Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.
News and Events
Yesterday morning the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a new Bicycle Master Plan for the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County with a 4-0 vote, Supervisor Mike Antonovich abstained from the vote. This is the first new bike plan for the unincorporated communities since 1975 and it provides a vision and action plan for the next 20 years. Thanks to all of you who attend meetings and provided comments on the plan. Because of your efforts the total mileage of bikeways in the plan increased from the initial 695 proposed miles to 832 miles! Read more here.
This weekend LADOT will put the final touches on the Main Street bike lanes from 9th Street to Venice Blvd/16th Street, which were mostly completed last weekend. These bike lanes are standard bike lanes, meaning there is no buffer or green pavement treatment, but they are a welcome addition to the growing bike network in Downtown Los Angeles.
Our campaign for bike lanes on Spring & Main street continues as we advocate for the completion of the Main Street bike lane from 9th to Cesar Chavez. LACBC, in partnership with Downtown LA Neighborhood Council, are advocating for this project to mirror Spring Street with a green pavement treatment and buffer to complete this pilot project.
We want to see more green pavement treatments implemented across the city and buffered bike lanes, but first we want the city to make sure the green pavement treatments are going to last. As we reported previously, LADOT is planning on testing several treatments on Spring Street to find a better solution to installing a green pavement treatment on a mix of cement and asphalt pavement.
While there has been talk this week regarding the film industry's opinion of the green paint treatment, we encourage the city to continue to expand this treatment in downtown LA and on Main Street. We want to see the treatment perfected on Spring Street & 1st Street first so that when this treatment is installed on Main Street and other streets in the city, it will last years. LACBC has met with staff at the Mayor's office to urge them to continue to move forward with the Main Street project and continue to grow the Downtown LA bike network. The green pavement treatment can always be installed later, but implementing the buffered bike lanes can hopefully happen sooner rather than later so that residents, visitors, and workers have a north bound route to complement the southbound Spring St. bike lane.
On Spring Street the green pavement testing scheduled for this Sunday, Feb 12th has been postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions in the forecast. Therefore, no access restrictions will be in place. A rescheduled date has not yet been determined. We will keep you posted!
Main Street bike lanes form 9th to Venice Blvd/16th Street are under way. The current pavement markings have been scraped off and the new striping will installed this weekend followed by pavement markings and signage next weekend.
(photo of Main Street courtesy LA Ecovillage Blog & Joe Linton)
The Westside Cities Council of Governments (WSCCOG) has been working on a WSCCOG regional bicycle safety and awareness plan since last year. An important element of the plan are recommendations to connect the Westside Cities through implementing bicycle infrastructure projects. The recommended projects or "gap closures" will create a basic regional bicycle infrastructure network to provide north/south and east/west connections. Individual cities within the WSCCOG will then be encouraged to implement projects these projects and close gaps in their route systems.
The following priority gap closures were presented to the WSCCOG Board on January 19, 2012
- Santa Monica Blvd./Broadway (from La Brea Blvd. to Ocean Ave.)
- San Vicente Blvd. (from Sunset Blvd. to La Brea Blvd.)
- Barrington Ave./McLaughlin Ave./Slauson Ave. (from Sunset Blvd. to the Ballona Creek Bike Path)
- Beverly Dr./Beverwil Dr./Duquesne Ave./Jefferson Blvd./Overland Ave.(from San Vicente to Westfield/Culver City Transit Center)
- Expo Light Rail Bike Path/Bikeway (from La Brea Blvd. to the western terminus of Phase 2)
To view a map of the proposed routes click here. WSCCOG is accepting comments now through March 4, 2012. The results of the comment period will be brought to the Board at its March 15, 2012 meeting in Culver City. Email your comments to the WSCCOG at Bikeinput.email@example.com
Last Friday LACBC’s City of Lights program launched our first bicycle empowerment program aimed at targeting youth. The program is designed to take participants on a programmatic journey from bicycle mechanics to bicycle advocacy. There are five components to this program: bicycle mechanics, bicycle safety, creation of bicycle rides, public service announcements, and bicycle advocacy.
Each component is very unique in that they provide participants with the opportunity to explore each theme for a total of 6-8 hours on Friday’s for a full month with several instructors. The intention of the program is to “weave” all of the interrelated components together so that participants can fully understand the overall picture of the “bicycling world.” Read more about this new program and our first class.