Teen Bicycle Education Event

You must register to participate in the event.  Register here.

A bike is highly recommended for this event,  but can take the classroom portion if not.

Food and drinks will be provided

Space is limited, register today!

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Join LACBC at Metro on 7/16 to Ask for More Funding for Walking & Biking

 

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ACTION ALERT

For over two years, LACBC has worked alongside the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to call attention to the critical lack of funding for walking and biking in Los Angeles County. Despite pedestrians and bicyclists making up 19% of all trips and 39% of roadway fatalities in LA County, less than 1% of transportation funding is spent on these two modes. On July 16th, Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee will consider adopting a 10-year Short Range Transportation Plan that again gives short shrift to walking and biking.

 TWO WAYS TO PARTICIPATE and SUPPORT:

Join us July 16th at Metro:

We’re mobilizing our countywide coalition to turn out to a Metro committee meeting next Wednesday (we meet at 2:15pm to coordinate). Please join us on July 16th to show your support for increasing funding for walking and biking.  Metro Board Room: Planning and Programming Committee considering $88B plan with only 0.6% for walk/bike

Where:    Metro HQ, Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd floor
Day:         Wednesday, July 16th
Time:       2:30 pm to coordinate* –  You do not have to speak.
Easy access from Metrolink and Foothill Transit Silverstreak
* we’ll notify those who rsvp of any time adjustment

Please to RSVP Eric at LACBC. (email eric@la-bike.org)

Social Media Participation!

There is also an opportunity to use social media to express your support.  Using the hashtag #metrofundwalkbike. Please join the conversation online by posting to Twitter and Facebook:

  • Answering the question: “Why should #metrofundwalkbike?”
  • Add pictures!! Write your answer on a piece of paper – (green if possible) and share the picture in tweets and on Facebook. Get your friends and family to do it too!
  • For social media tag our local Metro Board Members, Gloria Molina* (Pomona, Claremont, Walnut) Michael Antonovich @mikeantonovich (Covina, San Dimas, La Verne) * not on twitter, email her at: molina@bos.lacounty.gov
    and @metrolosangeles
  • Not on Twitter or Facebook – comment on this post or email us your comment and/or picture – We’ll post it!

Together we can get the funding we need to make LA County walkable and bikeable, but we need the whole choir singing. This week it gets real. Please help get the word out to your networks so we can get diverse turnout next Wednesday and a full representation online.

Metro’s reluctance to plan for and invest in active transportation stands in the way of our region meeting its mobility, environmental and public health goals. In Metro’s view, walking and biking are the purview of individual cities and not a regional transportation priority. As a result, Metro has a fragmented approach to walking and biking that does not ensure that all of the parts add up to a region that is in fact multimodal, safe and serves the needs of all travelers and all trips. (JM, SRTSNP)

Metro’s staff report  addressing  these concerns dismissed the value of walking and bicycling as “regionally significant” modes of transportation and continues to discount the importance of non-commute trips. For more info and additional links, please see full post at SRTS National Partnership 

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BIKE MONTH 2014

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It’s finally here! Bike Month! Check out all the fun events going on in the area just for you guys.

 

May 10th Saturday Pomona Valley Craft Brew ride

Join us on this fun easy paced ride from Sanctum Brew in Pomona to the La Verne Brewery Co. Then come back to Pomona and hang out at the Pomona Art Walk. You don’t have to be 21 and over to ride but you do in order to drink. Full details on our Facebook event page here.

Where: Sanctum Brew 560 E. Commercial Street Unit 21
Time: 2:15pm-6:00pm

 

May 13th Tuesday Bike Repairs at the pop-up Hot Plate:

Get your bike in shape for Bike to Work Day at our pop-up bike repair station. PVBC Committee member Dan Romero will be hosting the workshop all day.

Where: Romero Metal 560 East Commercial St. Unit #3 Pomona

 

May 15th Thursday Bike to Work Day:

If you’ve ever considered biking to work then this is the day to do it. Pit stops will be located in the following locations hopefully along your route to work so stop by and get some free swag and fuel yourself for the day.

Pit stops:

  • La Verne University campus Center, corner of 2nd and C st 7am-10am
  • Claremont: Claremont Metrolink Station 7am-9am
  • Pomona: Bonita and Towne 7am-9am

 

May 15th Thursday Handle Bar Happy Hour

Treat yourself from biking to work with us at the Press and enjoy happy hour priced food and drinks all night long. We will be selling LACBC/PVBC memberships for $25 along with a free bike tune up from Jax’s Bike Shop in Claremont. RSVP on our Facebook event here!

Where: The Press 129 N. Harvard Ave, Claremont

Time: 5pm-8:00pm

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May 18th Sunday Where to Bike Los Angeles

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Join Jon Riddle as he leads the Where to Ride in LA series with PVBC committee member Robert Neiuber from Claremont to GMR and back. Ride through Claremont,  La Verne, San Dimas, and Glendora before turning north and uphill onto Glendora Mountain Road  connecting onto Glendora Ridge Road at Horse Canyon Saddle  pedaling east  several miles along Glendora Ridge Road before dropping into Mt. Baldy Village for a brief rest. From there, its 12 miles of downhill back to Claremont.

Time:    Meet at 8:30am; ride at 9:00am

Where: Claremont Metrolink Station 200 West 1st Street Claremont, CA

Ride Length:            45 miles.

Ride Duration:         Approximately 6 hours, including stops.

Difficulty:                 Recommended for intermediate-level riders, age 16 and up. You should be comfortable, and capable of, riding uphill for sustained distances. While the grades are not steep (GMR averages about 5 percent), the total elevation gain is about 4,800 feet over 31 miles.

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Pomona Active Transit Plan-Passed!

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In a unanimous vote, the Pomona City Council approved the Active Transportation Plan this past Monday, March 3rd.  This plan show that the City is now committed to creating safer streets for cyclists, pedestrians and even drivers in the City of Pomona. With the plan adopted, the City is now a viable candidate to apply for grants to build bike lanes, create bicycle education programs, push for Safe Routes to School programs and improve street infrastructure- just to make a to name a few proposed programs in the plan.

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At Monday’s council meeting, bicyclists filled the council chambers forcing the ATP to be moved first on the General Plan update list. For almost an hour, cyclists and like-minded individuals spoke out and supported the plan. Residents who have never spoken in front of a council before, practiced their civic duty and told the council how they want the ATP. Over 3o people spoke in support of the plan one of them a Pomona  princess candidate who changed from a tiara to a bike helmet, and a father and his young daughter who insisted to speak in front of the council demanding safer streets for her family.

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The ATP is a step in the right direction for Pomona as it can help the Pomona Valley reach AB32 and SB375 goals of reducing green house gases and creating sustainable solutions. It also demonstrates that the City is committed to creating safer streets for cyclists in the area.

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We are proud and happy  and proud to work with a community of passionate cyclists. As always, the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition strives to create safe streets for all and  we look forward to working with the City in creating a safer and healthier Pomona. You can read more about the meeting at LA Streetsblog and the Daily Bulletin.

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Walk to School Day

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International Walk to School Month is in October and we were fortunate enough to work with a Montvue Elementary School in Pomona. The rain might have made us reschedule the original date of Wednesday the 9th, but on Friday the 18th, hundreds of kids walked and biked to Montvue Elementary. Walking and biking to school is a habit we support as it promotes exercise, has health benefits, cleans the air and environment, promotes street safety  and is fun! None of this could have been accomplished had it not been for the spirit and enthusiasm of Principle Alejandro Villa, who helped set up the event and get the parents involved. A big thank to Council Women Paula Lantz for connecting us to the school and supporting this event. Walk to School day is supported by the National Center for Safe Routes to School a program we strongly support and encourage.

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CICLE Led Bike Ride to Cal Poly Pumpkin Patch

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Ever been to the famous Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival? Ever been there on bike? Well if you haven’t, here’s you chance to explore the wonderful world of the Cal Poly Pumpkins via bike. With the sponsorship and support of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency (Metro), CICLE  (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange) will be leading this fun community bike ride from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona via side streets in Pomona. At the festival, riders will receive a unique welcome, explore thousands of pumpkins, the Farm Store, game booths, a corn maze, the popular Insect Fair and much more! We encourage you to bring a trailer to haul your pumpkins, but trailers will also be provided to help with the load.

Admission is FREE. Pumpkins from the patch are $5 each. Insect Fair: $6 adults; $4 students and children 3-12 years; 2 and under are free.
Prices for individual activities such as the corn maze, horse rides and the petting zoo vary. The Farm Store staff will generously provide 10% coupons to participants to use at the store

The ride is made possible by LA County Metro. Metro is the planner, builder and operator of LA county’s expanding public transportation system and has played an important role in bicycle planning and project funding since 1993. The ride will be lead by CICLE, a non-profit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy and sustainable transportation choice. Metro’s sponsorship of CICLE event’s help fulfill the agency’s goal of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

Join us on the fun on Sunday October 20th meeting at 10:30am at Thomas Plaza in downtown Pomona. Ride leaves at 11am sharp and will return by 2pm. Please come with your bike in working order and with some knowledge on how to ride a bike. Children under 8 years old should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride. Baskets and trailers are encouraged! Riders under 18 must wear a helmet! This ride is FREE for all to attend! Cookies and cider will be served after the ride at the Loft gallery in downtown Pomona. You can RSVP on Facebook here.

To volunteer email us at pvalleybikes@gmail.com

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Party for Pomona Valley-Thank You BBQ

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It’s been rumored that bicyclist who work hard also play hard and we here at PVBC want to say thank you to all those who helped us during Bike Month in May and to all those who continue to support us throughout the year by throwing  a Thank You BBQ Party to all. It’s also a way to get everyone excited for our fall programs and events and chance for new folks to get involved with PVBC. We will be BBQ-ing hot dogs and veggie dogs plus snacks, drinks and for those over 21, we will be serving Pomona Queen from Dales Bros Brewery. Donations suggested.  We will be partying it up at the Sculpture Garden in downtown Pomona 538 W. 2nd St from 5pm-10pm on Saturday 21st- after party in downtown can be arranged.  Excited to see you all there!

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