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USC Bans Bicycles on Bike Lane, More Restrictions to Come

Yesterday at USC Dr. Charlie Lane, associate senior vice president for Career and Protective Services, announced at a bicycle safety forum that the school is enacting a bicycle ban on Trousdale Parkway and Childs Way, the two major pedestrian thoroughfares on the USC campus.  With near 80% of USC students self-identified as bicyclists (another survey estimated up to 15,000 bicyclists on campus), the effects of this new measure could be quite drastic.  Given better planning and educational efforts, this situation may have been avoided.

A thing of the past? USC bans bicycles on major pedestrian thoroughfares.

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LA County Sidewalk Riding: Finale (part 7)

It’s been a long, long road in the quest for sidewalk riding laws in the cities of LA County.  If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can check out parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of LA County Sidewalk Riding.  Today, in our final installment of “LA County Sidewalk Riding”, we’re covering the rules of the road (er, sidewalk) in the eastern half of the San Gabriel Valley.

Baldwin Park has bike lanes, but can you ride on their sidewalks?

(Ed. note: Before we get started, let’s just make clear that all the same disclaimers from Part 1 still apply.  Good?  Good.) Read more

LA County Sidewalk Riding: Part 6

We’re almost done!  LADOT Bike Blog has covered everywhere in LA County (in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) except the eastern San Gabriel Valley and the 605 corridor.  Today, we’re going to take a trip down to Whittier to see what sidewalk riding rules look like near the Orange County border.

(Ed. note: Before we get started, let’s just make clear that all the same disclaimers from Part 1 still apply.  Good?  Good.) Read more

LA County Sidewalk Riding: Part 5

So far we’ve covered LA and environs, the Valley, the South Bay communities, and the Harbor Corridor. Today, we’re tackling sidewalk riding rules in the western San Gabriel Valley.

The Rio Hondo Bike Path

(Ed. note: Before we get started, let’s just make clear that all the same disclaimers from Part 1 still apply. Good? Good.)
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LA County Sidewalk Riding: Part 4

So far, LADOT Bike Blog has covered the rules for sidewalk riding in LA, the County, the Valley, north county, west county, and the beach/beach-adjacent towns of the south bay.  Today, LADOT Bike Blog will cover the cities and towns of the Harbor Corridor.

Long Beach has some pretty innovative infrastructure, but what about their sidewalks?

(Ed. note: Before we get started, let’s just make clear that all the same disclaimers from Part 1 still apply.  Good?  Good.)

(Ed. note 2:  Props to Los Angeles Transportation Headlines for picking up all 4 parts of our series so far.  They’re a great clearinghouse for all LA transportation news and we highly recommend becoming a regular reader.)

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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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LA County Sidewalk Riding: Part 3

So we’ve covered mid-town as well as the Valley, north county and west county. Today we’re taking a stroll down the boardwalk: the beach towns of the Westside and the South Bay area get their turn under the magnifying glass of LADOT Bike Blog.

(Ed. note: Before we get started, let’s just make clear that all the same disclaimers from Part 1 still apply. Good? Good.)

(Ed. Note 2: Sadly, LADOT Bike Blog had to be out of town during the Mayor’s Bike Summit. Rather than try to cobble together a sub-optimal story out of second-hand accounts, LADOT Bike Blog suggests you take a look at the expert reporting done by others in the online LA Bike Community like Biking in LA, Streetsblog, LAist, Gary Rides Bikes & The Source.)

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LA County Sidewalk Riding: Part 2

After covering the City, County, and inner-ring suburbs of Los Angeles, LADOT Bike Blog’s quest to document sidewalk riding rules moves farther afield. Today we will look at the Valley and the far flung communities of north and west LA County.  Let’s get cracking!

There are bikes are in Santa Clarita, but can you ride them on the sidewalk?

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