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Northvale Gap Closure Open House Summary

Thanks to all who came by last month to comment on this project as we reach the halfway mark in our design process! We appreciate the valuable feedback from neighbors and bike path riders.

The Northvale Gap Closure project aims to close a 0.7 mile gap in the existing Expo Line Bike Path with a new bikeway between Motor Ave and Overland Ave. The resulting project will provide a safe, low-stress bicycle facility through Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park, and help complete a continuous east/west bikeway network from Santa Monica to USC/Exposition Park.

During the open house held on June 26th, 2018, City staff from LADOT, the Bureau of Engineering, and Council District 5 provided community members with updates on the project’s current design. (The materials from this meeting can be found here). Attendees were encouraged to provide their general feedback on the project, as well as vote on their preferred design option for Segment 2 (Dunleer Dr. to Putney Rd.) of the project.

The vast majority of the 27 written comments received at the open house or via email expressed support for the project. The comments featured several recurring themes:

Parking: Most commenters supported the proposal to eliminate parking on the south side of Northvale Rd between Dunleer Dr and Putney Rd in order to accommodate the new bikeway.

Signal on Motor Avenue: Many commenters were in favor of the proposed pedestrian and cyclist signal at the future bike path entrance on Motor Ave, noting that that the current configuration for turning left onto Northvale Rd from Motor Ave was unsafe.

Segment 2 Design: We asked attendees to vote on their preferred option for the street-level segment. Option 1 was two-way on-street bike lanes separated from vehicular traffic by bollards. Option 2 was a two-way bike path on raised curb with wood posts and cable railing. Many preferred the aesthetics of Option 2 (as portrayed in the preliminary rendering below). Others mentioned that Option 2 feels more “separated from vehicular traffic,” which would make the path safer to use. Based on this feedback, the project will develop the design for Option 2, which has a more visible separation from motorized traffic and will help keep cyclists safe.

Access Points: While most commenters supported Option 2 for Segment 2, many of them wanted openings along the path in order to access it from adjacent streets. Those in favor of Option 1 (on-street bike lanes with bollards) preferred this design because it allowed path users to enter or exit the path at multiple points. For Segment 1 (Motor Ave. to Dunleer Dr.), a few comments expressed concern about the access point on Walavista Rd., citing “security concerns”.

Thank you once more to all who came to the June 2018 open house and shared their thoughts with us! As we finalize the design, we will take into account the suggestions, including those on safety and access points. Continue checking the blog for updates on this project as it moves forward.

Bike Month 2016

As you know, Bike Week LA has been a great celebration of all things bicycles in years past. This year, Los Angeles is going full bike-mode by observing Bike Month for the ENTIRE month of May! Now that Bike Month is upon us, we couldn’t be happier about all of the exciting events, rides, and workshops that are on the docket.

Head over to our Bike Program Calendar to see dates, times, and locations of the events for yourself. If we are missing any that your organization is hosting or that you are planning to attend, go ahead and add them!

And, check out Metro’s awesome Bike Month Map for happenings near you:

Here is a snapshot of some of our favorite events:

May 7

LACBC’s Commuter Workshop: If you want to participate in Bike to Work Day for the first time, or if you’ve commuted  before but would like a few pointers or a refresher, join the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition for a free workshop to help you prepare for an awesome ride. They will cover:

  • Gear needed
  • Route selection
  • Transit options
  • Bike parking at work
  • Professional bike-friendly clothing

To attend, head to LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room at 10:30am.

May 8

Los Angeles Bicycle Festival: DTLA Urban festival to entertain, educate, connect and inspire bicycle riding in Los Angeles!

Schedule:
12:00-12:45 Press Conference
1:00-1:45 Opening Panel
2:00-2:45 Workshops round 1
2:45-3:30 Break – invite to roam, eat “snack time!”
3:30-4:30 Workshops round 2
5:00-6:00 Closing Remarks/ Raffle Winner(s) announced
6:00-8:00 Party & Open festival

The festival will take place at Grand Park from 10am to 8pm.

May 10

Strava’s Global Bike to Work Day: Make your bike commute count on May 10, when Strava is hosting Global Bike to Work Day to encourage cyclists to upload and tag their commutes on Strava to make a positive impact on cycling infrastructure in their communities.

Using Strava Metro, departments of transportation, city planners, advocacy groups and corporations can make informed and effective decisions when planning, maintaining and upgrading cycling and pedestrian corridors. On May 10, cyclists can use their commute to help their community. Participate by uploading and tagging your commutes on Strava, as well as use #CommutesCounts on your social channels. Strava will then use the data collected that day to see which routes were used most.

May 14

LACBC’s Roadside Bike Repair Workshop: Bring your bike and LACBC folks will teach you a few basic repairs and adjustments that you can do on the side of the road. They will cover:

  • ABC Quick Check
  • Fixing a flat tire
  • Types of flats and which are fixable
  • What to do if your chain falls off
  • Brake adjustment
  • Seat height adjustment

If you haven’t ridden your bike in a while, take your bike to a shop for a tune up before this class, because they don’t want you to discover something that is wrong that can’t be fixed during the workshop. Along with your bike, bring:

  • A new tube
  • Tire levers
  • A patch kit
  • Portable bike pump
  • Bike multi-tool

May 15

CicLAvia Southeast Cities Presented by Metro: This is the first time that CicLAvia will connect the communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, and Watts to host the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. If you are new to CicLAvia, here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s FREE!
  • CicLAvia closes streets to cars and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, and play
  • CicLAvia is not a race! You can begin where you like
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, like regular traffic

CicLAvia starts at 9am and ends at 4pm.

May 17

The Blessing of the Bicycles: Get your bicycle blessed and meditate for a minute with like minded folks at the 13th annual Blessing of the Bicycles! This event began 13 years ago to protect bicyclists’ safe passage through the streets of Los Angeles. Ceremony and presentation of the Golden Spoke Award hosted by and located at Good Samaritan Hospital, starting at 8:00am.

May 18

Ride of Silence 2016: The Ride of Silence is a global event commemorating people who have been injured or lost while bicycling in the public roadway. The ride will cover seven miles at a pace of 10-12mph. Everyone should bring front and rear lights. Cyclists under 18 years old are required to wear a helmet. Meet at the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station for a presentation that will start at 6:30pm. The ride will leave at exactly 7:00pm.

May 19

Bike to Work Day: One of the best parts of Bike to Work day is all of the wonderful pit stops that you can enjoy along the way! Find refreshments, goodies, and information on your morning commute to work, school or beyond! Tweet us at @LADOTBikeProg #BikeMonthLA and show us your bike to work get up.

May 27

Metro Bike Night: Join the 3rd annual Bike Night at Union Station for crafts, music, dancing, prizes, food, and bicycle love! This party gets started at Union Station at 5:30pm on Friday as the culminating event of Bike Week. Get your skank dance on with the The Lions and unwind into your bicycle filled weekend. Do not miss out on free raffles for bikes, gear and most importantly the LADOT SPIN THE WHEEL Bike Trivia game!

 

Keep checking our LADOT Bike Program Calendar as more events get submitted, and don’t forget to submit your own!

We’ll see you on the streets!

Step right up, first chance to test LA’s new bikeshare!

Guess what #BikeLA? Bikeshare is coming to Los Angeles in Spring 2016! 1,090 bikes at 65 strategically located stations will transform the way we move around Downtown LA.

What is bikeshare you ask? Bikeshare is a fleet of bicycles available for check out 24/7! Bikes can be picked up from one station and returned to any other in the system. It is an ideal way to get around and a new way to see LA!

In the next two weeks, you will have an opportunity to join us to test out the bikes and give feedback about the proposed station map! We heard from many of you about your preferred station locations already but if you haven’t yet had a chance to give your two cents, come on by! We’re all ears! And yes, you will be able to test ride the bikes! There will be a demo kiosk, fully equipped with bikes. Did we say bikes?  Bikeshare? Yes, we’re excited, we hope you are too!

Bikeshare demo station

Wait, there’s more! Bring your wallets! While testing these bikes is free, it will be sure to induce your hunger. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to eat from fresh and local eateries at each of these upcoming events:

If you’re wondering who is coordinating these events, it is the all-star collaboration between LADOT + Metro + BTS (and their partners B-CycleRidescoutToole Design Group and BikeHub). If you are interested in learning more, stop by, give us a shoutout on Twitter and stay tuned for more updates! We hope you love #bikeshareLA!

Clear your calendar, Bike Week LA 2015 is here!

It’s our favorite time of the year! Bike Week LA is back once again!

The annual week-long bici-centric event, sponsored by Metro, will fill May 10-15 with more bicycle-oriented activities than ever before! More?  Yes MORE! Bike Week focuses on encouraging people to ride their bicycles, raising awareness about people on bikes but also about all active transportation users in Los Angeles. Some of the week’s highlights include bike repair workshops, the infamous Bike to Work Day pit stops, and evening festivities to make sure you’re hooked up with people who share your interests! If you’ve never participated in Bike Week, do not fear, Bike Week is for YOU! It’s full of resources and activities for everyone, from the new to the experienced rider, from the bicycle-curious to the bikeaholic.

Come see Color Wheels at Caltrans District 7 on Thursday 5/14!

Bike Week LA 2015 Lineup:

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Cruising the Coast: A Two-Wheeled Tour of San Pedro

Bicycle tourism has been well observed and practiced as a recreational activity across the United States, but often we fail to remember the multitude of sightseeing opportunities right here within our city’s diverse neighborhoods.  As Los Angeles’ bicycle network and multi-modal connectivity expands, we have more and more opportunities get out of our cars and explore new areas by bicycle. There’s no better way to spend a sunny Sunday than exploring Los Angeles’ hidden gems. We thought we would share our favorite bicycle routes and points of interest in and around San Pedro, one of L.A.’s most scenic and bikeable neighborhoods.

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Clockwise from top left: The Corner Store, view from Paseo Del Mar looking north; bike lane signage; Metro Bus 246; palms at Point Fermin Park; Point Fermin Lighthouse; and buffered bike lanes on Paseo Del Mar.

Located 25 miles south of Downtown L.A., San Pedro is home to some of the city’s most breathtaking vistas and historical sights, not to mention bike lanes and paths that even novice riders will enjoy. Our journey begins on San Pedro’s Paseo Del Mar, accessible via the terminus of Metro Bus 246 at Paseo and Parker St. Cruise Paseo’s bike lanes and check out the breathtaking cliff-side views of the Pacific and Catalina Island. Stop by local haunt, the Corner Store to refuel with coffee and snacks before making your way east to Point Fermin Park, home of legendary Walker’s Café and the Point Fermin Lighthouse, built in 1874.

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Taking in the view on Paseo Del Mar.

From Point Fermin, it is a quick 5 minute ride down Shepherd and Pacific Avenues to Cabrillo Beach, where you can check out the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the nearby tide pools. If squids and urchins aren’t your thing, enjoy the views along the beachfront bike path and fishing pier. Head north on sharrowed Shoshean Road toward 22nd Street where twenty-second Street Park’s scenic bike path will lead you straight to Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro’s new artisan marketplace located in a beautifully restored warehouse.

After picking up some homemade marmalade, head up the hill to Beacon St. to check out the Muller House Museum (open Sundays only), a cherished jewel of San Pedro’s past. Other great sights in the vicinity include: the WPA murals in the San Pedro Post Office on Beacon St,  recently constructed Cabrillo Way Marina and Warehouse No. 1 at the south end of Signal St, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Clockwise from top left: Warehouse No. 1; view from Signal St., bike parking at the Red Car Downtown Station, bike lane on Harbor Blvd., a glimpse of the Bike Palace on Pacific Ave., the Merchant Marine Memorial and Maritime Museum off Harbor Blvd. Center: A brand new boardwalk just north of the Maritime Museum.

Take a well-deserved break at Utro’s Cafe right off of Sampson Way, home to arguably the best burger in town. Peruse Utro’s extensive collection of memorabilia to learn a bit about the history of longshore workers in San Pedro. If you’re still up for more San Pedro sights after lunch, take a stroll around the quaint shops at Ports O’Call. From here you can also take the short trip north to the fantastic Battleship USS Iowa and Los Angeles Maritime Museum both accessible via the bike lanes on Harbor Blvd.

If you want to give your legs a rest, hop on the Historic Waterfront Red Car Line, one of the last remaining vestiges of Los Angeles’ railcar past or enjoy the water show at Gateway Plaza, featuring two Fanfare fountains by WET Design. When you’re ready to catch the 246 back north, take bike-friendly 9th, 13th, or 14th Streets 4 blocks west to Pacific Ave.

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Since there’s so much more to see in San Pedro – like the Warner Grand Theater and Korean Bell, just to name a few- feel free to leave us your suggestions for other great bike-friendly sights in town! Also, let us know if you have any suggestions for other bikeable L.A. neighborhoods you would like to see us explore on the blog.

More great resources for your trip: Bike Palace (located on Pacific Ave. and 16th St.); bicyclela.org (for bike maps and parking info)

Summer Bicycle Safety Classes

Metro's Bike Map

Learn how to safely ride on streets with and without bicycle infrastructure

This summer Metro has been hosting a series of free bicycle traffic safety workshops funded through the Office of Traffic Safety. Metro is working with the LA County Bicycle Coalition, Bike San Gabriel Valley and Multi-Cultural Communities for Mobility in leading the two levels of workshops: a 3-hour beginner’s road rules class (in English and Spanish), and an 8-hour workshop for intermediate cyclists focusing on building traffic skills.

While the series began in June, there are still a few more classes available: Read more

Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan Workshops

Crenshaw Blvd Community Workshops

Click for full .pdf with details of the upcoming community workshops.

Be sure to join the Department of City Planning next week as the department hosts two community workshops for the Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan. The workshops will set the template for future streetscape enhancements, such as: street trees, street furniture, crosswalks, bike facilities and other features to encourage transit ridership and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.

The Streetscape Plan, for those unaware, aims to make the Crenshaw Corridor a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly place in tandem with the planned Crenshaw light-rail. The community workshops are an opportunity for the public to give feedback on preliminary proposed streetscape concepts. Below are the workshop dates and details:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (TODAY!!)

  • Time: 6pm–8pm
  • Location: Good Shepherd Church Auditorium, 3303 W. Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008
  • Limited on-site parking.  Street parking available. Or get there via transit!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: West Angeles Villas Community Room, 6030 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90043
  • Street parking available. Or get there via transit!

Note: These are among a series of Community Workshops that will take place over the course of this 2-year planning effort– additional details and workshop dates can be found over at the Los Angeles Transit Neighborhood Plans website as they are made available. 

For any questions about the project or upcoming workshops, please feel free to contact Patricia Diefenderfer or Andre Parvenu of the Department of City Planning.

Expo Line crossing improvements

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New roadway markings add a limit line and bicycle symbol for the bike lane

LADOT has recently added new roadway markings and signage to help improve a key bicycle crossing along Phase I of the Expo Line bikeway. The crossing occurs where Exposition Blvd. meets Rodeo Road, about 1.2 miles west of the University of Southern California and Expo Park. With the Expo Line expected to open April 28th, biking safely around the transit corridor cannot be stressed enough. When approaching this intersection from the east, be sure to watch for trains and adhere to all traffic and warning signals. If the light is red, be sure to stop behind the limit line (this will position you on-top of a loop detector, which alerts the traffic signal that a bicycle is present). When the train clears and the light turns green, follow the bike lane to cross the Expo Line tracks, which will continue along Exposition Blvd. heading east (check out a video from our ride on the Expo Line bikeway to see how you should navigate the crossing). More pictures of the intersection can be viewed in our flickr set.

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.