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Lacbc City Of Lights Presentation

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Lacbc City Of Lights Presentation

  1. 1. A Program of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)
  2. 2. CARECEN Day Laborer Center, Pico Union
  3. 3. Why Create a Program That Only Focuses on Latino Day Laborer Cyclists? Los Angeles is home to one of the largest groups of cyclists, Latino day laborers, who ride to work each day. For most of these cyclists, their bikes are their only means of transportation. Finally, since many Latino cyclists are not connected to the bicycle community and are low-income, there has been a dearth of resources for them, including a lack of access to information about bicycling laws, how to ride safely in traffic, and access to safety gear.
  4. 4. City of Lights Aims to Bridge That Gap
  5. 5. What is City of Lights? We provide bicycle lights and safety information to Latino immigrant cyclists. We are a group of LACBC staff and volunteers that regularly service the CARECEN day laborer center in Pico-Union every week. We have hosted bike safety and repair workshops in June and July, with a culturally themed bike ride planned for September.
  6. 6. What is City of Lights? The long term goals of the program are to connect Latino social justice movements and communities with the alternative transportation movement and support advocates amongst the day laborer population. It is important for these underrepresented immigrant cyclists to become a part of the political process and our vision is for them to transform the built environment (i.e., bike lanes, bike parking, and traffic circles) in their neighborhoods to become more bike and pedestrian friendly.
  7. 7. We hope to empower the cyclists and build community in a fun and relevant way. We do this through culturally themed bike rides and interactive workshops.
  8. 8. City of Lights’ Research Component In the fall, we will begin qualitative and quantitative research surveys and interviews in partnership with UCLA and UCI. This will serve to develop new research and data on these largely unaddressed issues of transportation equity and public health. We hope this research will inform academia and city planners more about Latino cyclists to create more equitable neighborhoods.
  9. 9. Volunteer Lys Mendez Gives a Presentation on Bike Lights One cyclist installs a bike light
  10. 10. LACBC City of Lights & CARECEN staff
  11. 11. City of Lights’ Future Plans •We want to expand to offer not only bicycle lights, but also more expensive yet vital bicycle accessories such as helmets and bicycle locks. • We would also like to expand the model of workshops, lights, and advocacy to other day laborer centers in Central Los Angeles. •Lastly, we will continue to apply for grants and community support.
  12. 12. City of Lights Safety Workshop, June 2009.
  13. 13. City of Lights table at CARECEN April 2009 LACBC Planning Director Dorothy Le assists a cyclist with installing a light
  14. 14. City of Lights in the Media • We have created a blog for City of Lights, which will also be translated into Spanish and has our Youtube video (https://sites.google.com/site/cityoflightsprogram/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udhqY2mfKxo) • Planet Bike’s blog featured City of Lights (http://www.planetbike.com/blog/128) • The Alliance for Biking and Walking mentions City of Lights (http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/media/la cbc_lights_up_la/) • UCLA’s Daily Bruin Newspaper February interview (http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/stories/2009/feb/2/cyclists/)
  15. 15. Contact: Allison Mannos Urban Programs Coordinator, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition 634 S. Spring St. Ste #821 Los Angeles, CA 90014 213-629-2142 Allison@la-bike.org http://www.la-bike.org/ and https://sites.google.com/site/cityoflightsprogram/

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