BAC Notes 4/5/11: Welcome New BACer Jennifer Gill!

First Tuesdays can be busy! In addition to the monthly Bicycle Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) meeting in the afternoon, the day also featured the bi-monthly Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting in the evening. It was the first full meeting as BAC Chair for Jay Slater and featured a brand new BAC member, as well.

Jennifer Gill, who manages outreach efforts for  the Metro Bicycle Roundtable meetings, was present for her first meeting as the new BAC representative for CD 1.  Council Member Ed Reyes, long known for his strong support of bicycling, made a great decision in appointing such a capable and progressive supporter of bicycling.  We wish Jennifer the best in her new role on the BAC and hope that she can bring new energy, ideas, and gravitas to the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Tuesday’s meeting was well attended by both BAC members and members of the public.  Fourteen out of the 19 sitting BAC members were in attendance.  And 15 other individuals – including Alexis Lantz of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Don Ward of SafeStreetsNorthridge and Midnight Ridazz fame – made the trip to 6501 Fountain Avenue (Google map it).

Below the fold, we’ll get into highlights of the meeting: an update from Sergeant Krumer, discussion of the LA County Bike Plan, more specifics on the BAC Liaison Program, the BAC’s future website, an update on City Planning’s Bike Parking Ordinance, and the effort to bring a universal bicycle registry to Southern California.

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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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Update: Metro Orange Line Extension Bike Path

The opening of the Metro Orange Line BRT in the fall of 2005 greatly expanded mobility options for the notoriously auto-centric San Fernando Valley. The original 14 mile leg that stretches from Warner Center to North Hollywood has been a big success, surpassing Metro’s own 2020 ridership goals in just seven months.

Running beside the busway for a majority of its length is the Orange Line bike path – a Class I bicycling facility (a small section on the busway’s extreme eastern end has Class II bike lanes). According to the LA City Bike Plan, Class I facility’s are “ideal for novice riders and children, recreational trips, and long distance commuter bicyclists of all skill levels who prefer separation from traffic.”  The bike path has also been a big hit and has helped Valley residents realize the value of investments in adequate bicycling and pedestrian facilities.

Picture taken shortly after the openning of the Orange Line Bike Path

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Interview with New BAC Chair Jay Slater

I had the great pleasure last week of getting to speak with Jay Slater, the newly elected Chair of the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC).  In February, during the BAC’s previous meeting, the BAC held their bi-annual election and voted in Jay as their new Chair.

The BAC has their next meeting this coming Tuesday night, at 7 PM, at Hollywood City Hall.  As always, BAC meetings are open to the public.  You can read the BAC agenda here, as well as the Bike Program and Bikeways Engineering reports submitted to the BAC.

In the speech he gave prior to the election, Jay emphasized the shortcomings of the BAC in years past and proposed a model of what the BAC needs to become in the future.  Below the fold Jay and I discuss what he plans for the BAC, the importance of getting the new adopted LA Bike Plan done right, his campaign to create a BAC liaison program, and his efforts to raise the profile of the BAC and their online visibility.

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Newly elected LA BAC Chair Jay Slater speaking at the LA Bike Plan adoption celebration last month

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More Bike Lane Love for the Valley

(ed. note: Seeing as how this is my first post, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is JoJo Pewsawang and I am an Urban Planning graduate student from the USC School of Policy Planning and Development. I am a native Angeleno, who didn’t realize the full potential of bicycling until seeing it in action during my time as an undergrad at UC Davis. As the LADOT Bike Program’s team pushes ahead on a number of projects, I look forward to keeping everyone up to date on  our efforts to make Los Angeles a better place to ride a bike.

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Woodman Avenue Bike Lane

Towards the end of February, LADOT installed one mile of new bike lanes on Woodman Ave. between Oxnard and Vanowen. The new facility connects with an existing bike lane that runs from Burbank to the Orange Line Busway, creating a continuous 1.5 mile bike lane for the east Valley. Check out the updated bike lane project page and our projects google map to see a complete list of recently completed and soon-to-be completed bicycling facilities.

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“A Bike Love-in”: Villaraigosa Commemorates Adoption of New LA Bike Plan

It was a festival atmosphere at City Hall this morning as bicyclists from all over the City pedaled in to celebrate a new era for Los Angeles. As we’re sure you’ve heard, the Draft LA Bike Plan is “draft” no longer; the Bike Plan came before City Council yesterday and was unanimously adopted into the City’s General Plan.  Today was the celebration.  Check out all our photos from today on flickr or our facebook page.

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The hoopla just getting started

When looking for reports on yesterday’s Council meeting, you can take your pick: the LADOT Bike Program Facebook Page, the BikeBlogChris Twitter feed, Streetsblog, Biking in LA, Good, LA Times, LA Now(twice), KPCC, Flying Pigeon, LACBC, CorbaMTB, the Daily Bruin, NBC4, ABC7, KCET, Venice Patch, Mar Vista Patch, LA Weekly, the Daily News, LAist, The Washington Post, The Contra Costa Times, and many, many others.

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Make the Bike Plan Work for You: Attend the BPIT Meetings

(Ed. Note: The draft LA Bike Plan passed through committee this past Wednesday.  We hope to have notes up from the meeting in the next few days.  In the meantime you can read the excellent coverage provided by Streetsblog, as well as twitter blow-by-blows by BikeBlogChris and the #LABikePlan hashtag.)

First off, let’s cover the most important information:

  • The Bike Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) will meet on the first Tuesday of every month.  It is held at 2PM in City Hall, room 721 (in the City Planning Department’s offices)
  • These meetings are 100% open to the public
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Which bike lanes get built first? It's up to you.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about what the BPIT is, what they do, why they’re important, how you can contribute, and what they’ve done so far.

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Welcome Bike Program Coordinator Nathan Baird

The LADOT Bike Blog would like to welcome the newest member of the LADOT Bike Program: Nathan Baird.  Well known to the advocacy community, Nate brings a whole new set of skills, knowledge, and point of view to the LADOT Bike Program.  We’re incredibly excited to bring Nate on board and to see what he can do for bicycling in Los Angeles.

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New Coordinator Nate Baird

New Coordinator, New Position

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LADOT Bike Program “Call For Projects” Applications

The LADOT Bike Program has 8 project applications in this year's Call For Projects

One of the goals for the LADOT Bike Blog has been bringing a greater degree of departmental communication to the LADOT Bike Program.  We think it’s extremely important for you to know what we are doing to improve conditions for bicyclists in Los Angeles.

Towards that end, we’re proud to publicly unveil 8 project applications that the LADOT Bike Program is submitting to Metro for their Call For Projects.  While you could probably find all the project titles by searching through LADOT and Metro records, LADOT Bike Blog wants to go a little more in-depth on our applications and give a deeper explanation of the application process and our process for applying.
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Mayor’s Recommendations go To Metro Committee Tomorrow

(Ed. Note:  LADOT Bike Blog is not versed in the intricacies of Metro – heck, even some LADOT procedures are new to us – and thus mis-characterized the purpose of tomorrow’s meeting.  Our sincerest apologies to the folks at Metro.)

Short notice, we know, but you should probably know about Metro’s Executive Management & Audit Committee meeting taking place tomorrow morning at 9AM.  Among other agenda items (you can read the agenda here, h/t to the Bike Metro Facebook Page), the committee is being asked to “receive and file actions being taken to respond to the September board directive on Metro’s Bicycle Policies and Program”.  Born out of the Mayor’s Bike Summit this summer, the “actions” referenced above make up 10 requested initiatives, both short-term and long-term, to make Metro more bicycle friendly.

The initiatives come in a 10 item matrix, consisting of:

  1. Recommend increased bicycle funding in Metro’s 2011 Call For Projects (tentatively increasing the bicycle modal category from 7% to 15%, pending MTA board approval).
  2. Develop a phased plan to install triple racks on all MTA buses
  3. Develop a cost estimate, implementation schedule, and funding sources to retrofit subway and light rail  cars for bicycles
  4. Propose a revised Customer Code of Conduct to be more bicycle friendly and create a “how to ride metro” document for large package, bicycles, strollers, etc.
  5. Identify the feasibility of adding bike racks to MTA vanpool vehicles
  6. Provide estimated costs and potential funding sources to install improved way-finding signage at all Metro stations
  7. Include bicycle mode messages in all Metro marketing materials and provide updates on Metro’s Bicycle Safety Advertising Campaign
  8. Work with LA County Sheriff to track bicycle theft and crime at all Metro stations and suggest safety improvements
  9. Include ramp designs for stairs at all new Metro stations so bicyclists can wheel their bikes up the stairs; and
  10. Incorporate robust bicycle facilities in all new transit project designs to facilitate first/last mile transit access

Also on the docket is the property swap at the Hollywood & Vine Metro station that will allow for the construction of a new bike station.  The action item is meant to:

  • “Approve transfer of $92,105 in one-time payment from Hollywood-Vine Hotel Developer to the bicycle parking program for future implementation of the Hollywood-Vine Bike Room Demonstration Project.”