Cyclists’ Bill of Rights – Good News and Bad News

By Stephen Box

Friday, November the 5th, is a classic “Good News, Bad News” for cyclists.

It’s Good News for cyclists who want the City Council to issue a resolution in support of the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights along with a resolution establishing a Complete Streets policy for transportation projects.

The Cyclists’ Bill of Rights was written by the Bike Writers Collective and it has gone around the world, sometimes imitated and often endorsed! It was featured in the Wall Street Journal and the London Telegraph, it was endorsed by LA’s City Council, it was modified and adopted by LA’s Equestrian Advisory Committee, LA’s Horse Council, a local Harley Owners’ Group, cyclists in Florida, and by a group of activists in the Philipines.

LA’s Taxi Cab Riders have a Bill of Rights, Taxpayers have a Bill of Rights, Patients have a Bill of Rights, the Police have a Bill of Rights, Transit riders have a Bill of Rights, and cyclists are now one step closer to getting the City Council to issue a resolution in support of the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights.

The Complete Streets policy initiative is a national, state, and local campaign that brings transportation planners and engineers together in the design, consruction and operation of streets that meet the needs of all users, including cyclists, pedestrians, transit passengers and motorists. The Complete Streets concept has a positive impact on the local economy, on public safety, and on the livability of local streets.

At the federal level, advocates are encouraged that funding and infrastructure discussions are now embracing the Complete Streets philosophy. At the state level, legislation is slowly moving into place that codifies the Complete Streets standard. But at the local level, Mayors and City Councils are capitalizing on the revitalizing power of Complete Streets policies, moving with great agility and agility to bring the vision to local streets.

November 5, 2010 is a Great Day for cyclists because the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights and Complete Streets are both on the City Council agenda for endorsement by Resolution.

But it’s Bad News for LA’s cyclists because it’s the City Council in Baltimore, not City Council in Los Angeles, that is holding up the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights and Complete Streets as a commitment to supporting cycling as a transportation solution on city streets.

In Los Angeles, we have a City Council directive from 2008 that called on City Planning, the LADOT, Public Works, the LA Bicycle Advisory Committee to consult with the LAPD and the City Attorney on the inclusion of the CBR principles “into the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan and other relevant documents and practices.” That didn’t happen but it must.

In Los Angeles, we have a Bicycle Plan working its way through the Planning Commission and City Council, acknowledging the January 1, 2001 implementation of the California Complete Streets Act but arguing that Los Angeles is not legally required to consider the needs of all modes. LA must account for the needs of all roadway users, not look for loopholes.

It’s Good News for cyclists because the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights and Complete Streets are both gaining traction. It’s Bad News for cyclists in Los Angeles because City Hall is looking for the legal minimum on the delivery of city services and on the support of cyclists on the streets of LA.

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One Response to “Cyclists’ Bill of Rights – Good News and Bad News”

  1. LA seems to lack accountability where it needs it most. Fire these LADOT buffoons, I’ll do their job in my free time and do it way better.

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