Better Bike BH (Beverly Hills) – Meeting This sunday

Just like their bold subtitle states, Beverly Hills is in desperate need of actual bike planning.  Mark Elliott and the Better Bike BH folks have some striking visuals of what clearly needs improvement in their city.  Also, they dream of what is possible.

Santa Monica Bl at Doheny
Dreaming of what could be

Better Bike BH touches upon Beverly Hills’ blatant disregard of the federal Complete Streets policy, lack of bike parking, and overall sheer inaction on everything bike-related.

I personally have yet to see a single sign post or pavement marking that acknowledges the existence and the rights of cyclists in Beverly Hills.  Indeed, not a single inch of bike lane.

My favorite is a photo gallery which depicts both problems and solutions with a series of Before and After scenarios.

One of their most pressing campaigns is making that uncomfortable (to say the least) stretch of Santa Monica Blvd rideable, either through on-street infrastructure, or an adjacent separated path.  I fully support this, since this stretch of Santa Monica Bl is the least pleasant part of my daily commute.  Why do cyclists get demoted to 2nd class citizens as soon as they leave the comfort of the bike lane which dead ends on Beverly Hills’ doorstep?

If you have something to suggest or have equally strong feelings about these issues, the next meeting is this Sunday.  Grab a slice from Mulberry Street Pizzeria, then walk down to Peet’s Coffee.

October 31st, 2 pm
Peet’s Coffee, 258 S. Beverly Drive, 90212

Agenda items:

  • Safe Routes to school
  • Bike lanes
  • Citywide network of bike friendly streets
  • Previous and upcoming events

Be advised that the Halloween Parade is taking place on Sunday evening in adjacent West Hollywood, so if you want to avoid traffic, getting there by bike would be the best option.

Also, if you want to get in on the loop, check out the Better Bike BH Google Group –

Mihai Peteu

Software Developer, Bike Safety Instructor, Amateur triathlete

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