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Bicycle Repair Stations unwrangled in Los Angeles!

Bicycle repair enthusiasts! We have posted before about the upcoming rollout of Los Angeles’ very first Bicycle Repair Stations, and after receiving many applications from interested businesses we are excited to say that this morning we installed four locations throughout the city. We’re excited to see this project in the ground and happy to offer this unique opportunity for business owners to encourage bicycling in their community. Bicyclists in L.A. can make use of a Bicycle Repair Station at any one of the following locations:

  • 1731 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles 90041, sponsored by Organix
  • 5125 York Blvd., Los Angeles, 90042, sponsored by The Hermosillo
  • Sunset Triangle Plaza next to 1521 Griffith Park Blvd., sponsored by Pine and Crane
  • 4343 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, sponsored by Kaos Network
A close up pciture of the tools that each bicycle repair stand will include.

A close up look at the tools available at each bicycle repair station

Thank you to all the community partners who make these repair station possible including our business partners and Council Districts  10, 13, and 14. We couldn’t do this without you!

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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.

 

 

 

Got questions? We’ve got answers. This Thursday, the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning (DCP) in partnership with the Department of Transportation (LADOT) will host a webinar to answer any general questions on the scope, timeline, and strategy behind this year’s bicycle projects, as we continue to implement the 2010 Bicycle Plan. Based on the plan, every year DCP and LADOT selects 40 miles of corridors to evaluate implementation of new bicycle facilities with the goal of enhancing the city’s overall bicycle network. Public participation plays a critical role in deciding what facilites to move forward with. Adopted by the Council in 2011, the 2010 Bicycle Plan is the guiding document to help encourage and enhance bicycling in the City of Los Angeles.

Dept of City Planning and Dept of Transportation: Bike Primer Webinar

Thursday, April 17

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Online Workshop

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7887587811798396930

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The Department of City Planning in conjunction with the Department of Transportation will be hosting a webinar on April 17th to answer questions about upcoming bicycle projects in Los Angeles.

We know the stereotype that Los Angeles is a car city,  that it’s not safe to bike, and that sometimes those that do bike can find it difficult to do so. It’s why we at the LADOT Bike Program work hard to make our city a friendlier place for people on bicycles and why we’ve always got plans to expand our work. But sometimes there are devastating incidents that remind us of how much more work we have to do, and the many ways that we need to approach bicycle safety. Because bicycling safely in this city doesn’t end with a sharrow or a bike line – it’s also about knowing that if something were to happen to you the law would be on your side.

That’s where Damian Kevitt comes in. Just over a year ago Damian was hit by a car while on his bike on Zoo Drive on the edge of Griffith Park. What could have been a minor accident turned very dangerous when the driver proceeded to flee the scene and entered the 5 freeway with Damian trapped underneath. To this day, the driver’s identity is unknown.

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Damian back on the bike

The seriousness of Damian’s accident is surpassed only by the height of his courage; within months Damian was back on a bike again, not only biking but also running and swimming, joining a community of athletes with similar physical challenges. There is no doubt that it takes a ton of resilience to come back from a collision  like Damian’s; but it wasn’t enough for Damian to ride again on his own.“Too many people are losing their lives or being injured themselves because someone was unwilling to stop and render care….If I can do something that is going to prevent at least one other person then I can walk away from this feeling in some kind of bizarre way that it was worth it, that at least I accomplished something good out of it” he said. Just days after the incident and hours out of one of many surgeries, Damian promised to finish the ride, but not just for himself. Damian became the catalyst for a movement of people in Los Angeles devoted to making the city is a safer place to bike.

Finish The Ride, a joint effort of Damian, LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), is happening on April 27th at 8AM. All proceeds benefit LACBC’s continuing hit-and-run campaigns and CAF.  But as Damian explained, it’s “not that there’s a lack of solutions or even resources [to address hit and runs], there just needs to be enough pressure to make it a priority. Make it enough of an issue that is has to be confronted.”  The more people that come out to support the event, the greater the visibility for the cause. If you can’t ride, you can volunteer.

Sunday, April 27th 8:00 AM. The ride starts at 4810 Sunset Blvd and finishes at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Credit: Finish The Ride

Sunday, April 27th 8:00 AM. The ride starts at 4810 Sunset Blvd and finishes at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Credit: Finish The Ride

“It’s unfortunate,” Damian said, “that we have to legislate it in order to effect the change, but if that’s the necessary evil in order to prevent people who are unable to make proper moral choices than that is the necessary evil.” You can urge our legislature to increase penalties on hit and run drivers by signing the petition here.

For our part, Councilmember Tom LaBonge has directed LADOT to work on identifying improvements on the Zoo Drive bridge.  LADOT engineers are working with Caltrans to make safety improvements at the location and recently Caltrans re-striped the Zoo Drive bridge by placing double yellow stripes.  Soon we will be installing delineators on top of the lines on the bridge that lead to the south bound entrance of the 5 Freeway, to further discourage drivers from crossing the double yellow lines and prematurely entering the freeway.  Councilmember LaBonge is allocating funds from the CD-4  budget to ensure that the delineators will be installed for Finish the Ride.

Some people probably doubted that Damian would ever recover enough to bike again, just like some people don’t think LA can ever be a biking city. We know otherwise. Join Damian and others on April 27th, to show that Los Angeles really can be a city friendly to bicyclists, and one that is safe and accessible for all. “Being in LA and being outdoors in a very raw way is what bicycling is about wherever you live. The importance is to do that in a way that is safe and fun,” Damian said. “LA has got the fun. We just need to make it safe.”

 

On Sunday, another awesome CicLAvia took place along Iconic Wilshire Boulevard! Thousands of people took to the street on bicycles, feet, roller skates and other types of people-powered movers to experience the 6-mile route along Wilshire from Grand Ave. to Fairfax Ave. While the final numbers are not in yet, organizers stated that even more people attended this CicLAvia than the previous CicLAvia that took place on the same route. Of course, the LADOT Bicycle Program was there and here are some pictures from our day!

"General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri participated in the CicLAvia press conference with Council Members LaBonge and O'Farrell"

General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri participated in the CicLAvia press conference with Supervisor Yaroslavsky and Council Members Blumenfield, LaBonge and O’Farrell

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A student bicycles through the Safe Moves City.

A student bicycles through the Safe Moves City.

Improving the safety of our bicyclists is a huge priority for LADOT. It’s a driving force behind the work we do at the Bicycle Program and the reason we’re working to install more bike paths, lanes and routes in the city than ever before. However, providing adequate bicycle infrastructure is only one component. To truly create a better cycling environment and see safety improvements, we need to teach current and future bicyclists about safe bicycling practices.

Safe Moves- School Bicycle Safety and Transit Education Program

Currently, LADOT contracts with the Safe Moves program to educate over 175,000 students a year about habits and skills they can adopt to be safer bicyclists. Safe Moves works with students to teach defensive bicycling habits such as making eye contact, checking over one’s shoulder, and being aware when walking and bicycling. An interactive course allows students to bike through a mock city where students are exposed to the same risks posed by a real-life urban cycling environment. Although the course is designed to create a fun experience for the students, it’s also designed to guide each student through traffic issues they could encounter. The mock city course features railroad tracks, cars laving and entering driveways and signalized intersections. Instructors demonstrate where the door zone is, proper signaling techniques and the dangers presented by riding the wrong way against traffic.

In addition to educating students about safe bicycling skills, the Safe Moves program create a social environment where students can feel comfortable asking questions and try out different types of bicycles. Safe Moves strives to create a dialogue about how students currently travel and the alternatives to driving to school.

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Students listen to an instructor before trying out the course. Helmets provided by Safe Moves.

 Bringing Safe Moves to your school

If you’re interested in bringing a Safe Moves workshop to a school, you can contact Safe Moves at their website or you can make a request with your local principal or school administrator. Safe Moves hosts workshops during school hours (usually one per grade level), after-school workshops, community, and weekend events so you can work with Staff to design a workshop that fits your community’s needs.

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A closer look at the bicycle rumble strip.

Yesterday morning, LADOT installed a series of small rumble strips at the Riverdale Park entrance on the Elysian Valley River Path. The series of rumble strips are intended to alert cyclists as they approach a major pedestrian entrance to the path. Each strip itself is comprised of thermoplastic markings approximately four inches wide and between 1 to 3 feet long (pictured above). Keep in mind that each rumble strip is designed significantly different from the type used for motor vehicles and therefore will not directly hamper the bicyclist’s travel. However, the strips should be significant enough that the bicyclist feels a noticeable vibration before reaching the Riverdale Avenue path entrance. LADOT hopes that this demo project will remind bicyclists to watch for and slow down when approaching entryways on the path.  We’ve had a lot of complaints from community members about bicyclists traveling too fast and passing them too close.  Please treat pedestrains with caution when you are on the path.  Slow down and provide an audible signal (bell or courteous shout out) when passing people walking, running or moving slower along the path. Remember by state law that the path is open to them too!  It’s important that we ensure that all users feel safe and happy on the bike path, irrespective of how fast (or slow) they’re travelling.

(Editor’s Note: We inadvertently neglected to mention the ongoing work done by CD 13 Field Deputy Adam Bass with community members and LADOT staff to come up with solutions to address ongoing issues between bicyclists and pedestrians on this section of the Los Angeles River Path.  We want to recognize Mitch O’Farrell for his ongoing support of the Los Angeles River Revitalization efforts and the months of hard work of his staff working with the community and LADOT to come up with viable solutions. Thank you for making safety a top priority in your community.)

Senior Bicycle Coordinator, Michelle Mowery, test bikes over the rumble strips post-installation

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