City of Lights, a program of the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), is hosting a fund-raising dinner tonight. It’s open to the public and tickets will be available at the door. (Details below.) But even if you’re not in the mood for a nice night out there’s something to be admired in the simplicity of this program, which was launched in 2009 and has now reached about 600 people in need, many of them Latino.
The original thought was that many bike riders in L.A. County use their bicycles not for getting in shape but because they can’t afford cars. Those are riders who probably can’t afford the equipment useful for staying safe on the crazy streets of our city. These same bike riders could probably use a lesson on how to stay safe on the road, as well as what their rights are as bicyclists. Maybe they don’t even know they have rights.
City of Lights started by giving away bike safety helmets and lights. It now has branched out to teaching bike safety classes for free to anyone interested. At the end of the lesson they usually pass out helmets and lights to participants. Metro kicks in bike maps, circle lights and tire patching kits.
The classes are offered about once a month in various venues around town. It’s so low key there’s no schedule posted on the LACBC website, but one of the folks in charge has volunteered to take calls from anyone interested. And yes, the classes are offered in Spanish.
So if you want to learn more about bike safety contact Andy at 323-317-7847. But don’t go if you can afford your own light. Go if you need assistance.
And if you’re interested in the dinner here are the details: 2nd Annual City of Lights Award Dinner; La Fonda Super Club, 2501 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dinner; 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Music & Dancing.