Three candidates for City Council in District 15 (CD15 covers Watts, San Pedro and the Harbor) have confirmed they will attend Bikeside Speaks at CicLAvia. Justin Brimmer, Frank Pereyda and Rebecca Chambliss will join Bikeside at 1st & Spring outside LAPD Headquarters to share their views on biking, walking, and making LA a more livable city. Brimmer and Pereyda will be joined by their families.
Bikeside Speaks is pulling together leadership around the city to talk about biking, especially how we might expand and extend CicLAvia across the region. We’ll be on the corner of 1st and Spring hamming it up from 11-2, with Fortnight Coffee, Bikerowave bike tune-ups, and LAPD.
We’ll be unveiling the schedule for Bikeside Speaks as we approach CicLAvia, but for now know that it’s the perfect time and place to talk to LA’s political leadership about how you’d like CicLAvia more often and bigger and bigger.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2011
CicLAvia brings the people to the streets, Bikeside brings the candidates to the people!
Bikeside puts the Candidates, the Voters, the Issues, the Questions, and the Answers where they belong, on the streets of Los Angeles.
On Sunday, October 9th, Bikeside will celebrate CicLAvia’s vision for open streets with a special edition of Bikeside Speaks – “A conversation with the candidates” that focuses on the upcoming CD 15 Special Election as well as the 2013 Citywide races. The event will take place from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of LAPD Headquarters, right in the middle of CicLAvia’s third open streets celebration, this time transforming 10.5 miles of LA’s streets into 100,000 person party on foot, on skates, on bikes, in strollers, and even at the podium.
The CD15 race includes front-runner candidates such as Assemblyman Warren Furutani, Firefighter Pat McOsker, and former Councilman Rudy Svorinich. LAPD Senior Lead Officer Joe Buscaino leads a pack of local contenders that includes local business operators Jayme Wilson, Frank Pereyda, John Delgado and M. “Candice” Graham. CD15 Deputies Gordon Teuber and Justin Brimmer, and Real Estate Agent Rebecca Chambliss round out the crowded field in a campaign that opened with a sprint and then sped up.
Confirmed candidates are Justin Brimmer and Frank Pereyda. Deputy Mayor Larry Frank will be joined by General Managers Nazario Sauceda of Street Services and Enrique Zaldivar of Sanitation, along with neighborhood councils leaders such as Doug Epperhart, Nelson Williams and John Stammreich. Citywide candidates include Kevin James and Cary Brazeman.
Fuel for the bold and robust forum of candidates is provided by Fortnight Coffee, a mobile purveyor of fine caffeinated beverages.
Bikeside is one of the premier bicycle advocacy organizations in Los Angeles, effectively promoting the transportation, environmental and public health benefits of walking and bicycling. Thanks to Bikeside’s commitment to connectivity and relentless advocacy work, the recently approved 2010 Bike Plan includes a state of the art Backbone Bikeway Network that will make Los Angeles more navigable for cyclists.
Ciclovia’s originated 30 years ago in Bogota, Columbia when city leaders closed several main streets to vehicles and opened them to pedestrians and cyclists on Sundays. Over the years, a culture of street life developed resulting in giant street parties that are now held around the world with music, group exercise classes, dance parties, music festivals, games and, of course, people walking and riding their bikes.
LA’s third CicLAvia is the biggest yet, stretching from Boyle Heights to Downtown, MacArthur Park to East Hollywood, Chinatown to South LA! removing vehicles from the streets and filling them with LA’s unique expression of community, recreation, art, culture, and politics.
For more information on Bikeside Speaks, on the candidates running for The CD15 seat, or on the issues related to active transportation, visit Bikeside or join us on the streets on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To join the journey, visit Bikeside or join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or simply “Follow your Feet” on Sunday, October 9, 2011
For more information contact:
Dr. Alex C. Thompson