Visit us at the LA Bicycle Commuter Festival!

Credit: Bruce Chan http://jiachi.tumblr.com/

Credit: Bruce Chan http://jiachi.tumblr.com/

The LADOT Bicycle Program is excited to take part in the Los Angeles Bicycle Commuter Festival & Summit! This day-long event is intended “to entertain, educate and connect the ‘bike curious’ of Los Angeles to the joys of riding bicycles for transportation.” The festival features workshops and information on the basics of biking for transportation, local bicycle advocacy efforts, group rides and all things Bike-L.A. related.

Workshops and panel discussions will provide a platform to exchange ideas and experiences with other bicycle commuters. Visitors are encouraged to learn about new and existing resources to help make their bicycle commute a more enjoyable experience. In addition, there will be a number of cool bike vendors attending, a silent auction of bicycle goodies and a party immediately following the main event.

LADOT Bicycle Program will be at the festival with our usual collection of reflective ankle straps, lights, maps and other information. In addition, LADOT People St will be in attendance to answer questions and explain how residents can help transform Los Angeles’ streets into active, accessible public spaces through the implementation of plazas, parklets, and bike corrals.

The festival takes place Sunday, February 16 from noon to 8 p.m. at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza at 1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA.  Please note that this is a ticketed event; registration is $10 for individuals and $15 for families. See below for full details. Hope to see you there!

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Meeting with League of American Bicyclists’ Stephen Clark Monday

The 2012 event celebrating our BFC designation!

In 2012, Los Angeles was recognized as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists. Since then, the League has hired Stephen Clark as a liaison to BFCs to help these communities improve their designation and their bicycle infrastructure.

Stephen will be visiting us in LA this coming Monday, January 13th. Following a preliminary meeting with LADOT staff and a tour of some of our bicycle infrastructure, Stephen will be leading a public meeting to debrief observations from the tour and our progress generally, providing feedback on how LA can improve its BFC designation by focusing on priority actions that will have the greatest impact.

This meeting is scheduled from 4-5:30 pm at 634 S. Spring St.,  in the Edison room on the 1st floor. Please attend if you are available!

Sign up for LACBC’s September 2013 Bike Count! Data is Important!

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New bike lanes have been popping up all over the city, including this one on Eagle Rock Blvd. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock

Why Data Matters For Bikeway Implementation

Over the past two fiscal years, the LADOT Bicycle Program has installed well over a hundred miles of new bike lanes, filling gaps in the city’s bicycle network and enhancing street conditions to make cycling more safe and pleasant. Alongside this effort, the LADOT will also soon be moving forward with highly anticipated bike projects in the city’s first EIR package, marking a huge step forward in the 2010 Bicycle Plan implementation process.

However, great as these accomplishment are, we don’t fully know the impact of bike lane projects and neighborhood bike networks unless we collect data evaluating the impacts of all this new bike infrastructure. How do new bike lanes and road diets affect the number of people bicycling on a street? Do bike lanes improve overall street safety? These are questions we need to answer. Additionally, we don’t know where bike infrastructure is most needed, and has the most potential if we don’t know the popular cycling corridors in the city. Simply put, data collection is incredibly important for evaluating the effectiveness of existing bikeways, and determining how best to advance new bicycle projects.

Since 2009, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) has coordinated – with the help of volunteers – bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout Los Angeles to help measure changes in the level of cycling. The results of the LACBC’s most recent counts, from 2011, observed a tremendous increase in the amount of cycling compared to 2009, particularly on streets that received bike lanes in the time between the two counts. While studies across the nation have demonstrated that building bicycle infrastructure leads to increases in the level of cycling, the LACBC bike counts attach real numbers to actual streets and bike projects in Los Angeles.

How YOU Can Help Future Bikeway Projects

The LACBC is now in the process of coordinating bike counts for 2013. They are scheduled to take place on the 10th and 14th of September, and the LACBC needs your help to put together the most comprehensive and accurate bike counts yet. Because this year’s bike counts will be conducted shortly after over a hundred of new miles have been implemented and with highly anticipated road diets on the horizon, they are especially crucial from a data collection standpoint. The LACBC’s September bike counts will offer an indication of how effective the past fiscal year’s bike lanes have been while offering important “before” data for future bike lane projects.

Ultimately, by simply continuing to count bicycle and pedestrian traffic, the LACBC will be collecting and compiling data the city unfortunately would not otherwise have, while reminding us not to overlook those walking and bicycling on our public streets. All modes of travel matter and deserve to be counted.

Take Action Now

LACBC Bike Count Flyer

LACBC Flyer Promoting the September 2013 Bike Count. Click image for printable version. Image credit: LACBC

If you can, please consider signing up to volunteer for the LACBC’s bike counts. The simple act of collecting accurate data on bicycle and pedestrian usage on our streets will simultaneously help educate Angelenos on the growing popularity of active transportation, evaluate the effectiveness of existing bikeways, and provide valuable data on streets slated for future bikeways.

For more information on the LACBC’s September 2013 bike counts, click here– and to be directly linked to the LACBC bike count volunteer form, click here. For those on facebook, check out the 2013 Bike Count event page.

After you sign up to volunteer, you MUST choose a volunteer orientation session to attend

Summer Bicycle Safety Classes

Metro's Bike Map

Learn how to safely ride on streets with and without bicycle infrastructure

This summer Metro has been hosting a series of free bicycle traffic safety workshops funded through the Office of Traffic Safety. Metro is working with the LA County Bicycle Coalition, Bike San Gabriel Valley and Multi-Cultural Communities for Mobility in leading the two levels of workshops: a 3-hour beginner’s road rules class (in English and Spanish), and an 8-hour workshop for intermediate cyclists focusing on building traffic skills.

While the series began in June, there are still a few more classes available: Read more

Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan Workshops

Crenshaw Blvd Community Workshops

Click for full .pdf with details of the upcoming community workshops.

Be sure to join the Department of City Planning next week as the department hosts two community workshops for the Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan. The workshops will set the template for future streetscape enhancements, such as: street trees, street furniture, crosswalks, bike facilities and other features to encourage transit ridership and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.

The Streetscape Plan, for those unaware, aims to make the Crenshaw Corridor a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly place in tandem with the planned Crenshaw light-rail. The community workshops are an opportunity for the public to give feedback on preliminary proposed streetscape concepts. Below are the workshop dates and details:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (TODAY!!)

  • Time: 6pm–8pm
  • Location: Good Shepherd Church Auditorium, 3303 W. Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008
  • Limited on-site parking.  Street parking available. Or get there via transit!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: West Angeles Villas Community Room, 6030 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90043
  • Street parking available. Or get there via transit!

Note: These are among a series of Community Workshops that will take place over the course of this 2-year planning effort– additional details and workshop dates can be found over at the Los Angeles Transit Neighborhood Plans website as they are made available. 

For any questions about the project or upcoming workshops, please feel free to contact Patricia Diefenderfer or Andre Parvenu of the Department of City Planning.

Alex Baum Bridge re-dedication ceremony this Thursday (You’re invited!)

Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge

Making way for the new plaque to be installed

On Thursday, from 11 to 12 p.m. LADOT and Council member Tom LaBonge will be re-dedicating the Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge in a ceremony from 11 to 12 at the bridge, located above Los Feliz Blvd. The dedication ceremony will showcase new bronze plaques (unveiled earlier this year at the Blessing of the Bicycles) honoring Alex Baum and his role in promoting bicycling in Los Angeles (just in time for his birthday.) Parking will be limited so we are encouraging attendees to bike, take transit or carpool to the ceremony. Join in the celebration to get a first-hand look at the plaques and a chance to hear guest speakers honor Alex’s accomplishments and L.A’s long bicycling history.

Please note, that the bicycle bridge will be closed to bicyclists from 10:30 to 11:30 for the purpose of the ceremony. A clearly signed detour will be available for bicyclists passing through the area at this time.

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Ride Lankershim tours existing and proposed NoHo bicycle infrastructure Dec. 8th

Ride Lankershim

A campaign of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Click the image to go their project site.

Ride Lankershim is a community campaign that aims to inform, educate, and celebrate as plans progress for bicycle improvements in the neighboring communities of North Hollywood, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Village and others. The group is kicking things off Saturday, December 8th with a community bike ride. The ride will be a 3.5 mile mini-tour of existing and proposed bicycle infrastructure in the North Hollywood area, focusing especially on Lankershim Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd., where LADOT plans to install bicycle lanes in the near future.

Ride Lankershim will be meeting at Metropolis Bikes in North Hollywood and departing at 10:00 a.m. From there, the bicycle ride will transverse Lankershim Blvd., Colfax Ave. and the Chandler Bikeway. The ride will end at the NoHo farmers’ market. You can find more details of the route here. Riders will have the opportunity to sign a petition supporting the bike lanes and get on a mailing list for updates on the projects. You can r.s.v.p. or invite friends via the facebook event.

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What to do During Carmageddon Weekend: Ideas and Discounts

Where will you walk/bike this weekend?

No plans for Carmageddon 2 weekend? Not sure with whom or where to bike? Feel as though you’ll be stuck indoors with nothing to do?

Well, fear no longer; your Bike Program interns are here to put some excitement into your weekend. If you’re feeling like getting some exercise and being social, check out our previous blog posts regarding organized bike rides happening this weekend. With dozens of rides happening all over the city all weekend long, there is bound to be one nearby in which you can participate.

If you want a little more variety then just a bike ride, LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky came out with a list of 53 Ways to survive without the 405, one activity for each of the 53 hours LA’s most used freeway will be closed.  Granted, the list came out during last year’s episode (can you even see “Shrek: the Musical” in theaters anymore?), but if you can manage to complete all of the up-to-date activities on the list, then time well spent!

With nearly 300 businesses citywide offering discounts for the entire weekend, you can’t say there was nothing to do during Carmageddon 2!

If you’re more in the mood to get out and about and explore your neighborhood, check out Metro’s Eat, Shop, and Play Locally Weekend Discount Program to see nearly 300 participating businesses and organizations offering deals, encouraging Angelenos to stay close to home during the Carpocolypse. You can also view their correlated interactive map.

Ranker has also fashioned together a Best of Camageddon Deals page that’s worth a view.

If you plan on taking advantage of any of the aforementioned ideas or discounts, be sure to map out your route and get there via bike! If that’s not an option, why not utilize the public transit system?

How are you planning on spending the weekend? Joining in on an organized bike ride? Riding somewhere new or exciting on your own? Taking advantage of any certain deal? Let us know by leaving your comments below. See you all on the other side (the other side being Monday)!

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!

Carpocalypse 2012: What it means for Cyclists

405 Closure Map, originally posted by the LAPD.

During the last weekend in September, the San Diego Freeway (the 405) will be closed in order to complete the demolition of what remains of the Mulholland Bridge. This construction-filled weekend is the next step in the Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project, as the freeway will be widened to accommodate high occupancy vehicle (carpool) lanes. Already being dubbed “Carmageddon II” due to the similar full closure occurring last July, the 10-mile stretch of the 405 (starting from the 101 junction in the north to the juncture with the 10 in the south) will begin closing on-ramps starting at 7pm on Friday the 28th, with the portion of the freeway completely cleared by midnight. The entire operation is projected to take 53 hours, with ramps and connectors staring to open again at 6am on October 1. Despite last year’s closure being completed 17 hours ahead of schedule, this year’s demolition team must remove two  bridge columns instead (one column was removed last year).  Read more