You’re Invited to Craft the County Bike Plan!March 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 2 Comments
Tags: LA County Bike Plan
Do you live in Los Angeles County? Do you bike in Marina Del Rey, the Santa Monica Mountains, East LA, the San Gabriel Valley, or West Whittier? Or any of the other 128 unincorporated areas of LA County? Then we need your input to improve the County of Los Angeles Bike Plan! Meetings are coming up next week and continue through the middle of April. They’ll be held in a community near you. Click here for the schedule, and check out where the meetings will be held by visiting this map.
As the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, we want every nook and cranny of LA County to be a wonderful place to bike.
There’s a bike plan in the works that covers a lot of those nooks and crannies. It’s the LA County Bike Plan, and it guides the placement of new bike paths, lanes, and routes in unincorporated areas of LA County. There are a whopping 128 of these unincorporated areas, so this plan could have a big impact on biking conditions throughout the county. If, for example, the county leads the way by striping a bike lane on a street that continues into adjacent cities, the county’s leadership could catalyze the neighboring cities to add bike lanes in their jurisdiction. We saw this happen on Foothill Blvd in the La Canada area.
For a map of the areas the plan covers, check out Chapter 3 of the plan here. The County of Los Angeles Bicycle Plan also specifies policies and programs related to bicycling – from Bicycle Skills courses to Bike and Hike to Parks programs.
The draft has just been released, and the County needs cyclists’ input to make it better. They’re hosting a series of public workshops, where cyclists can pass on all of our street-level knowledge about biking in LA County. We can pore over draft maps. We can recommend routes the plan left out. We can praise the policies we love and strengthen the ones we think are too vague. We can rank the projects we think are most important. We can make sure the proposed bike lanes, paths, and routes make sense. In short, we can make sure that the County’s vision is our vision.
Here’s the line up for the meetings.
- Monday, 3/28 in Topanga at 6 PM
- Tuesday, 3/29 in Baldwin Park at 6 PM
- Wednesday, 3/30 in Athens Village at 6 PM
- Thursday, 3/31 in Lancaster at 7 PM
The week after next:
- Monday, 4/4 in Newhall at 6:30 PM
- Tuesday, 4/5 in Altadena at 6:30 PM
- Wednesday, 4/6 in East LA at 6:00 PM
Finally, two weeks from now:
- Monday, 4/11 in Calabasas at 6:30 PM
- Tuesday, 4/12 in Ladera Park at 6:00 PM
- Wednesday, 4/13 in Marina del Rey at 6:00 PM
- Thursday, 4/14 in Rowland Heights at 6:30 PM
Again, all the details on the workshops are here, and a map of the workshops is here. If you can’t make a meeting, you can always check out the draft document and give your feedback by visiting http://lacountybikeplan.com/.
We look forward to seeing you there and to making all of LA County a better place to ride!