Are Helmets Enough?

          As bicyclists, we’ve all heard of other riders who were involved in an accident with a vehicle. Perhaps you’ve even had experience with aggressive drivers or a dangerous road condition first-hand. Because these incidents are all too common, we know how important it is to wear helmets. However, rarely do we hear about an equally important need; the need to be adequately insured. Most people are unaware that many of the coverages on your automobile policy extend to provide you protection while you’re on your bicycle. Hard to imagine? Let’s look at an example. Tom was an extremely cautious bicycle rider, always wearing a helmet and obeying all the traffic laws. However, one day, he was involved in an accident with a hit and run driver. Tom had extensive injuries that required a several months stay in the hospital and extensive physical therapy. Due to his injuries, he was also unable to work for a year and a half. Fortunately for Tom (and...
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The Final Draft of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan is here!

After nearly a year of public workshops, collarboration with our city partners and intense technical work; SBBC, LACBC and Alta are proud to present the Final Draft of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan.  The final draft reflects the revisions that your comments helped to shape.  Now we need your help in getting it approved in our partnering cities.  Join us at an upcoming City Council meeting to show your support or write an email to your City Council members to ask them urge them to approve this plan.  This plan's success depends on your support in front of City Council.  So please, spread the word and help ensure that the path to plan adoption is a success!...
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The South Bay Bicycle Master Plan is coming!

Just a quick note to everyone - this coming Monday, June 13th, the draft of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan (SBBMP) will be available to the public for review and comment.  It will be housed here on our site and the plans are for it to be up around mid day.  So keep an eye out on this space for more info....
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Workshops a Success…Now Comes the Hard Part

With an aggressive round of seven community open houses officially done, I am proud to report that they were a smashing success!  Upwards of 300 community members across our seven partnering cities joined us to share their knowledge and experiences as both cyclists and motorists in the South Bay. We heard about the various challenges that we all face on our streets.  Workshop participants ranged from the experienced and confident to the hesitant and skeptical; and thus we collected a broad range of opinions.  Our consultant, Alta Planning + Design, will spend the next few months compiling all the data collected, analyzing our streets and subsequently proposing a series of interconnected bikeways across our region.  A DRAFT of the master plan with associated policy language and signage will be available at the end of April.  A second round of workshops featuring the draft will occur in May. Next to getting 300 people to enthusiastically spend a weekday evening learning about a bike...
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Seven-City Bike Master Plan Update

Latest Accomplishments: On Tuesday, September 14th, the City of Hermosa Beach adopted the resolution to provide staff and Council support throughout the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan process.  The South Bay Bicycle Coalition thanks Mayor Tucker, the City Council and staff of Hermosa Beach for their continued support. Next Up: The Cities of Lawndale, El Segundo and Torrance will also be reviewing similar resolutions later this month.  The outlook so far is very positive and with support from all of you we are sure to keep succeeding! As most you are aware, this initiative is a bicycle master planning effort that will connect seven cities within the South Bay: Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, El Segundo, Lawndale and Gardena. The effort is made possible by the RENEW grant from the Department of Public Health and is being headed up by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and your very own South Bay Bicycle Coalition....
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