Bikes

The South Bay Bicycle Plan – If you live in one of the 7 South Bay cities that could benefit, please contact you City Council NOW!

Thanks to a $240,000 grant the SBBC secured, we could soon be eligible for millions of dollars in county, state, and federal funding set aside for only those cities with an accredited plan.

This plan offers over 200 new miles of bikeways and would make biking easier, safer, and more convenient.  Moreover, this will increase the quality of life for its residents and increase local economic activity.

The plan is open for all to see here which includes improvements for each city.  Better Biking for better cities – please contact your city council and attend upcoming meeting about adopting the plan:

El Segundo – 10/4/11       Lawndale – 10/17/11

Redondo Beach – 10/18/11     Hermosa Beach  10/25/11

Gardena – 11/8/11*    Manhattan Beach  11/15/11*

Torrance 11/22/11*

*tentative dates, please confirm

South Bay Bike Culture: Where We Are Now and Where We Can Be

If you’ve spent any amount of time on the Strand, you are well aware that biking is a major part of South Bay culture.  However, the improving but still sparse bike infrastructure in the area has resulted in the majority of biking activities being recreational in nature and relegated primarily to the Strand.   There are a few other bike paths and routes in the area, such as the sharrows along Hermosa Avenue or the dedicated path bisecting Redondo Beach; but for an area this size and with a population so eager to be active and outdoors, there is an unrealized opportunity to become an incubator for a more prevalent bike culture.

With over 300,000 residents and a staggering presence of major employers, the South Bay has a unique opportunity to not only improve bike recreation, but also to promote biking as a convenient mode of transportation.  In order to accomplish this cultural shift, the South Bay will need improved bike infrastructure, bike education and bike awareness.

Luckily, bicycle enthusiast and advocates in the South Bay area are coming together to address these and other bike-related matters.  With a myriad of cycling clubs such as the Beach Cities Cycling Club, South Bay Cruisers and the South Bay Wheelman our area is already ripe with a population eager to support a prominent bike culture.

At the forefront of such is issues are the South Bay Bicycle Coalition (SBBC).  Established in 2009, the group is focused upon bike advocacy through policy change, community education and promoting bike culture through bike-oriented events.  Their current focus in on a grant-funded project: the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan.  This two-year effort will culminate in a seven-city bicycle master plan providing connectivity and improved infrastructure across the South Bay.  Additionally, SBBC is also working to bring bike valets to community events and is promoting bicycle awareness and education for a variety of groups.  To learn more or get involved please visit www.southbaybicyclecoalition.com