Approximately 17 advocates, stakeholders, and City staff were present at the last BPIT meeting on October 1st in the Controller’s Office Conference Room in City Hall East. The workshop included discussion on the prioritization of the Neighborhood Streets Network as part of the new Mobility Plan 2035.
Michelle Mowery from LADOT gave a brief implementation update announcing the successful installation of three miles of new buffered bicycle lanes on Colorado Boulevard. In addition to the ‘Dodgers Bus Lane’ along Sunset Boulevard, this is the first major project to be installed as part of the First Year of the Five Year Implementation Strategy (and recently joined by 7th St). The buffered bicycle lanes installed along Colorado Boulevard are a critical phase in completing the 2010 Bicycle Plan Backbone Bicycle Network in the Northeast Area.
Neighborhood Network Prioritization Exercise
Building off of previous BPIT workshop activities related to neighborhood streets, David Somers, from Department of City Planning presented draft maps of priority backbone and neighborhood streets networks that are proposed to be included in Mobility Plan 2035. The five priority network maps represent five geographies of the City that include Central-East LA, South LA, West LA, the Valley and the Harbor. The intent of the maps is to highlight a subset of the Backbone and Neighborhood Networks that demonstrate high network connectivity, and to select those facilities to prioritize, in addition to the grading criteria, in the Bicycle Plan implementation process.
BPIT members asked questions after the presentation of the prioritized network maps. BPIT participants discussed the feasibility of some of the treatment design options, the importance of connecting to transit stations, if the priority network would present a disconnect between implemented facilities and what is used by bicycle riders, and if the Mobility Plan is the right planning level to select priority lanes given the fine grain details and neighborhood support needed to select the routes that should receive the neighborhood street treatments. Participants also expressed desire for a network performance metric for proposed or installed bicycle facilities.
BPIT participants then divided and gathered around tables organized by the geographies, and added their feedback on priority network maps, adding notes of the constraints and opportunities presented by the specific neighborhood network corridors.
Active Streets LA
Eric Bruins from LACBC announced an upcoming Active Streets LA workshop on October 19th at Budlong Elementary School. Active Streets LA is a partnership with LACBC, Trust South LA and LADOT, whose aim is to work with community members in South LA to create safe walking and bicycle routes along their neighborhood streets.
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If your commute takes you along 7th street, some of you may have noticed that the street is looking different today.
Some preliminary markings on the street. You can see the outline of the bike lane on the right as well as markings for a center turning lane and a continental crosswalk.
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.
We caught up with this woman who was excited to hear about future lanes coming to the street!
Preliminary markings for a continental crosswalk at Main and 7th Street.
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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.
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This West Valley segment of the LA River Bicycle Path was completed this year.
Today, we have a special guest post from LADOT General Manager Jaime de la Vega:
We noted our major bike accomplishments in our FY 2013 annual report (data through April 28, 2013) but I wanted to take the opportunity to give our stakeholders the final tally.
- LADOT installed the first bicycle friendly street treatment on Yucca Street
- We completed 1.5 miles of new bicycle path
- We installed shared lane markings (sharrows) on 22.6 miles of city streets
- And we installed 101 miles of new bicycle lanes, doubling the prior year’s tally, which was our best year ever until FY 2013
- Post-Bicycle Plan (March 2011 – Current): We installed 167 miles of new bike lanes (the city’s adopted five-year plan is at least 200 miles of new bikeways)
- FY 2006 through FY 2013: LADOT installed 197 miles of new bike lanes and 16.6 miles of new bike paths
- FY 1974 through FY 2005: The city installed 141 miles of bike lanes
- The city’s current bike lane network is 338 miles
* Data note: Some of the current figures vary slightly from past reporting and reflect database clean-up.
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Credit: Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition la-bike.org
If, like us, you enjoy reading about bicycle planning and advocacy, you may have heard about a new initiative known as Active Streets LA, which officially launched last month. Active Streets LA is a planning and community outreach partnership between LADOT, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), and TRUST South LA. This partnership will build upon the 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan by engaging the community in a design process for bicycle-friendly streets (BFS) in three neighborhoods, starting with South Los Angeles and eventually moving on to Boyle Heights and Sylmar. Active Streets LA is holding a community event at Budlong Elementary School on Saturday, October 19th, which all are welcome to attend. Details after the jump
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Become a Walk to School Day organizer at your child’s school!
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:
Thank you for walking to school with us on October 9, 2013!
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The LADOT Bicycle Program would like to thank the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Los Angeles Walks, and all the volunteers who helped with the 2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count. The results from your hard work will help us gain a better understanding of bicycling in Los Angeles. Bike count data helps planners to understand where people are bicycling, where infrastructure needs exist, who is bicycling and ultimately, helps us to better accommodate the needs of bicyclists in our community.
About the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count
The Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count is a massive data collection effort that collects the number of people bicycling and walking at over 120 locations at 3 different times throughout a one week period. Counts occur during peak travel times from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and again that same day from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A third count takes place on the following Saturday from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. In 2011, the bike count effort recorded 15,000 bicyclists and 75,000 pedestrians. We’re excited to see the results of this year’s bike count and thankful for all the volunteers who make this effort possible. The LACBC, in partnership with Los Angeles Walks, helps to organize the counts, recruit volunteers and process the results. Check out the results from the 2011 counts in this publication about biking and walking in Los Angeles.
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