Operation Firefly – Keeping NoHo Cyclists Safe

Operation Firefly comes to NoHo Arts District on January 18. Be a volunteer!

Bike safety is a top concern for our growing NoHo Arts District community.

We want to support our bicyclists and encourage more to use this eco and healthy form of transportation. But we must ensure that our two-wheeled residents are safe.

Our friends at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) are actively doing something to help keep our cyclists safe. They are the creators of Operation Firefly (Operacíon Luciérnaga), their education and bike light distribution program intended to make sure people riding bikes in Los Angeles are riding safely at night. When riding at night in California, a white front light and reflectors are required by law (CVC21201). More importantly, riding without lights and reflectors is dangerous.

Did you know?

According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
68% of U.S. bicyclist fatalities in 2013 were in urban areas
48% of the bicyclist fatalities occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

LACBC focuses on lights because lights can prevent collisions.

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) presents Operation firefly in L.A.’s NoHo Arts District

“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.”

Thanks to AARP for sponsoring Operation Firefly in the 2016-2017 season.

Volunteer For Operation Firefly

Join Team Firefly and volunteer to help distribute lights throughout the season and throughout the County.

• Tuesday, January 17, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Pacoima
Wednesday, January 18, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – North Hollywood
• Thursday, January 19, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Long Beach

For frequent updates, sign up for Team Firefly to get information as soon as it’s added.

So How Does Operation Firefly Work?

LACBC organizes groups of “Team Firefly” volunteers to meet for “street distributions” at undisclosed locations throughout Los Angeles where night-time bicycle ridership is expected to be high. The volunteers stop people who are riding bikes without lights in order to give them front and rear lights along with bilingual safety information and to survey each light recipient. The “Team Firefly” volunteers always include at least a few people who speak Spanish as well as female members to encourage female riders to stop. Last year, 81% of the light recipients told us that their bicycle was their main form of transportation and only 2% knew all the legal requirements for night-time riding.

Support Operation Firefly

“Last year we met our goal of providing lights and safety information to 2,500 people county wide. This year, our goal is to serve 3,000 people. You can support Operation Firefly by making a tax-deductible donation today. Thank you!”

Donate to Operation Firefly!

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Lisa Bianconi
Author: Lisa Bianconi

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