Approximately forty advocates, stakeholders, and City staff were present at the last BPIT meeting on July the 2nd in the California Bear Credit Union Community Room. The workshop included discussion on the Bicycle Plan program prioritization and Bicycle Friendly Street (BFS) implementation.
Tim Fremaux and Nate Baird from LADOT gave a brief implementation update reporting that LADOT installed a record breaking 101 miles of bike lanes within the past year, which is an impressive feet when judged relative to other bicycle-friendly cities. LADOT also announced some progress on a subset of the 40 miles of the ‘First Year’ bicycle lanes that were evaluated pursuant to the review process established under AB 2245. Of the 40 miles studied, LADOT announced that approximately 20.8 of new bicycle lanes in the Central and Northeast Areas have received procedural approvals and are ready to advance to the final design stage of implementation. These new bicycle lanes are seen as critical in completing the 2010 Bicycle Plan Backbone Bicycle Network for these areas.
Neighborhood Network Planning Exercise
Nate Baird gave a presentation that described the varieties of bicycle-friendly street (BFS) treatments applicable to improving bikability on neighborhood streets and discussed their respective functions and benefits. Several of our partner agencies were also present. Deborah Deets from the Bureau of Sanitation’s Watershed Protection Division highlighted the potential of many of the treatments to provide benefits beyond easier bicycling and walking, such as treating and cleaning the City’s stormwater.
I explained the objectives of a subsequent mapping exercise, which was to identify great neighborhood streets that should be prioritized, and propose BFS treatment for specific locations. Afterwards, attendees broke into five groups organized around geography, and designed their ideal neighborhood bikeways utilizing the base maps provided. The maps included the following areas: Valley, West, Central-East, Harbor and SouthLA.
Bicycle Friendly Streets (BFS): Potential Locations and Treatments
During the exercise, attendees marked up the provided maps suggesting specific bike treatments at various locations. Examples included installing diverters, roundabouts and chicanes along neighborhood streets in Central and West LA, bulb-outs and roundabouts in South LA and similar intersection treatments in the Valley. This was just a first run of the neighborhood network planning exercise. Anyone interested is encouraged to download and mark up the base maps, and/or leave specific suggestions in the comment feed to this post. Or even better, organize your friends and neighbors to join you in the exercise!
2010 Bicycle Plan Program Prioritization – Results of Feedback
For this item, we reviewed the prioritization exercise of the last BPIT meeting where we asked participants to rank the highest priority programs, as well as program categories to implement from the 2010 Bicycle Plan. The top five categories included in order of priority were Safety and Education, Data Collection, Five Year Implementation, Design, and Maintenance. The top five programs in order of importance were Program 1.1.4A Bicycle Friendly Streets (BFS); Program 2.1.5F Violator Training Program for Motorists; Program 3.2.4C Bicycle Counts; Program 2.2.3B Share the Road Campaign; Program 3.2.4C Bike Counts; and 3.1.3D Traffic Study Guidelines Revisions. Staff noted that there are a number of initiatives already underway. As part of a recently won Public Health grant, LACBC has hired a new staff member, Shanon Muir, to conduct outreach for identifying BFS treatments in South LA (partnering with LADOT and TRUST South LA). I also mentioned that DCP applied for a SCAG Sustainability Program Grant to evaluate traffic and economic benefits and impacts after travel lane reduction and bicycle lanes are installed in select corridors. It was suggested that the evaluation should be several years after project completion to give time to accurately assess the shifts in behavior in response to the changes.
Recognizing staffing and resource constraints, prioritization helps LADOT and DCP staff to focus our attention to important program areas to implement in addition to the large milestones achieved in the record number of bicycle lanes installed in the City.
Metro bicycle coordinator, Tony Jusay, was in attendance and reported that Metro is making progress on new bike hubs; Bike Hubs for the El Monte Station, and the Hollywood and Vine Station are in the design stages. The El Monte Station Bike Hub, scheduled for construction at the end of 2013, will include parking for 60 bikes, a bike repair stand and bike pump, as well as controlled access and 24-hour security cameras. There was also questions to Metro about the status of several bicycle program-related applications submitted under Metro’s 2013 Call for Projects. Metro staff recommendations, known as the ‘rainbow sheets’ for how Metro prints them on colored paper for easier navigation, were recently announced on Metro’s website, with several bicycle programs moving forward to Metro’s Board for final approval.
Nate Baird also provided updates on the new program for bicycle repair stations and clarified LADOT’s application and funding process for bicycle corrals. A new assistant bicycle program coordinator was recently hired to assist in businesses outreach such as handling requests for new bicycle corrals. For the next meeting in October, it was suggested that there should be more outreach to the public through the citywide Business Improvement Districts and by word-of mouth.
Thank you to all of those who attended the meeting, and we look forward to seeing you in October! Remember to download and mark up the neighborhood network base maps for the next meeting.