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February 28th — Tamika Butler

Executive Director
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

“Gentrification and Bike Lanes”


Seminar Description
Tamika Butler, Esq., Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, will talk about LA City’s visionary Mobility Plan 2035 and the growing role of bicycles in Los Angeles. Important lessons were learned from the process of developing a stronger role for bicycle mobility, and other insights were gained from neighborhood push-back against new lanes in two very different areas, Wilshire Boulevard and Central Avenue. What were the fears about gentrification? How justified and how mitigated?

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) that she leads serves as an advocate for bike lanes and provides public education services for how to ride a bike safely in the city. They also organize fun “encouragement rides” to get LA moving.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), founded in 1998, is a membership-based nonprofit organization that works to make all communities in L.A. County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride a bike through advocacy, education, and outreach. “LACBC envisions a Los Angeles County that is a great place for everyday, year-round bicycling. People live in healthier, more vibrant communities, where the air is cleaner and streets are both quieter and safer for everyone.” The LACBC also stresses a firm commitment to equity and aims for strong inclusiveness in all its programs and impacts.

Speaker Biography: Tamika joined the LACBC staff as the Executive Director in December 2014. Prior to leading LACBC Tamika was the Director of Social Change Strategies at Liberty Hill Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s boys and men of color program and the foundation’s LGBTQ grant strategy. Before Liberty Hill, Tamika worked at Young Invincibles as the California Director. As the CA Director, she was responsible for the development of all of Young Invincibles’ programs in California. Tamika was responsible for building out Young Invincibles’ operations on the West Coast and grew the office to the largest regional office outside of their DC headquarters. She transitioned to policy work after litigating for three years as an employment lawyer at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

Discussant: Eric Tunell, USC Price School
Janet Li, USC Price School

Organizer: Professor Dowell Myers, Parama Ghosh Roy

Full-length Recordings: Recordings will be available on YouTube and iTunesU one or two weeks after the seminar.

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