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“GIVE ME 3” updates

We’re going to use this post as a clearinghouse for all things “GIVE ME 3”.

GIVE ME 3's first official poster, at the bus stop at 1st & Main

Mayor Villaraigosa's opening remarks

The poster unveiled

Rita Robinson speaks

The Mayor signs the new poster

The Mayor, LADOT, LAPD, LACBC, and members of the Midnight Ridazz pose with the new poster

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Mayor launches “Give me 3” Campaign

Introducing the "GIVE ME 3" poster!

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today at 10 AM unveiled the poster for the “Give me 3”, a campaign geared towards improving bicycle safety and driver etiquette in the City of Los Angeles. The mayor kicked off the campaign by installing its first poster on the bus shelter at city hall on the corner of 1st & Main. The “Give me 3” campaign is the culmination of the LACBC’s Bicycle Awareness Safety Campaign, launched in April of 2010. The LACBC has partnered with the Mayor’s office, LADOT, LAPD, and Midnight Ridazz to make today’s campaign possible.

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What questions should the Mayor answer at the Bike Summit?

In anticipation of Mayor Villaraigosa’s upcoming Bike Summit (also reported here), the Mayor’s office is asking for feedback from the bike community on Google Moderator.  First announced on Villaraigosa’s twitter feed, the Mayor’s office is asking both for your questions and for you to vote on questions that have already been submitted.  In addition to taking live questions from attendees at the Bike Summit, the Mayor will answer selected questions which have received the most votes.  If you aren’t able to attend the Bike Summit due to work conflicts (it is, after all, being held on a Monday morning), this venue will still make your voice heard with the Mayor of Los Angeles.

And just remember, the Bike Summit is scheduled from 9-11 on August 16th in the main boardroom at One Gateway Plaza.

Get out (er, online) and vote!

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Watch the Road

We’ve been talking a lot about bike safety on LADOT Bike Blog over the last few months, but almost all of it has been geared towards the bicyclist.  Talking about bicyclist safety, however, is only part of the equation: safety on the roads includes pedestrians and drivers as well.  Any measure of safety for bicyclists has to take into account the actions and behaviors of people behind the wheel.  We’re not the ones, after all, encased in 2,000+ lbs. of steel traveling at extremely high speeds.  If drivers know how to properly respect bicyclists’ space and properly share the road, everyone will be safer.

In the quest to educate drivers, LADOT is proud to be a member of the Watch the Road campaign.  I sat down with Watch the Road coordinator Luz Echavarria at the end of April to talk about Watch the Road and LADOT’s part in the program.

If you spend time on the street in LA, you've probably seen these signs

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Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Bike Summit for August 16

Living up to his statement “It’s time to recognize that bicycles also belong on L.A.’s streets“, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced a public Bike Summit for August 16th.  You can read the Mayor’s press release here.  The Bike Summit will convene from 9AM to 11AM at Metro’s Boardroom at One Gateway Plaza.

Topics at the Bike Summit will include bikes on Metro at peak hours

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Register Now: July 22nd Webinar 2010 Draft LA Bike Plan

Please join us on Thursday, July 22nd when the City Planning Department hosts their first-ever webinar for the 2010 draft LA Bike Plan. The webinar will take place in two sessions, both of which will have a half hour presentation followed by a half hour round of question-and-answer with all registered online participants. You can read their press release PDF right here.

Make sure to register for both the 6:00 and 7:30 webinar

The first webinar session, from 6:00 to 7:00, will review the entire bicycle plan. The second webinar session, from 7:30 to 8:30, will cover the what, where, and when of all the bicycle infrastructure proposed in the 5-year plan. Though registration will be allowed up until the 22nd, City Planning urges you to register soon for both sessions. Registering for the first session does not mean you are registered for the second session automatically. The second session, covering the proposed 5-year implementation plan, promises to have more concrete details for bicycle infrastructure where you live, so don’t make the mistake of failing to register for both. Read more

2nd Anniversary for East Side Bike Club this Weekend

(Ed. note:  Though I was invited to this event, I will sadly be out of town over the weekend.  Instead, I wanted to pass the invitation on to all readers of LADOT Bike Blog.)

The East Side Bike Club will be celebrating their second year in existence with the “2nd Gear Bike Ride”.  Led by Carlos Morales AKA Chapulin, the East Side Bike Club has been organizing group rides for the last two years throughout East LA, Highland Park, Lincoln Park, Boyle Heights, and elsewhere on the east side, the East Side Bike Club provides community and camaraderie for east side bicyclists.

Saturday, June 26th, 2PM - 9PM

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Parking Meters

Sadly -technically- not allowed

We received this comment from reader ‘Joseph E’ regarding locking your bike to a parking meter:

“Why is it illegal? Is it a city ordinance?
Parking meters make great bike parking, and are otherwise a huge waste of sidewalk space.
Care to explain, LADOT?”

Well, technically: yes.  It’s a City Ordinance.  Follow me below the fold for the longer answer… Read more

May is Bike to Work Month

(Ed. Note: Sorry for the lag in content the past two week.  I was in my final week of classes at USC, and the crunch for time really got in the way of things.  I look forward to getting LADOT Bike Blog back on track!)

Roll up that right pant leg and exchange your briefcase for a messenger bag: May is National Bike Month.  This will be Los Angeles’ 16th annual Bike to Work Month and Metro’s got all the details on Bike to Work Week, taking place from May 17th to May 21st.  Bike to Work Day itself will take place Thursday, May 20th.  Biketoworkweek.org is a great resource for finding out what other cities around the world will be doing, and you can find out what’s going on statewide here.

Get in shape while you get to work

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Bike Corrals on City Council Schedule

Scheduled for tomorrow

The motion for a bike corral pilot project on York Blvd., covered here earlier this month, is scheduled to come before City Council tomorrow, Tuesday April 27th.  Carried over from last Friday’s council agenda, the bike corrals motion is scheduled as item number twenty one.  Here’s the PDF of the continuation agenda, and here’s all the items scheduled to come before it.  We’ll keep you updated on any progress.