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California at long last has adopted its revised Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices ( CA MUTCD). The latest 2012 iteration has some welcomed new tools that will further expand our transportation engineer’s toolbox to implement bikeway facilities in the City of Los Angeles. We’ll detail just a few of those new changes below the fold.

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The LADOT Bike Program is excited to announce that we have created some fun and educational posters to display at this October’s CicLAvia event. There are three different poster designs with concepts that are informative, celebratory, and forward looking. Be on the look out for them at select locations along the route. Also, the LADOT Bike Program will be at CicLAvia pulling a trailer full of goodies that include (but are not limited to) bike maps, LADOT water bottles, bike lights, pencils, and pins; so don’t be shy, pull us over and get some swag. More on the posters below the fold.

CicLAvia!

Assistant Bicycle Coordinator Emily Dwyer with the LADOT bike trailer emptied of bike maps, pins, pencils, water bottles, at the last CicLAvia

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4th St. sharrows in action at dusk last week. Over the weekend, 20 more miles of sharrows were installed.

About a month ago, we announced that sharrows were good, and discussed LADOT’s plans to install them on select streets citywide before the year’s end. We are happy to report that this past weekend, LADOT work crews installed approximately 20 miles worth of these bicycle facilities on L.A. streets. All told, 797 sharrows were laid down, adding 20.61 miles of bicycle infrastructure to L.A. streets. A majority of those sharrows were installed using HOT TAPE thermoplastic – a highly durable, visible, and skid resistant road marking material. However, some sharrows on Motor Ave. and Heliotrope Dr. were installed using paint. Rest assured, the paint is a temporary treatment as segments of these two respective streets are set to be resurfaced in the near future. Once the streets are resurfaced, more permanent thermoplastic sharrows will be installed.

The sharrow installations fulfill a mayoral commitment towards 40 miles of new bicycle infrastructure this fiscal year. Some of the sharrows are an interim measure preceding future bicycle lanes as called for in the Bike Plan (but which weren’t prioritized in the 5 year Implementation Plan), and may require environmental review or roadway widening. Others are a first step towards implementing Bicycle Friendly Streets. Join us below the fold to find out what streets just got “sharrowed.”

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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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Bikeway Mileage reporting

The 7th St. bike lanes have been installed from Catalina to Figueroa.

A couple Fridays ago, Joe Linton attempted to make sense of a couple documents we’d put up on the web summarizing bikeway mileage the City has implemented since Mayor Villaraigosa took office. Now that we’ve had some time to thoroughly evaluate Joe’s work, its time to respond.

First of all, I’d like to thank Joe for taking the time to look through the spreadsheets we’d posted. He definitely found some errors that have helped us flag a few crucial issues in our reporting that were in need of some correcting.

To solve these issues, we’ve done a few things: 1) We’ve separated out bike lane mileage implemented from July 2005 to June 2010 from bikeway mileage implemented last fiscal year (the two spreadsheets we posted previously had overlapping information, we now have two new spreadsheets that we’ll also explain), 2) We’ve clarified in our accounting the difference between a new bike lane project and a bike lane redesign (more on this shortly), and 3) We’ve clarified the difference between a project having its design complete and its installation complete. Additionally, we’ve also corrected a few mileage errors that Joe helped flag. Before we get to the results, some explanation on how and why our spreadsheets were off is due.

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Back towards the end of July, we announced that the Department’s year long Shared Lane Marking (SLM or Sharrow) Report had finally been completed. The result? Sharrows are good! They were shown to improve driver behavior as assessed by increased passing distances, decreased incidents of tailgating, along with decreased incidents of aggressive actions (honking and/or shouting). The report’s results will allow us to move forward with the implementation of sharrows throughout the City. Below the fold we detail what streets in Los Angeles will soon be getting “sharrowed.”

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Sharrows on Abbot Kinney in Los Angeles

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Good Afternoon, Bicyclist.

We’re inviting you to join us in this new endeavor we’re calling the “LADOT Bike Blog”. The bicycling community in Los Angeles has seen explosive growth over the last few years and the online bicycling community has grown along with it. Accordingly, the L.A. bicycling community deserves an online source of information on bike happenings from LADOT Bikeways.

– Christopher Kidd 3/24/2010

With those words, the LADOT Bike Blog became a part of the conversation in the Los Angeles bicycling community. The goal of the blog has and always will be to be both a resource and a conduit for the exchange of information and ideas between the department and you. It’s now been over a year and a half since this grand experiment first took shape and we are proud of the many accomplishments that this blog and its creator, Christopher Kidd have achieved. Rest assured, Chris’ grand vision is still here to guide us as we move forward. Join us below the fold to learn more about what the future has in store for the LADOT Bike Blog.

The first LADOT Bike Blog post, circa 2010

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