Mayor Villaraigosa urges Governor Brown to sign “Give me 3”

The Mayor has recently written a letter to Governor Brown urging him to sign SB 910 into law. We encourage you to join the Mayor in expressing your support for SB 910. Mayor Villaraigosa believes that SB 910 will send a clear message that “safety for all road users is paramount.” The Mayor believes that safety and clarity are the primary reasons to pass SB 910. “Give me 3” will bring clarity to the State’s Vehicle Code by explicitly defining a minimum three foot passing distance. Most importantly, the Mayor believes that “Give me 3” will increase the safety of our roadways for all users. You can read the Mayor’s letter to Governor Brown for yourself here: SB910 Letter. And again, we encourage you to send your letter of support to Governor Brown.

Sidenote: We hear that Governor Brown likes faxes as a gauge of support: Fax: (916) 558-3160.

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Mayor Villaraigosa at the launch of the "Give me 3" campaign

Mark Your Calendars: Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Comes to Council July 20th

It’s finally here.  After years of work by City staff and dedicated members of the public, it’s here.  After months of council hearings and refining of legal language, it’s here.  Just over a week from today, the City of Los Angeles has the opportunity to enact a truly groundbreaking ordinance for protecting Bicyclists’ rights and safety.

A vote on the Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance is scheduled for the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, July 20th.  You can read the latest draft of the ordinance here. We’ll be attending the meeting next week, and will be live-tweeting the proceedings from @BikeBlogChris.

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Mayor’s Directive released

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Mayor Villaraigosa at the Blessing of the Bikes this past May. His latest Executive Order regarding the implementation of the new Bicycle Plan should be a blessing to bicyclists across the City.

The Mayor’s Office has issued an Executive Directive to the City’s General Managers to implement the 2010 Bicycle Plan. Executive Directive 20 introduces the 2010 Bicycle Plan and calls upon City General Managers to aid in its implementation by facilitating the creation of bicycle facilities and bikeways, by developing bicycle friendly codes that will establish additional bicycle friendly infrastructure, and by incorporating bicycle education messages into existing outreach and education campaigns. While LADOT and City Planning are the lead agencies for implementing the Bicycle Plan, cooperation from a number of City departments will be required to accomplish many of the Plan’s objectives.
The full text of the press release from the Mayor’s office (which features some great quotes from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Bicycle Advisory Committee, among others) is after the break. Read more

“Give Me 3” Bill SB 910 Needs Your Support

The 3-foot passing bill SB 910, sponsored by State Senator Lowenthal (D – Long Beach),  has recently passed through all the state legislature committees necessary to come before the full California State Assembly. Though this is wonderful news, there is still much work to be done. For a 3-foot passing law to become law, it will need the vocal support of bicyclists from all over the state.

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Give Me 3 could soon be state law (courtesy waltarrrrr)

Covered extensively last week by Streetsblog, the legislation has gone through a few revisions to garner the political support needed to get to this phase.  Despite the changes made, this is still a worthwhile piece of legislation that will help to keep bicyclists safe on the streets of California.  Previous attempts at adopting a 3-foot passing law in the State Assembly have failed before, and we should hardly let the perfect become the enemy of the good when we have the opportunity to save lives on our streets.  3-foot passing legislation has been adopted by many states across the country, and it is high-time California follows suit.

In his acceptance of the Golden Spoke Award at the Blessing of the Bicycles during Bike Week LA, Mayor Villaraigosa touted SB 910 and the City’s role in bringing this legislation to the State Assembly.  He also exhorted bicyclists from around the state to get in touch with their state representatives to show support for the bill.  The vote is certain to be a close one, and SB 910 will need all the support that the LA bicycle community can muster.

When SB 910 is agendized for the State Assembly, LADOT Bike Blog will be sure to update you in time for you to contact your representatives.

Operation Pothole: A Mission We Hope You Accept

Have you ever gone for a ride, whether recreational or out of necessity, and found yourself stranded by the roadside contemplating calling someone to pick you up or attempting to replace an innertube (setting you back in both time and money)? Just last week, I hit a hole after a bus apron and had to haul my rig a mile-and-a-half home. Despite adding a bit of free-weight to the cardiovascular benefit of my ride, I think I’d prefer the predictability of reliable roads.

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50+ Bicyclists Brave Rain for DTLA Ride; Blessing of the Bikes; Bike to Work Day Tomorrow

True to our word, LADOT Bike Blog showed up bright and early this Tuesday morning at Union Station with our rain gear on. Once there, we met up with over 50 other bicyclists who had come out for the Downtown LA Ride. Rain had slowed to just the barest of misting by the time the ride took off, and a great time was had by all.

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Riders alongside City Hall

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Bike Week Gets Started Right in NoHo; Blessing of the Bikes Tomorrow

Bike Week LA started off on the right foot this morning at the North Hollywood Metro Station.  Representatives from Metro, LADOT and LACBC were on hand along with camera crews and bicyclists excited for Bike Week LA to begin.

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The LADOT Bike Program was in attendance

The kickoff was commenced with short speeches by LADOT Interim GM Amir Sedadi, Metro Deputy CEO Paul Taylor, LACBC Executive Director Jennifer Klausner, CicLAvia’s Joe Linton, Good Samaritan Hospital CEO Andy Leeka, and the bicycle-loving CD 4 Council Member Tom LaBonge.

Topics ranged from Metro’s repeal of peak-hour bike bans to free bus rides for bicyclists on Bike to Work Day to new bike lanes on MLK and Expo to Mayor Villaraigosa accepting the Golden Spoke Award on Tuesday to bicyclists and drivers alike staying safe on the road to even the simple joys of exploring Los Angeles by bicycle.

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None other than Mr. CicLAvia himself helped kick off Bike Week LA

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“Give Me 3” Legislation Makes it on State Legislature Agenda

Legislation meant to improve bicyclist safety statewide has cleared another hurdle towards passage.  S.B. 910, sponsored by Senator Lowenthal (D – Long Beach), made it onto the state’s legislative agenda early this month at literally the 11th hour.  It will now go before various committees, the State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee being the first on May 3rd, before coming to the floor for a vote.

Unvieling "Give Me 3" last summer (via LACBC)

S.B. 910 is the legislative result of the “Give me 3” campaign launched last summer by Mayor Villaraigosa, LADOT, LAPD, LACBC, and Midnight Ridazz.  Because the only way to get a 3-foot passing law in Los Angeles is to first change the California Vehicle Code (CVC), the Mayor’s Office began seeking out a legislative sponsor to bring a 3-foot passing law to the California State Assembly.  That sponsor came in the form of Long Beach’s State Senator Alan Lowenthal, a long-time supporter of bicyclists and bicyclists’ rights.  A special thanks also goes out to the California Bicycle Coalition, who teamed up with the Mayor early in the process to champion this legislation for bicyclists’ rights at the state level. Read more

cicLAvia Stories: Share Yours With Us!

LADOT Bike Blog had a great time at cicLAvia this past Sunday.  We were up bright and early downtown to catch the Mayor’s press conference in Little Tokyo, and then we spent much of the day tooling back and forth between Boyle Heights and Koreatown.
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BPIT Notes 4/5/11: 7th Street, Venice Blvd, Sunset Blvd, and More

This last Tuesday, folks from LADOT, City Planning, the Mayor’s Office, Council Offices, LACBC, Bikeside, and other concerned bicyclists all piled into City Hall Room 721 for the monthly meeting of the Bike Plan Implementation Team.  If you missed it, you can get the meeting notice and agenda here.

It’s becoming more apparent with each meeting that City Hall Room 721 may not fulfill the needs of the ever-growing BPIT: the 37 people who showed up this month were practically flowing out into the hallway.  It’s encouraging to see that so many members of the public and so many representatives from various parts of the City are committed to making the LA Bike Plan a reality.  Rick Risemberg weighed in with a very uplifting recap of the BPIT at the Flying Pigeon blog.  Dan Rodman, an excellent new writer for Bikeside, gave his own recap of the meeting.

Up on the docket for the BPIT were updates on current LADOT Bikeways projects, progress on 7th Street, the Wilshire Grand project, Sunset Boulevard, getting started on Venice Boulevard, and future program priorities for the City.

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