LADOT has recently added new roadway markings and signage to help improve a key bicycle crossing along Phase I of the Expo Line bikeway. The crossing occurs where Exposition Blvd. meets Rodeo Road, about 1.2 miles west of the University of Southern California and Expo Park. With the Expo Line expected to open April 28th, biking safely around the transit corridor cannot be stressed enough. When approaching this intersection from the east, be sure to watch for trains and adhere to all traffic and warning signals. If the light is red, be sure to stop behind the limit line (this will position you on-top of a loop detector, which alerts the traffic signal that a bicycle is present). When the train clears and the light turns green, follow the bike lane to cross the Expo Line tracks, which will continue along Exposition Blvd. heading east (check out a video from our ride on the Expo Line bikeway to see how you should navigate the crossing). More pictures of the intersection can be viewed in our flickr set.
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True to our word, LADOT Bike Blog showed up bright and early this Tuesday morning at Union Station with our rain gear on. Once there, we met up with over 50 other bicyclists who had come out for the Downtown LA Ride. Rain had slowed to just the barest of misting by the time the ride took off, and a great time was had by all.
Despite the intermittently rainy conditions, we here at the LADOT Bike Blog just received some good news for Bike Week LA. We just got confirmation from Metro that the Downtown LA Ride will take place tomorrow morning, rain or shine. While an extremely heavy downpour could shut the ride down for good, a light rain won’t deter us from getting things started. Metro, LADOT, LAPD, and CICLE will all be on hand to help bicyclists enjoy a fun ride through downtown. LAPD will provide an escort for the assembled riders and members of CICLE will act as “sweepers” at the back of the pack to make sure no one falls behind.
We highly recommend that you bring along a little rain gear, just in case. If bicyclists in cities like Portland can brave inclement weather in droves, why not in Los Angeles? We’ll see you, bright and early at 8:00 AM, with our rain pants on.
Bike Week LA started off on the right foot this morning at the North Hollywood Metro Station. Representatives from Metro, LADOT and LACBC were on hand along with camera crews and bicyclists excited for Bike Week LA to begin.
The kickoff was commenced with short speeches by LADOT Interim GM Amir Sedadi, Metro Deputy CEO Paul Taylor, LACBC Executive Director Jennifer Klausner, CicLAvia’s Joe Linton, Good Samaritan Hospital CEO Andy Leeka, and the bicycle-loving CD 4 Council Member Tom LaBonge.
Topics ranged from Metro’s repeal of peak-hour bike bans to free bus rides for bicyclists on Bike to Work Day to new bike lanes on MLK and Expo to Mayor Villaraigosa accepting the Golden Spoke Award on Tuesday to bicyclists and drivers alike staying safe on the road to even the simple joys of exploring Los Angeles by bicycle.
LADOT Bike Blog is getting pretty excited for Bike Week LA. It doesn’t get any better than the chance to share the joys of biking to work with people who might be trying it for the first time. We’ll be covering events throughout the week (including the Downtown LA Ride on Wednesday), and we wanted to give a final heads-up for where we’ll be on Monday before going into the weekend.
Bike Week LA Kickoff
Monday morning at 8:30 AM, Metro and LADOT will kick off Bike Week LA at the North Hollywood Metro Station. Prizes will be raffled away, plenty of free bike swag will be handed out, and a good time will be had by all.
Holding the kickoff for Bike Week LA at the NoHo Metro Station is a fitting location; Metro’s recent repeal of its peak-hour bike ban on trains means it’s that much easier for people to commute to work on Metro and ride the last mile to their work location on their bike.
The NoHo Metro Station is also a hub of bike infrastructure in the Valley. The Orange Line Bikeway and the Chandler Boulevard bike path are both accessible from the NoHo station as are the bike lanes on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Riverside Drive, and Colfax Avenue. This extensive network could soon be connected to Hollywood with bike lanes on Lankershim Boulevard and Cahuenga Boulevard. We’re still taking suggestions on how best to design these bike lanes, so feel free to make your voice heard.
There are tons of events going on this week and throughout the month. To stay up to date on all of them, visit Streetsblog’s excellent Bike Month 2011 page.
A few quick notes for the LA bike community on a balmy Thursday:
Metro’s Peak-Hour Bike Ban One Step from Repeal
The Metro Operations Committee this afternoon approved Metro Staff’s recommendations to remove peak-hour restrictions for bicycles. As we wrote about yesterday, Metro is considering both removing peak-hour restrictions on bikes for all Metro rail lines and removing a few seats in all Metro cars to better accommodate passengers with bicycles, strollers, luggage, and other large items that can sometimes block access to train doorways. The subway lines have already had this work done, but the light rail lines are being considered, as well.
Members of the LACBC, LADOT, the BRU, the BAC, and FAST all spoke in support of removing the restrictions and removing limited seating on trains. CEO Art Leahy was also extremely supportive of staff’s recommendations to make Metro a truly bicycle-friendly transit system. Leahy pointed out that removal of 2 seats on a train would create room for “5 standees” per car when trains are at capacity. Creating more capacity on Metro without increasing operating costs is just another strong argument to add to the list in favor of staff’s recommendations.
One of the Operations Committee members wanted staff to provide a report on the impacts to current Metro riders if ridership levels increase due to more bicyclists riding on Metro. He worried that current riders wouldn’t be able to get seats during rush hour were ridership to increase due to more bicyclists riding the train. This seemed to miss the mark a bit for me: Increased ridership should be a boon, not an impact, to Metro; and aren’t bicyclists Metro riders, too?
After discussion between committee members ended, they voted to move the recommendations on to the full Metro Board. The full board may hear the item as soon as next week, so keep your digital eyes on the LADOT Bike Blog throughout the week for new developments.
City Planning Wins Fitting APA Award for LA Bike Plan
The Los Angeles Section of the American Planners Association (APA) just came out with their 2011 planning awards. For their work on the 2010 LA Bike Plan, City Planning is receiving the APA “Hard Won Victory Award”.
Two years ago, it would have been hard to imagine Los Angeles having a new bike plan at all, much less the visionary bike plan that has earned admiration and envy across the country. Much of the reason we have that great bike plan today is due to the tireless efforts of City Planning staff Claire Bowen, Jane Choi, and Jordann Turner. It was their hard work, their endless optimism, and their tireless coalition building that brought together advocates, the City, and the public around a plan that we can all be proud of.
Though the award is being given to City Planning, it’s my opinion that everyone involved in the bike plan deserves a piece of the APA award. The process was a “hard won victory” on all sides, and everyone involved should be truly proud of helping make Los Angeles a better place for all.
ULI Hits Long Beach
On the heels of opening their very first set of cycle tracks, Long Beach will play host to the Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles Branch. The ULI is holding a Mobility Tour and Case Study of Long Beach’s bicycle infrastructure on May 4th. In addition to the tour, a panel featuring Charlie Gandy, Sumi Gant, Michael Bohn, and Casey Burke will discuss Long Beach’s strategies, implementation, and lessons learned in implementing cutting-edge bicycle infrastructure. Space is limited, and you can register on ULI’s website.
Bicyclists across LA County should get ready for an upcoming meeting of the Metro Operations Committee. They’ll be meeting this Thursday, April
22 21 at 1:00 PM in the Metro Board Room at Metro Gateway Plaza. Up for discussion: removing peak-hour restrictions for bicycles on all Metro Rail lines (here’s the report pdf).