November 2017

First Ever Mountain Bike Descent of Corbet’s Couloir

Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded Jackson Hole knows just how nerve-racking it can be to send it into the infamous Corbet’s Couloir, even in the best of conditions.

 

Doing it in icy conditions on mountain bikes is nothing short of insane, and that’s exactly what we did. Corbet’s Couloir is one of the most legendary and challenging ski runs in the world. This spring, Cam McCaul and Casey Brown attempted the first ever Mountain Bike descent of the double black diamond ski run.

 

There’s a litany of other adjectives you could prescribe to the lines McCaul and Brown threw down – Sketchy, heavy, and borderline suicidal all come to mind – but ultimately, the end result was jaw-dropping. // From TGR’s 2017 ski film Rogue Elements, presented by REI

Metro is aiming to close an 8-mile cycling gap on the LA River bike path

From DailyNews.com

There’s good news for cyclists, and particularly those who like to ride toward downtown Los Angeles from the southeast edge of the San Fernando Valley. But you’ll have to wait until the next decade for it to become a reality.

Metro is aiming to close an 8-mile cycling gap with a bike path that would take you through downtown L.A, the agency announced on its blog this week.

For years, the Los Angeles River path has been incomplete, forcing cyclists to ride around the gap.

Right now, one stretch of the path along the river runs from Atlantic Boulevard in Vernon to downtown Long Beach. The other segment runs from Griffith Park, near the L.A. Zoo, to the Elysian Valley neighborhood, known to many Angelenos as Frogtown. That’s just north of downtown L.A.

But there’s no unifying path through downtown L.A. and south to Long Beach.

Under a plan funded by Measure M — the recent transit funding measure approved by voters — $365 million would help close that gap.

The Metro project, known as the Los Angeles River Bike Path Gap Closure Project, would break ground some time between 2023 and 2026.

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LA County, PCH Taskforce Secure Funding for Pacific Coast Highway Improvements

From a50.asmdc.org

The County of Los Angeles and PCH Taskforce Co-Chairs Senator Henry Stern (D-Agoura Hills), Senator Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach), and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced that they secured a $150,000 safety corridor grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in order to improve safety on Pacific Coast Highway/CA-1.

The PCH Taskforce Safety Corridor grant will fund three pedestrian and bicycle safety assessments and trainings within the corridor and educational outreach aimed at all users of the highway, with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety.

“For too long, Pacific Coast Highway has been not just a picturesque California landmark, but also a dangerous road with a harrowing record of fatal traffic collisions,” said Assemblymember Richard Bloom. “Our communities have lost too many loved ones along this road; today’s grant is an important step in confronting the highway’s dangers and making it safer for all who use it.”

In 2016, the four law enforcement agencies responsible for patrolling the PCH Taskforce jurisdiction- California Highway Patrol West Valley, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles Police Department West LA, and Santa Monica Police Department- reported a total of 617 collisions. The PCH Taskforce Safety Corridor grant is augmented by funding provided by OTS for enforcement activities along the corridor.

“Thank you to the County of Los Angeles and the stakeholders involved in the PCH Taskforce for their efforts in securing this safety grant, which will be instrumental in improving the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on the Pacific Coast Highway.” said Senator Ben Allen.

Activities associated with the grant aim to address unsafe speed, unsafe pedestrian crossings, education on bicycle laws, distracted driving and incidents of DUI, in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians along the corridor.

 

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2017 Gift Guide from VeloNews

From VeloNews.com

Check this list; check it twice. We’ve found the perfect gifts of the year. Are you shopping for a roadie? A racer? A commuter? We’ve got cyclists of all stripes covered with the 2017 VeloNews Holiday Gift Guide.
Read more at http://www.velonews.com/category/2017-gift-guide#gDLGwQM2FL3rSiCc.99

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LACBC Sunday Funday – Tour de Griffith Park

From LA-Bike.org

Many people know riding Griffith Park from our annual LA River Ride, but how often do you get to enjoy the sites? Join #TeamLACBC for our December Sunday Funday as we roll around the Park learning about its history and such landmarks as the Los Angeles Zoo (both young and old), Travel Town and many other sites.

The ride will start out Spoke Bicycle Cafe along the LA River Bike Path and cover roughly 13 miles.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. Roll at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest.
Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership online (or become a member at the ride!)

Want to tackle 10 of the steepest hills in L.A.? Feel My Legs, I’m a Racer #12 – Dec 17

10 hills, 10 stages and Los Angeles in a way you have never seen.

history: http://truelovehealth.com/category/feelmylegs/.

meet up at 730am, announcements at 8am, ride out by 815am.

No cars, motorcycles, scooters or any motorized vehicles along course for spectators, support or any reason (even if you are a super cool videographer). Everyone welcome on bike! Most people aren’t racing and are out to just challenge themselves by riding each hill. We wait at the top for everyone and then roll together to the next one.

The event is very spectator friendly if you’d like to ride along (you will be required to go up some of the hills).

 

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Look at some of the weird places people put shared bikes in Seattle

From SeattleTimes.com

Several months into the transportation experiment, three bike-share companies have already scattered some 4,000 bikes around the city. And, boy, are they scattered.

My recent sketches of dockless bikes strewn about the city seemed to touch a nerve with some readers. Many left comments on the post itself. Others sent their feedback via email, including some photographs of bikemaggedon’s aftermath that I thought you’d like to see. (If you want your photo included, please send it to me at the email address below.)

“The photo was taken near the intersection of 21st Avenue West & West Emerson Place. The roads that are the border of southwest corner of Fisherman’s Terminal. Just across the street to the east of Cafe Appassionato. The bus stop on West Emerson Place and the the south entrance to the Government Locks have become at times the repository for people leaving dozens of bikes that then sit for weeks. What I think has sadly happened is we didn’t teach the users on the etiquette how to properly leave the bikes after use. I’ve seen too many sidewalks left impassable with bikes strewn about. I can’t imagine how someone with a wheelchair or walker would deal with blocked sidewalks and an inability to move these heavy pieces of equipment.”—Kevin Clark

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Biking is good for business

From TheSource.Metro.Net

Two local cities — Glendora and South Pasadena — are trying something novel: a Bicycle Friendly Business District pilot project to encourage more people to bike to local shops. The idea is get businesses involved in adding more bike amenities that, in turn, will help attract more customers to their stores. The following looks at why being bike-friendly is, in fact, good business. 

It’s no secret that we’re bike advocates at Metro. We are true believers that bikes are a viable way to get around our region and that bike infrastructure provides a variety of benefits ranging from affordability to less pollution.

However, in the era of Alternative Facts it’s more important than ever to advocate for our plans by working with good ol’ fashioned data — as Metro’s Measure M is going to be supplying billions of dollars for walking and biking improvements in the coming years. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite studies to talk about an issue where perceptions and reality sometimes fail to meet: bikes and businesses.

In cities and dense urban environments, businesses sometimes oppose changes to streets that would improve walking and biking access and safety because these changes occasionally require a loss of some parking spaces. Business owners view parking spaces as an important way for customers to access their stores and the thinking goes that if you reduce parking availability, a drop in sales will follow.

 

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Pasadena Proposes ‘Stops’ to Rose Bowl Loop Use

From Bikesgv.org

The City of Pasadena has recommended the installation of 3 ‘Stop’ Signs to the Rose Bowl Loop (hereafter the ‘loop’), according to a November 9, 2017 presentation by Pasadena Transportation Department staff to the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission. Citing “increased use of the recreation loop by various groups, concern for pedestrian and bicycle safety, recent injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists as a result of collisions, and claims against the City”, City staff outlined a plan to implement the changes at some point during the first quarter of 2018.

One of the most popular and well-known areas to walk, bike, run, and skate in the region, the Rose Bowl Loop draws thousands of people attracted by the opportunity to exercise, train and recreate in the relative safety of its 5km oval around Brookside Golf Course along West Drive, Washington Blvd, Rosemont Ave, and Seco St.

However, due to recent collisions between people on bikes and on foot, City staff has floated several different options to stop traffic. The first option would add stop signs to the southeast, southwest, and northwest corners of the loop (3 total). A second option would remove right-turning yield lanes from the southeast and southwest corners of the loop, directing automobiles to existing stop signs, and add a stop sign to the northwest corner of the loop at West Dr. and W. Washington Blvd. If implemented in 2018, either scenario would add the first stop sign to the loop in over two decades, according to local sources.

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LACBC 2017 Open House

From LA-Bike.org

Celebrate with LACBC as we reflect back and look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2018! Join your fellow cyclists for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and fun! Every attendee will be entered into a free drawing for a chance at great prizes!

Entry is free for all LACBC members. Not a member? You can sign up here, or purchase a membership at the door.

No one will be turned away at the door!