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Takeaways from the “Building Paths to a Healthy UCLA” Event

Takeaways from the “Building Paths to a Healthy UCLA” Event

Today’s Building Paths to a Healthy UCLA: Working to make UCLA the Most Bike Friendly Campus was put together by the UCLA Bike Coalition, UCLA Transportation and UCLA Recreation. I was pleased to see a better turnout than last year’s bike conference, and a set of brief yet informative talks from the panelists. Notable Quotes [...]

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Fashion Trends: opaque heel dragging is the new hotness at City Hall

Fashion Trends: opaque heel dragging is the new hotness at City Hall

Almost 6 months after the passage of LA’s 2010 Bike Plan (passed in 2011), City Planning will report to City Council on progress thus far.  Specifically, tomorrow, they will report to the Transportation Committee (and for some reason, DOT Bikeways will not report.) What Council will hear will be a lot of rah rah cheerleading [...]

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Due Process Part I: Unseating the BPIT’s Top Ten

Due Process Part I: Unseating the BPIT’s Top Ten

Two months ago, the Bike Plan Implementation Team met at City Hall and walked away with an informal top ten list of cycling infrastructure projects.  Since then, Planning and DOT have refused to put their time and energy toward any proposals that are not on the list.  When advocates complain to the authorities, they are [...]

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The Case for Protected Bike Lanes

The Case for Protected Bike Lanes

Evolution calls for better bike lanes Call them what you want: Cycle Tracks, Protected Bike Lanes, Bike Paths. Bottom line is, most people won’t start riding until you take cars out of the equation. Why? Because even well-intentioned people do stupid or careless sh**, and when people do stupid or careless sh** while in a [...]

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County Bike Plan Ignores Safety

County Bike Plan Ignores Safety

Bikeside went to the LA County draft Bicycle Master Plan meeting in Marina del Rey last night.  The draft plan covers unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County and other seemingly random patches of land, like the Westside VA campus (we’ll get back to that one later). The existing LA County Bicycle Master Plan was adopted [...]

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Bike Plan Update, April

Bike Plan Update, April

Bikeside went to the Bike Plan Implementation Team meeting on Tuesday.  Here’s what we learned and what we think: 7th Street lane:  the project from Catalina to Figueroa is in the outreach phase and city staff are meeting with community stakeholders before finalizing the design. 7th Street continued:  as part of the Wilshire Grand, the [...]

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April BPIT – Your Chance to Show Some Backbone!

April BPIT – Your Chance to Show Some Backbone!

Los Angeles’ Department of City Planning is set to hold the monthly meeting of the Bike Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) a week from today.  That’s one week for us, the cycling public, to prepare our case for bike projects that will advance LA toward its destiny as premier city for cyclists.  Here at Bikeside, we’re [...]

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Call for Waste 2011

Every two years, Metro issues a Call for Projects to provide funding for local transportation improvements. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation applies for funding across a range of projects, one of which is Bikeways. This year, Bikeways applied for funding for two outreach programs and six infrastructure projects. Four of the six infrastructure projects [...]

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LA’s Sexy Backbone

LA’s Sexy Backbone

My main gripe with the latest release of Los Angeles’ 2010 Bicycle Plan is that it uses the word “bicycle” and it refers to “bicyclists.” Nerdy!  Cycling cyclists, bikers biking and riders riding are so much more sexy than bicyclists bicycling . . . the plan sets back bikers’ sexual prospects decades. On the other [...]

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Everyone agrees – the draft bike plan needs fixing!

Everyone agrees – the draft bike plan needs fixing!

The cycling community is unified on the draft bike plan – send it back, and we must be at the table for the next round.  The universal sentiment is: this draft has big problems that we ought to fix – give us our opportunity to fix it. This morning LACBC blogged that the draft needs [...]

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