Last Friday, LADOT crews began the work of extending the bicycle lanes and road diet on West 7th Street into Downtown LA’s Financial District and Historic Core. Since this is such an exciting project that will form a major connection in the Downtown bikeway network, we wanted to provide an update on the work that’s been performed so far (as of Friday, November 1) and what still needs to be done. (more…)
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Posted in 2010 LA Bike Plan, Antonio Villaraigosa, Bicyquality of Life, BPIT, News, Safety, tagged bicycle, bike, Bike Lanes, LA, Los Angeles, road diet, Safety, Traffic Calming on September 6, 2013 | 4 Comments »
At our most recent Bicycle Plan Implementation Team meeting, Bikeways Engineer Tim Fremaux briefly noted that the LADOT implemented a number of road diets in the past fiscal year. Although it was only mentioned in passing, after looking at the exact mileage, it turns out this is actually a big accomplishment. Of the 100 miles of bike lanes installed over the last fiscal year, 20.1 miles came in the form of road diets. This comes as particularly promising news from a traffic safety perspective in light of the great safety improvements recently observed on a section of York Boulevard that received a road diet in 2006. So let’s take a page from the SFMTA, and be proud of our road diets, and see exactly where these road diets are:
Posted in Bicyquality of Life, Jose Huizar, News, Safety, tagged bicycle, bike, Bike Lanes, Education, Jose Huizar, LADOT, Northeast LA, road diet, Safety, Traffic Calming, traffic control, York Boulevard on August 6, 2013 | 12 Comments »
When the LADOT proposes a road diet (also known as a roadway reconfiguration) on a street, it primarily does so with the intent of improving traffic safety. As it happens, road diets are frequently opportunities to specifically enhance conditions for people walking and bicycling – the most vulnerable users of our streets – while improving overall safety for all. After decades of study on the national level, road diets are officially acknowledged by the FHWA as a proven means to improve safety and the logistics of why road diets succeed in doing this have previously been laid out on this blog. (more…)
This summer Metro has been hosting a series of free bicycle traffic safety workshops funded through the Office of Traffic Safety. Metro is working with the LA County Bicycle Coalition, Bike San Gabriel Valley and Multi-Cultural Communities for Mobility in leading the two levels of workshops: a 3-hour beginner’s road rules class (in English and Spanish), and an 8-hour workshop for intermediate cyclists focusing on building traffic skills.
While the series began in June, there are still a few more classes available: (more…)
Jump on the train! The bike train that is… A group of enthusiastic bicyclists have organized LA Bike Trains: routes across Los Angeles, encouraging Angelenos to ditch their cars and join a bike train to work.
What is a bike train? It’s a slow and steady bike ride to work taking a regular route in the company of other bicyclists. Bike trains are led by reliable Conductors that monitor the speed and safety of the ride, ensuring all commuters are on board and comfortable. Bike trains encourage safety in numbers and provide a festive morning commute. Bike Train Conductors are dedicated volunteers, experienced urban cyclists who recognize that biking to work can be daunting for an individual, but easy and enjoyable in a group.
Right now the LA Bike Trains have 5 routes:
Route 001 : Silver Lake to Hollywood
Led by Bruce Chan - Meets Wednesdays at 8:00am at Cafe Tropical.
Route 002 : Mid-Wilshire to DTLA
Led by Nona Varnado - Meets Wednesdays 9 am at Cafe Americano .
Route 003 : Sunset Triangle to Santa Monica
Led by Wes High - Meets Tuesday at 7:45am at Sunset Triangle Plaza.
Route 004 : Silver Lake to Downtown
Led by Alex Rixey - Meets Thursdays at 8:00am at Caffe Vita on Sunset and Hillhurst, near the Vista Theater.
Route 005 : Westlake to Long Beach
Led by Christopher Lovejoy - Meets Wednesdays 6:45am at 7-Eleven on 7th Street.
LA Bike Trains is eager to expand! To provide input where you would like to join a bike train, fill out their Commuter Survey.
The Bureau of Sanitation is looking for the location of storm drain grates that they can upgrade to a design more friendly to bicycle tires. The current effort will help Sanitation to find locations that are the highest priority by bicyclists for replacement. The grate above on the left is an older design, while the right shows the new bicycle-safe one. Cross-hatching prevents tires from getting caught.
We need your help in finding grates that are the highest priority for replacement. If you see a grate that needs to be upgraded, please let us know the nearest intersection and what side of the street it is located on. For instance, a good description would be: “on the northbound side of Figueroa as it approaches 7th Street.” If possible, please include a photo of the grate in question.
Unfortunately, we cannot improve grates outside the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles, so please be sure the grate you are submitting is actually in City limits.
There are plenty of ways for you to let us know what grates need upgrading.
You can email us: email@example.com
You can tweet at us: @LADOTBikeProg
You can Facebook us: LADOTBikeProgram
Remember to include the nearest intersection, direction of travel, and a photo if possible.
The Bicycle Program will compile a list of grates that need upgrading and we’ll share that information with the Bureau of Sanitation so they can install new grates as funds become available.
With your help, we can make a safer Los Angeles for bicyclists.
On Thursday, from 11 to 12 p.m. LADOT and Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be re-dedicating the Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge in a ceremony from 11 to 12 at the bridge, located above Los Feliz Blvd. The dedication ceremony will showcase new bronze plaques (unveiled earlier this year at the Blessing of the Bicycles) honoring Alex Baum and his role in promoting bicycling in Los Angeles (just in time for his birthday.) Parking will be limited so we are encouraging attendees to bike, take transit or carpool to the ceremony. Join in the celebration to get a first-hand look at the plaques and a chance to hear guest speakers honor Alex’s accomplishments and L.A’s long bicycling history.
Please note, that the bicycle bridge will be closed to bicyclists from 10:30 to 11:30 for the purpose of the ceremony. A clearly signed detour will be available for bicyclists passing through the area at this time.