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Metro Los Angeles is hosting The Bicycle Design Workshop: Designing Streets to Increase Bicycling on June 2, 2010 at Metro HQ, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles.
[The] workshop is designed to give planners, engineers and cycling advocates an understanding of design principles and practices. Giving practitioners the knowledge and resources necessary to implement innovative on-street design can increase bicycle ridership.
John Ciccarelli, a bicycle planning, parking and education consultant will lead the workshop.
. . . in a city where bike advocacy is quickly growing into bike activism, Bikeside LA is looking to be a booming voice in the, sometimes contentious, conversation. It was founded by Alex Thompson, who helped author the Cyclists Bill of Rights, co-founded Bikerowave and is known for his open disdain of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), a longtime bike advocacy organization.
It’s not just ramped-up ideology that separates Bikeside from the LACBC. Both are non-profits, but Bikeside is a 501(c)(4), which means it’s unrestrained in its lobbying efforts. And unrestrained is how Thompson wants it. (It also means donations to Bikeside are not tax deductible.)
“We are a pure lobbying organization. Parties, bike rides and film screenings — all these things are secondary to our main purpose: making policy change,” Thompson writes on BikesideLA.org, the website where the organization’s name is followed by the slogan, “resistance is futile.”
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?
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.
Guilty on all counts!
The LA Bicycle Coalition is counting bicycles in LA:
“We want L.A. to be truly bike friendly and we noticed that all the major bike-friendly, or getting-to-be-bike-friendly cities, all have bicycle counts,” said Dorothy Le, the Downtown-based coalition’s director of planning and policy. “We figured, if they’re really bike friendly, these counts must be part of why they are.”
Why don’t we plan to do something on a smaller scale here in the AV? It would certainly help to have accurate facts and figures when we advocate for cycling with the cities and county.
Show your support for cycling as we take our concerns to the Lancaster City Council Meeting.
Join Kevin, Michelle, Elaine and Mike this upcoming Tuesday August 25th at 5 pm.
City Hall Council Chambers
44933 N. Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
See you there!
From the LA Bicycle Coalition:
The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee will be having a meeting dedicated to bicycle issues on Wednesday, June 17th, 8:00 am at LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1050.
Please arrive early at 7:45 am.
The three most important issues are:
1) LA BIKE PLAN – make some specific public comments about the Bike Plan. Go to www.labikeplan.org for more info.
2) LAPD report related to the incidents between motorists and cyclists (related to the incident where the Hummer ran over cyclists).
3) LA Bike License Revival – make public comments to oppose this ineffective and unnecessary proposal.
Other items are listed here: http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/12/early-wednesday-morning-transportation-committee-has-full-bike-agenda/.
Show up at 7:45am to ensure that you get to make public comments. Even if you can talk about your experience as a cyclist, the more diverse and united voices the better. Even if you just want to check it out, please come!