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New Bike Maps Galore; Updated Valley Maps Coming Soon

As Josef at Flying Pigeon blogged about earlier this month, the LADOT Bike Program has brand new bike maps for the City of Los Angeles.  We’ve had quite a rush on map requests since then.

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That's only the last week of requests

In fact, we’ve filled so many requests lately that we’ve almost run out of our first print order for the Valley edition of the maps.  The LADOT Bike Program is using this opportunity to our benefit, updating our Valley edition maps again so the next print order will contain the most up-to-date bike infrastructure information possible.  Bike lanes like the ones on Woodman, Reseda, and Louise that were installed after the map went out to print will be added to the new batch.

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That bike map of the Valley could soon be a collector's item

In the meantime, if you want your own set of new LADOT bike maps, put in your request right here.

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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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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LADOT Stripes 2 New Sections of Bike Lanes in the Valley

This past weekend, the LADOT Bike Program oversaw the striping of 2.4 more miles of bike lanes in the Valley.  A few final construction elements are ongoing (like signal adjustments), but the bike lanes are ready to go.  Our bike lane project page and our projects google map are adjusted accordingly.

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Rinaldi Street

Stretching 1.3 miles from Mason Ave in the west to Tampa Ave in the east, the Rinaldi bike lanes are a key connection in the north Valley bicycle network.  Not only does it close the gap of existing bike lanes on Rinaldi (one section nearly 6 miles from Laurel Canyon Road in the east to Tampa Ave and the other section 0.7 miles from Desoto Ave in the west to Mason Ave – creating a continuous bike lane almost 8 miles long), but it also connects to bike lanes on Tampa Ave, bike lanes on Corbin Ave, bike lanes on Porter Ranch Road, and bike lanes on Mason Ave.  This project gives as much “bang for your buck” as possible when trying to achieve gap closure of existing facilities.

Reseda Boulevard

Reseda Boulevard is one step closer to becoming a continuous spine of north/south bicycle infrastructure in the Valley with this newest striping of 1.1 miles of bike lanes.  Going from Valerio Street in the south to Roscoe Boulevard in the north, this stretch of bike lanes connects with the Reseda Sharrows.  The last section necessary for a continuous ride from San Fernando Mission Boulevard in the north to well into the Santa Monica Mountains in the south (over 9 miles of infrastructure) is a half-mile section of bike lanes from Roscoe Boulevard to Parthenia Street.  The LADOT Bike Program will work with CD 12 and the local community to help make this last section of bike lanes a reality.

Up Next

The next bike lanes on the LADOT Bike Program docket are a mile-long section of bike lanes on Woodman Avenue in the east Valley.  When we get the go-ahead, LADOT Bike Blog will be there to let you know.

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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Meet the Assistant Coordinators

There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on at the LADOT Bike Program over the last few months.  LADOT Bike Blog would like to introduce you to some of the fresh faces helping make it happen.  Working under funding secured for “Student Professional Workers”, the LADOT Bike Program currently employs 4 part-time Assistant Coordinators who also attended graduate school in Urban Planning.  These are the shock troops of culture change at LADOT, and we’re very proud of the work they’ve done to date.  LADOT Bike Blog would like to give you a little peak into their world and the upcoming projects each of them are working on.

The Assisstant Coordinators with the original "Give Me 3" poster

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Lots of Bike Lanes to Come in the New Year

LADOT Bike Blog is back from our winter hibernation to let you know about all the new projects that the Bike Program will bring you in the coming months.  Bike lane projects all over the City are making their way closer to construction, and you can look at everything we’ve worked on since Jan. 1 of 2010 at our Bike Lane Projects page.  Below the fold, we’ll brief you on the particulars of which projects have made what kind of progress.

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As a side note, these projects don’t even include all the new projects we’ll be taking on once the new Bike Plan is adopted.  The implementation plan for the Bike Plan will come on top of what we’re working on right now.  We’ve got projects coming out of our ears right now.

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Orange Line Extension, Wentworth Street, Reseda Boulevard: Updated Projects Map

LADOT Bike Blog has just updated the Projects Map for 2010.

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The new changes consist of:

  • Construction has begun on the Orange Line Extension Bike Path
  • Bike Lane projects on Wentworth Street and Reseda Boulevard have been moved from “In Design” to “Pending Work Orders”
  • Two new Bike Lane projects have been added to “In Design”: Woodman Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard

New LADOT Bike Parking Map

Rack Map

If you take a look at the tabs at the top of our blog, you might notice a small change.  The tab labeled “Projects Map” has been changed to just “Maps”.  That is because LADOT Bike Blog is proud to launch a map showing the locations of all recently installed bicycle racks in the City of Los Angeles.

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Over 450 bike racks have been installed by the LADOT Bike Program since July of 2009 and we want to give you an idea of where we’ve put them.  Since the LADOT Bike Program is about to go on a round of new bicycle rack installations (averaging 100 a month), this map will serve as a living document.  As more racks are installed, more points will pop up on the map.  Heaven forbid there are any errors, we’ll be happy to correct those too.  As a heads up, google only shows 200 locations at a time.  You’ll have to click through to the google maps page to peruse every location. Read more