November 2016

Noordung’s Angel Edition bike has a battery that doubles as a boombox

Electric bike manufacturer Noordung has designed a bicycle with a battery that charges phones on the go and functions as a backup speaker.

The detachable battery sits atop the company’s Angel Edition bike, where it sits upon a carbon fibre frame. Once removed, it doubles as a speaker that can play 100 hours of music, controlled by the user’s phone.

“We believe commuting is not just moving from one point to another,” said Noordung. “For us it represents a journey of joy.”

For those running low on power, two USB ports offer room to charge phones or other devices on the go. The multifunctional battery is also able to measure and report on air quality, as well as recommend cleaner routes.

As to powering the bicycle, Noordung claims the battery can carry riders for 30 kilometres from a single charge.

The company will hand make a run of only 15 prototype Angel Edition bikes to start with, costing €9,760 each. It plans to seek feedback from the initial buyers who will become “friends, a part of our family, and the ambassadors of the Noordung idea”.

“They will be test-riders, debate partners in the future development, and possible first investors in the Noordung company,” it adds. “In short – the buyers of these bicycles will be our angels.”

Although the bike is currently still in prototype stage, the company promises to fix any problems that arise free of charge and will offer complimentary upgrades for the future.

These Pasadena-area Rotary Clubs assembled 200 bicycles to give away for Christmas

From PasadenaStarNews.com

Some local elves were already hard at work Saturday preparing Christmas gifts for local families.

Members of the Altadena, Pasadena and San Marino Rotary Clubs worked to assemble 200 bicycles at the Pasadena Unified School District yard, which offered the space.

The bikes, purchased from Huffy at basically cost, will be donated to the Salvation Army, which will distribute them to preselected underprivileged families with young children.

Though there are usually toy drives for the holidays, Paul Martin, Pasadena Rotary community service chair, said they chose bicycles because they represent “a good thing for the children.”

“They give them some independence, and it fosters good health by encouraging them to be active,” he said.

The Pasadena Rotary has worked with the Salvation Army before, and with other Rotary Clubs, but this is the first time all three clubs worked together on this project.

Service clubs from local high schools, including John Muir and Pasadena, also helped with the assembly.

“We had good participation,” said Craig Cox, Altadena Rotary community service chair. “We also had people from the Sheriff’s, from the Pasadena Police department.”

Cox and Martin agree that these types of projects is the reason their clubs exist.

“We have always been about service,” said Cox. “You have people from different parts of the community coming together; we look and see how we can address the needs of the community.”

The donated bikes range from tricycles for toddlers to bikes for 10-year-olds. Each family also will receive a helmet and lock.

The Altadena Rotarians provided a pancake breakfast for the volunteers on assembly day.

 

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City finally gets control of Venice Boulevard, paving the way for a pedestrian-friendly makeover

From Argonautnews.com

Mar Vista residents can expect to see a little more movement along Venice Boulevard next year — not increased vehicle traffic, but progress on streetscape improvements designed to get people out of their cars.

The mile-long stretch of roadway between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street is part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative to revitalize neighborhood commercial centers. Great Streets launched in 2014, but until recently the boulevard fell under the authority of Caltrans, not L.A. City Hall.

Following more than two years of negotiations and a legislative push by state Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, city officials took possession of Venice Boulevard earlier this month.

This means ideas that have been taking shape through public engagement efforts begun in 2014 can start being implemented next year, said L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin.

“The things that I’d like to move on fairly quickly are the mid-block crosswalks, protected bicycles lanes and parklets. The order in which things happen is still a little up in the air,” Bonin said.

Mid-block crosswalks accommodate pedestrian movement where there isn’t an intersection. Protected bike lanes are separated from vehicle traffic by curbs, medians or other barriers. Parklets, as one might expect, are tiny parks — typically an expansion of sidewalk over on-street parking spaces to accommodate landscaping, public seating or bicycle parking.

Bonin, who pushed for Mar Vista’s inclusion in Great Streets, hopes to catch up with similar projects in other council districts now that the jurisdictional red tape has been cut.

“I’d like to see everything done in 2017. We could have gone a year ago if we had the boulevard,” he said.

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LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Design Completion Project

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering invites you to attend the first in a series of community meetings to discuss the LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Design Completion Project. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and provide input on preliminary design concepts.

The LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Design Completion project, currently in the pre-design phase, involves designing and constructing approximately 12.5 miles of new bike path and greenway facilities along the Los Angeles River that will complement and connect to projects that have already been built or are underway. The project area encompasses San Fernando Valley from Vanalden Avenue to Forest Lawn Drive/Zoo Drive.

This first round of community meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

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Meeting content and format will be identical, so feel free to attend the meeting which best accommodates your schedule. Please join the Bureau of Engineering, the Consultant team, and Council Districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as we meet to discuss the preliminary design concepts of this exciting project.
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Who’s faster, a dog or a mountain biker?

From GrindTV.com

As anyone who has ever brought along their dog for a backcountry adventure can tell you, quality time in the great outdoors is only enhanced when you can spend it with your canine companion.

But anytime you take your furry friend out in the field with you, there’s always a question of just how far you can push the adventure before it becomes too challenging for the dog.

While it might be fun to, say, surf a tidal bore with your dog, nobody is looking to paddle out in double overhead conditions with their pup.

To that end, mountain bike enthusiast Jeff Brines recently took his dog Tucker on a ride through the Mill Creek Trail in Targhee, Wyoming, to see who was faster; Brines on his mountain bike, or Tucker on four legs. The results might shock you:

 

Report shows drop in LA cycling as bike lane expansion slows

From KPCC

 

Bicycling has become more popular in Los Angeles over the last decade with the installation of miles of bike lanes, the spread of bike sharing and the growth of events like Ciclavia. But the trend hit a bump last year, according to a new report from the L.A. County Bike Coalition.

The biennial report found ridership dropped 9 percent in 2015 compared with 2013. The biggest decrease was on streets without bike lanes. Things stayed about the same on streets with lanes, although the number of cyclists increased more than 60 percent on streets that had lanes added recently, according to the report.

This is the fourth biennial report the Bike Coalition has produced, in collaboration with Los Angeles Walks and the UCLA Lewis Center. In 2015, about 600 volunteers stationed at 180 locations throughout L.A. recorded the number of bikes and pedestrians they saw on one weekday and one Saturday.

Since the counts began in 2009, the number of people biking increased over each two-year cycle, until the decrease recorded last year.

“It says to us that we have more work to do, that the bike network is so fragmented, the bike network has a ton of gaps,” said Tamika Butler, executive director of the L.A. County Bike Coalition.

The increase on streets that recently added bike lanes “shows that when streets feel safe and when folks see that there’s the space for them, they are riding more,” she said.

The decline on other streets, she said, highlights the need for the city to speed up the pace of adding new bike lanes. L.A. went from a high of 101 new miles installed in 2013 to just 11 miles in 2015.

The city of L.A. and the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority have encouraged biking as an alternative to driving for short trips. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation, more than half of all trips taken in L.A. are three miles or less, but nearly three-quarters of such trips are taken by car.

Measure M, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters last week, will dedicate about 4.5 percent of revenue, about $39 million a year, to walking and biking infrastructure.

The city of L.A. has a long-range plan to greatly expand the bike network, but the Mobility Plan 2035 has drawn controversy over its proposal to add bike lanes to busy streets. Critics have opposed the idea out of concern that the lanes would slow car traffic; they’ve succeeded in persuading officials to strike bike lanes on Westwood Boulevard and Central Avenue from the plan.

Read the full report from L.A. County Bike Coalition:

 

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Bike Index – Bicycle Registration

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The process is simple, secure, and free. Learn more or register your bike now.

 

So far we’ve registered 100,183 bikes and recovered 3,463 stolen bikes.

 

 

 

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It’s simple: we offer an easy and efficient way to store and update important identifying information about your bike.

 

In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, you can harness the power of our network to help get it back. Registering with Bike Index ensures that law enforcement, bike shops, individuals, and everyone in between has the information they need to help reunite you with your bike.

 

Bike Index is the most widely used bicycle registration service in the world. We strive to be the best resource in the fight against bicycle theft.

 

 

 

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Cofounded by Seth Herr and Bryan Hance in 2014, Bike Index is the nation’s largest and most successful bicycle registration and recovery service with over 100,000 catalogued bikes, 75,000 registered riders, 320 community partners and 3,200 confirmed recoveries to date.

 

Seth, a bike mechanic, conceived Bike Index as a universal bicycle registry for his customers and the cyclists of Chicago.

 

Bryan, creator of StolenBikeRegistry.com, developed a bicycle recovery resource leveraging community-driven tools and engagement to produce successful claims dating back to 2004.

 

Merging the two services in 2014, Seth and Bryan created a system that is the culmination of over 20 years of combined experience creating modern, innovative platforms designed to equip the cycling community with the necessary tools to secure their equipment against theft.

 

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Fight Against Distracted Driving

After the tragic death of her husband Milt – Louise Olin acts to End Distracted Driving

In late October 2016, I spoke to 400 local LA high school students about the dangers of Distracted Driving. The room went silent as I told the story of a how my husband, Milt Olin was killed by a Distracted Driver. When I revealed to the students that the Distracted Driver was an on-duty LA County Sheriff Deputy, there was an audible gasp in the auditorium.

 

This message is vital to saving lives

Almost 3 years later, with the creation of the Milt Olin Foundation I am committed to building a movement to stop this deadly epidemic. This tragedy changed my life and my two son’s lives forever.  As I struggle through my days without Milt – the beloved, dynamic epicenter of my family, I find meaning and purpose in sharing my story.  It helps people to understand how a few seconds of distraction can make the difference between life and death.

 

We are all vulnerable to the misbehaviors of a Distracted Driver

The #HandsOff Movement unites cyclists, pedestrians, passengers, and drivers in a way that can make a difference in changing dangerous driving habits caused by the addiction to our mobile phones.

 

Distracted Driving is everyone’s concern

It’s imperative that we all join the Movement Against Distracted Driving to make our roads safer so others don’t have to lose their lives or be injured by the thoughtlessness of a Distracted Driver.

 

How you can Help

We need your donation to continue building on the #HandsOff Movement today, here on GoFundMe!

Your donation will immediately go towards programs to grow the #HandsOff movement to end Distracted Driving which are highlighted in our video. Please join the #HandsOff Movement with your donation & support?

 

 

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LACBC Open House 2016

Celebrate the history of LACBC, our campaigns, rides in our city, and the people working to make our communities healthy, safe, and fun places to bike! Join your fellow cyclists for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and conversation about biking in L.A.

WHEN
December 07, 2016 at 6pm – 10pm
WHERE
LACBC HQ
634 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
United States

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area Hosts CXLA

Cyclo-cross races and family cycling events return to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area for Cyclo-cross Los Angeles Weekend, Nov. 19-20. CXLA Weekend will host 60 categorized events for cyclists of all levels held over two days, and five family-friendly cycling events. Challenging competitors across grass, dirt, gravel, pavement, and a series of obstacles, CXLA is the only cyclo-cross event in California that is sanctioned by the Union Cyclste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body of cycling.

The Elite Women’s and Men’s Category 2 events are also sanctioned by USA Cycling and are part of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX). CXLA is one of 22 Pro CX events in the U.S. this year, and the only Pro CX race weekend that offers stand-alone races for both Junior Men (17-18 years of age) and Under-23 Men. CXLA is also a premier event for the 14-race SoCalCross Prestige Series.

“We are excited to have great local vibe and great national talent coming out this month for CXLA. It is the only weekend of UCI races for elite riders in California this year. And with separate races for Junior Men and U-23 Men, this is a great opportunity for juniors to experience UCI racing on the west coast,” said race director Dorothy Wong, also a long-time director of SoCal Cross. “This event really meshes community with cycling, combining racing with recreation and advocacy. It will be a real treat for L.A. County and South El Monte residents to see incredible athletes and spend iime at the beautiful Whittier Narrows. There’s plenty of of activities for the entire family, from the kids to your family dog!”

Amateur racing starts at 8 a.m. each day. Junior events are offered for riders as young as six to nine years of age, a special age category so young riders can experience the pro course. There are Masters events for riders in 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ age categories. The UCI Elite women’s races are presented by Knobbe Martens IP Law and begin at 2:45 p.m. Sat/Sun. UCI Elite men’s races begin each day at 3:45 p.m. with awards ceremonies following. Among the elite riders expected to compete is Jonathan Page, four-time men’s U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion, who lives and trains in Utah, and 2015 U23 U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion Tobin Ortenblad, who is from Santa Cruz, Calif.

New participants can think of cyclo-cross as steeplechase on a bicycle, held on spectator-friendly courses with food trucks and a beer garden. The event is free for all spectators and is held rain or shine. Family-oriented activities for all ages will be held at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area – Legg Lake Park, located 750 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte.

 

This year there are also “fun-d raising races”, which introduce cyclo-cross to children and provide awareness and funding for area non profits. A free Kiddie Cross race will be held at 12:30 p.m. each day, with three laps and small barriers on a short circuit. A Doggie Cross event will be held at 12:45 p.m. each day on the same course for all breeds. Following the canine competition, a Community Cross event will be held at 1:45 p.m., geared for beginners on any type of bicycle. Awards will be presented for the best dressed rider, and bicycle. The Community Cross and Doggie Cross events are $5 per person. Proceeds from Doggie Cross benefit Underdog Rescue. Proceeds from Community Cross, as well as the beer garden at CXLA, will benefit SAFE, Streets Are For Everyone.

In addition to SAFE, advocacy partners for the weekend include Bike San Gabriel Valley and Eastside Bike Club of East L.A. They will host an extra-pet-friendly ride Saturday at 10 a.m. from the park called Pet-acular Bike Train. The ride will go to the SGV Bicycle Campus and Education Center, where Bike SGV have transformed an elementary school property into a bike park. Riders will return to Legg Lake Park for special raffles and prizes and cyclo-cross viewing.

“Unfortunately, everyone has known a cyclist who has been killed or hurt from an impact with a motor vehicle. It’s important that all cyclists, rec riders and racers, build awareness for non-profit organizations in our communities who help save lives and promote an active, healthy lifestyle,” added Wong.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is a 1,492-acre park located in the City of South El Monte and is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreation areas. The park is considered the hub of reclaimed wild space between the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River, known as the “Emerald Necklace”. There is a $6 entry fee to the park for vehicles. Car-free options to access the park include taking metro buses from El Monte, South El Monte and Rosemead which provide bike racks on the front of buses or using Los Angeles County Bikeways (http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dpr/216432_WNRA.pdf).

 

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