Let’s all welcome the new kid! Part II… Plus new tabs for the LADOT Bike Blog

Good Afternoon, Bicyclist.

We’re inviting you to join us in this new endeavor we’re calling the “LADOT Bike Blog”. The bicycling community in Los Angeles has seen explosive growth over the last few years and the online bicycling community has grown along with it. Accordingly, the L.A. bicycling community deserves an online source of information on bike happenings from LADOT Bikeways.

– Christopher Kidd 3/24/2010

With those words, the LADOT Bike Blog became a part of the conversation in the Los Angeles bicycling community. The goal of the blog has and always will be to be both a resource and a conduit for the exchange of information and ideas between the department and you. It’s now been over a year and a half since this grand experiment first took shape and we are proud of the many accomplishments that this blog and its creator, Christopher Kidd have achieved. Rest assured, Chris’ grand vision is still here to guide us as we move forward. Join us below the fold to learn more about what the future has in store for the LADOT Bike Blog.

The first LADOT Bike Blog post, circa 2010

Introducing “Resources,”BFS,” and “Parking”

We’re always looking for ways to improve the LADOT Bike Blog to better help it fulfill it’s mission to give you, the reader, a closer look into the operations, motivations, rationale, and people of the LADOT Bike Program. I’d like to introduce you to the new “Resources,” “BFS,” and “Parking” tabs along the top pane of the LADOT Bike Blog. Here’s a quick run through of what you can expect to find from each of the new tabs.

Resources

The new “Resources” tab will now contain the formerly independent “Sidewalks,” “Links,” and “Maps” tabs. “Sidewalks” is still your one stop shop to find information on sidewalk riding in Los Angeles County. “Links” still displays links to important websites for the bicycling community including local transit agencies, city departments, bicycle co-ops, bicycle blogs, and various bicycle advocacy organizations. “Maps” contains various Google Maps and PDFs that display infrastructure projects, bike parking locations, and sidewalk riding information. Maps will also contain two new subtabs that will allow both individuals and bike shops to request L.A. City Bike Maps provided by the Department of Transportation.

Bike Projects

“Bike Projects” is the new name for the former “Bike Infrastructure Project” tab. This tab will now conveniently group together the tabs labeled  “Bike Lane Projects,” “Bike Path Projects,” and the “Sharrows“.

BFS

The “BFS” tab will be your ultimate resource for information on Bicycle Friendly Street’s within the City of Los Angeles. This tab contains a summary of what exactly a Bicycle Friendly Street is, as well as individual tabs for each BFS facility as they come online.

Parking

The new “Parking” tab contains the Bike Parking Design Guidelines, LADOT Sidewalk Parking Program, Bike Corrals, and Survey Registration subtabs. Here, you will be able to find out what type of bike parking the City recommends, request new racks for businesses, view the City’s inventory of Bike Corral facilities, and register to participate in bike rack surveys.

Check it Out

We hope these new tabs will be a valuable resource for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what you think about the changes, and feel free to suggest other tabs that you’d like to see. We close today with another quote from Christopher Kidd.

It’s admittedly an ambitious vision. So take it easy dear readers. I am, after all, the new kid.

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