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Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge

Making way for the new plaque to be installed

On Thursday, from 11 to 12 p.m. LADOT and Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be re-dedicating the Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge in a ceremony from 11 to 12 at the bridge, located above Los Feliz Blvd. The dedication ceremony will showcase new bronze plaques (unveiled earlier this year at the Blessing of the Bicycles) honoring Alex Baum and his role in promoting bicycling in Los Angeles (just in time for his birthday.) Parking will be limited so we are encouraging attendees to bike, take transit or carpool to the ceremony. Join in the celebration to get a first-hand look at the plaques and a chance to hear guest speakers honor Alex’s accomplishments and L.A’s long bicycling history.

Please note, that the bicycle bridge will be closed to bicyclists from 10:30 to 11:30 for the purpose of the ceremony. A clearly signed detour will be available for bicyclists passing through the area at this time.

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Andy Clarke, of the League of American Bicyclists, announces the City of Los Angeles’ bronze level award as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

This morning, LADOT Bikeways staff, Councilmember Reyes, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office, gathered with bicycle advocates including members from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition at Mac Arthur Park to witness the League of American Bicyclists President, Andy Clarke recognize the City as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the bronze level. While Los Angeles was only one of several dozen new bicycle friendly communities to receive an award, the League recognized the City’s distinct challenges, affirming that,  “Leaders like Los Angeles serve as a great example that even cities known for Carmageddon can take cost-effective steps to start making cycling an integrated part of the transportation system.”

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RIDE: In Living Color is a film that documents the stories and experiences of African-American cyclists around the country with a particular emphasis on biking in Los Angeles. Directed by L.A. native Yolanda Davis-Overstreet, the film interviews  members of the African American cycling community,  focusing on each bicyclist’s personal story and the role bicycling plays in their lives. Their stories range from tales of competitive racers to how one bicycling group is working to feed the homeless.

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Artist Makes Sculptures Out of Recycled Bike Chains!

Artist Young-Deok Seo has created this beautiful sculpture entirely out of chain-links found in bicycle chains. A picture speaks a thousand words, so just go to this blog and check out the rest of Seo’s awesome works of art!

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Fighting the Power with Bicycle Power! Photo cred: Huffington Post

Wow! It’s hard to believe I’ve already done ten of these, time flies when you’re having fun.

The 99% Powered By Bicycle

Our first posting is about the Occupy Wall Street movement, who have been forced to think outside the box after clashing with the NYPD. In a recent police raid, the protests gas-powered generators were confiscated by the authorities who cited fire dangers. In response, organizers have begun to employ DIY bike-powered generators and are seeking donations to construct more. The increase in sustainability comes at a sacrifice: it can take up to two hours of uninterrupted pedaling to charge up their car batteries. The Bicycle Program  applauds this innovative use of bicycles! Continue reading for more inspiration!

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Vista Street Bike Boulevard

Here is Part II to the video JoJo and I made for Vista Street. It’s meant to be a supplement to the first video, and features extended interviews with Allan Crawford, the Bicycle Coordinator in Long Beach. Let us know what you think, and if you missed Part I click here!

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Bikeway Map from 1896

This is a really cool find! An 1896 map of California Bikeways which was dug up and scanned for our viewing pleasure. Click on the link for a “zoom.it” version of the map, which is higher resolution and is infinitely zoomable. If you’re looking for a more modern version, click here to see our bikeway maps! Continue reading for more interesting postings!

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