Businesses <3 CicLAvia

A shot from last years CicLAvia event

Mayor Antonio Villraigosa’s Office of Environment, Energy, & Sustainability has produced a video that highlights what local businesses think of CicLAvia – the ever popular event that closes several miles of streets to automobiles and opens them up for bikes and pedestrians, including segments through Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) the last few dates.

The video asks, “What happens when bikes take over the streets of Los Angeles?” A few local businesses provide their own unique perspectives. It turns out that businesses enjoy the event just as much as everyone else does. Read more

cicLAvia Stories: Share Yours With Us!

LADOT Bike Blog had a great time at cicLAvia this past Sunday.  We were up bright and early downtown to catch the Mayor’s press conference in Little Tokyo, and then we spent much of the day tooling back and forth between Boyle Heights and Koreatown.
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Ticket To Ride: A Handy Reminder About CicLAvia 4/10/11

What are you doing this Sunday?

In the wake of the recent BPIT meetings, we’ve posted a lot on what the plans for 7th Street may be. However, possibly the best way to go about thinking about what it would be like is to experience it for yourself in a safe environment in a couple of weeks. As you can see below, the route covers most of the proposed project boundaries.

CicLAvia Route for 4/10/11 (Click for website)

For those of you who were unable to join the CicLAvia team last time (check the link for some great photos and a taste of what to expect), the event seeks to “make the streets safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike.” With a reported 100,000 people participating, efforts aim to repeat that success and further show the possibilities of using streets as public space. This includes thinking about the streets as accessible space with the potential for uses beyond whats current, raising awareness about how we have become accustomed to using the streets and how we would like to use them in the future.

There are going to be a variety of feeder rides that will be leading groups to the event (Click here for the list, courtesy of Ciclavia). KPCC also writes about some of the things they are looking forward to here (they also have a link to The Source blog for Metro reroutes). Highlights include the Mayor and Lance Armstrong opening the festivities in Little Tokyo at 9:30 AM, 1000bikes.org’s repair/support booth, Food Forward’s Grapefruit harvesting and giveaway and DODGEBALL (and I’m sure much more craziness that I can’t fit on this blog post, bu you’ll hear about through the links).

I feel the need to tell you this photo has not been altered (Courtesy of CicLAvia)

LADOT Bike Program is going to be pulling our bike trailer (or, as we like to call it, “the mobile bike program booth”) during the ride with all kinds of little giveaways and to assist with any errant flat tires. Keep an eye out for any of our Bicycle Coordinators and say “Hi” if you get a chance. I’m sure there’s a patch kit, ankle strap, LADOT pencil, pin, or postcard in it for you. Just look for the trailer:

Coming to a CicLAvia near you...

We hope to you see as many bike lovers out there as possible to support this great event. It really is the opportunity to show increasing support for bicycle culture as well as getting a feel for future possibilities.

SO GET OUT AND RIDE!

Here is some stuff from around the blog-o-sphere:

Streetsblog LA: StreetsVid: A Chat with Joe Linton, Let’s Get Excited for CicLAvia

Huff Po: 10 Historic Buildings Along the Route

LAist: Hot Spots to Check Out

ADDED BONUS: Check out this post for ideas when hunger strikes.

Any more recommendations for the day are appreciated and encouraged in comments!

Check back for updates!

Bike Parking, BPIT, BAC: Bike-y Meetings This Week and Next

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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Bike Plan, BPIT, CicLAvia; Get Ready for March 1st

(Ed. Note: We’ve added another map to our Map Page – this one contains all of the BPIT “Top 10” projects in one place!)

On March 1st 1936, the Hoover Dam was completed on the Colorado River, becoming one of the largest public works ever built.  On March 1st 2011, the LA City Council will be asked to adopt the draft LA Bike Plan into the Transportation Element of the City’s General Plan.  No less momentous an occasion! … kinda.

Hoover Dam prior to completion, early 1936

The City Council convenes at 9:30 in the morning and a number of other bike-related meetings are scheduled afterward throughout the day. If you so desire, you could keep yourself busy all day Tuesday with various bike meetings.  We’ve already got our scheduled fully blocked out.

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BPIT’s “Top 10”: How Would You Build 7th Street?

(Ed. Note: As first reported by LACBC on their twitter feed, the LA Bike Plan will have it’s final hearing before the LA City Council on March 1st.  We’ll disburse more information as it becomes available.  The finish line is in sight.)

One of the first actions taken by the recently convened Bike Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) was to create a “Top 10” list of projects for LADOT to begin working on concepts for.  The list includes streets like Venice Boulevard, Figueroa Street, MLK Jr. Boulevard, 4th Street and others slated for bike infrastructure projects in the near future.  LADOT engineers will take this “Top 10” list and (working with Council Offices, City Planning, and the BPIT) draft a number of options to make bike infrastructure feasible on each street.  Before our engineers get too far into crafting different scenarios, however, LADOT Bike Blog wanted to solicit ideas and input from our readers.  There is an enormous amount of collective wisdom stored in your bicycling heads, and we’d be remiss not to tap into it.

LADOT wants to know: How would you build it?

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7th Street featured prominently in last years' CicLAvia

While we can’t guarantee that every suggestion will make it into the drafted options, we know that bicyclists will have intimate knowledge of street configurations, problem intersections, and possible areas of conflict for upcoming projects.  Make sure your thoughts and ideas are heard in the comments section, or on our facebook page.
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Bike Lanes, Bike Paths & Sharrows: Notes from the BAC Bikeways Subcommitee, 1/25/11

Last Tuesday, 15 people met on the 9th floor of the Caltrans building downtown to discuss upcoming bike lanes, upcoming bike paths, and the future of Sharrows in Los Angeles.  They met to discuss the engineering realities of each project and how to best move them forward for the benefit of all bicyclist Angelinos.  The results of this meeting, and the one held earlier this month, will be reported back to the full Bicycle Advisory Committee when they next meet.  In case you forgot when the BAC meets:

Bicycle Advisory Committee

Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00 PM at Hollywood City Hall, 6501 Fountain Ave.

If you can’t make it out next week, fear not: LADOT Bike Blog will be tweeting the proceedings as well as providing detailed notes on this here blog early next month.

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Sharrows: just one of the projects discussed at the BAC Bikeways Subcommittee

BAC Bikeways Subcommittee Agenda

Projects discussed were:

  • the progress made on LA’s test Sharrows project,
  • extending bike lanes on York Boulevard,
  • completing bike lanes on Reseda Boulevard,
  • the Main Street Road Diet/bike lanes project, and
  • the San Fernando Road bike path

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CicLAvia Success

There are plenty of other blogs and news websites today talking about last Sunday’s CicLAvia.  We encourage all our readers to go out and peruse the wealth of CicLAvia experiences and information popping up all over the internet today.  We would like to give a big “Thank You” to the CicLAvia steering committee, Mayor Villaraigosa, LAPD, LADOT, all the volunteers and vendors, and the cyclists, pedestrians, and runners who were…

100,000 Strong for CicLAvia

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LADOT Bike Blog performed street counts at New Hampshire & Beverley

With some estimates reaching up to 100,000 riders, it’s safe to say that Los Angeles’ first CicLAvia was a success beyond anyone’s dreams.  LADOT Bike Blog was proud to be a part of the counting effort, and rather than give a comprehensive report of the event, we’d like to show you our little slice of CicLAvia.  You can take a look at all our pictures, as always, at our flickr page.

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Notes from the BAC Meeting, 10/5/10

October’s meeting of Bicycle Advisory Committee met on Tuesday evening to discuss the 2010 LA Bike Plan, bicyclist/police issues, bicycle theft, LA Critical Mass, the Safe Moves program, CicLAvia, the campaign for hit & run legislation, and bicyclist rest stops on the PCH. Follow us below the fold for all the particulars.

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Glenn Bailey, second to the right, calls the BAC to order

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CicLAvia’s coming!! Details Abound; Volunteers still needed

CicLAvia is now only 5 days away, and LADOT Bike Blog can hardly bear the waiting.  We admit to getting giddy feelings every time we see a sign, like the one below, along the route.  Seeing physical proof of the CicLAvia to come just makes the reality even more concrete: LA will shut down 7 miles of street to cars this Sunday so that people may walk, ride, play, and just be.

The signs are also a reminder, however, that there’s still work left to be done; the folks at CicLAvia are still looking for a few volunteers and LADOT Bike Blog urges our readers to give them a helping hand.  We’ve already volunteered for the event and so should you.  You can not only help make this CicLAvia a success, but also help make sure CicLAvias keep coming back again and again.

There are also a whole slate of events taking place during CicLAvia and we’d love to share some of them with you below the fold.

CicLAvia!!

Are you ready for CicLAvia? We sure are!

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