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The Bike Program is happy to announce the next step in Los Angeles becoming a more bicycle friendly destination: LADOT’s Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) Program!  The BFB Program is a citywide opt-in program that encourages businesses to embrace bicycle friendly practices in order to attract more local trips by walking and bicycling.

The Bicycle Friendly Business Program is part of a larger City effort to focus on Great Streets. Mayor Eric Garcetti says that, “The Bicycle Friendly Business Program represents one of the many tools in our Great Streets toolbox. As we remake our streets to better serve our neighborhoods, the Bicycle Friendly Business Program will make it easier for Angelenos to choose to travel and shop by bike. We look forward to seeing you on the street!”

In Los Angeles, 50% of trips are under 3 miles, and therefore can be easily traversed on a bicycle. People on bikes can be great for business!  Studies have shown that small businesses are more visible to people who travel at slower speeds. In New York City, Toronto, and Portland, people who walk and bike were observed to spend more money per trip and visit multiple establishments. People on bikes also tend to know their neighborhood better, which builds community and makes neighborhoods safer.

“Our neighborhoods are stronger when people can live, work and shop at local businesses without needing their cars, and the Bicycle Friendly Business Program will help put neighborhoods first in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who Chairs the City Council’s Transportation Committee. “I’m excited to see the Bicycle Friendly Business Program expand throughout Los Angeles and I think the expansion of this program is a great sign that LADOT is heading in the right direction and making alternative transportation a priority.”

Here on the Bike Blog, businesses can learn about being Bicycle Friendly, the Program’s details, and even opt in to be one of LA’s first certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses!

The Citywide program will give businesses the opportunity to be recognized for their Bicycle Friendliness by adhering to a variety of bicycle friendly practices.  The program then provides bicyclists with a directory of local participating businesses specifying the bicycle friendly amenities offered.

The BFB program shows how all types of businesses can be more friendly to people on bikes and provides data resources to illustrate their benefits for business.  For more information on the program, check out these pages:

The Bicycle Friendly Business Program

Program Details

Count me in!

Benefits of Bicycle Friendly Business

Take a look and show your friends!  We definitely see a Bicycle Friendly Los Angeles in our future!

Bicycle Friendly Business on York Boulevard in Northeast LA

 

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A rendering showing plans for Los Angeles St. facing South.

A rendering showing plans for Los Angeles St. facing South.

Looking South on Los Angeles St. towards City Hall.

Looking South on Los Angeles towards City Hall.

You may have heard or participated in the range of events Metro conducted as part of the Metro Union Station/1st and Central Linkages Study (Linkages Study), a campaign to understand how Angelenos use L.A.’s biggest transit hub, L.A. Union Station. Recently, the LADOT Bike Blog had the pleasure of speaking with Lillian Burkenheim, the Director of Strategic Initiatives, to discuss the Metro Linkages Study and plans for the future of biking, walking and accessing transit around Union Station.

Bike Blog: How does Metro plan to incorporate bicycle access and bicycle facilities (lockers, showers, etc.) into Union Station?

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One of the first proposed projects of the Union Station Master Plan (USMP) will be a redesign of Union Station’s western entrance. This redesign will most likely involve reconfiguring the main entrance walkway to be a more direct path from the Station to El Pueblo.  From El Pueblo, the path will extend to Fort Moore (slighty north of Hill St.) before culminating at the entrance of Grand Park on Spring Street. Currently, this project is tentative and still pending approval from the Metro Board of Directors but could be constructed in the next 5 years.

Metro is currently working on developing a Mobility Hub where users could access resources such as car-share services, bike-share, and other amenities that help bridge the first-mile, last-mile gap in transit trips. Plans for the Mobility Hub are currently in development and the Union Station Master Plan will identify a location for such a hub.

Recently, bicycle lanes have been installed along streets that lead to Union Station. (Note: LADOT installed bicycle lanes on Main Street and Los Angeles Street in June of 2012.)

In the longer term master plan vision, there are concepts for both bicycle and pedestrian paths that will allow bicyclists to travel through the Station.  The proposed expanded concourse will allow easier access to walk a bike through the station at ground level. The master plan is also proposing paths that take cyclists and pedestrians over the top of the rail yard, starting with a series of plazas and terraces and connecting to a bridge over the yard.  The Master Plan proposes bike facilities of various sizes at all corners of the station, with services that would include bike share, bike storage (short and long term), and retail needs.  A larger bike hub is proposed for the east side of the site, once Patsaouras Bus Plaza is relocated.

BIKE BLOG: So, how soon can we expect to start seeing changes around Union Station?

LB:

The reconfiguration of the entrance to Union Station is likely to be the first proposed master plan project. In addition, Metro will be working with LADOT to make bicycle and pedestrian improvements on the streets around the 1st and the Central Regional connector.  Metro has also partnered with the City of Los Angeles on two Active Transportation Grants to the State that would implement improvements identified by the Linkages Study.

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Union Station’s Western entryway at Alameda St. and Los Angeles St.

BIKE BLOG: How does the Linkages Study inform the Union Station Master Plan?

LB:

As Metro began working on the Union Station Master Plan,we recognized the need to focus on how people from surrounding communities access the station. The construction of the Metro Regional Connector seemed like a prime opportunity to study the accessibility of both transit hubs. The Linkages Study focuses on accessibility around Union Station and the Metro Regional Connector, with the goal of improving bicycle and pedestrian linkages to both destinations.

The Linkages Study began with a Community Festival at El Pueblo, which included a community bicycle tour on streets in the surrounding area. The experience was eye-opening for everyone.  During the design team’s early analysis of the study area, we rode our bikes through Chinatown, Cornfield-Arroyo Seco, Civic Center District, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights, Arts District, El Pueblo and tried to find access points to the L.A. River.  During our initial neighborhood conversations stage we discussed different travel scenarios to Union Station with the community including how to get bicyclists over the 1st Street Bridge and other ways bicyclists and pedestrians are currently crossing the L.A. River. The Linkages Study focused on navigation. For example, we found that users have difficulty finding places such as El Pueblo due to line of sight issues when they leave Union Station. These are the type of access and mobility issues that we’ve worked to identify through the Linkages Study and will address with the Union Station Master Plan.

Union Station is experiencing a growth in users that is expected to rise significantly over the next 20 years. Currently, Union Station serves about 66,000 people a day. With the addition of the Regional Connector and the High Speed Rail Station, the number of visitors is expected to grow over the course of the next 20 years to about 100,000 visitors a day. The Linkages Study is about improving bicycle and pedestrian access to the station, both for current and future users.

 

BIKE BLOG: How can LADOT Bike Blog readers help Metro with the Union Station Master Plan?

LB:

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, you can contact USMP staff by emailing them at lausmp@metro.net. You can download current information and information from past meetings, including watching videos of prior meetings, at the project website, as well as sign up for our eblasts and updates.  You can find out more about the L.A. Union Station Master Plan at http://www.metro.net/projects/LA-union-station/.   Information on the Linkages Study can be found here:  www.metro.net/linkages.

Last but not least, by voicing their support to elected officials, the bicycle community provides tremendous support and creates the momentum for creating bicycle lanes and paths around Union Station and its surrounding communities.

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A lot of hard work goes into installing corrals that are safe and durable!

This week, the LADOT Bike Program worked with City crews to install two new Bicycle Corrals, making Los Angeles just a bit more bicycle friendly than it was before. The first corral was installed in the Northeast LA neighborhood of Cypress Park, in front of Antigua Coffee (3400 N Figueroa St, 90065) on the corner of  North Figueroa and Loreto Street. Antigua is a proud partner in our Bicycle Friendly Business program and was quite pleased to see the Corral installed, especially since there are so many neighborhood bike rides that originate at the bike shop next door, Flying Pigeon. Councilmember Gil Cedillo says he is pleased that, “Yancey Quinonez’s vision for that developing business area continues to be realized.”  The Councilmember recognizes that, “The bike corral is a great addition to the southern portion of the Figueroa corridor,” reiterating that a Corral at Antigua Coffee, a focal point in the community, can act as a powerful anchor for business in Cypress Park.

Antigua Coffee’s front door now features our Bicycle Friendly Business window cling! Bicycle Corrals and bicycle parking are integral parts of our Bicycle Friendly Business program.

A couple hours later, City crews finished installing a second Corral in North Hollywood outside of the Laemmle Theater NOHO 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd, 91601).  This corral will provide much needed bicycle parking near the vibrant and buzzing bicycle and pedestrian hub adjacent to the theater, Television Academy, and shops that have developed around the Metro North Hollywood Station.
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Greg Laemmle of Laemmle Theaters will join Councilmember Paul Krekorian to celebrate the Lankershim Bicycle Corral with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 21, at 2pm in front of the theater.  Councilmember Krekorian says, “North Hollywood just keeps getting better for cyclists and pedestrians. I’m really proud that we teamed up with Greg Laemmle on this new bike corral. Working with business and community partners to improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents and visitors is what the City of Los Angeles does best.” Laemmle Theater will also offer two free bicycle-themed movie screenings, open to the general public that day (see Laemmle Theater’s announcement for additional details)!

Adding to the festivities, the Lankershim Corral celebration coincides with Laemmle Theater’s FIRST EVER  Tour de Laemmle, a 122 mile journey in which theater owner Greg Laemmle will be bicycling to visit all seven Laemmle Theater locations! The Tour de Laemmle is free and open to the public – riders are encouraged to join the route along the way.

Each of the Dero Cyclestall Bicycle Corrals installed today can park 12 bicycles, though we’ve seen some locations overflowing with as many as 18! Their addition to the City’s streets brings the LADOT Bike Program’s total Bicycle Corral count to seven. Together, all the Corral parking combined provide enough parking for 82 bicycles! And more Corrals are on their way!

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The first bicycle to use the North Figueroa Street bike corral

We love to see our Bicycle Corrals in action so if you use any of our Corrals be sure to share pictures with us on our Facebook or Twitter. To see more photos from our installations, check out our flickr albums “Lankershim Blvd Bike Corral Installation” and “Figueroa Bike Corral Installation

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Bike Week Recap

(From left): Austin Sos, Michelle Mowery, Eli Glazier and Daniel Shockley before Wednesday’s guided ride

It was an amazingly inspiring week for us here at the Bike Program as we participated in the annual Bike Week extravaganza, riding along with the citizens of this beautiful city. After Monday’s Bike week Kick Off at Union Station, we attended the Annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, we accompanied our fearless leader, Michelle Mowery, and joined the Bodacious Bike Babes on a guided bicycle ride touring some of the bicycle  infrastructure around Union Station and Boyle Heights, with a pit stop at the Mariachi Plaza Gold Line station.  

Bagels and the Bike Program at Sunset Triangle!

Then it was Bike to Work Day!  And wow, it was a scorcher!  The LADOT Bike Program would like to thank all of those who participated in Bike to Work day last week despite the record-setting high of 102 degrees. To show our appreciation to all the wonderful people on their cycling commute, the Bike Program was stationed at Sunset Triangle Plaza bright and early in the morning to give away free bike swag including snacks, reflective straps, stickers, spoke cards, maps and more. We also had the opportunity to show off the newly installed Sunset Triangle Bicycle Repair Station and offered advice to cyclists on how to set up their bicycle on it, the various tools available, and provided other repair tips. (more…)

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Councilmember Mike Bonin with (l-r) Dan Dabek of CICLE, Jennifer Klausner of LACBC, Michelle Mowery, and LADOT GM Jon Kirk Mukri at Bike Week Kick Off

Yesterday morning at Metro’s Bike Week L.A. kick-off, we received some great news (and numbers) about bicycling in Los Angeles courtesy of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). According to the 2013 Bicycle Count, bicycling rates in Los Angeles have increased 7.5% since 2011. Jennifer Klausner, from LACBC acknowledged the progress we’ve made as a city to create better cycling conditions while acknowledging the need to build even more dedicated bicycling facilities (such as bike lanes, bike paths, and cycletracks) to encourage even more people to bicycle, especially women, children and our elderly.

The full results of the 2013 L.A.  Bike and Ped Count can be found on LACBC’s website. Some of the highlights include:

  • The evening commute period was the busiest time for bicycling, suggesting that most trips were for transportation (commuting, dining, shopping)
  • Bicyclists showed a strong  preference for riding on dedicated bicycle lanes and bicycle paths.
  • Females accounted for less than 1 in 5 bicyclists, and females who were biking demonstrated a preference for bicycle paths and bicycle lanes.
  • Bicycling behavior improved on streets that featured bicycle lanes. On streets with bicycle lanes, wrong-way riding decreased and sidewalk riding was cut in half.

During the kick-off, members of L.A. City Staff also spoke about the future of bicycling in Los Angeles. Transportation Committee chair Mike Bonin spoke passionately about the promise of a new Los Angles that makes “safe, friendly, and convenient bicycle facilities part of the heart and soul of how we get around our city.” He also emphasized the need to build cycletracks, safe and convenient facilities that will further encourage people to bicycle.

 

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It’s our favorite month here at the LADOT Bicycle Program: May a.k.a. National Bike Month! Next week is Bike Week! For many of our readers every week is bike week, but for folks interested in biking or just starting out, Bike Week has a lot to offer: learn how to fix your bicycle and plan your route, take a guided ride with an experienced bicyclist, and join the the growing number of bicycle commuters on Bike to Work Day. And, oh yeah, there’s a big party at the end.

Bike Week is full of events, but we’ve got you covered with our select preview below:

The Definitive Guide: http://www.metro.net/bikes/bike-week/

Share the Bicycle Love:

#BikeWeekLA, #MetroLosAngeles, #BikeLA, #LADOTBike, #EveryDayisaBikeDay

Fix That Flat: Saturday, May 10th

Grease up your cruiser or tune up your clunker at Fix-Your-Bike events all over the city. Find your nearest Fix-It event so you and your wheels can hit the ground riding for Bike Week.

Old Roots, New Routes Ride!: Saturday, May 10th

Led by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., and the Eastside Bike Club, “Old Roots, New Routes Ride,” is a community ride through Temple City and down Rosemead Boulevard as part of the Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening (GO) celebration. Rosemead Blvd. features the first cycletracks in L.A. County. The ride will explore Temple City’s past and future, and teach safe riding tactics and bicycle etiquette. Meet at Rosemead Blvd. just south of Las Tunas Dr. at 10:30 AM for an hour ride. Ride will leave promptly at 11AM.

Bike with Your Mom: Sunday, May 11th

Location TBD. Celebrate Mother’s Day on two wheels! Everyone is welcome.

Bike Week Kick-off Photo Op: Monday, May 12th

Start Bike Week right: get a photo with your favorite #bikela advocate! Meet up with the movers and shakers of LA’s bike community at the Official Bike Week LA Kick-off. 9-11AM at Union Station.

Bless Your Bicycle: Tuesday, May 13th

Blessed Father spare me from flats. Divine Providence steer me from potholes. And for all that is holy, join us at the 11th Annual Blessing of Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital from 8 AM – 9:30 AM. This event will also celebrate the recipient of the Golden Spoke Award, which is given to the individual that has worked to increase bike safety in Los Angeles. Free breakfast will be provided.

Take a Guided Ride Led By Babes: Wednesday, May 14

Take a short tour of a variety of LA’s most exciting bike infrastructure! The ride, led by Senior Bicycle Coordinator, Michelle Mowery and the Bodacious Bike Babes (BBBs), will start at 8:30AM at Patasouras Plaza and head through the Arts District to Mariachi Plaza and through the Civic Center back to Metro where we will share food and refreshements in the beatiful Union Station Courtyard. Route map here:  https://goo.gl/maps/NcY19

Bike to Work Day: Thursday, May 15

We know what you’re thinking, that you live too far from work to be able to bike there. But guess what? Just for today there will be FREE RIDES on TRANSIT* for those with a  BIKE and HELMET. Maybe we should rename this Multi-Modal Commute Day? Sign the pledge to Bike to Work and automatically be entered in a raffle for a new bike: http://www.metro.net/bikes/bike-week/bw-pledge-form/

LADOT will be hosting our Pit Stop at the Sunset Triangle Plaza from 6:30 to 9:00am. We’ll have all kinds of Bike Program swag and be giving demonstrations on how to use our newly installed Bicycle Repair Station!

Party with Your Bike: Friday, May 16

Bike Night is happening at Union Station from 5:30-8:30 PM. There will be live music, food trucks, and bicycle portraits.

Bike Locally: All Week, May 12-18

All week local businesses around the city will offer special discounts for bicyclists.

Bike All Month: May is National Bike Month!

Bike Everyday: Join Metro in spreading the word that “Every Day is Bike Day

*only pertains to certain transit operators; at time of publication this includes:  Glendale Beeline, Long Beach Transit, Metrolink (must bring a bike to ride for free), Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit System, Torrance Transit, LADOT, Beach Cities Transit, City of El Monte Transit, and Pasadena ART

 

 

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Over the past week, LADOT work crews began striping new bicycle lanes on York Blvd. This project extends existing bicycle lanes on York east towards South Pasadena, adding an additional 0.7 miles from Figueroa St. over the York Bridge which traverses the Arroyo Seco Parkway. The lanes have been installed in conjunction with a street resurfacing project between the same limits.

The extension of the bicycle lanes on York Blvd. strengthen an important east-west route in our bikeway network. This project connects the York Blvd. bicycle lanes directly with existing bicycle lanes on Avenue 66, San Pascual Ave and on the west, to north-south bicycle lanes on Eagle Rock Blvd. thereby providing bicyclists with a significant network of lanes for travelling in both directions, establishing access through Northeast L.A. and towards the City of South Pasadena.

“This extension on York Boulevard to the City of South Pasadena vastly improves our bike lane network in Northeast Los Angeles and represents an important step in our efforts to encourage and support more bicycle use in the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Along with the street resurfacing on York Boulevard, which hasn’t been updated since 1954, we are improving the safety of our roadways for cyclists and motorists.”

During the design process, LADOT worked closely with CD14 and the City of South Pasadena. Several design options were evaluated including one lane in each direction over the bridge with buffered bike lanes. During implementation of the project, LADOT took to the field to get up close and personal with the project. It was a beautiful morning and we were happy to see a number of bicyclists already using the freshly striped York Blvd. bicycle lanes. Read on for more information about the project including some sweet pictures of it’s many features.

The project begins at the intersection of York Blvd. and Figueroa St. The image below shows the preliminary markings for the striping of a new continental crosswalk. The broad stripes featured in this type of crosswalk design help to draw drivers’ attention to pedestrians as they travel the length of the crosswalk.

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Preliminary marking for striping a future continental crosswalk at York Blvd. and Figueroa St and a DASH bus!

 

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The mark-out for a future continental crosswalk and the start of the York Blvd. heading east.

Immediately east, the bicycle lane begins. The Bike Blog saw a number of people already utilizing the new bicycle lanes.

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Just one of the many bicyclists we saw using the freshly paved York Blvd. bicycle lane.

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Another bicyclist heading east via the freshly striped bicycle lane.

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Where space was available a buffer was installed alongside the bicycle lane. The image below shows the bicycle lane and partially completed buffer. LADOT crews will later cover the thinner line with a wider thermoplastic stripe.

Further along the bicycle lane heads east over the York Blvd. bridge towards South Pasadena.

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The York Blvd. bicycle lane at the start of the York Bridge heading east towards South Pasadena.

 

Here’s one user biking in from the east across the York Blvd. bridge and another bicyclist approaching the York Bridge from the west.

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A bicyclist uses the York Blvd. bicycle lane to access the York Bridge towards South Pasadena.

Finally, we’ll leave you with one last shot of the bicycle lane facing east over the York Blvd. bridge. With it’s freshly paved street and awesome connections to the east and west, we highly encourage you to get out there and check this project out for yourself!

 

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The York Blvd. bicycle lane, looking west over the York Bridge towards the Highland Park and Garvanza neighborhoods.

 

 

 

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