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.