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BPIT participants discussing Neighborhood Council communication.

This past October 2nd, the Los Angeles Departments of City Planning (LADCP) and Transportation (LADOT) held their quarterly Bicycle Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) meeting. Over 20 people were in attendance, ranging from city employees from various departments, representatives from city council offices and several bicycling organizations, to many bicyclists and residents intrigued to see where bike infrastructure in Los Angeles is heading.

(Check out the meeting’s agenda to better follow along with these notes.)

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Andy Clarke, of the League of American Bicyclists, announces the City of Los Angeles’ bronze level award as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

This morning, LADOT Bikeways staff, Councilmember Reyes, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office, gathered with bicycle advocates including members from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition at Mac Arthur Park to witness the League of American Bicyclists President, Andy Clarke recognize the City as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the bronze level. While Los Angeles was only one of several dozen new bicycle friendly communities to receive an award, the League recognized the City’s distinct challenges, affirming that,  “Leaders like Los Angeles serve as a great example that even cities known for Carmageddon can take cost-effective steps to start making cycling an integrated part of the transportation system.”

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The corner of Hoover and Jefferson - a busy intersection just outside of USC

The corner of Hoover and Jefferson - a busy intersection just outside of USC

On Wednesday, January 18th, USC will hold a Bike Summit open to the Trojan community and surrounding neighbors. The Bike Summit will take place from 3-5 pm in the Tutor Campus Center Ballroom (lower level, located adjacent to the campus bookstore) and provide the public with an opportunity to voice their opinions about bike riding on the USC campus. The LADOT Bike Blog has chimed in on USC’s attitude towards bikes in a previous post here. We are encouraged to see USC taking steps towards effectively planning for bicycles. More on tomorrow’s Bike Summit below the fold.

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L.A. County Bike Summit

Tomorrow, the City of Long Beach will play host to the 2011 L.A. County Bike Summit. The event is co-organized by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s RENEW LA County Initiative. This conference will bring together local elected leaders, city managers and staff from a number of the 88 cities that make up LA County, to have a conversation about how to create a more bicycle friendly community. You can view the program for the conference here. Topics slated for discussion include: engineering guidelines and standards, education programs, grant competitiveness, bikes benefiting businesses, bike parking, utilizing collision data, and a whole host of other topics. There will also be bicycle tours of Long Beach’s facilities scattered throughout the day.

We will be tweeting throughout the day and snapping pictures to share with everyone during the event. Be sure to follow us @ladotbikeprog and stay tuned to the LADOT Bike Blog for a complete rap up of the 2011 L.A. County Bike Summit sometime early next week.

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A past LADOT visit to check out Long Beach facilities

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This past Thursday and Friday, city staff, advocates and local stakeholders got the opportunity to learn from Dutch bicycle experts on how to design streets for bicyclists and pedestrians the Dutch way. Late Friday afternoon, at a well attended Closing Session at LAPD Headquarters, the public got a chance to see what the working groups came up with. The workshops focused on maintaining an open mind towards facility design, which was exemplified by our Dutch guest Hillie Talens’ admonition to say to each other “okay, and” instead of “okay, but”. The teams did a wonderful job with their presentations and designs. You can view them for yourself under our “Resources” tab or by clicking here. (And this evening, ThinkBikeLA will be on Channel 35, at 7pm and midnight.)

ThinkBikeLA - discussing options for Van Nuys Blvd.

ThinkBikeLA - discussing options for Van Nuys Blvd.

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7th St. bike lanes press event

LACBC's Jennifer Klausner operates a blow torch to help install a thermoplastic bike lane marking at the 7th St. bike lanes press event. Council Member Reyes and our boss, Kang Hu, (wearing ties) observe.

I always enjoy these celebratory bike facility gatherings. Last time we had this many folks out, it was for the opening of the bike corral on York Blvd. in the 14th Council District. Today, we celebrated the opening of the 7th St. bike lanes in CD 1 at MacArthur Park with Council Member Ed Reyes, a number of local media outlets, and at least a score of bicyclists excited to see this important facility on the ground.

We tweeted a few photos, too. Check those out at our Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/LADOTBikeProg

Many thanks are due to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition for organizing the event and for playing such an important leadership role in communicating the importance of this facility to local community member via their outreach efforts. Their 7th St. bike lanes campaign video is a must see.

And a huge thank you to Council Member Ed Reyes for his leadership and guidance on this project. Council District 1 staff have been very supportive from the very beginning. Thank you especially to Jill Sourial!

We’ll update this post with links to media coverage as we track them down. Send an email to ladotbikeblog (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re able to find any of the coverage on the web yourself. Thanks all!

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The Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in California, in cooperation with the Mayors Office, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will be hosting a two day ThinkBike Workshop from Sept 22-23, 2011. We here at the LADOT Bike Program are looking forward to discussing the bright future of bicycling in Los Angeles with our Dutch colleagues. More about the ThinkBike Workshop after the jump!

A reimagined street from ThinkBike Toronto

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