Notes from the October 2nd Bicycle Plan Implementation Team Meeting

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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Help decide on a new East-West route in the Valley — Polls Included!

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A bicyclist rides along a sidewalk on Sherman Way

At the last Bicycle Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) meeting back in July, participants reviewed a draft list of bike lane projects likely destined for more extensive environmental review, known affectionately as “Priority Package 2.” Of particular interest to BPIT attendees was a choice in the San Fernando Valley between two very important corridors: Sherman Way and Roscoe Blvd.

While the 2010 Bike Plan calls for the installation of bike lanes on both Sherman Way and Roscoe Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley, the Five Year Implementation Strategy highlights Sherman Way for more immediate implementation consideration. Roscoe Blvd., though, could make a good substitution for a variety of reasons. While both projects are similar in terms of distance and direction, key differentiating issues include connectivity to different types of destinations and the practicality (politically) of each project. We’re encouraging additional public input as we decide which project to pursue (see polls and comments section below). Read more

BPIT October Agenda & installation of new DTLA bike lanes

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A bicyclist riding on the new Olive St. bike lane

Download: October 2, 2012 BPIT Agenda

The last BPIT meeting for the calendar year will take place on October 2, 2012 from 1:00PM-4:00PM at the California Bear Credit Union Meeting Room located at 100S. Main St. Los Angeles, 90012.  The meeting will begin with a discussion focusing on the recent implementation of multiple bicycle lane facilities, including the latest 1.5 mile stretch of buffered bike lanes along Olive St. and Grand Ave (which LACBC posted a nice photo of this morning, on Facebook). Read more

Grand and Olive set to receive bike lanes

Today work will begin on the Grand Ave. and Olive St. bike lanes. Together, the Northbound Olive St. and Southbound Grand Ave. will form a 1.5 mile bike lane couplet from Washington Blvd. to 7th Street. Removal of existing striping begins today with the actual striping and installation set to occur over the weekend. Each bike lane will include a 4 foot painted buffer and both streets will be receiving full-time parking, as shown in the schematic below.

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Get out your Calendar: BPIT Meeting October 2

Attend the next BPIT meeting on October 2 to have an influence on the future of bicycling in Los Angeles!

On Tuesday, October 2nd, the City of Los Angeles Departments of City Planning (LADCP) and Transportation (LADOT) will be holding its quarterly Bicycle Planning Implementation Team (BPIT) meeting. This meeting, open to the public, will take place in the California Bear Credit Union Community Room (located on the first floor alongside Broad Plaza) from 1-4pm. All avid cyclists, organization representatives, and inquisitive Angelenos are welcome and encouraged to attend.

During the last meeting in July, debate between adding bike lanes in the Northridge area on either Roscoe Blvd or Sherman Way  was one of the most popular and divided of discussions. As promised, a post comparing and contrasting bike lanes on either Roscoe Blvd or Sherman Way will be posted later this week so as to give the public enough time to form their own opinion on the matter. Other information regarding this meeting, including the agenda, will be posted closer to the actual meeting date.

If you have any ideas/recommendations for discussion topics, please start sharing them with us soon, so that we may do our best to include your input into the agenda. You can either use the reply option below to create a forum for discussion, or you can email us at ladotbikeblog@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing all of you on October 2!

Mapping Out What MAP-21 Will Mean for Local Bicycling

The newest stretch of Los Angeles River bike path, in Elysian Valley, was funded by federal transportation dollars allocated via the Metro Call For Projects.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is the newly- passed Federal Transportation Bill, signed into law last month. This bipartisan piece of legislation was passed under a quickly-approaching deadline due to the expiring former bill: Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The new bill is an attempt by Congress to reduce federal spending, as MAP-21 is estimated to cut costs by $16.3 billion over the next ten years. The Act included part of the America Fast Forward program initiated by Mayor Villaraigosa in an effort to accelerate thirty years of infrastructure projects into a ten-year period. Senator Boxer spearheaded the addition of this component of the bill. Federal funding will be provided via the Transportation Infrastructure Financial and Innovation Act (TIFIA) to channel funds toward public transit options, in particular light rail and subway lines. The inclusion of America Fast Forward will help provide both significant economic and environmental benefits.

Despite the praises accumulated for attempting to cut federal expenditures and improving the financing options for transit development, many have deemed MAP-21 a step backwards in transportation policy for bicyclists and pedestrians. Even Ray LaHood, the US Secretary of Transportation, has called this new bill “highway-centric.”  Partisan politics had a big factor in the final formation of the bill, as  portions of the Act regarding environmental protection and bicycle safety were removed via a mutually null-ing trade with Republicans, who had wanted the Keystone XL oil pipeline approved via the bill. Read more

Notes from the July 10th Bicycle Plan Implementation Team Meeting

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Quite the turnout for the most recent BPIT meeting!

The heavily-anticipated Bicycle Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) quarterly meeting was Tuesday before last, and was attended by over thirty participants eager to hear and voice their opinions on bicycle infrastructure projects throughout the city. Read more

Agenda For 7/10/2012 BPIT Meeting; DRAFT Priority 2 Map

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You can ride the 1st Street bike lanes to reach the BPIT meeting!

The next Bike Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) meeting will take place July 10th, 2012 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. The meeting will be held at the California Bear Credit Union Meeting Room – 100 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012. The meeting room is directly accessible from Broad Plaza – you will not need to enter the Caltrans building. You can download the agenda here.

After introductions, July’s BPIT meeting will begin with an update from City Planning on the final first year EIR package (spreadsheet link, first tab) and accompanying scoping meetings in which constituents can suggest factors to study as the City puts together an Environmental Impact Review for the various bike lane projects included. We will also discuss qualitative and quantitative benefits of those projects, and then look at the draft list for the City’s next priority package (spreadsheet link, second tab). Note, while it is a draft list that will be presented, and the list can and will likely change, the City is also pursuing Highway Safety Improvement Program funds for these projects, which should score very well with the cost-benefit calculator developed by CalTrans and SafeTREC to help determine which projects should receive funding. Below, find a quick map of these projects: Read more

Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR): 40+ Miles Of Bike Lanes

7th St. through downtown Los Angeles, seen here on CicLAvia, is one of many streets LADOT has plans to install bike lanes on.

David Somers is a Bicycle Planner for the Department of City Planning (DCP) and will likely be back to the LADOT Bike Blog with additional updates and news in the future. Welcome to the blogosphere, David!

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On Thursday, July 28th, the Department of City Planning (DCP) released the official notice that they, in coordination with LADOT, are preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the potential environmental impacts due to the installment of 40+ miles of bikeways included in the Five Year Implementation Plan as well as the Figueroa Streetscape (MyFig) Project. The bikeways currently under evaluation are those that LADOT and DCP, acting in concert with the direction of the L.A. bike community and Council Offices, have received a first-year priority implementation status due to their benefits in closing critical gaps in the existing bike network, as well as scoring high on other criteria established by the 2010 Bike Plan.

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City Council Transportation Meeting Reviews Bike Plan Implementation

Bikeways Engineer Tim Fremaux rides the new Huntington Dr. bike lane.

This past Wednesday afternoon, June 27th, the City Council Transportation Committee held its bi-monthly meeting and discussed the actions taken to implement the 2010 Bicycle Plan through the first six months of this year. Both David Somers, Bicycle Planner for the Planning Department, and Michelle Mowery, Sr. Bicycle Coordinator for LADOT, presented to the Council on the program’s quarterly report. The five-year implementation plan calls for 200 miles of bicycle facilities to be built, and the City has already exceeded this year’s goal of 40 miles of bikeways (we’ll have more to say about this next week). The bicycle projects completed over the past fiscal year, through May 31st, can be viewed here. On the bike parking front, LADOT has installed 2 bike corrals and 601 U-racks during this past fiscal year. Read more