Good Afternoon, Bicyclist.
We’re inviting you to join us in this new endeavor we’re calling the “LADOT Bike Blog”. The bicycling community in Los Angeles has seen explosive growth over the last few years and the online bicycling community has grown along with it. Accordingly, the L.A. bicycling community deserves an online source of information on bike happenings from LADOT Bikeways.
We care about bikes and bike infrastructure almost as much as you do. We want L.A. to be the best place in the state, nation, and world to ride a bicycle. We’ve already got the weather for it, and we’ve got the topography too. But we’ve also got a whole host of other factors that we have to take into account when doing our daily jobs. Some of those things (read: a lot) get in the way of making L.A. the best place to ride a bike, but we do our best given the current conditions within the bureaucracy of America’s third largest city and second largest metro region.
A lot of friction between the L.A. bicycle community and LADOT Bikeways has risen from our inability to effectively communicate our goals and rationale to a growing, vocal, and increasingly connected bicycle community. LADOT Bikeways can sometimes come across like we’re not doing too much, but it is mainly because we didn’t tell you about all the things we ARE doing. Did you know that LADOT Bikeways runs a children’s bicycle safety program? We’ve got a number of bike paths that are in the preliminary design, funded, in construction or about to go to construction stages. We’re working on completing a sharrows study with the LACBC for the City of Los Angeles. We’re working on 14 Bike Lane projects in various stages of design and installation. We’re working on a comprehensive, up-to-date, interactive map of all bicycle parking in LA. We’re working with City Planning on, as I’m sure much of you know, getting a new comprehensive bicycle plan for Los Angeles.
The future of this blog will attempt to inform LA’s bicycling public about the projects that LADOT is working on and the people behind making those projects a reality. Additionally, we’ll also try to be a destination for bicycle-related news that happens in Los Angeles and Southern California. Finally, we hope to give LADOT Bikeways’ perspective on developments in bicycle planning and policy in the City of Los Angeles as it happens.
It’s admittedly an ambitious vision. So take it easy dear readers. I am, after all, the new kid.