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12/6/11

CONGRATULATIONS SOUTH BAY BICYCLE COALITION!!

A note from Todd Dipaola:

Dear SBBC Cyclists,

We stand at a watershed moment for the South Bay! On Tuesday, November 22, Torrance became the final city (7 out of 7!) to adopt the Bicycle Plan we put our heart and soul into crafting for two years. This now-official blueprint for 214 miles of new bikeways will transform the livability of our cities by connecting families, friends, schools, and business.

The South Bay Bicycle Coalition couldn't have achieved this success without each and everyone of you volunteering, giving feedback at workshops, talking to your city council, and riding your bike. Your active participation made everything possible.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Marissa Christiansen, our fulltime initiative director, who worked tireless as our quarterback keeping cities, community, and planners collaborating to produce a phenomenal (and 350 page) plan. The staff and elected leadership in Redondo, El Segundo, Hermosa, Gardena, Lawndale, Manhattan, and Torrance have been phenomenal partners and we look forward to continuing to work with them to make the streets more welcome and safe for bike riders of all ages.

Please also give thanks to our all star cast of Board members past and present who have been the lynchpin of the organization. Joe Galliani, Julian Katz, Casey Beyers, Ann Hempelmann, Charlie Bean, Jim Hannon, Steve Montalto, Danny Hylands, and Steve Collins have brought their diverse talents together for a common purpose. They are the handlebars and the pedals behind each project we have undertaken from grant writing to websites to bike valets to parades to education to moving planet to plan passage.

With the plan now passed, our next general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday Jan 17 @ 7pm, please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details to join in celebration and planning the next chapters of success for the South Bay Bicycle Coalition.


With Many Thanks,
Todd Dipaola
Founder
South Bay Bicycle Coalition