I stumbled across the old 1977 Bicycle Plan in our office, and I could not resist sharing it with everyone. It was the first adopted Bicycle Plan for the City of Los Angeles. Take a moment to compare how far we have come as a City in bicycle planning–from one fold out plan amounting to 6 double-sided pages to a robust, ambitious 2010 Bicycle Plan and Technical Design Handbook (TDH) weighing in at 192 double-sided pages.
The 1977 Plan has a decidedly recreational focus, which is immediately apparent from the images throughout the document. Clearly, the 2010 Plan offers more options through its layered networks, but some aspects of bicycle planning in the City are not as unprecedented. Bicycle Friendly Streets may be new in 2010, but the Backbone Network dates back to the 1977 Plan’s Backbone System. This drives home how important the Bicycle Plan Implementation Team is to ensuring that the 2010 Plan goes beyond its status as a paper document sitting on a shelf in our office. If you want to check out our current Bicycle Plan, you can download it here. If you’d like to help implement it, check out our Bicycle Plan Implementation Team page. For more images of the 1977 Bicycle Plan (and a map of the 1996 Bicycle Plan thrown in for good measure), be sure to check out our Flickr page.