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My bicycle route is mainly on neighborhood streets, providing a lower-stress and more pleasant experience.

Jose Tchopourian, LADOT Bike Program.

The Los Angeles region is vast and challenging to navigate by any transportation mode. Some residents, like myself, find it more enjoyable and oftentimes faster to commute using a bicycle alone or in combination with public transit.

Before guiding you through my “hybrid commute”, which combines bicycling and transit, I would like to point you to some helpful resources for making trips by bicycle: bike maps and infrastructure, transit maps and timetables, bike rules of the road, and fun bike rides and education.

Since September, I have been commuting from my home in the NoHo Arts District to class at UCLA’s Urban Planning Department. My trip combines a bike and Metro’s underground Red Line subway. The total commute is 14 miles long and takes about 1 hour door to door.

I start my trip on the Metro Red Line at the North Hollywood station in the direction of Union Station. I ride the train two stops, departing at the Hollywood/Highland station. The train ride takes about 9 minutes. If you are riding Metro Rail with your bike, keep the following in mind: 1) use elevators or stairs to enter and exit stations 2) if the train is full, wait for the next one 3) give priority to passengers in wheelchairs, and 4) stand with your bike in the designated area for bikes, which are clearly identified with a yellow decal adjacent to the car doors.

Holding my bike while riding the Red Line Subway into Hollywood.

Holding my bike while riding the Red Line Subway into Hollywood.

The second part of my commute, an 8-mile bicycle ride, takes about 45 minutes and allows me to experience the sights and sounds of multiple neighborhoods.It is important to follow the rules of the road while operating a bicycle. Obey all traffic signals and stop signs, yield to pedestrians, and use lights to be visible at night. I find that riding predictably and communicating with other road users makes my ride safer.

The route I have selected avoids steep mountainous terrain. Instead, I experience slight inclines during my trip. In addition to elevation, I also consider the type of streets I will be using to get to my destination. Eight years of using a bicycle for moving through Los Angeles have taught me that safety comes first. Even if riding on arterial streets might bring me to my destination a few minutes earlier, I prefer to trade time saving for the lower-stress experience of riding on residential and neighborhood streets. When I do ride on arterial streets, I pick those that have bike facilities on them.

Here is my route. If you see me on the road, say hello!

If you would like to share your favorite route, send it to bike.program@lacity.org.

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The Bicycle Program has been working on an update to our Bikeways Map on BicycleLA.org. In addition to our regular updates that keep the Bikeways Map accurate as new bikeways are installed, we’ve recently added new features to make the map more user-friendly and informative than ever.

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We’re using new colors to show the different bikeway types.

New Legend and Map Colors: Traditionally, the map has displayed all bikeways in Los Angeles, using different colors to distinguish between paths, lanes, routes, and sharrowed routes. Now, we’ve adjusted the old color scheme to make it easier for readers to distinguish between the different types of bikeways. Bicycle paths are shown in green, bicycle lanes in red, bicycle routes appear blue, sharrowed bicycle routes are a pink-magenta, and bicycle friendly streets are a light blue.

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Bicyclists ride the extension of the Orange Line bike path shortly after it opened last summer.

Coming a bit belatedly on the heels of LAist’s The 10 Best Bike Rides in Los Angeles, the LADOT Bike Blog wants to know what your favorite ride is. What bike route do you like best?

It can be for work or for utility or just for fun.

After everyone has responded, we’d like to create a map of the responses to share on our blog. Personal information will not be shared.

Please fill out the form below, and let us know your favorite ride in LA!

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Fit in as much bicycling along the LA River Bike Path as you can soon; the most northern portion will soon be closed for about four months.

The Bike Program was recently notified by Caltrans that a northern portion of the Los Angeles River Bike Path will be closed for approximately four months. This closure is occurring due to the Interstate 5 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane widening project The detour will cover the Bike Path from just north of the Autry National Center to where Riverside Dr crosses over Hwy 134. There may also be additional closures in other portions of the bike path as needed for construction.

As the start date for construction has yet to be determined, the bike path closure date has not been set. Official closure dates, as well as updates to construction and other possible closures, will be updated here. The first update will occur one week prior to the initial closure.

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Now featuring bike rack locations!

The next time you’re looking for a place to park your bicycle, look no further than LADOT’s online Bicycle Services Bikeway Map. The map now shows the location of LADOT’s classic inverted U racks throughout the city, in addition to our existing and planned bikeway networks.

With over 5,000 bicycle parking spaces available in the city, chances are there is one close to your destination. To access the bike rack layer, select the box next to “Bike Parking” with a mouse click. (more…)

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1977 Side 2: Close Up (1)

1977 City of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan

I stumbled across the old 1977 Bicycle Plan in our office, and I could not resist sharing it with everyone. It was the first adopted Bicycle Plan for the City of Los Angeles. Take a moment to compare how far we have come as a City in bicycle planning–from one fold out plan amounting to 6 double-sided pages to a robust, ambitious 2010 Bicycle Plan and Technical Design Handbook (TDH) weighing in at 192 double-sided pages. (more…)

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From Request to Map

Maps

The LADOT Bike Program recently took a giant leap forward with our website’s new interactive map, where you can see both existing and designated bikeway facilities from the City’s 2010 Bicycle Master Plan. This map is a great online resource to view L.A.’s designated 1,684 mile bikeway network.

Just below our interactive Google Map, you can also download our latest PDF bikeway maps. These maps are divided into three general geographical regions; San Fernando Valley, Westside/Central City, and Harbor. In addition to showing the location of existing bike paths, lanes, and routes, the map also shows streets rated by bicycling comfort level.

For those who need a paper copy, you can also request that Bicycle Maps be mailed to your residence or business by filling out this form. This is a very popular service that we do here at LADOT Bikeways, averaging about 30 – 40 requests per month. More on how your request goes from request to map below the fold.

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