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The opening of the Metro Orange Line BRT in the fall of 2005 greatly expanded mobility options for the notoriously auto-centric San Fernando Valley. The original 14 mile leg that stretches from Warner Center to North Hollywood has been a big success, surpassing Metro’s own 2020 ridership goals in just seven months.

Running beside the busway for a majority of its length is the Orange Line bike path – a Class I bicycling facility (a small section on the busway’s extreme eastern end has Class II bike lanes). According to the LA City Bike Plan, Class I facility’s are “ideal for novice riders and children, recreational trips, and long distance commuter bicyclists of all skill levels who prefer separation from traffic.”  The bike path has also been a big hit and has helped Valley residents realize the value of investments in adequate bicycling and pedestrian facilities.

Picture taken shortly after the openning of the Orange Line Bike Path

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As mentioned here and elsewhere, the LADOT Bike Program has recently completed a long-overdue update of our LA City Bike Maps.  As part of getting these maps out to the public, I get to mail out maps (free to you) and each coordinator gets to drops off boxes of new maps all over the City at bike shops and bike co-ops.  This approach makes plenty of sense: Members of the public who are most likely to want a bike map are also those members of the public most likely to visit bike shops and bike co-ops.

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Pallets full of bike maps in the depths of LADOT's storage area

The coordinators have delivered so many maps, in fact, that we only have enough Valley Bike Maps left to mail out to people submitting map requests.  This past week, I rode along with coordinator Brendan Keeler and intern Derek Levoit, delivering bike maps across downtown and the westside.

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Update: We were just forwarded the BAC’s agenda for their 4/5/11 meeting.  You can download it here.

The start of a new month always heralds plenty of new venues for hearing bike-related issues.  The slate of upcoming meetings and hearings relating to bicycling concerns, however, happens to be particularly robust in the coming two weeks.

  • Wednesday March 30th: City Planning is holding a public hearing for the proposed bicycle parking ordinance.
  • Tuesday April 5th: The Bike Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) meets at City Hall for their monthly meeting.
  • Tuesday April 5th: The Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) holds their bi-monthly meeting at Hollywood City Hall.
  • Sunday April 10th: The first of three CicLAvias in 2011.
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CM Reyes installing racks at CARECEN; in the near future, a revised bicycle parking ordinance should hit the streets (and inform new developments)

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As Josef at Flying Pigeon blogged about earlier this month, the LADOT Bike Program has brand new bike maps for the City of Los Angeles.  We’ve had quite a rush on map requests since then.

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That's only the last week of requests

In fact, we’ve filled so many requests lately that we’ve almost run out of our first print order for the Valley edition of the maps.  The LADOT Bike Program is using this opportunity to our benefit, updating our Valley edition maps again so the next print order will contain the most up-to-date bike infrastructure information possible.  Bike lanes like the ones on Woodman, Reseda, and Louise that were installed after the map went out to print will be added to the new batch.

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That bike map of the Valley could soon be a collector's item

In the meantime, if you want your own set of new LADOT bike maps, put in your request right here.

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(ed. note: Seeing as how this is my first post, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is JoJo Pewsawang and I am an Urban Planning graduate student from the USC School of Policy Planning and Development. I am a native Angeleno, who didn’t realize the full potential of bicycling until seeing it in action during my time as an undergrad at UC Davis. As the LADOT Bike Program’s team pushes ahead on a number of projects, I look forward to keeping everyone up to date on  our efforts to make Los Angeles a better place to ride a bike.

Woodman Bike Lane

Woodman bike lane

Woodman Avenue Bike Lane

Towards the end of February, LADOT installed one mile of new bike lanes on Woodman Ave. between Oxnard and Vanowen. The new facility connects with an existing bike lane that runs from Burbank to the Orange Line Busway, creating a continuous 1.5 mile bike lane for the east Valley. Check out the updated bike lane project page and our projects google map to see a complete list of recently completed and soon-to-be completed bicycling facilities.

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(Ed. Note: The draft LA Bike Plan passed through committee this past Wednesday.  We hope to have notes up from the meeting in the next few days.  In the meantime you can read the excellent coverage provided by Streetsblog, as well as twitter blow-by-blows by BikeBlogChris and the #LABikePlan hashtag.)

First off, let’s cover the most important information:

  • The Bike Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) will meet on the first Tuesday of every month.  It is held at 2PM in City Hall, room 721 (in the City Planning Department’s offices)
  • These meetings are 100% open to the public
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Which bike lanes get built first? It's up to you.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about what the BPIT is, what they do, why they’re important, how you can contribute, and what they’ve done so far.

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This past weekend, the LADOT Bike Program oversaw the striping of 2.4 more miles of bike lanes in the Valley.  A few final construction elements are ongoing (like signal adjustments), but the bike lanes are ready to go.  Our bike lane project page and our projects google map are adjusted accordingly.

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Rinaldi Street

Stretching 1.3 miles from Mason Ave in the west to Tampa Ave in the east, the Rinaldi bike lanes are a key connection in the north Valley bicycle network.  Not only does it close the gap of existing bike lanes on Rinaldi (one section nearly 6 miles from Laurel Canyon Road in the east to Tampa Ave and the other section 0.7 miles from Desoto Ave in the west to Mason Ave – creating a continuous bike lane almost 8 miles long), but it also connects to bike lanes on Tampa Ave, bike lanes on Corbin Ave, bike lanes on Porter Ranch Road, and bike lanes on Mason Ave.  This project gives as much “bang for your buck” as possible when trying to achieve gap closure of existing facilities.

Reseda Boulevard

Reseda Boulevard is one step closer to becoming a continuous spine of north/south bicycle infrastructure in the Valley with this newest striping of 1.1 miles of bike lanes.  Going from Valerio Street in the south to Roscoe Boulevard in the north, this stretch of bike lanes connects with the Reseda Sharrows.  The last section necessary for a continuous ride from San Fernando Mission Boulevard in the north to well into the Santa Monica Mountains in the south (over 9 miles of infrastructure) is a half-mile section of bike lanes from Roscoe Boulevard to Parthenia Street.  The LADOT Bike Program will work with CD 12 and the local community to help make this last section of bike lanes a reality.

Up Next

The next bike lanes on the LADOT Bike Program docket are a mile-long section of bike lanes on Woodman Avenue in the east Valley.  When we get the go-ahead, LADOT Bike Blog will be there to let you know.

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