LADOT Bike Blog hopes all our readers will have a safe, cozy, and tasty Thanksgiving. We apologize for the low number posts lately, but we’re smack in the middle of finals right now at USC. We’re committed to coming back with a bigger and better LADOT Bike Blog once things settle down. In the meantime, there are a number of bike-related events in December that you absolutely should not miss.
(Update: The location of the Planning Commission meeting for the Bike Plan has been changed to City Council Chambers in City Hall)
It’s been a long road, hasn’t it? It’s the beginning of the end for a planning process that began back in 2008: The draft 2010 LA Bike Plan comes before the Planning Commission in City Hall Room 1010 this Thursday, November 4th, at 8:30 AM. If passed, the plan will move on to a hearing before the City Council.
If you need a last minute refresher, you can always bone up at labikeplan.org.
LADOT Bike Blog had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve Messer, a member of CORBA’s board of directors, on the rainy Wednesday morning before CicLAvia. CORBA, the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association, is holding their largest fundraiser of the year this weekend On Sunday October 17th CORBA will host the Fat Tire Fest at the Lake Castaic State Recreation Area. We talk with Steve about the Fat Tire Fest, CORBA’s mission and activities, their response to the 2010 LA Bike Plan and more, below the fold.
CORBA’s Biggest Fundraiser
CORBA, an all-volunteer organization, uses the annual Fat Tire Fest as their largest fundraiser of the year. The festival itself will also be run entirely by volunteers, donating their time simply for their love of off-road bicycling and their desire to support the good work CORBA does.
LADOT is proud to partner with CD 1 Council Member Ed Reyes, LACBC, CARECEN & Ciudad De Luces to bring new bike racks to the CARECEN day labor center in MacArthur Park. Installation will take place at 9:30 AM on the morning of October 14th, and LADOT Bike Blog is excited to be a part of the festivities.
CicLAvia is now only 5 days away, and LADOT Bike Blog can hardly bear the waiting. We admit to getting giddy feelings every time we see a sign, like the one below, along the route. Seeing physical proof of the CicLAvia to come just makes the reality even more concrete: LA will shut down 7 miles of street to cars this Sunday so that people may walk, ride, play, and just be.
The signs are also a reminder, however, that there’s still work left to be done; the folks at CicLAvia are still looking for a few volunteers and LADOT Bike Blog urges our readers to give them a helping hand. We’ve already volunteered for the event and so should you. You can not only help make this CicLAvia a success, but also help make sure CicLAvias keep coming back again and again.
There are also a whole slate of events taking place during CicLAvia and we’d love to share some of them with you below the fold.
This week has had a flurry of CicLAvia news, with Mayor Villaraigosa’s press conference announcing the route for cicLAvia (also covered by Streetsblog and the LACBC blog) followed by the Mayor writing an article for the Huffington Post. Before all of that, LADOT Bike Blog had the pleasure of speaking last weekend with Bobby Gadda and Stephen Villavaso, two of the organizers behind October’s upcoming CicLAvia event.
Just another friendly reminder from LADOT Bike Blog. This weekend sees the first of four open houses and public hearings on the 2010 Draft LA Bike Plan. Make sure you attend and make your voice heard. The more people who can attend, the better the final plan can be.