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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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The number of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers killed in L.A. traffic rose sharply in 2016

From The LATimes.com

 

Traffic deaths in Los Angeles rose sharply despite a high-profile campaign by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders to eliminate fatal traffic crashes.

In 2016, the first full year that Garcetti’s Vision Zero policy was in effect in L.A., 260 people were killed in traffic crashes on city streets, an increase of almost 43% over the previous year.

Rising traffic deaths appear to be more than a one-year aberration: So far in 2017, crash fatalities are 22% higher than in the same period last year.

When Garcetti announced L.A.’s Vision Zero, he sought a 20% drop in traffic deaths by the end of 2017. This year’s higher fatality rate and some funding questions underscore the challenges the program still faces.

Vision Zero’s advocates say they have spent more than a year analyzing traffic collision data to pinpoint a series of corridors that have seen the most serious injuries and deaths. Some of those streets are due to receive overhauls aimed at slowing down drivers and reducing fatalities.

Los Angeles’ increase in traffic deaths outpaces national trends. In 2016, 40,200 people died in crashes involving cars, a 6% increase over the previous year, according to the National Safety Council.

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Take a virtual ride and decide: Is it safe to bike to work in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is arguably the most dangerous big city in America in which to be a bike rider, which may be why only 1% of people in L.A. commute to work by bike. And it’s getting more dangerous by the year. L.A. Times Opinion writer Matthew Fleischer takes you on a 360-degree tour of his morning bike commute to point out the pitfalls of cycling to work in L.A. — and what it would take to make the city a safer place for cyclists.

The 17th Annual Los Angeles River Ride is on Sunday, June 4th, 2017!

When: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Where: 2 start locations at The Autry in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles) or Marina Green Park in Long Beach (386 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach)

10 Great Routes to Choose from:

From The Autry in Griffith Path: 100-mile, 70-mile, 50-mile, 36-mile, 25-mile, and 15-mile routes, plus The First 5 LA Family Ride presented by Metro

Long Beach routes are back! From Marina Green Park in Long Beach: 100-mile, 70-mile, and 25-mile routes.

Join over 2,000 other riders, and enjoy a great day of bicycling fun, exploration, a post-ride expo, a raffle, live music, and more. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and finisher’s medal. All proceeds benefit the work of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization working to make all communities in L.A. County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride bikes.

 

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5 Ways Biking Is Getting Easier in L.A.

From LAMag.com

 

Cycle hubs and exclusive lanes are popping up all over the city

We’re in the middle of Bike Month—designated by our local transit agency, Metro—with a big push to increase our city’s relatively anemic cycling numbers. With Bike to Work Day on Wednesday (free refreshments, bike tchotchkes, and gratis rides on trains and buses) and Bike Night (a party ride through DTLA) on May 26, it seems a good time to highlight how L.A. is ever-so-slowly turning into a bike town.

• Bike Hubs
Metro will cut the ribbon on its newest bike hub, “a facility that offers bicyclists a safe and convenient place to park their bikes,” on Friday near the Hollywood/Vine subway station. Cyclists will be able to access the enclosed space 24/7 and purchase lights, locks, and other amenities. Metro previously opened a bike hub at the El Monte bus station, and will be opening one at Union Station next year and near the Culver City Expo station in 2018.

• The Bike Share Is Expanding
It took L.A. a long time to get a bike share up and running, and the rollout hasn’t been without hiccups. That said, more bikes and docking stations are being added throughout the city. The L.A. waterfront is getting 11 new stations and 120 bikes around San Pedro and Wilmington, likely by the summer. Venice and Pasadena will also be joining the party, and Culver City is looking at getting its own bike share, as well.

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Urban Bike Challenge, Los Angeles April 30

The Urban Bike Challenge is coming to Los Angeles!

Brompton Bicycle and Just Ride LA are pleased to present a day of fun on two wheels with the chance to win great prizes, sponsored by Ortlieb and LAist and partnered with CicLAvia, Metro Bike Share and LA County Bicycle Coalition.

The Urban Bike Challenge is two-wheeled scavenger hunt run via a unique mobile app. Participating in teams of two to four cyclists, the Urban Bike Challenge tests the creativity and ingenuity of players as they explore the streets of Los Angeles earning points in a variety of ways, including riding to locations, completing tasks, solving clues and shooting photos.

What better way to celebrate the spring than by joining your fellow LA cyclists and exploring the city on two wheels? Plus, all proceeds will benefit LA County Bike Coalition and CicLAvia, so you’ll be helping to make cycling safer in Los Angeles!

Anyone can join; all bikes are welcome! At least one person per team must have a smart phone with location capabilities to use the app.

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Bicyclists will be able to enjoy new protected bike lanes in downtown Los Angeles as soon as this fall.

From SPCR.org

The new lanes are part of the Main and Spring Forward project, announced by City Councilman Jose Huizar on Sunday. As the name suggests, the lanes will be set up primarily at Main and Spring and the historic core of downtown L.A.

The project’s aim is to “improve intersections and crossings for people walking, and upgrades the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency,” according to a release about the project.

Protected bike lanes typically sit between the sidewalk and a barrier – like concrete or cones – to separate bicyclists from traffic. Huizar told KPCC the lanes downtown will have a different kind of barrier.

“The protection for that dedicated bike lane will be actual cars who park on that space between the dedicated bike lane and moving traffic, so it is making the best use of the streets here to make that possible,” he said.

When there are no parked cars, the city will put down cones. The lanes will also be heavily striped to get drivers’ attention, according to the release.

This first phase of the project has a price tag is estimated at nearly $2 million dollars. There’s no cost yet for the second phase, which calls for more features for the lanes. That phase starts in 2018.

 

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New “cycling-inspired” cafe rolling into Highland Park

From The EastsiderLA.com

A “caffeine fueled, cycling-inspired” cafe is preparing to join the other new restaurants, bars and shops along York Boulevard.

The owners of à Bloc, which is taking shape inside  an approximately 1,300-square-foot storefront at 5025 York,  will not only serve coffee, pastries and snacks but will also sell custom cycling kits, urban cycling apparel, cycling accessories, caps, socks, water bottles and t-shirts.

“We want to bring our passion for coffee, cycling culture, and food together into one space, and build a community for like minded individuals to enjoy all three of these symbiotic elements,” said Kjeld Clark, one of the partners in the new shop.

The Clark and husband and husband-and-wife team Katherine and Johnny Richardson not only bring a love of cycling to the business but also backgrounds in retail and restaurants to run à Bloc. Clark owns a cycling apparel brand, superdomestik.cc, and has worked in bike shops and restaurants.  The Richardsons have extensive restaurant experience.

“Running any business takes many skill sets, and between the three partners we hopefully have them covered,” said Clark in an email. “Our three personalities will be revealed to our customers as we all put in time behind the coffee bar, pulling great shots and serving superb food, beverages and snacks.”

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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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Officials want to take 100,000 cars off Los Angeles County’s streets in 5 years

Transportation officials announced an aggressive plan Wednesday to take 100,000 cars off the streets of Los Angeles County in five years. Metro and the city’s Department of Transportation, along with representatives from Uber and Lyft, have joined the Shared-Used Mobility Center to back the goal.

The Shared Mobility Action Plan urges the county to leverage bike-sharing, rideshare apps and better public transit to lure drivers away from congested roads. The goal, executive director of the center Sharon Feigon told KPCC, is to expand sustainable, cost-effective modes of transportation for the city.

“L.A. is known as the heart of car culture and this elaborate freeway system, and there’s just a general sense that it’s impossible to get anywhere without a car — and it is, in fact, very difficult to get to a lot of places,” she said.

But, she added, it’s possible to change this reality. By bulking up on stuff that’s already in place, like bike-share programs — that are not too expensive to execute —there’s no reason why L.A. can’t have extensive public transportation systems like New York or Chicago, Feigon said.

She added that Metro has some sitting funds that can be dedicated to connecting systems already in place and prioritizing projects that will make it easier for Angelenos to navigate the city.

She noted that newly introduced transit lines like the Expo Line, have experienced higher ridership than anticipated — an example of what the county is doing right. The county is lacking in other areas, Feigon said, including in improving bus routes, which are subject to the same road congestion as cars.

Apart from cutting down on the cost of commuting for less wealthy Angelenos, a reduction in cars would also help cut down on harmful emissions, she said.

Removing 100,000 cars from L.A.’s streets could cut annual CO2 emissions by nearly 375,000 metric tons, according to the center. One metric ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 100 gallons of gas a car uses.

The center estimates the region could reach its goal by adding approximately 34,000 new transit riders, 16,800 carpool users, 8,400 car-share cars and 10,000 bike-share bikes.

 

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