SCAG needs to hear why active transportation is important to you!

In an email, Rey Baerg, Southern California Policy Manager of Safe Routes to School National Partnership asks us to attend the Southern California Association of Governments meeting on the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan on March 21, 2012, and raise our voices in support of active transportation.

Quick Facts:

  • 21% of trips in SCAG region are completed by walking and bicycling (NHTS 2009)
  • 25% of the roadway fatalities in SCAG region are pedestrians and bicyclists (SCAG Draft 2012 RTP/SCS).
  • The SCAG region suffers from an obesity rate of 24% (SCAG Draft 2012 RTP/SCS).
  • Only 1.3% of the funding in the Draft 2012 RTP/SCS is dedicated to Active Transportation (SCAG Draft 2012 RTP/SCS).
  • Over 80% of active transportation funding in the plan is not available until after 2026 (SCAG Draft 2012 RTP/SCS).

Our Asks to SCAG:

  • Increase Funding for Active Transportation: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has estimated that $40 Billion or 5-8% of the funding in the plan is needed for Active Transportation over the next 25 years. SCAG should adjust the funding in the plan to better reflect this need.
  • Front load Funding for Active Transportation: Funding should be moved forward in the plan so the full benefits of active transportation can be realized sooner.
  • Develop an Active Transportation Strategic Funding Plan: This plan would be developed and lead by a newly created Regional Active Transportation Finance Committee consisting of County Transportation Commissions, Elected Officials, and local public health and advocacy leaders. This committee will highlight, determine, and accelerate current, potential, and additional funding sources.
  • Regional Complete Streets Plan: This plan will create policy framework to guide and encourage local implementation of complete streets. It will also guide County Transportation Commissions to select and develop projects that serve all users.
  • Regional Safe Routes to School Plan: This plan will assist County Transportation Commissions to prioritize Safe Routes to School projects, incorporate joint use and school siting as effective land use strategies and identify potential funding sources.

Meeting Location:

SCAG Main Office
818 W 7th St
12th Floor Board Room
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Meeting Date and Time:

March 21, 2012

12:00 pm (noon)

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Cyclist on bike tour missing in Death Valley

A cyclist on a bike tour has gone missing in Death Valley.

Authorities are searching for a 67-year-old San Francisco man who mysteriously disappeared from a bicycle tour campsite in Death Valley last week.

The man, George Kohler, was a member of an Adventure Cycling Association sponsored week-long bike tour called Death Valley Loop I.

For more information:

Cyclist on bike tour missing in Death Valley

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July is INSANE!

Here are the rides for the Antelope Valley for July 2010. Holey Moley! There is something for everyone.

CYCOLOGY – The Lancaster Ride
Wednesday Nights – Ride Starts Promptly @ 7:30 PM
Lancaster City Park – Park & Ride (10th Street West & K-8) Arrive between 7:00pm & 7:15pm.
12 to 15 mph average for 20 miles and about 2 hours of ride time.
After the ride head to Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill for all you can eat wing special!

LanCoaster BLVD Bike Experience
Saturday July 10th – Ride Starts Promptly @ 9:00AM
Ride starts and finishes @ Lancaster City Hall on 44933 Fern Ave (just off of Lancaster BLVD).
This is a community ride! ALL BICYCLES ARE WELCOME! Family and kid friendly!
We ride the streets of Lancaster with Police escorts leading the way.
Perfect opportunity to meet more riders and ride parts of Lancaster you have never explored!
Pace is slow and social (not a race) 10 – 12 mph average and about 2 hours total.

AV High Desert Cyclists Brunch Ride – Santa Clarita – July 17, 2010
Join ride Leader Linda Pluss for a 20 mile ride to Mimi’s in Santa Clarita. Ride pace will be around 10 mph. This leisurely paced ride travels the stylin’ bike paths of the Santa Clarita Valley. Riders are welcome to either meet in the SCV area or ride from the AV. Email for more information.

The Streets of AV Team Race
Sunday July 18th – Lancaster City Park @ 9:00AM
Ride starts and finishes @ Lancaster City Park
2 man teams with 3 different classes (All Male – Female – Co-Ed)
This will be a 5 check point race where each team member rides the course in the opposite direction.
Finish scores as BOTH members cross the line.
Race will be 20-25 miles and winning times will be just over an hour (we guess).

Coaster Brake Challenge – Summer Series
Race dates: July 4th, 11th, 18th, &25th.
Get your old beach cruiser, mountain bike or clunker out for this one.
All based in San Fernando Valley on Sunday Afternoons in July.
Old School MTB Racing at it’s finest!!! For more info go to:

High Desert Cyclists Annual AV to Ventura Ride
Saturday July 24th
Ride will leave the Antelope Valley from Marie Kerr Park at 7:00am and head to San Francisquito Canyon to Walmart in Santa Clarita. Riders not inclined to make the trek from Palmdale to Santa Clarita are welcome to join the pack at Walmart in Santa Clarita. This clips about 30 miles from the ride distance of about 80 total miles. There will be bbq, food, and drinks at the end of the ride at San Buena Ventura State Beach in Ventura. Non-members of the High Desert Cyclists are welcome to join us. If you are a non-member and wish to participate a small donation is requested but not required at the completion of the ride to offset costs.
A crew of riders are are planning on doing 100 miles by adding Munz- Bouquet-Spunky for a little longer route and catching the 80 mile group somewhere on the 126. Contact Rich at the Block Shop for the 100 mile ride details. Email for the 80 mile ride. PLEASE RSVP to so we can coordinate the proper amount of food and libations. Also, please understand that there is very limited to zero space for returning in automobiles. So it would be wise to arrange a shuttle to get you home unless you want to ride back to the AV. This is vital! Please make arrangements to get yourself home!

Poker Ride – July 31st, 2010…..stay tuned for more details!

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LanCOASTER Ride!! This Saturday – June 5th, 2010.

Saturday June 5th The Block Shop & The City of Lancaster is presenting another police escorted community ride.
We are calling it The LanCoaster BLVD Bike Experience and they will take place on the first Saturday of every month (weather permitting).

The ride will start and finish on Lancaster BLVD (from City Hall on 44933 Fern Ave).
The ride will roll promptly at 10am and we recommend everyone show up an hour early and experience Lancaster BLVD before and after the ride!

The BLVD Transformation Project is in full swing and is improving dramatically by the day.
There are numerous restaurants and cafes to dine and hang out before and after the ride.
Our GoldSprints event went over extremely well at BeX and we hope to hold more events there in the near future.

The LanCoaster BLVD Bike Experience promises to be a fun ride! We will start on Lancaster BLVD and tour around Lancaster with police motor escorts.
The ride will last between an hour and a half to two hours and cover approximately 20 miles.
The LanCoaster BLVD Bike Experience is a very social bike ride and not a race. It is designed to be fun and enjoyable while riding in the safety of your community.

What we need from you is participation. It is amazing to have so much support from our Mayor (R. Rex Parris) and Lancaster City Council.
We have the opportunity to create cycling awareness to our entire community with hopes of attracting others to share our experiences.
The larger the cycling community the more ability we have to expand.
Come out and share the experience with a few hundred of our cycling friends!

What: LanCoaster BLVD Bike Experience
When: Saturday June 5th @ 10:00am
Where: Lancaster City Hall 44933 Fern Ave Lancaster, CA 93534
Who: You and everyone you know that has a bike.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! The Ride To Parris – March 27, 2010

Press Release from Rich Bartlett of the Block Shop:
I am going to ask a favor from each and every one of you. I, we, you, all NEED to attend this ride on March 27th – it is in all of our best interest!!!
My name is Rich Bartlett and I have been riding bikes my entire life. I live in the City of Lancaster, California and have been in the AV for almost 40 years.
We all have political agendas, views, and opinions which we believe in. Every once in a while we have the ability to do something really great.
That something is going to happen on Saturday March 27th from The Block Shop (L-12 & 12th Street West) at 11:30am.
Let me tell you about the ride! We will be doing the ride a little shorter than the typical Wednesday night rides. About 15 miles – just over an hour – easy pace.
The beauty is: we will have Police escorts leading the way, stopping traffic and getting us around town safely in the middle of the day!
This is a one time deal so don’t miss out! Leading the route with me will be none other than our Mayor R. Rex Parris.
What many of you don’t know is that Mayor Parris is a huge bicycle advocate and the bigger the participation the more we can get accomplished this year.
No matter what your political preference is if you ride bikes this ride will be beneficial. I NEED over 200 riders to show up!
The weather is getting better and the Wednesday night CYCOLOGY rides will be starting soon.
The first 100 riders to show up at the Block Shop and sign in on Saturday morning March 27 will receive a free tee shirt as well (sign ups will start at 10am).
The Ride To Parris is FREE and you will not want to miss this one!!! So come ride your bicycles all around Lancaster with the Police in front instead of behind you.
The pace will be mellow (10-15mph) all bikes are invited to participate (Road, Fixies, Mountain, BMX, Comfort, Hybrid, Tandem, Recumbent, etc).
So again meet us at the Block Shop at 11:30am on Saturday morning March 27th and Tour Lancaster on the Ride To Parris!!!
Please forward this to anyone who rides bikes and tell them to reply to this email if they want to be on the ride list.

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The Cools Ride Recap

Ten riders made the ride on Saturday. With rain threatening to dampen the roads we pressed on and didn’t get a single drop for the entire 45 miles. The only incident for the day was a flat tire. It was good to see riders rally together for the ride. We met up at the Starbuck’s on Ave K afterward and met up with supporters Steve and his daughter Odessa for coffee and much needed food. I would like to see this ride grow in the coming years to include more people. There was talk of changing the route slightly which I am sure would be approved of by Cools! We all miss our friend and I hope to see you all out riding soon.

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If you’re local and you’re not hitting the new singletrack trails in the Joshua Trails area you are missing out! I rode the trails yesterday and today. Let’s just say there is nothing like this in the AV – period. Email if you want to ride the sweetness.

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