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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.

 

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

 

 

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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