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50+ Bicyclists Brave Rain for DTLA Ride; Blessing of the Bikes; Bike to Work Day Tomorrow

True to our word, LADOT Bike Blog showed up bright and early this Tuesday morning at Union Station with our rain gear on. Once there, we met up with over 50 other bicyclists who had come out for the Downtown LA Ride. Rain had slowed to just the barest of misting by the time the ride took off, and a great time was had by all.

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Riders alongside City Hall

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Rain or Shine, Downtown LA Ride is Still on

Despite the intermittently rainy conditions, we here at the LADOT Bike Blog just received some good news for Bike Week LA.   We just got confirmation from Metro that the Downtown LA Ride will take place tomorrow morning, rain or shine.  While an extremely heavy downpour could shut the ride down for good, a light rain won’t deter us from getting things started.  Metro, LADOT, LAPD, and CICLE will all be on hand to help bicyclists enjoy a fun ride through downtown.  LAPD will provide an escort for the assembled riders and members of CICLE will act as “sweepers” at the back of the pack to make sure no one falls behind.

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We highly recommend that you bring along a little rain gear, just in case.  If bicyclists in cities like Portland can brave inclement weather in droves, why not in Los Angeles?  We’ll see you, bright and early at 8:00 AM, with our rain pants on.

We’ll have photos from the Downtown LA Ride, along with photos from today’s Blessing of the Bikes, up tomorrow afternoon on LADOT Bike Blog.

Bicyclist’s Anti-Harassment Ordinance Clears T-Committee – Next Stop: City Council

Yesterday at 2:15 PM, the City Council’s Transportation  Committee met to discuss, among other things, a possible Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance.  The draft of the ordinance, released last month to great fanfare, was the result of a motion introduced by Council Member Bill Rosendahl.  The hearing yesterday at the Transportation Committee was the first hurdle on the draft ordinance’s path to becoming law.  It was fitting, then, that the selfsame Council Member Bill Rosendahl sat today as Chair of the Transportation Committee to hear the ordinance which he had introduced.

One step remains for the ordinance to become law

With a few adjustments, the draft ordinance cleared Transportation Committee and is now on it’s way to being agendized for the full City Council.  You can check out the play-by-play at the twitter hashtag #TComm. If adopted by City Council, the ordinance becomes law.
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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.

This morning, a gathering of City staff, elected officials, and the bike community came together to celebrate the new bike plan and reflect on what its adoption means for the City of Los Angeles. Read more

Welcome to New Chair Jay Slater: Notes from the BAC 2/1/11

The BAC met this past Tuesday night, like they do every even-numbered month.  This month, the BAC held elections for 2-year officer terms.  In a tight vote, Jay Slater (former Vice Chair) was elected the third Chair in BAC history.

Come follow us below the fold as we cover the election results, an update from the estimable Sergeant Krumer, the latest results on a zoning change to require more bicycle parking, the Bike Plan Implementation Team, reports from the subcommittees, and various other agenda items.

In all, 15 of 19 BAC members appeared for the Tuesday night vote

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“We’re Almost There” – Planning Commission Continuance on Bike Plan Scheduled for 12/16

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The Planning Commission convened at 9AM ... and concluded 7 hours later.

(Update: There’s also excellent coverage of the meeting by Joe Linton on Streetsblog and by Ted Rogers at Biking in LA)

To Be Continued…

Today, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 to continue their hearing on the 2010 draft LA Bike Plan until December 16th.  In a marathon session, with the Bike Plan alone taking up nearly 4 hours, the LA bicycling community still managed to turn out a large and vocal contingent to make their views heard.  Many different opinions were voiced and much ground was covered.

Topics ranged from EIR standards to the Backbone Network to the 5 Year Funding Strategy to Bicycle Friendly Streets to the culture of City departments to mountain bikes in City parks to the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights to staffing and documentation concerns; discussion covered the variegated landscape of what LA’s bicyclists hold most dear.

While the commissioners were generally positive about the Bike Plan (in closing statements, the audience was told “[it’s] a plan we like very much” and “we’re almost there”), they voted to continue the hearing on the plan until December 16th.  In the meantime, staff will work out the specifics of recent amendments and the Planning Commission will form a sub-committee to work with City staff to make sure their concerns are addressed prior to the next Planning Commission meeting.  A lot of the speakers voiced very valid concerns, and we’re glad that staff is going to be able to better address them before the next meeting of the Planning Commission.  The end result of the Planning Commission meeting is that we’ll have a better bike plan when this process is all over, and it’s hard to take issue with that.

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Notes from the BAC Meeting, 10/5/10

October’s meeting of Bicycle Advisory Committee met on Tuesday evening to discuss the 2010 LA Bike Plan, bicyclist/police issues, bicycle theft, LA Critical Mass, the Safe Moves program, CicLAvia, the campaign for hit & run legislation, and bicyclist rest stops on the PCH. Follow us below the fold for all the particulars.

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Glenn Bailey, second to the right, calls the BAC to order

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“GIVE ME 3” updates

We’re going to use this post as a clearinghouse for all things “GIVE ME 3”.

GIVE ME 3's first official poster, at the bus stop at 1st & Main

Mayor Villaraigosa's opening remarks

The poster unveiled

Rita Robinson speaks

The Mayor signs the new poster

The Mayor, LADOT, LAPD, LACBC, and members of the Midnight Ridazz pose with the new poster

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Mayor launches “Give me 3” Campaign

Introducing the "GIVE ME 3" poster!

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today at 10 AM unveiled the poster for the “Give me 3”, a campaign geared towards improving bicycle safety and driver etiquette in the City of Los Angeles. The mayor kicked off the campaign by installing its first poster on the bus shelter at city hall on the corner of 1st & Main. The “Give me 3” campaign is the culmination of the LACBC’s Bicycle Awareness Safety Campaign, launched in April of 2010. The LACBC has partnered with the Mayor’s office, LADOT, LAPD, and Midnight Ridazz to make today’s campaign possible.

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Notes from the BAC meeting, 8/9/10

As LADOT Bike Blog reported earlier this month, the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) held their bi-monthly meeting on Monday night – a meeting that LADOT Bike Blog also happily attended. Although BAC meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every even month, this month’s BAC meeting was moved to the second Monday in order to accommodate LAPD’s National Night Out event.

BAC meetings held at the CD4 Hollywood office

While we were certainly happy to attend our first BAC meeting, LADOT Bike Blog couldn’t help but notice afterward the BAC’s dearth of online web presence. Seriously. The only official sites we could find were a pretty out of date page on bicyclela.org and an equally out of date page on LADOT’s main website. While some blogs, such as Biking in LA or Jeremy Grant, cover the occasional BAC meeting, coverage seems by no means uniform or reliable. True, the BAC has an email newsletter which they send out to subscribers, but it seems the only way to subscribe is to first show up to a BAC meeting and sign in on a clipboard. What about all the bicyclists out there who can’t attend these meetings but want to know what’s going on? What about bicyclists who don’t even know about these meetings, but would be supportive of the BAC’s agenda had they but known such a group exists?

The BAC discusses issues vital to bicyclists in Los Angeles as well as helps set the tone for LADOT’s, Planning’s, and LAPD’s engagement with the bicycle community. Therefore, the proceedings of the BAC should be easily available to all Angelinos, be they bicyclists or not. LADOT Bike Blog will, from this day forward, give our readers coverage of all BAC meetings.

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