Four dates have been announced (also reported on Streetsblog) for open houses and public hearings to gather comments and feedback for the 2010 draft LA Bike Plan. This series of public hearings and open houses is one more benchmark, arguably the most important, in the long road towards getting the new LA Bike Plan adopted by the City. The meetings, each 3 hours long, will devote the first hour to an open house session to distribute more information about the bike plan followed by a 2 hour public hearing to take comments. City Planning will also hold a 2 hour public hearing via webinar for those unable to attend the meetings. You can read the press release from City Planning here.
The four meetings are:
- Saturday, September 25. 10AM – 1PM. Hollywood Municipal Building, 6501 Fountain Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028
- Wednesday, September 29. 5PM – 8PM. Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
- Thursday, September 30. 5PM – 8PM. Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90044
- Saturday, October 2. 10AM – 1PM. Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Room 1B. Los Angeles, CA 91401
These four meetings are the best opportunity for City Planning to get feedback on the bike plan. By making the meetings schedule-friendly (all four meetings have been scheduled mid-day on weekends or evenings on weeknights), it ensures that working people will be able to attend.
Even if you won’t be able to attend any of these four meetings, there are still ways to make your voice heard. City Planning has scheduled another webinar to take comments on the bike plan. As you may remember, City Planning experimented with a webinar for the first time earlier this summer. The success of these webinars may lead to their implementation in many other public processes, leading to greater transparency in City government.
The upcoming webinar is scheduled for:
- Wednesday, September 29 11:30AM – 1:30PM. This webinar will be used solely for public hearings and public comment. Check the LA Bike Plan website later this month for registration instructions.
If you can’t attend either the webinar or the meetings, there are still oportunities to comment on the Bike Plan. Comments can always be submitted in writing to City Planning up until 5PM on Friday, October 8th. Comments can be submitted to:
- Jordann Turner. 200 N. Spring St. Room 721 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Per the press release, when submitting written comments please make sure to label them as for either the Bike Plan (CPC-2009-871-GPA) or for the Mitigated Negative Declaration (ENV-2009-2650-EAF).
Why This Matters
Once the period of public comment has closed, City Planning will be obligated to create a recommendation report on the Bike Plan that takes into account the comments submitted. These recommendations, along with the Bike Plan, will then be considered by the Planning Commission and the City Council before the Bike Plan can be adopted. If you want to put your mark on the Bike Plan, whether through public meetings, the webinar, or submitted written comment, now is your chance.