(Update: The location of the Planning Commission meeting for the Bike Plan has been changed to City Council Chambers in City Hall)
It’s been a long road, hasn’t it? It’s the beginning of the end for a planning process that began back in 2008: The draft 2010 LA Bike Plan comes before the Planning Commission in City Hall Room 1010 this Thursday, November 4th, at 8:30 AM. If passed, the plan will move on to a hearing before the City Council.
If you need a last minute refresher, you can always bone up at labikeplan.org.
A Long, Public Process
Although at times fraught with controversy and contention, the draft bike plan has worked its way through a number of incarnations to get where it is today. Through public meetings, webinars, and communication with advocacy groups, City staff have done their best to incorporate the feedback of the bicycle community into the plan’s most current draft.
While LADOT Bike Blog isn’t 100% thrilled with everything in the plan, we also understand that the plan is the culmination of a long effort to balance vision and pragmatism. A bike plan that cannot be implemented is worth less than the paper it’s printed on. At the end of the day, the new plan gives the LADOT Bike Program a broader toolkit and a stronger mandate to implement bicycle infrastructure throughout the city. That’s what it’s all about, really: building more bike lanes, more bike paths, more bicycle friendly streets, and everything in between. We believe the 2010 draft LA Bike Plan will help facilitate that goal.
Play Your Part
Whether you agree or disagree with the plan, we encourage you to come to the Planning Commission meeting in Room 1010 on Thursday at 8:30 AM to make your voice heard. Increased involvement in the public process can only improve the final product. Were Room 1010 in City Hall overflowing with passionate bicyclists Thursday morning -be they for or against the plan- it would be the strongest of statements, in and of itself, that bicyclists deserve both the attention of the City and a safe place on LA’s streets.