The Bicycle Program would like to thank all the people who attended Active Streets L.A. last weekend to talk about walking and bicycling in their neighborhoods. Using a large-scale image of the neighborhood’s street network, locals pointed out intersections with difficult crossings and areas that felt uncomfortable for bicycling. The event was a great opportunity to identify existing conditions and key opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian improvements around the Vermont Square Neighborhood. The insightful comments we received will help us plan where traffic calming measures such as roundabouts, bulb-outs and future crosswalk locations will be most effective. We look forward to hearing more greats ideas and comments at the next Active Streets L.A. event!
The LADOT Bicycle Program is excited to take part in the Los Angeles Bicycle Commuter Festival & Summit! This day-long event is intended “to entertain, educate and connect the ‘bike curious’ of Los Angeles to the joys of riding bicycles for transportation.” The festival features workshops and information on the basics of biking for transportation, local bicycle advocacy efforts, group rides and all things Bike-L.A. related.
Workshops and panel discussions will provide a platform to exchange ideas and experiences with other bicycle commuters. Visitors are encouraged to learn about new and existing resources to help make their bicycle commute a more enjoyable experience. In addition, there will be a number of cool bike vendors attending, a silent auction of bicycle goodies and a party immediately following the main event.
LADOT Bicycle Program will be at the festival with our usual collection of reflective ankle straps, lights, maps and other information. In addition, LADOT People St will be in attendance to answer questions and explain how residents can help transform Los Angeles’ streets into active, accessible public spaces through the implementation of plazas, parklets, and bike corrals.
The festival takes place Sunday, February 16 from noon to 8 p.m. at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza at 1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA. Please note that this is a ticketed event; registration is $10 for individuals and $15 for families. See below for full details. Hope to see you there!
New bicycle lanes have been installed on Virgil Avenue in East Hollywood. The bicycle lanes stretch from Santa Monica Blvd. to Melrose Ave. and were installed in conjunction with new pavement and crosswalk striping at intersections. Over this past weekend, Council Member Mitch O’ Farrell hosted a small ceremony in Virgil Village to celebrate the neighborhood’s latest bicycle lane project. Before leading a group of residents to test ride the new lanes, the council member gave a small speech acknowledging the economic and safety benefits of the new lanes, as quoted by L.A. Streetsblog yesterday: “…we implemented a solution that makes for a better pedestrian environment and that encourages small business growth along this blossoming commercial corridor”. For more photos of the event, check out our Flickr page. Continue Reading »
LADOT is pleased to release the cumulative list of Year 2 planned bicycle lanes. See the list below for the street name, council district and the respective mileage and limits of each project.
Click here to access or download the original spreadsheet (Revised 1/23/14 to include spreadsheet link)
This Year 2 list contains the next 40 miles of bicycle lanes prioritized for installation. Each project is part of an ongoing effort to strategically close gaps in our bikeway network by connecting new infrastructure to existing bicycle paths, lanes and routes in Los Angeles. A number of these projects are funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
Moving forward, LADOT will begin traffic and safety assessments for the Year 2 projects. Results from this analysis will be made available in a public report. Upon completion of Traffic and Safety Assessments, LADOT and the Department of City Planning will hold a series of public hearings to disclose the analysis and give interested groups an opportunity to express their support or concern over the proposed bicycle lanes.
In 2012, Los Angeles was recognized as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists. Since then, the League has hired Stephen Clark as a liaison to BFCs to help these communities improve their designation and their bicycle infrastructure.
Stephen will be visiting us in LA this coming Monday, January 13th. Following a preliminary meeting with LADOT staff and a tour of some of our bicycle infrastructure, Stephen will be leading a public meeting to debrief observations from the tour and our progress generally, providing feedback on how LA can improve its BFC designation by focusing on priority actions that will have the greatest impact.
This meeting is scheduled from 4-5:30 pm at 634 S. Spring St., in the Edison room on the 1st floor. Please attend if you are available!
The LADOT Bike Blog visited the Valley yesterday to give you a first-hand look at the freshly refurbished Brown’s Creek Bicycle Path. The 1.6 mile path picks up where the Orange Line Bicycle Path terminates at the Chatsworth Metrolink Station, off of Lassen St. From there, the path travels north along Brown’s Canyon Wash, through quiet neighborhoods, past small pocket parks, murals, and resting ponies (no, really) before ending just north of Rinaldi Street near Stoney Point Park.
In October, we announced that the path would be undergoing major repair work. Since then, the entire path has been covered with new asphalt including portions where overgrown tree roots caused serious damage to the pavement. In the near future, LADOT will add additional path signage and gates at access points to prevent motor vehicles from entering the path. During our visit, with the December sun shining and repair work complete, the path looked as good as new.
More photos after the break:
Last night, LADOT crews installed delineators along 2nd St. in Downtown, making 2nd St. the first street to feature a protected bicycle lane in Los Angeles. Each delineator will work in combination with the 4 foot buffer to alert drivers to the presence of the bicycle lane. A delineator is a hard plastic post about 3 feet tall. The delineators were installed 48 feet apart along the outer edge of the bicycle lane’s buffer. Continue Reading »