Downtown Los Angeles is getting better and better for bicycling. In addition to the recently implemented 7th St. bike lanes, we’re happy to announce that new lanes are being installed on 2nd St., this weekend. Work crews have already begun the process of removing the existing striping from the street. The next step will include installing new thermoplastic striping atop the mark out paint seen in the photos above and below. The new bicycle lanes will feature buffers (from Broadway to Figueroa) and will be installed from North Spring Street through the 2nd St. tunnel (which we know many are very excited about!) through to Glendale Blvd. (more…)
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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…)
If your commute takes you along 7th street, some of you may have noticed that the street is looking different today.
That’s right. Seventh Street, from Figueroa to Main St., will be receiving bicycle lanes this weekend. The 0.6 mile addition improves our network of lanes by connecting to existing bicycle lanes on Spring, Main, Olive, Grand, and the existing 7th Street lane west of Figueroa. Because of this, 7th street is a popular route for bicyclists. According to the 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, Figueroa and 7th street is the 5th busiest intersection for bicyclists in the city. The map below illustrates how the 7th Street lane connects to other lanes in our bicycle network.
To accommodate the new bicycle lanes, the street is also undergoing a road diet. The redesign will remove a vehicle travel lane in each direction and add a two-way center turning lane to faciliate left turn onto streets running North-South.
In September Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 99, a bill that creates a comprehensive Active Transportation Program for funding bicycle, pedestrian and other active modes of travel in California. The Active Transportation Program (ATP) consolidates pre-existing, separate funds that were allotted to bicycle, pedestrian, trails and Safe Routes to School into one comprehensive program.
Do you have ideas for how the ATP should be structured or an interest in pedestrian and bicycle projects? Consider attending an Active Transportation Workgroup. The L.A. workshop takes place Monday, October 28th at 1:00 pm in the Cal Trans Conference Room A at 100 S. Main St. California Transportation Commission staff are seeking guidance on the following aspects as they work to develop the new program:
- Development of program guidelines and subsequent revisions to guidelines.
- Program schedules and procedures.
- Project selection criteria.
- Performance measures.
- Program evaluation.
More on the Program:
The creation of the ATP should help speed up the amount of time it takes cities and counties to apply for, fund and ultimately construct projects. By simplifying the overall process, we can improve efficiency and see effective changes on our streets take place more quickly.
The LADOT Bicycle Program is excited to be supporting the inaugural citywide Walk to School Day on October 9th, as part of the City of Los Angeles’ Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Strategic Plan. With the City’s increased emphasis on pedestrian safety, Walk to School Day 2013 is a great platform for shining a light on the importance of improving student safety on the journey to school, increasing the share of students walking and biking to school, and providing valuable opportunities for physical activity .
This event and the SRTS Strategic Plan process of the past year mark a wonderful and unprecedented collaboration between LAUSD and the City. The two are working together to enhance the safety, health, school performance and physical fun of our students by making it easier to walk to school!
In addition to participating in Walk to School Day yourself, we are asking for your help to identify schools and recruit Walk to School Day organizers during the next week.
More information about the event is provided at www.WalktoSchoolDay-LA.org. The site provides easy registration for event organizers, and gives access to essential organizer materials including posters, outreach material and kids’ incentives, coordination with safety providers, banners, volunteer apparel, and training.
Would your school, or someone you know, benefit from improving the safety of students walking to school, increasing the share of students walking/biking to school, and providing physical activity opportunities associated with improved school performance?
If so, we thank you in advance for introducing them to Walk to School Day by:
registering a school for Walk to School Day in Los Angeles at www.WalktoSchoolDay-LA.org
sharing this posting with your trusted outreach channels to build awareness, support and participation in the day
liking the event on the Walk to School LA Facebook page
or following our Twitter hashtag at #WalktoSchoolDayLA
Thank you for walking to school with us on October 9, 2013!
On August 31st, the city will celebrate its 232nd birthday with a bicycle ride (or walk) along the same historic route that our founders undertook in 1781. The 9 mile route transverses the same trail that L.A.’s founding settlers took from the Mission San Gabriel to El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles. This will be the first annual celebration that includes a bicycle ride in addition to the walk. The event kicks off from the San Gabriel Mission at 428 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel, CA. Walkers should arrive at 6:00 and be ready to depart at 6:30. Bicyclists will meet slightly later in the day at 7:30 and depart at 8:00. At El Pueblo visitors will have a a chance to check out museums, catch some live performances and participate in arts and crafts. You can even adopt a fruit tree while you’re there (limit one per household). From 11:30 until 1 pm a shuttle will be available to escort walkers back to the Mission San Gabriel. However, bicyclists will need to make personal arrangements for getting back to the ride’s starting point. See the attached flier for more information and r.s.v.p. on facebook.
LADOT Bicycle Program staff recently met with the Planning Subcommittee of the BAC (Bicycle Advisory Committee) to discuss a range of on-going bicycle projects in the City. A copy of the agenda can be found here.
Bikeways, MyFigueroa, & Expo Bike Path
During the past fiscal year the LADOT Bike Program has continued to implement the 2010 Bicycle Plan with a total of 125.5 miles of bikeways installed. This number includes 1.5 miles of bike paths, 101 miles of bike lanes, 22.4 miles of sharrows, and .6 miles of bicycle friendly street treatments. During the Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, the BAC passed a formal motion to “amend the 2010 bike plan to include high school students in the education component in addition to elementary and middle school students”. This motion will advise City planning officials as they continue to work on the Mobility Element update which re-examines portions of the 2010 Bicycle Plan among other things.