One of the goals for the LADOT Bike Blog has been bringing a greater degree of departmental communication to the LADOT Bike Program. We think it’s extremely important for you to know what we are doing to improve conditions for bicyclists in Los Angeles.
Towards that end, we’re proud to publicly unveil 8 project applications that the LADOT Bike Program is submitting to Metro for their Call For Projects. While you could probably find all the project titles by searching through LADOT and Metro records, LADOT Bike Blog wants to go a little more in-depth on our applications and give a deeper explanation of the application process and our process for applying.
Call For Projects
Metro usually issues a “Call For Projects” every two years, with the last one being awarded in 2009. Metro awards funds in “the Call” for projects in future Financial Years, this Call being for FY 2015-2016.
The money from the Call is a combination of federal, state, and local discretionary transportation funds that are aggregated at the county level (Metro). Metro, in turn, dispenses those funds down to the local level through a competitive application process. This year’s Call is much smaller than those in years past, so the LADOT Bike Program had to be very judicious about which project applications they decided to submit to Metro.
There are eight different categories for the types of transportation projects eligible for the Call For Projects, but the LADOT Bike Program’s applications are only eligible for 2 of them: Bikeways Improvements and Transit Demand Management (TDM). Bikeways Improvements are strictly for infrastructural projects with “regional significance. TDM projects are about changing the modes people use to get around and changing the way people use our transportation systems. Too many people in LA County travel alone in their vehicles. Through innovative approaches, TDM hopes to steer people towards carpools, vanpools, buses, rail, bikes, and walking.
When considering applications to the Call For Projects, the LADOT Bike Program only selects projects that either (1) are in the current bike plan, (2) have clearly demonstrated support from community input, or (3) are requested by a City Council member. We then go through an internal grading process, in which we determine the Call applications most likely to win funding. The LADOT Bike Program is submitting 8 applications in this year’s Call For Projects; 5 are in the Bikeways Improvements category while the remaining 3 are under TDM.
LA River Bike Path – Headwaters Section
This project will link the Orange Line Bike Path to the headwaters of the Los Angeles River. The Orange Line is currently being extended from Canoga Avenue north to the Chatsworth station. The bike path that accompanies this extension crosses over the LA River very close to the headwaters of the LA River at the junction of Bell Creek and the Arroyo Calabasas. This proposed project will connect the Orange Line Bike Path with the LA River West Bike Path segment (from Mason to Van Alden) currently under construction. LA County also secured additional grant funding to do greening and other work along the river’s right-of-way and supports the City’s effort to move this project forward.
Bundle of Bicycle Friendly Streets
This project will bundle together funding for up to 15 Bicycle Friendly Streets identified in the 200-mile Implementation Plan for the new LA Bike Plan. By bundling these streets together in our application, the LADOT Bike Program hopes to maximize the bang for our buck and more efficiently utilize federal funding. While the streets which will receive Bicycle Friendly treatments are not stated in this application, they will be determined by the priority order set for the Implementation Plan by the Bike Plan Implementation Team (which will be made up of Planning staff, Bike Program staff, and the bicycle community).
Taylor Yard Bridge & Connection
This is actually two different Bikeways Improvements applications, but they deal with the same area and will end up connecting to each other. One application is to round out the funding necessary to complete the Taylor Yard Bridge which will cross the Los Angeles River at the Elysian Valley section of the LA River Bike Path. The Taylor Yard Bridge Connection application will then build a bike path from the Taylor Yard Bridge out to the Rio De Los Angeles State Park. These two projects have come at the behest of CD 1 Council Member Ed Reyes.
Ballona Creek Bike Path Mid-City
This bike path project is meant to provide a new, stand alone segment of the Ballona Creek bike path and is put forward at the request of CD 10 Council Member Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Bicycle Corral Program
This program calls for the construction of a total of 30 new bike corrals with two corrals located in each City council district. Corrals, for those who don’t know, consists of an on-street parking space converted into a place where up to 12 bicycles can be parked. It can be a very efficient way to provide bicycle parking in areas with a high volume of bicycles. While complications have come up in the past over funding for bike corrals, this application will provide all the funding necessary to launch a full pilot project in Los Angeles.
Bike Friendly Street In a Box
This program would create a the opportunity for community groups participate in designation of and selection of preliminary treatments involved in a Bicycle Friendly Street to allow them to get out of their cars and enjoy the use of a BFS before all the main construction is completed. The Bike Program would hope to use this activity to create buy-in from the community on new BFS treatments and gauge a community’s receptivity towards significant traffic calming measures. The project will include “pre-construction” elements along the route of the future permanent Bicycle Friendly Streets.
Car Free Day LA
Building off of the success of Bike to Work Week and CicLAvia, the LADOT Bike Program wants to encourage folks to get out of their cars with “Car Free Day LA”. The department hopes to provide support to, and work with, these existing efforts while working towards having Car Free Day LA monthly. We’re also proposing the use of innovative social media approaches to help people try out other modes of transportation and spread the word about Car Free Day LA.