Come Out and Get Your Voices Heard In Support Of A Better Bike Plan!November 3, 2010 at 7:46 am | Posted in Bike News | 3 Comments
Tags: LA Bike Plan
When: 8:30 AM on Thursday, November 4, 2010
Where: City Hall, Council Chambers, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
LACBC has been working with the Mayor’s Office, City Planning Dept. and LADOT as well as gathering input from the bicycling community to try to make the 2010 Bicycle Plan Update a Better Bike Plan, a plan we can all support.
While LACBC is encouraged that many of our comments and suggestions have been incorporated into the draft plan we feel there are still some outstanding issues that need to be addressed in order for the plan to meet the shared goal of improving our city’s bicycle network and creating a more bike friendly city that encourages bicycling.
LACBC and as other advocates, Joe Linton and Alex Thompson, have also discussed in a blog post, agree that these 3 items that still need to be addressed; Commitment to Bike Lanes, Defining Bicycle Friendly Streets, and Updating the Technical Design Manual. Before the plan receives full approval by Planning Commission these issues need to be better integrated into the plan. We urge everyone to come out and speak in support of a creating a Better Bike Plan.
1.More Commitment to Bike Lanes
The Bike Plan needs to make a commitment to Bike Lanes. Currently there are just over 50 miles of “proposed” or “designated” bike lane projects in the plan. The plan still lists over 511 miles of bike lanes projects in the potential category.
Planning asserts that many of these projects will need an Environmental Review (EIR) in order to be implemented. We feel that at least half of these projects will not need an EIR and would like to see all bike lane projects be “proposed” or “designated” in the plan and on all of the maps.
Recently, we have seen the City stripe bike lanes on Wilbur Ave. and on St. Pedro Street, with no EIR. Calling out almost all bike lanes projects in the plan as potential and stipulating that many will need an EIR can delay implementation and greatly inflates the costs of the projects. It also shows a lack of commitment from the city to the vision of a more bike-able Los Angeles.
2. Defining Bicycle Friendly Streets
LACBC previously submitted recommendations to Planning to better define Bicycle Friendly Streets. As was mentioned in our previous post, Planning did incorporate some changes but did not do enough to distinguish a Bicycle Friendly Street from a bike route. We are asking that Planning stipulate that every Bicycle Friendly Street will incorporate signage, on-street pavement markings, and traffic calming features; a minimum of 3 treatments. For a Bicyle Friendly street to actually prioritize bicycle travel it must always incorporate traffic calming features in addition to signage and on-street markings, thus differentiating it from a bike route.
3. Updating the Technical Design Manual
Included with the Draft Bike Plan is the Technical Design Manual, which provides design and engineering guidance for the types of projects we would all like to see implemented on our streets. The Street Sections need to be updated so they do not hinder bike lane projects. Many of our streets, especially in the older parts of Los Angeles already have 10′ or even 9′ travel lanes. And many of our streets have travel lanes that are much wider and could easily be narrowed, providing space for bike lanes, if the vehicle travel lanes are 10′.
If a standard is to be established through the guidelines, we ask that Planning set the minimum vehicle travel lane width at 10′ not at 11′.