cyclists.

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