San Fernando Road Bike Path: Phase 2 Now Open!

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes leads the way

A new stretch of bike path on San Fernando Road is here! Last Thursday morning, Councilmember Felipe Fuentes of the Seventh District, City agencies, and community partners announced the installation of a new bike path on San Fernando Road from Branford Street to Wolfskill Street, opening the bike path for its inaugural ride.

LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds joined representatives from Metrolink, Metro and LAPD, along with local families and friends to check out the new installation.  Reynolds says, “This section of the San Fernando Road bike path increases opportunities for people to unplug and spend time with friends and family.  LADOT looks forward to working with our partners, city leaders, and the community to connect this system to the City of Burbank in the near future. ”

Councilmember Fuentes cuts ribbon with LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds.

This 2.75-mile segment of the path connects Angelenos to the existing San Fernando Bike Path. This addition is the second phase of the planned bike path that sits adjacent to San Fernando Road. Phase 1, completed in 2011, included 1.75 miles of bike lanes on San Fernando Road from Hubbard Street to Roxford Street.

LADOT Engineer Tina Backstrom says that the bike path is a challenging design, as it involves a lot of coordination and partnership with agencies like Metrolink and Metro.  The long-awaited Phase 2 improvements include lighting, striping, traffic signs, and landscaping. Metrolink also enhanced the safety of the Bike Path project by making railroad and traffic signal improvements. Specifically, the bike path design has taken the opportunity to upgrade all the pedestrian crossings that intersect with the railroad.  Backstrom says, “We’re looking at safety for everyone,” with the new path making things safer for people on bikes, walking, driving, or riding the train. Read more

Planning for the Northvale portion of the Expo Bicycle Path moves forward

Back in September, we had our first public meeting with residents of Cheviot Hills and other members of the public about the Northvale segment of the Expo Bicycle Path. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input from the community before LADOT begins to design the bicycle path. Receiving public input before designing the path allows us to better address the comunity’s concerns about the bicycle path. LADOT’s preliminary design will be communicated at a future public meeting.

About the Northvale portion:

The Northvale segment of the Exposition Bicycle Path will be on the north side of the Expo Light Rail line between Overland Avenue and Motor Avenue, as shown in the image below. This path is being funded and constructed separately from the Expo Line and is projected to open in 2017. Many factors including steep hills, convenience, and cost were considered when locating the bicycle path at this site. This path will not go under the freeway with the Expo Train because the existing tunnel is not wide enough for both. Widening the tunnel would be prohibitively expensive for the project.

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A site plan of the Northvale segment of the Expo Bicycle Path.

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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.

Metro Hosts First Union Station Master Plan Community Meeting

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This way to Metro’s LA Union Station Master Plan community meeting

Metro kicked off the first of four Union Station Master Plan community meetings last night at their headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.  (In April of 2011 the county’s primary transit operator purchased the station and some of the surrounding properties from the real estate company Catellus Operating Limited Partnership for $75 million dollars.)  Community members listened as Metro officials and representatives from Gruen  Associates and Grimshaw Architects (the consultants hired to develop a master plan for the station) proposed their objectives for the area, including accommodating current and future transit needs, protecting and enhancing the station, and improving multi-modal access and connectivity to the surrounding neighborhoods.

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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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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)!

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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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

The M.O.L.E. (Metro Orange Line Extension) Bikeway

An LADOT Traffic Officer monitors an intersection along the new Metro Orange Line Extension.

Project engineers have been calling it the MOLE for sometime now (affectionately so); the acronym stands for Metro Orange Line Extension. While many bicyclists and pedestrians have already been testing it out, it officially opens up this Saturday, with press coverage beginning tomorrow.

The 4 mile long bike path will run parallel to most of the northbound Metro Orange Line extension. The path will span two bridges, one across the Los Angeles River and another across the Santa Susanna River. It will serve new Orange Line users as well as connect people to the Chatsworth Metrolink Station–the path and its connections to transit make a variety of new trips possible.  At the northern end, the path also connects to the existing Brown’s Creek Bike Path.

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