Want to improve your cycling skills? Looking to learn safe cycling techniques? Interested in becoming a League Certified Instructor? If you answered yes to any of the above then this national curriculum developed by the League of American Bicyclists is for you!
TRAFFIC SKILLS 101
Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a fast-paced class that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen.
Please note that tickets to this 8 hour class are limited, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Classes consist of in-classroom education, parking lot drills, and a short community ride to practice safe riding skills. Cost is $50 for general public, $25 for BikeSGV members.
LCI TRAINING SEMINARS
"The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The Seminar is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Traffic Skills 101 curriculum, both in the classroom and in the parking lot. League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified to teach the Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally."
Sound like something you'd like to do? Before you can take the Seminar you must have successfully completed Traffic Skills 101 and have an active membership to the League of American Bicyclists. Training cost is $300.
After striping its first Class II Bicycle Lane in 2013, and considering another on east-west thoroughfare Lorain Rd (see coverage here and here), the City of San Marino is moving forward with formal study of improving conditions for bicycling and walking in town.
In November, the San Marino City Council directed staff to review a second round of proposals submitted by planning firm and select a team to develop the City's first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The local firm Ryan Snyder Associates, which also drafted Pasadena's most recent draft bicycle plan, came out on top of this process.
On Tuesday, January 28th the City and Ryan Snyder are hosting a first public meeting at the Crowell Public Library to discuss the development of the plan and solicit suggestions on how to improve conditions for bicycling and walking in town. The input of local bicyclists (and walkers!) is needed, especially if you live, work, shop, walk or bike in town!
What: San Marino Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Meeting
When: Tuesday January 28th (6:30pm)
Where: Crowell Public Library, Barth Room, 1890 Huntington Dr., San Marino 91108
Unable to attend the meeting? Feedback can also be provided to Ryan directly via phone (310-475-3895) or email (email@example.com)
On Thursday January 23rd, 2014, the Metro Board of Directors will be considering a formal motion regarding the development of a Metro-led, Regional Bicycle Share program for Los Angeles County.
While a growing number of cities around the world, including Washington D.C., Boston, New York, San Francisco, San Antonio, Minneapolis and Denver, in the US, have successfully launched Bicycle Share programs over the past few years, only one community in Southern California, the City of Anaheim, has a program, which must be noted was a pilot with few bicycles and docking stations - and limited practicality.
However, several major LA County Cities are interested in moving forward with Bicycle Share, and several have been actively studying and/or working on bringing the first true programs to the region. The City of Los Angeles appeared to be the front runner for the past several years, after penning an exclusive deal with Bike Nation. The Cities of Long Beach, Santa Monica and Pasadena have also expressed strong interest, thanks in part to local support for such efforts.
Bicycle Share in the SGV?
Many communities in the San Gabriel Valley are actively engaging residents, schools, stakeholders, advocates, technical professionals, city staff and elected leaders in efforts to achieve healthier, safer and more sustainable communities. The development of a regional Bicycle Share program, especially in conjunction with the expansion of the Metro Gold Line into the SGV, would dovetail with these efforts and help reduce barriers to cycling for local residents.
A Metro-led program should also help:
Potential for a Truly Regional Bicycle Share Program
No agency is better suited that LA Metro to develop Bicycle Share program in Los Angeles County. Not only does the agency stand to benefit the most by increasing the reach and efficiency of its transportation network, it has the resources to ensure that a Bicycle Share program in Los Angeles County is a success. BikeSGV strongly feels that Metro should play a strong role in developing and supporting the program by:
Public comment via email, phone and/or in person at the Board Meeting is needed to move this potentially transformative project forward!!!
What: Metro Board Meeting
Where: MTA Headquarter (large building east of Union Station)
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
When: Thursday, January 23rd, 9:30am
Template Email/Talking Points:
Subject: Support for Item 58: Regional Bicycle Share Program
Dear Members of the Metro Board of Directors,
As an LA County and ______ resident who cares about the health and well-being of my community, I am taking the time to contact you today to urge your for a Regional Bicycle Share Program led and supported by LA Metro.
If paired with increased investment in bicycle, pedestrian, and Metro Rail infrastructure, the development a connected, regional Bicycle Share program will accelerate LA County's shift to a more sustainable, vibrant metropolitan area for residents and visitors alike.
Metro has a tremendous opportunity to realize this vision by assuming a leadership role in this project. Please support this by directing Metro staff to:
Thank you for your time and consideration,
firstname.lastname@example.org (board secretary)
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