ThinkBike L.A. kicks off tomorrow morning at the 9:00 am Opening Session to be held at City Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall. (The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition also has an introductory post up.) Arrive early: registration (along with light refreshments) starts at 8:30 am. LACBC will be providing complimentary bike valet services starting at 8:00 am over at City Hall East. At the Opening Session, you will be introduced to the Dutch bicycle planning experts as well as our very own local staff and officials. The presenters will give a general overview of the workshop along with the Dutch process of transportation planning and design. More about ThinkBike L.A. below the fold.
Following the Opening Session, the working groups will head out to their respective study areas. There are a total of three teams: red team (Vermont/Jefferson), blue team (Downtown Spring/Main), and the orange team (Pacoima Van Nuys Blvd.). Each team has at most 12 members, which includes one or two Dutch members and 10 to 11 local folks. Following the bike field review, the teams will reconvene to work out design solutions for their respective study areas.
On Friday morning, the teams will reconvene to continue working on their respective design solutions and to begin working on the presentation to be presented at the Closing Session. In addition to brainstorming ways to improve the physical space of each study area, teams will also tackle marketing and communication to promote the use of bicycles. The Closing Session will be held at LAPD Headquarters’ Deaton Hall Auditorium, at 100 W. First Street, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. As alluded to earlier, teams will present their findings to the public and local elected officials at the Closing Session. LACBC is also organizing a post-ThinkBike reception over at Angel City Brewing at 6:00pm. Bike valet service will also be provided for this event.
ThinkBike L.A. Coverage
We will be tweeting throughout the day and snapping tons of pictures to share with everyone during the event. Be sure to follow us @ladotbikeprog (and search for #thinkbikela) and stay tuned to the LADOT Bike Blog for a complete rap up of ThinkBike festivities sometime early next week.