Part of our “The Engineer’s Corner” series, in this piece we sit down with Bikeways Engineer and LADOT Dot-gers softball team manager, Carlos Rodriguez. Today, if you ride your bike on any bike path within the City, chances are Carlos worked on the design and/or coordination that made those bike paths possible. Not only is Carlos our group’s bike path design expert, he is known around the office for his strong work ethic and “can do” attitude.
Take a seat in “The Engineer’s Corner” and learn more about bike paths, interagency coordination, and the importance of internships with Carlos Rodriguez.
Carlos Rodriguez hard (h)at work!
LADOT Bike Blog: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Carlos Rodriguez: My background is in civil engineering. I have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on structures and a master’s in engineering. After I graduated from college, I got a job in the private sector before joining the public sector. I have been working for the City of Los Angeles for 16, going on 17 years. I had two previous assignments before Bikeways. One was in our District Operations, managing our operations in the Valley and after that I worked in Special Events. I’ve been in Bikeways between six and seven years. Since I started here I have mostly worked on bike paths. On a personal basis, I am 43 years old and married. My wife and I have a three year old son and one more on the way. I’m happy at home.My kids are the most exciting thing that has happened to me. I am thankful to everyone in my life. (more…)
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Posted in Bicycle Commuting, Bicycle Friendly Streets, Bicycle Lifestyle, Bicycle Paths, Bicyquality of Life, Bike Routes in Los Angeles, Bikes on Metro, Community Profile, LA River, Travel, tagged bicycle route, bicycle tourism, griffith park, la river bike path, multimodal, noho, noho arts district, people st on May 7, 2015 |
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Spring (or is this one long perpetual summer?) is back and adventure options for those on two wheels are endless! After travelling to a few other places, we wanted to get back on our local tourism tip!
This bicycle tour features destinations in between the Red Line North Hollywood Station (in NoHo) and the Griffith Park Sunday Drum Circle. Yes, a drum circle! This 8.5 mile-long bike ride travels along different bike facilities (bike paths, lanes, and routes) and features a variety of LA neighborhood attractions from shops & entertainment in NoHo to nature & culture in Griffith Park.
Come along for the ride! To prepare, you need: a bike, a bike lock, some kind of map or smart phone, water, snacks, and don’t forget your sun protection, because it can get HOT!
Pleasant 8.5 mile-long bike ride features the NoHo Arts District, Burbank and Griffith Park. Photo: Google Map
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Posted in Bicycle Friendly Business, Bicycle Lifestyle, Bikes on Metro, LA River, Metro, This Week in Bike Culture, tagged bicycle art, bike week 2015, Bike Week L.A., bikela, Metro on May 4, 2015 |
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It’s our favorite time of the year! Bike Week LA is back once again!
The annual week-long bici-centric event, sponsored by Metro, will fill May 10-15 with more bicycle-oriented activities than ever before! More? Yes MORE! Bike Week focuses on encouraging people to ride their bicycles, raising awareness about people on bikes but also about all active transportation users in Los Angeles. Some of the week’s highlights include bike repair workshops, the infamous Bike to Work Day pit stops, and evening festivities to make sure you’re hooked up with people who share your interests! If you’ve never participated in Bike Week, do not fear, Bike Week is for YOU! It’s full of resources and activities for everyone, from the new to the experienced rider, from the bicycle-curious to the bikeaholic.
Come see Color Wheels at Caltrans District 7 on Thursday 5/14!
Bike Week LA 2015 Lineup:
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In early March, the bronze plaques which were installed to honor Alex Baum, were stolen from the Alex Baum Bridge. We just received news that two of the three plaques have been recovered!
From left to right, empty slots for re-dedication bronze plaque and 2002 bridge inaugural bronze plaque. Image: Jose Tchopourian
Here’s a little history about the man, the legend… The bronze plaques were installed to call attention to Alex Baum’s accomplishments and legacy in supporting bicycling as a mode of transportation and recreation throughout his lifetime. The first pair of bronze plaques were installed at the inauguration of the Baum Bicycle Bridge in 2002. Fast forward to 2012, and as part of a re-dedication of the Baum Bicycle Bridge on its 10th anniversary, the second pair of bronze plaques with biographical information about Mr. Baum were added.
Re-dedication ceremony of the Alex Bicycle Bridge on its 10th anniversary in 2012. From left to right, Alex Baum and Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Image: Stone Canyon Neighborhood Watch
Just around the time City of LA’s longest serving bicycle-advocate Alex Baum (1922-2015) passed away on Sunday, March 1st, the three bronze plaques were reported missing. As you can imagine, our team was saddened to hear the news. A few days after the bronze plaques were stolen, South Coast Recycling contacted the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to report that someone had tried to sell these bronze plaques to their facility. Luckily, the Center was able to recover two out of the three stolen bronze plaques. A third bronze plaque (like the one in the photo below) is still missing. LADP continues to search for the missing plaque. Anyone with information should contact LAPD.
From left to right, re-dedication bronze plaque currently missing and 2002 bridge inaugural bronze plaque (the only plaque that was not stolen). Image: Jose Tchopourian
LADOT staff is currently in the process of installing the two bronze plaques returned to us by our friends at the LA Recycling Center.
Thank you for your support,
LADOT Bike Program
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Posted in LA River, News on November 13, 2014 |
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It is hardly a surprise the Los Angeles River Bike Path is one of the city’s most beloved and prominent bikeway facilities. With new parks popping up and additions such as The Frog Spot, the river is increasingly a destination people want to visit. With an accerlerated focus on efforts to revitalize the river and extend the bike path that runs along it, there is a parallel growing need to collect data on the river’s bike path usage. To address this need, the Bicycle Program recently collaborated with students from the city’s Hire L.A.’s Youth program to conduct bicycle counts along the L.A. River and in river-adjacent communities.
A man bicycling on York Blvd during our bike count conducted prior to bike lane installation. For more photos during our “before” count session, visit our Flickr page.
Throughout the month of October we conducted over a dozen weekday counts along the river from 4pm to 6pm to capture use during evening rush hour.
For the month of November we are conducting counts in Northeast LA, including on York Boulevard between North Figueroa Street and South Pasadena, North Figueroa Street, and on Colorado Boulevard. The long-term goal is to repeat these counts on a regular basis to measure growth in bicycling, and more generally to have a steady stream of bike counts.
While we have yet to fully analyze our results, here are some preliminary results from one of our count sites, York Boulevard between North Figueroa Street and Avenue 63:
- We conducted four weekday PM counts between 4pm and 6pm. We counted a total of 119 people bicycling, or an average of 29 people bicycling during each count session.
- Of the 119 people counted bicycling, 21, or 17.6% were women.
- The majority of people counted, 62%, were traveling eastbound, while the remaining 38% of people were traveling westbound.
- During a mid-day Saturday count, conducted from 11AM to 1PM, we counted 41 people bicycling.
We look forward to conducting additional counts throughout the city to gain a clearer perspective on bicycle needs and use.
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Posted in LA River on July 25, 2013 |
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The Los Angeles River Bike Path in Elysian Valley.
In June, responsibility of maintaining L.A.’s 56.2 miles of bicycle paths transferred from the Department of Parks and Recreation to our staff at the LADOT Bike Program. Since this change, we’ve been able to more quickly and directly address repair needs along bicycle paths.
Typical maintenance includes the removal of plant material and other debris from paths (including sand along beach paths.) We also maintain and repair signs, rails, and lighting. Our crews remove graffiti and work to maintain the greenways that adjoin most paths by trimming back trees and foliage. Sweeping occurs on all paths at least once a week or more often if the path is a highly travelled one.
Request repairs directly
Have you noticed these increased maintenance efforts along your favorite path? Inspections of all our bicycle paths occur on a weekly basis in addition to regular maintenance. However, if you notice that something is obstructing a bicycle path or needs to be repaired, you can report the issue directly to the Bike Program via our website. Please be sure to note the location by including the number posted on the nearest light pole or the nearest cross street that crosses the bicycle path. This helps us respond to the issue quickly so we can ensure that all of our Bicycle paths are both functional and enjoyable for users.
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Making way for the new plaque to be installed
On Thursday, from 11 to 12 p.m. LADOT and Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be re-dedicating the Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge in a ceremony from 11 to 12 at the bridge, located above Los Feliz Blvd. The dedication ceremony will showcase new bronze plaques (unveiled earlier this year at the Blessing of the Bicycles) honoring Alex Baum and his role in promoting bicycling in Los Angeles (just in time for his birthday.) Parking will be limited so we are encouraging attendees to bike, take transit or carpool to the ceremony. Join in the celebration to get a first-hand look at the plaques and a chance to hear guest speakers honor Alex’s accomplishments and L.A’s long bicycling history.
Please note, that the bicycle bridge will be closed to bicyclists from 10:30 to 11:30 for the purpose of the ceremony. A clearly signed detour will be available for bicyclists passing through the area at this time.
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