Welcome to the Blogroll: CicLAvia and City of Lights

There are two projects of the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition that haven’t received as much attention on Streetsblog as they should, although CicLAvia did get a belated review last week after reviews in the Times and television.

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But first, the Bike Coalition has been pushing a unique outreach program to immigrants and day-laborers to encourage cycling that is safer and more enjoyable.  While these communities make up a large portion of Los Angeles’ bike community, they are under-represented in policy discussions, the bike culture scene and with the organizations that represent cyclists interests both locally and nationally.

The City of Lights program’s outreach model has been to provide day laborers and others in less-affluent communities the items and information that they need to bike safely.  Coalition staff and volunteers have handed out lights and helmets, sometimes with the support of City Councilman Ed Reyes and others, and information and tips on safe cycling.  In order to promote a sense of community, they have also programmed rides to celebrate cycling such as September’s Latinos and L.A. History Ride.  The rides and equipment aren’t the end of the campaign; the goal of City of Lights is to help empower some of these veteran riders to become the next wave of bicycle advocates.

11_19_09_ciclavia.jpgCicLAvia in Los Feliz?

CicLAvia is also using a blog to update interested parties on their work.  Following their star-turn in the Times and on television, CicLAvia posted a "what is CicLAvia" post to make sure anyone interested knew who and what the campaign is.  They also have picked up a Streetsblog theme by looking at major street parties, in this instance the Gold Line Eastside Extension Opening, and asking why we need excuses to have street parties.  Isn’t living in Los Angeles enough?

If you’d like to help either of these groups out, you can contact Allison Mannos for the City of Lights Campaign at allison@la-bike.org, and Adonia Lugo for CicLAvia at adonia.lugo@gmail.com.

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LACBC Kicks Off “City of Lights” Outreach Program

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Poster by Joe Linton This morning the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition rode their fourth monthly "Car-Free Friday."  The now-familiar trappings were there, a smattering of media showing up to catch an image of dozens of cyclists with the local City Councilmember, this time Ed Reyes.  However, as great as the Car-Free Friday progam is, […]

Precaución a tu familia: Spanish PSA Inspired by Day Laborers, Goes Up in Bus Shelters Across the City

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At the press conference to announce the fourth CicLAvia, a Spanish-language Public Service Announcement for bicycle safety, the first of its kind in L.A., was also introduced. “PRECAUCIÓN: Tu Familia Tam­bién Usa La Bicicleta” or Precaution: Your family also uses the bicycle was a message resulting from a collaboration with City of Lights Volunteers and day laborers. The […]

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Looks Ahead for Big 2013

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It’s only been five years since Streetsblog began publishing in Los Angeles. In that time, we bore witness to major changes at LADOT, Metro and city politics. But perhaps the biggest change has come in the form of more professional, better-staffed and powerful advocacy organizations. Nowhere is that more true than with the Los Angeles […]

Beutner, Garcetti, James, Perry and Greuel on CicLAvia

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