Ride Westwood

November 20, 2012
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Ride Westwood is a LACBC West Bike Ambassador campaign designed to educate and inform the Westwood community and others about a proposed bike lane on Westwood Boulevard.  This proposed project is part of the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan and is meant to connect to a larger network of bicycle paths, lanes, and routes for everyone to use.  This particular project may require the removal of a travel lane or a parking lane to accommodate for these improvements.

The addition of bike lanes on Westwood will accent the people-oriented district this community has become and will ultimately make the area a more vibrant and livable community.  

The benefits of this proposed improvement project goes beyond the direct benefit to the bicyclist. 

Safety  |  Safety for pedestrians, drivers, and pedestrians is our biggest concern and we hope to improve the quality of life for everyone with bike lanes on Westwood. With the presence of bicyclists, drivers are more aware of their surroundings.  In addition, having fewer travel lanes for vehicles allow for pedestrians to cross the street more safely.  This will also result in traffic-calming on a street that is used as a major cut-through, congesting the neighborhood and making it less desirable to recreate. 

Community  |  Westwood has always been a prime destination for the region.  It is home to many happening businesses, community events, diverse housing options, and UCLA.  These elements of the neighborhood create an ideal environment for bicycling. 50% of all trips in Los Angeles County are under 3 miles, trips that can easily be done by bicycle on Westwood.  Decreasing congestion and improving air quality while promoting active living also comes with the installation of bike lanes.

Economy  |  There are studies showing robust economic activity as bicycle amenities are introduced into a neighborhood.  New York is seeing a boost in revenues for businesses along side new bicycle lanes.  Merchants in San Francisco say new bike lanes have improved business and supported traffic calming.  There are also Business Improvement Districts in Long Beach and San Diego that are pursuing Bicycle-Friendly districts to alleviate parking problems and traffic congestion. 

Take Action

1.  Sign our Petition
Express your support for bike lanes on Westwood.  Add your voice here.

2.  Join our mailing list
If you are interested in signing onto our Westwood newsletter, let us know here.

3.  Help spread the word
We're looking for volunteers to help spread the word.  Please contact me at alek@la-bike.org for more information.

For more information about our Ride Westwood campaign or are interested in volunteering,
feel free to contact Alek Bartrosouf at
alek@la-bike.org or (213) 629-2142