Operation Firefly Pomona

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition participate in an annual bike light distribution event called Operation Firefly. Last night we had amazing volunteers in Pomona distributing bike lights to cyclists riding in the dark without lights and taking brief surveys in both Spanish and English. We distributed over thirty sets of lights.

It was really difficult to spot cyclists riding without lights, but once we flagged them down and hooked them up you could see them riding away for several blocks, more visible to cars and safer all around. It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve helped decrease the odds of cyclists being struck or injured by cars.

Operation Firefly’s 2018-2019 season is being sponsored by Sunlite, who is helping provide the thousands of lights being handed out all over Los Angeles County. For more information on Operation Firefly: https://la-bike.org/our-work/operation-firefly/

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Help us distribute bike lights

Wednesday, January 30th we’ll be distributing bike lights to cyclists riding without lights in Pomona. Operation Firefly (Operacíon Luciérnaga) is an education and bike light distribution program of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition intended to make sure people riding bikes in LA County are riding safely at night.

Every year when the clocks turn back, we organize groups of volunteers and dispatch them to locations across the county during the evening commute, where they distribute lights and safety information to people riding in the dark without lights. We survey all light recipients to collect data on why they are riding at night without lights and ensure bilingual Spanish speaking volunteers are at each distribution.
We focus on lights because lights can prevent collisions. According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71% of bicyclist fatalities in 2014 in the U.S. were in urban areas, and 49% of the bicyclist fatalities occurred between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am (NHTSA “Traffic Safety Facts” May 2016 DOT HS 812 282). Our goal is to seek out people riding without lights for various reasons, especially riders who may not have the means or time to acquire lights on their own.

If you’re interested in helping on January 30th please fill out the online sign-up form below. We will begin the distribution at 5:30pm and will go until all the lights have been distributed or 7:30pm at the latest, the location will be sent to volunteers once signed up.

SIGN UP HERE

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Happy 2019 from PVBC

The Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition is looking forward to a productive and fun 2019 and we hope you’ll be a part of it!

We’ll be holding a steering committee meeting Monday, January 14th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Metro Ale House, downtown Pomona (197 E. 2nd Street, Pomona, CA 91766)

The meeting is open to anyone interested in getting more involved.

We’re looking for event and ride planners and leaders, graphic designers, cycling advocates, volunteers, social media gurus, bike mechanics and all around fun people to join the team in 2019.

If you’d like to get more involved drop us a line at pomonavalleybc@la-bike.org and/or plan on attending the meeting on the 14th!

Here’s the event on Facebook

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November is just around the corner

Saturday, November 3rd

Ride Around Pomona

The first Saturday of November (and every first Saturday of the month) is Ride Around Pomona!

Ride Around Pomona is a casual bicycle ride through the streets and neighborhoods of Pomona. Ride and chat, meet new people, see new neighborhoods, get some exercise and enjoy the morning! Reward yourself after the ride at Mi Cafecito.

Meet at Shaun Diamond Plaza (Thomas Plaza), downtown Pomona at 8:30am.
(Google Map)
(Facebook event)


Tuesday, November 6th

Pomona Gold Line Station Social!

The Metro Gold Line is coming to Pomona! How will you get to the new station?

Join us to review the draft plans and provide feedback on how to improve pedestrian-, bicycle-, and other wheeled access to the City’s first Metro rail station.

What: Pomona Gold Line Station Social!
Where: Day One Pomona, Madison Elementary, 1351 S. Main St., Pomona, CA 91766 (Google Map)
When: Tuesday 11/6 (6:30-7:30pm)

Light refreshments will be served.
Secure, indoor bicycle parking available.

(Facebook event)


Saturday, November 10th

Glendora #BikeSaturday Family Fun Ride

Join fellow riders for Glendora #BikeSaturdays in the bicycle friendly business district! Our November ride will be a Family Fun Ride with Top Billing Entertainment. Riders are encouraged to dress up as their favorite theater, movie, or storybook character. Dress up to receive an extra raffle ticket! Hosted by Bike San Gabriel Valley – BIKE SGV and Metro Los Angeles

RSVP: https://glendorabikesaturday.eventbrite.com

When: Saturday, November 10 (9am-11am)
Where: The Glendora Village Bus Plaza is located across the street from Top Billing Entertainment between Natural Health Center and Glendora Village Goldsmith.

Route: 4 miles, beginner-friendly
https://goo.gl/maps/tn5WduD5SZF2


Saturday, November 17th

Tour de Murals, La Verne

Explore the historic murals of La Verne on this slow roll around town with the La Verne Historical Society and La Verne Bicycle Coalition, sponsored by Metro’s Bicycle Education Safety Training Program. We will visit some of the known, and lesser known murals, within La Verne’s historic core.

The ride will start and finish in the City’s charming and walkable downtown. You can choose to grab a coffee and quick bite before the ride (or plan on having lunch afterward) at one of the many local bicycle-friendly eateries in Old Town La Verne.

The event is co-sponsored by @La Verne Historical Society, @La Verne Bicycle Coalition and Bike San Gabriel Valley – BIKE SGV and Metro Los Angeles.

Bike SGV / Metro have created an EventBrite page with additional details and waivers. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/best-ride-explore-the-murals-of-la-verne-tickets-51418186179

(Facebook event)

 

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September RAP & Meeting

The September Ride Around Pomona (RAP) is just around the corner and the weather is looking good! Ride Around Pomona happens every first Saturday of the month (this one falls on Saturday, September 1st) – meet at 8:30am in Shaun Diamond Plaza, downtown Pomona (171 West 2nd Street, Pomona, California 91766) Link to September RAP on Facebook

Join us for our general meeting: Tuesday, September 4th from 6pm – 7pm at Cafe con Libros (280 W 2nd St, Pomona, CA 91766) – casual meeting to hear about Cafe con Libros, discuss bicycle safety, education and events, Safe Routes to Schools in Pomona, and meet other bicycle advocates.

 

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