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LA Bike and Ped Count

What is the LA Bike and Ped Count?

The LA City Bike+Ped Count is the largest source of data on the numbers of people that walk and bike on Los Angeles streets. The data collected demonstrates year-over-year increases in the numbers of people biking and walking, particularly where the city has installed new and improved infrastructure, and helps make the case for further investment in our communities. This year is particularly significant because we will be coordinating the count with LADOT’s Vision Zero initiative so that we can understand how collision histories align with the volume of people walking and biking in a particular location.

Why Counts Matter

Nationwide communities collect data on vehicle movements, but rarely is data collected on bicycle and pedestrian use. Unfortunately this means that what isn’t counted is not funded. Across the US, the bicycle movement is faced with needing to prove people walk and/or bicycle to meet their daily needs. Due to the lack of data of bicycle and pedestrian usage and movement, cities and counties have failed to provide safe and appealing environments for bicycling and walking and cities, counties, states, and the federal government have failed to provide adequa te funding for bicycling and walking improvements. Collecting more data can help us demand more funding and better bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Additionally, counts help measure the benefits of improvements in regards to increases in usage and reductions in collisions when compared to past collision data.

 

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Wolfpack Hustle – The Forsyth Cup – Sept 16

500m / 500m Mens Womens Qualifiers
Top 12 advance to Miss n out finale
Miss n’ out elminations for all others to advance to remaining 12 Finale slots.

Dog Tags and cash

CicLAvia – Heart of LA – Oct 8

CicLAvia – Heart of LA

Get ready for our annual Heart of LA Route on Sunday, October 8th as CicLAvia returns to Chinatown, DTLA, Echo Park and Boyle Heights! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

Planning a feeder ride or walk and want to add it to our site? Email info@ciclavia.org!

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for October 8th:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or info@ciclavia.org

For concerns regarding the Los Angeles street closure permit, contact LA Bureau of Street Services, Investigation and Enforcement Division, Special Events at 213.847.6000.

 

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Yikes! Attack of the Birds!

How to keep riding once you have kids

From CyclingTips.com

 

Becoming a father for the first time is an undoubtedly life-altering experience. Most that have been there will tell you it’s the proudest achievement of their life, that little comes close to the feeling of helping a child find their way in the world.

Of course, becoming a parent comes with a set of significant challenges. Reduced independence, sleep deprivation, reduced personal time — all factors that can make it hard to stay commited to the life of a dedicated cyclist.

But as Nathan Hosking writes about his first year as a father, it’s not impossible to stay fit and active while maintaining your responsibilities as a parent.


It was a slow February afternoon in the manchester department of my local Myer store when the words hit me. “I’m pregnant”, said my wife. A momentary of high elation was followed by an equal moment of apprehension as my mind calculated the due date. I’d been training hard for three months towards my personal Everest: the Gran Fondo World Champs in Perth, September 2016. “But that’s just six weeks before the champs!,” I thought to myself. I couldn’t help it, I’d been training so hard!

 

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Deputies cite 45 motorists during bike, pedestrian operation

From SignalSCV.com

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station gave out citations to 45 motorists for various Vehicle Code violations during its Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Wednesday.

Deputies involved with the operation patrolled intersections in the Santa Clarita Valley that included:  Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country and McBean Parkway and Town Center Drive in Valencia, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Facebook.

The locations were selected based on mapped out locations where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes during the past three years, according to an earlier press release from the station.

Citations from Wednesday’s operation ranged from $160 to more than $450, depending on the violation.

Of the 45 citations, 28 were for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, seven were for cellphone violations, seven were for speed violations, two were for failing to stop for a red light and one was for a turn violation.

Another motorist was cited for using a suspended driver’s license.

Although the operation included enforcement on pedestrians and bicycles, no violations were issued for the two.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said it conducted the operation to reduce collision-causing factors and lower deaths and injuries.

 

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The Forsyth Cup – Encino Velodrome – September 16

500m / 500m Mens Womens Qualifiers
Top 12 advance to Miss n out finale
Miss n’ out elminations for all others to advance to remaining 12 Finale slots.

Dog Tags and cash.

 

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This is pretty cool – The Ultimate Mobile Bicycle Workshop

From honorcycles.com

Part 1: Mobile bike mechanics and the quest for the holy grail

As a bike mechanic I often get to see new cycling trends and repair tools come and go, yet the good old workstand never seems to change.

After all, why should it? It’s as reliable now as it was 30 years ago, and the world hasn’t changed much in the meantime to warrant an update. Right?

Speaking of trends, mobile bike mechanics are considered somewhat of a cycling’s holy grail at the moment. The promise of an instant, on-demand bike service that comes to you instead of the other way round – where do I sign up?

But despite thousands of companies the world over trying to master the practice, no-one seems to have found the answer to one simple question:

How do you carry the entire workshop, on your bike, to a customer’s house?

Not easily dissuaded (and quite a bit behind on our Arthurian literature to be honest), Josh and I were ready to begin our own quest for the grail.

My background as a bike mechanic and an industrial designer, along with Josh’s entrepreneurial mind felt like the perfect toolset to try and crack the mobile mechanic problem…and accidentally create the world’s first bike/workstand hybrid in the process.

Armed with only our love for bikes and a vague sense of optimism, we founded Honor Cycles.

 

Part 2: The hardship i experienced carrying everything

It was immediately clear I had to come up with a way to alleviate the load of all the parts and tools I was carrying on each visit. Otherwise we weren’t going to last long, both professionally and – much more pressingly – physically.

Before committing ourselves to any ‘obvious’ solutions, we did what any hot, savvy startup would do – we tested and iterated. The term “throwing sh*t at a wall to see what sticks” comes to mind when describing our initial iterations.

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New generation of bike lane separators

From PeopleForBikes.org

Before personal computers, comfortable keyboards didn’t exist. Before iPods, high-quality headphones were rare. And the spread of protected bike lanes is creating new products, too.

A few years ago, cities that wanted to protect bike lanes had only a few options — sometimes plastic posts too flimsy to survive a winter, sometimes custom-cast curbs that cost a fortune to install. But thanks to the cities that made these solutions work, protected bike lanes have taken off and private companies are now eagerly coming up with high-durability, medium-cost products to make them better.

Minneapolis-based Dero, known mostly as a bike parking manufacturer, this week rolled out a line of products intended specifically for protected bike lanes and quick-build pedestrian plazas: a modular steel fence called BikeRail, optionally accompanied by a 24-inch-wide self-watering concrete planter

 

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Find out which stations are the most popular in Pasadena’s new bike share program

From PasadenaStarNews.com

 

Pasadena’s average ridership in the month since Metro Bike Share launched nearly matches the usage by bike riders in downtown Los Angeles a year into its bike-sharing program, according to Pasadena’s Department of Transportation.

Pasadena’s 31 stations averaged 0.7 rides per bike per day in the first month of operation, while downtown Los Angeles, which rolled out Bike Share in July 2016, averages 0.74 per bike per day.

“It sounds like for our first month or so we’re holding our own,” said Fred Dock, Pasadena’s transportation director. “We just have to wait and see what the long-term performance is. That’s why the project is on a two-year pilot.”

The goal of the program is to close the “first mile/last mile” gap between homes, train stations or bus stops, and work places.

More than 6,700 bike trips were taken in the first five weeks, with Memorial Park Station serving as the most popular location. Oak Knoll and Colorado, Del Mar Station, the Rose Bowl and Pasadena City College were the top used stations, according to statistics released by Pasadena.

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