Wilshire Center BID approves letter of support for 4th Street Bicycle Blvd.

February 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Bike News | 3 Comments

At the Board of Directors meeting for the Wilshire Center BID (Business Improvement District), today at 12noon, the BID approved a Letter of Support for 4th Street Bicycle Blvd!  This is a great step because it shows that the local business community is supportive of the concept.  We know that details will need to be worked out when the Bicycle Blvd. gets planned and implemented, but we are very excited about the support.

At the meeting, there were also many bicycle and green related presentations that are show how the BID is committed to becoming a “Cool District,” which is their effort at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial and residential buildings, transportation, streets, and infrastructure in the district.  It’s an amazing vision for a business district and we want to share their Carbon Master Plan, which shows their vision for 2030.  The Carbon Master Plan includes permeable pavement in parking spaces, rooftop gardens, one-way residential streets (allowing more space for trees, greenery, and bikeways), and many other innovative features.  It’s a hopeful vision which we hope turns into reality.

In addition to the Carbon Master Plan, there was a presentation by Sci-Arc Professor Ilaria Mazzoleni about a student project studying the concept of bike-sharing in the Wilshire Center BID.  The team has put a lot of work into thinking about this concept for Wilshire Center and it has a lot of potential.  In fact they are collaborating with Metro on a site for Wilshire/Vermont Metro stop.

These are all positive steps forward to making a 4th Street Bike Blvd., a more bike-able Los Angeles and a more sustainable world overall.

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