Calling All Cyclists: Important Metro Board Meeting!

September 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 1 Comment
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This Thursday at 9:30 AM, Mayor Villaraigosa will be bringing multiple bike and bikes-on-transit related issues to the Metro Board Meeting. Villaraigosa previously submitted the motion below, titled “Enhanced MTA Bicycle Policies & Programs,” at the MTA’s Executive Management and Audit Committee where it received full committee approval. The motion would direct Metro CEO Art Leahy to complete the following tasks and report back by the December 2010 Board meeting.

LACBC would like to thank Mayor Villaraigosa for his continued support on  bicycling issues. We’d also like to see all of the Mayor’s motion supported by the full Metro Board. To that end, your voice is needed to drive home how important all of these issues are, both for cyclists and for the creation of an accessible transit system that meets the needs of its users.

Please come out and give your comments in support of the Mayor’s motion. Public comment cards must be submitted at the start of the meeting so please come a bit early.

See you Thursday Morning at 9:30am!
3rd Floor Metro Board Room
One Gateway Plaza

Funding
1. Recommend increased bicycle funding in the 2011 Call for Projects (tentative
goal increasing modal category from 7% to 15%, subject to future MTA Board
approval).

Current Transit System
2. Develop a phased plan for the installation of triple bicycle racks on all MTA buses
(estimated cost $1.6 million).

3. Develop a cost estimate, implementation schedule, and possible funding sources
for retrofitting MTA trains for bikes.

4. Propose a Revised Customer Code of Conduct and develop a “How to Ride
Metro” document that helps customers with bicycles and other large belongings,
including luggage, strollers and rolling briefcases, safely board and ride MTA’s
system during peak hours.

5. Identify the feasibility and cost of adding bicycle racks to the back or top of MTA
vanpool vehicles.

6. Provide an estimated cost and potential funding source to install improved
bicycle/stroller/luggage wayfinding signage at all rail and bus stations.

7. Incorporate bicycle mode messages in all marketing materials and campaigns
and provide an update on the status of MTA’s Bicycle Safety Advertising
Campaign on buses.

8. Work with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Transit Security Bureau to
summarize crimes on MTA property affecting bicycles and bike facilities and
recommend appropriate measures to improve bicycle security.

Future Transit Projects
9. Include in all future transit station designs stair channels or ramps so that
bicyclists can wheel their bikes safely up and down staircases.

10. Incorporate robust bicycle facilities in all transit project designs (e.g. increase bicycle parking at high demand stations, adjacent bike lanes or bike paths, i.e. Expo and Orange Line) to facilitate first mile/last mile transit access by bike.

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  1. [...] Tomorrow, the Metro Board votes on a motion introduced by Mayor Villaraigosa seeking to improve and change the way that the agency treats cyclists. Though a big step forward for Metro, Damien Newton of LA Streetsblog suggests that this is a “solid double, not a home run”. (LA Streetsblog, LACBC). [...]


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