Friday, June 18, 2010

Los Angeles Releases 2010 Bike Plan

The City of Los Angeles today released the much-anticipated 2010 Bike Plan -- an update of the current plan from 1996. This is great news for bicyclists across the city who have suffered with inadequate bicycling infrastructure and a car-first mentality for far too long.

Highlights include designating a Citywide Bikeway System of 1,663 miles including establishing a 660-mile Citywide Bikeway Network (CBN) and establishing a 672-mile Neighborhood Bikeway Network (NBN). 

The Five-Year Implementation Strategy will construct 200 miles of bikeways every five years to complete the bike networks by 2035. This will be unacceptable to many in the bike community, just as building the Measure R projects in 30 years was unacceptable. There almost certainly will be a movement similar to the 30/10 Initiative to speed up the implementation of L.A.'s bicycle network in less time than the proposed 25 year plan.

The full draft plan is available to view on the Los Angeles Bicycle Plan Update website by clicking here.

Here is the press release I received via email:

To all Interested Parties:

The City of Los Angeles is pleased to release the draft 2010 Los
Angeles Bicycle Plan. The 2010 Bicycle Plan is a comprehensive update of
the current Bicycle Plan first adopted in 1996 and re-adopted by the
City Council in 2002 and 2007. The 2010 Bicycle Plan (2010 Plan), a
component of the Transportation Element, (an element of the City*s
General Plan), is part of the City*s commitment to transform Los
Angeles from an auto-centric City to a City with a multi-modal
transportation system. The 2010 Plan designates 1,633 miles of bikeway
facilities and proposes two new bicycle networks (Citywide and
Neighborhood). Additionally, the 2010 Bicycle Plan includes a Technical
Design Handbook that will assist both City staff and residents in
selecting and designing facilities for future bikeways that are safe and
consistent with current standards and guidelines.

The 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan is a result of extensive fieldwork,
numbers public workshops, and suggestions from thousands of public
comments received from September 2009 draft Bicycle Plan.  The Bicycle
Plan is a joint effort between the Department of City Planning and
Department of Transportation.

The complete document and maps will be available on the project website
[www.labikeplan.org] by end of the day June 18th with printed copies
available for public review at the City*s Central Library and eight
regional libraries and the Department of City Planning*s Downtown and
Van Nuys Public Counters by June 30th, 2010.

A series of workshops/public hearing will be held between September
7-18, 2010 to take public testimony and comment.
Please see the attached flyer for additional facts on the 2010 Bicycle
Plan and information regarding the public hearing process.

Jordann Turner
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
2010 Bicycle Plan-Project Manager
200 N. Spring Street, Rm 721
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213.978.1379 | Fax: 213.978.4656





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