October 2016

iLumaware Shield TL – Radar technology for bicycle

About this project

The Shield TL is a rear tail light for your bicycle and will help make every ride safer, day or night!

What makes it better than the tail light you already have?  It is NOT just a tail light. The Shield TL includes a patent pending technology that makes a you visible to cars equipped with radar at a distance of more than 195 meters (that is more than 2 football fields!!). This is NOT a technology available in other cycling products you can buy.

How does it work?  The Shield TL includes OTR Technology. The technology amplifies your signal (making you more visible) to a car’s’ radar at a much greater distance than if you are riding without it.

How much more visible are you with a Shield TL on your bike?  Regardless the time of day you are riding, the Shield TL  increases your radar presence by more than 100% which dramatically increases the distance you become visible to cars equipped with radar.




Why is your radar presence important?  Because typically objects that have a radar presence measuring +5dB or more are visible to a car’s radar at a range of 75 meters or more (the equivalent of almost 1 football field). In most scenarios, visibility at this distance would give a car and/or driver enough distance/time to stop the car completely and/or avoid a potential collision.

Without OTR Technology you typically measure -2db or less.  Objects that have a radar presence of +0dB or less are typically visible to a car’s radar at a range between 45-60 meters (less 1/2 a football field).  This drastically impacts how much time a car and/or driver needs to stop the car and/or avoid the collision. Below is a graph outlining the distance and time needed to stop a car if an object becomes visible to a car and the driver at 45 meters.


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Sagan Does It Again!

World Championships: Sagan beats Cavendish to defend elite men’s world title in Doha


In a close sprint, Sagan and Cavendish both picked different lines with the British rider held up behind Michael Matthews (Australia) as Sagan went from the opposite side and picking a clearer line.

“I don’t believe it. I’m still in shock,” Sagan said. “I’m very happy because there was a crosswind and I was the last one to make the first group. In the end, it was a sprint so we should see.

“There was a bit of a headwind so I felt I needed to come from the back. I felt I was lucky because [Giacomo] Nizzolo didn’t close me out. If he closed me out for sure we would have crashed because I wasn’t going to brake. We should have crashed but I’m happy. It’s unbelievable.”

The race was dominated by one sector of crosswinds in the desert with Belgium putting the hammer down. They split the race to pieces, eliminating several riders including Marcel Kittel, Caleb Ewan, Nacer Bouhanni, and Andre Greipel. From there the Belgians combined with Italy, Norway and a handful of the remaining sprinters with a 30-strong group holding their advantage all the way to the finish.

On the finish circuits around the Pearl, only Niki Terpstra and his teammate Tom Leezer (Netherlands) made late attacks before Belgium once more controlled the race with a sprint set to decide the rainbow jersey.

Cavendish and Sagan marked each other carefully but when Sagan went right, up against the barriers and through a small gap left by Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy), Cavendish went left. He was forced to stop pedalling with 150 metres to go, as he came through Matthews’ slipstream, while Sagan was met with fresh air and a clean rainbow jersey.

Despite a week devoid of truly exciting racing the World Championships ended with an impressive podium, with three former world champions – and a current one –  taking the medals.


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Be A Greener Cyclist

From BikeRadar.com

11 ways to be a greener cyclist

Recycle your components, don’t rip up the trails and never, ever drop your litter

Cycling is often considered a very environmentally friendly form of transport, but even we as cyclists can have a negative impact on the world we live in and on the streets, trails and land that we ride.

From the bikes and components themselves to the products we use to maintain our pride and joys, we could all probably do more to be more green. So here are a few suggestions on how to be an even greener cyclist.

1. Look after your bike

Buy to last. Where possible, buy components that can be serviced not chucked out and maintain your equipment so it doesn’t need replacing so often. If you can’t do it yourself your local bike shop will happily swap cash for time.

If any components have come to the end of their life, donate them to charities or recycle on eBay or Freecycle. Carbon bikes can be recycled, too: email carbonrecycling@trekbikes.com to find out more and give your bike a second life.


2. Go easy on the CO2

Use a hand pump instead of CO2 cartridges to inflate tyres, and if you do use a CO2 cartridge make sure you recycle it.


3. Pass on your unwanted inner tubes

Repair punctures when possible and don’t throw your inner tubes in the bin. Inner tubes can be recycled and there are charities who will happily take in your unwanted bicycle parts, too. Inner tubes donated to the Kizevac Project will be stitched into wallets, phone cases and other accessories by trained tailors. These are then bought back by the Krizevac Project to be resold in the UK with any further profits generated used to fund future shipments of its Elephant bikes.


4. Think about your journey

Ride, take the train or at least car share to the trail centre or a sportive, or ride a local trail or route instead of journeying. If you do drive, transport your bike inside your car and not on the roof to get better fuel economy.


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Why finishing the Santa Ana River Trail is getting closer

15-mile stretch of bike path along the Santa Ana River due to be completed by 2019 would bring long-standing plans for a continuous 100-mile bike and equestrian trail reaching from the San Bernardino Mountains to Huntington Beach one step closer to completion.

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The 3rd Annual Awards Gala Firefly Ball

The 3rd Annual Awards Gala


Named out of its timing with the seasonal launch of Operation Firefly, an education and bike light distribution program of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), the Firefly Ball is a light-filled evening of music, food and drink. Celebrate with us as we honor community members while raising much needed funds for L.A.’s largest, full-service bike advocacy nonprofit—LACBC!

This annual charity event honors those people in the business community who lead by personal example, longtime grassroots activists who are passionate advocates for bicycling, elected officials who walk on the side of innovation. All champions who work to make L.A. more bike-friendly and support LACBC. This year, we will be honoring:

  • The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade with the Alex Baum Excellence in Advocacy Award
  • Culver City Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells with the Innovator Award
  • The Walt Disney Company with the Passionate Pedal Award

We are looking to the generosity of the public and of business leaders like you who want to see Los Angeles turn into a city that rivals the most bike-friendly cities for their transportation innovation.

Reserve your ticket below. The deadline to submit Tribute Journal ads is October 14th. Please direct questions to fireflyball@la-bike.org.

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BikeSGV Spooky Night Train

BikeSGV is hosting our first moonlit night bike train. The route will go through some of San Gabriel Valley’s historic districts. We will be stopping at the San Gabriel Mission. Costumes are highly encouraged!

Please wear constumes that don’t post a safety hazard for yourself and others. This is a family friendly ride so please keep this in mind when shopping for costumes. 🙂 Everyone that shows up in costume will receive extra raffle tickets. There will also be an award for the best costume as well as the best decorated bike.

14 Miles

Foothill 187
Gold Line (Memorial Park Station)

Limited parking: Paid parking structures in Old Town Pasadena.

5:00pm Bike Checks
6:00pm Bike Train departs
10:00pm Return to Memorial Park Station

-NO Training Wheels
-Participants 17 years old or younger must wear a helmet. They should also be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.
-Please drink plenty of water and eat a light meal prior to the ride.
-Our rides are pet friendly but please keep in mind that you are responsible for them.

-Please wear bright clothing.
-Use bike lights! White in the front and a red light in the back.


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Union Street Bike Track Is on Track

From Pasadenanow.com

By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor


Arguing only against the lengthy timeline for implementation, the City Council Municipal Services Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to initiate Metro grant funding for the first phase of a new east-west two-way protected cycle track to be built along Union Street, from Wilson Avenue to Arroyo Parkway.


As part of a new “road diet” — a lessening of lanes to include bike lanes — fourteen intersections on Union Street will eventually be upgraded with new bicycle signal heads in both directions from Hill Street to Arroyo Parkway, along with the installation of protected left turn pockets for vehicles, as part of the track.


Total cost of the track is estimated to be S3.3 million. Metro will reimburse the city for costs up to $2.7 million, and the city will provide matching fund of $684,613.00.


While a group of bike advocates and enthusiasts praised the track, all three members of the Committee present — Chair Councilmember Margaret McAustin and Councilmembers Tyron Hampton and Andy Wilson — questioned the lengthy timeline of the project, which would not actually begin construction until 2021.


Asked Hampton of Rich Dilluvio, senior transportation planner and Pasadena’s pedestrian and bicycle coordinator, who presented the project to the Committee, “How can we do this faster?”


Dilluvio explained that the timeline presented was a “worst case scenario” timeline.


Councilmember Andy Wilson then told Dilluvio, “Give us best case numbers and details. This construction timeline is frankly, embarrassing.”


Committee Chair McAustin also voiced her concerns about the timeline, but praised the project, saying, “This has a ‘If you build it, they will come’ feel to it, and I think this could really change people’s thinking and create critical mass, in a good way.”


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Bicycle riders, how do you share the road with buses? Take our survey

To people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County: we want feedback and “real world” insights on your experience sharing the road with buses.

Metro is conducting a study (the link is below) that will develop design guidelines for the safety and comfort of people riding bicycles, while also considering bus operational efficiency and the concerns of bus operators for safely sharing county streets.

The study specifically looks at how street markings, signs, and bike lane designs affect the safety and comfort for bicycle riders. Metro’s survey will ask you to evaluate and share your experience with both specific bike facilities in L.A. County and conceptual designs that may not be in widespread use here. It also delves into specific interactions you might have with buses as you ride down the street, and how those interactions affect the choices you make about riding a bicycle.

In addition to this survey, the project includes gathering feedback from the bus operators themselves and from the planners and engineers who design bike facilities around L.A. County. Metro will also be reviewing worldwide guidance and designs, and collecting data from before and after many bikeways were installed in the county. With this comprehensive outreach and data analysis, Metro will develop design guidelines that cities and agencies around the County can use to design bike facilities that are safer for everyone and that accommodate the needs of Metro and other bus agencies.

The study will also develop recommendations on education and training for bus operators as well as people who ride bicycles. The study is anticipated to be completed by late summer 2017.

The survey does not focus on bike racks on buses, bike parking or bringing bikes onto buses. Bicycling law and enforcement issues are also outside the scope of Metro’s study, but the study can provide the data analysis to help inform future decision-making on this subject.

If you ride the streets of L.A. County, please share your personal experiences via a short, 10-minute survey and be entered for a chance to win an iPad or one of three Metro Bike Prize Packs!  Take the survey here: https://surveymonkey.com/r/bikebusstudy

Bike The Vote L.A. Voter Guide – 2016 California General Election

In April of this year, our members researched, sent questionnaires out, and reviewed candidates for State and County offices, making a series of endorsements for candidates that will help to move L.A. forward in providing better mobility options. Many of our endorsements and recommendations made it through the Primary and now face a challenge in an important General Election that unfortunately is overshadowed by an insane Presidential race.

The California General Election also sees a long list of State Propositions and local Ballot Measures for voters to decide on. A group of our members met to review and discuss decisions facing L.A. Voters. Please see below for our endorsements and #BikeTheVote on November 8th!


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LACBC Sunday Funday Nov Ride: Gold Line & Coffee Grinds

Meet at 9:30 a.m.. Roll at 10 a.m.!


Ride Description:
This ride is a 16 mile loop that starts at the Highland Park Gold Line Station and stops at The Wheelhouse in the Arts District before heading back to Highland Park. Some neighborhoods we’ll be passing through on this ride: Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Lincoln Heights, the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles, Cypress Park and Mount Washington. We will make a few stops to introduce some instagram-worthy LA gems such as the Debs Park, 1st Street Bridge, the Art’s District and Grand Park. There are a handful of small hills on an otherwise flat and fun route.


Ride Mileage: 15.7 Miles
Ride Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate


What to bring: water, snacks, money for coffee & food, spare tubes, pump


Weather Policy: Heavy rain cancels or postpones the ride, but light rain or drizzle and the ride will go one!

Ride with GPS Route here


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