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

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012: Come check it out!

The Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference will be held in Long Beach Sept 10-13. Be sure to stop by and hear from several current and former LADOT Bike Program representatives!

Pro Walk/Pro Bike is having its international conference in Long Beach this upcoming week. It will be held September 10-13, at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The conference will feature over 100 presentations, from a long list of renowned experts, spanning six themes (Invest & Govern, Advocate & Include, Design & Engineer, Healthy & Safe, Plan & Connect, Safe Roads to Schools & Beyond) and seven tracks (Placemaking, ITE, Safety/Data, Green Lane, Road Share, Peer Problem Solving Consultation, Offsite Event). Check out the schedule of events. Read more

Tour da Arts, Vol. 4 to roll through Santa Monica this weekend!

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Our friends at C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru LIVE Exchange) are throwing an awesome event this Sunday, August 19th, 2012 out in Santa Monica. They have joined forces with the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) for a day of creative art, infectious music and dancing, dynamic puppetry and a liberating cultural bicycle ride through the city of Santa Monica. Below the fold, check out the press release for more information about the event, including ride check-in times, and stop locations. Read more

Spring St. Material Testing this Sunday

0% chance of rain! The weather couldn’t be better for the planned material test on Spring St.

Abundant sunshine. That’s what we have been waiting for, as Spring Street’s green bike lane will finally be undergoing a planned material test starting this Sunday, July 15th. Testing will occur along three blocks; 1st St. to 2nd St., Cesar Chavez Ave. to Arcadia St., and Aliso St. to Temple St. As many of you already know, we’ve had to cancel a number of past material tests due to inclement weather, but it looks like mother nature will be cooperative this weekendRead 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

Malibu Creek State Park Restoration Ride

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Ride Malibu Creek State Park (Updated date) 6/23/12

Update: Sorry for the mix up everyone. The correct date for the event is Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Malibu Creek State Park. 

Come out this Saturday (6/2/2012) (6/23/2012) to Malibu Creek State Park and help two non-profits, Mountain Restoration Trust and Heal the Bay restore the Malibu Creek Watershed and remove invasive plants and weeds. Volunteers and organizers will meet in the parking lot and start the 1-2 mile (about 15 minutes) bike ride to various locations along a fire road.  The terrain is fairly flat with one hill to crest but please make sure to bring your bicycle and helmet.

In addition, sunscreen, a hat, work shoes, and water are all great things to bring.  Tools and gloves will be provided.  Participants must sign up at the Heal the Bay website before attending. Hope to see you there!

Good Samaritan’s Blessing of the Bikes!

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Alex Baum received the Golden Spoke Award

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Bike Week L.A. thus far! Day two of Bike Week marks the return of the annual Good Samaritan Hospital “Blessing of the Bicycles.” The event always draws a great crowd out, including bicyclists, elected officials, community leaders, and religious leaders to acknowledge fallen comrades and to wish bicyclists a safe and healthy year ahead. The Golden Spoke Award is also handed out during the event. This year’s award went to long time bicycle advocate and founding member of the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee, Alex Baum. LADOT Bikeways Engineer Tina Backstrom presented Alex with a representation of what will be a new bronze plaque on the soon to be re-dedicated Alex Baum bicycle bridge. More photos from today’s event below the fold, and on our Flickr page! Also, please vote for Good Samaritan Hospital as a Best of Downtown, in the hospital category: Go to www.goodsam.org and then click on the Best of Downtown ribbon. Read more

May is National Bike Month

National Bike Month is quickly approaching and there are a number of things you can do to get people excited about biking in your community.

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This could be your bike bus

  • Consider organizing a bike bus. A bike bus is a collective form of bike commuting where bikers take a designated route towards a destination (think local transit hub or park). Individuals are free to join or leave the bike bus at various points along the route, similar to a regular bus. If biking to work is the norm for you, This might be a good way to introduce friends and coworkers to commuting by bike.
  • Feeling competitive? This month, the League of American Bicyclists is partnering with Edmondo to host the National Bike Challenge. Tons of cool prizes and swag will be awarded to individuals who track their commute and miles pedaled. Better yet, consider organizing your own bike to work competition at your workplace or school.

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Bike Week L.A. 2012

Update: Kick off event media location has changed to the USC Galen Center. Also, added map for the Expo/Mid-City Bike Ride on Wed. May 16th. The ride will start at 8:00 AM at the Expo Park/USC Expo Line Station.

Bike Week L.A.

It’s that time of year again! The 18th annual Bike Week L.A. will take place May 14 – 18. It’s a great opportunity to “show your pedal power” and to attend some fun bike events throughout the greater Los Angeles area. This year, we have a lot of great stuff to look forward to, including a kick off ceremony at the newly opened USC/Expo Park Expo Line Station, along with our usual favorites like the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Blessing of the Bicycles, and Bike to Work Day festivities including free rides, pit stops, and more! Follow us below the fold for a complete list of planned Bike Week festivities.

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