LA has potential to be bike friendly.May 8, 2008 at 12:29 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 5 Comments
Tags: bike path, bike rides, LA Bike Plan
Check out Bicycle Magazine’s article on Los Angeles and it’s potential to be bike friendly:
Despite everything that comes to mind when you picture L.A.–gridlock nightmares, a sprawling footprint, smog, swelling population, lack of a centralized downtown–the nation’s second–largest city has great potential for biking. It has been toiling away for years building bike lanes and paths; there are more than 350 miles’ worth already. Now it’s trying to make a sensible, safe network out of them and has hired Alta Planning + Design, a national, progressive transportation planning consulting company, to help design the plan, which is set to be implemented next year. That may sound dull, but Alta has worked closely with cities such as Portland and San Francisco. And its hiring is part of a sea change taking place: For the first time, elected officials are calling L.A.’s bike coordinator to ask about putting in bike facilities, instead of the other way around. “I’ve been riding a bike in L.A. for 44 years, and doing this job for 14,” says Michelle Mowery, senior project coordinator for the city’s bicycle program. “And this is the first time I’ve ever seen excitement like this.”
Let’s work to make this a reality!