LABP: 12 principles for LA's Best Bike Plan (9/100)

By Alex Thompson

If you can’t make the Bike Working Group today, here are twelve principles we’ll be presenting.  These principles were distilled out of the 8 solid pages of ideas that came out of the first Bike Working Group.  Bikeside and the Bike Writers Collective will be presenting these 12 principles as the proposed backbone of LA’s Best Bike Plan – the plan created by cyclists, for cyclists:

  1. Genesis: Every street is a street that cyclists will ride.
  2. Action: LA must commit to the implementation of key measures within 2 years.
  3. All City: A Backbone Bikeway network will be the engineering focus in the immediate future.
  4. Transformation: Neighborhood pilots projects to create pockets of ultra bike friendliness, including bike boulevards.
  5. Strength: Any new plan should go through a full programmatic EIR.
  6. Intelligence: Evaluate success by measuring progress against goals, timelines, bike counts, and collision data.
  7. A Generation: Get em’ young – building a car-free army from LA’s youngest generation – beginning at the school level.
  8. Justice: LAPD will under go mandatory 8 hour training in cyclists’ rights, laws concerning cyclists, and practical bike training.
  9. Execution: Move Bikeways out of LADOT.
  10. Democracy: The plan must be approved by cyclists, or the NCs.
  11. Total: The six Es – Equality, Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation – give the structure of the plan.
  12. Equality: The Cyclists’ Bill of Rights is the foundation for the plan.

There was so much good material that it was very difficult to narrow the list down to these 12.  Here’s 11 great principles that didn’t make the cut:

  1. The whole plan must be usable, not bits
  2. Education must be comprehensive, motorist focused, and specific
  3. Sharrows on every street (educate about what it means), beginning with those streets with proposed bike lanes
  4. City will advocate for legal reform (3 foot law, Idaho stops) and assume liability for hazards
  5. Regional Divisions for Bicycle Coordinators
  6. Public reports by agencies on bike Issues
  7. Give NCs control over the local elements of the plan
  8. Strengthen language by removing equivocation, changing proposed to designated, and potential to proposed.
  9. Establish new street performance measure, doing away with LOS
  10. Kill the plan, live with the old plan, or replace with our plan
  11. Not that bad is not good enough

BOOM!

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11 Responses to “LABP: 12 principles for LA's Best Bike Plan (9/100)”

  1. I love the “take no prisoners” approach. Either do it right or not at all. I’ll be there if I can when you all present this plan so I can show my support.

  2. ha ha – yeah – as Machiavelli said, “make no small plans.” We’ll be stoked to have you there.

  3. Yo… your presentation about who/what/how the bike plan works at the beginning of the meeting was really great, do you have a copy/video/audio of it?

    It would be really useful talking to other people who plan to attend the NELA meeting on wed…

  4. A well thought out plan! We certainly need it.

    “A Generation: Get em’ young – building a car-free army from LA’s youngest generation – beginning at the school level.”

    Education is a very important step in getting the next generation, and their parents, to get out and ride.

    When I went to elementary and jr high in LA and the Bay Area, they had several ‘bike safety courses’ after school. If your brought your bike to school, they taught an hour course that covered safety, fixing flats, avoiding cars, doors and objects, riding at night and a bunch of other stuff. The teachers were always enthusiastic and fun, and we had races on cone courses (with a big plastic car door that swung open at random intervals) to learn balance and reaction times.

    Those courses are probably one of the reasons I’ve always had a bike, no matter where I lived, even if it was a bike unfriendly town.

  5. @Steve, thanks! I think Stephen is working on it. We’re gonna keep meeting, keep educating, and keep learnin.

    @Stephanie – ok, now that obstacle course stuff is doooooope! That sounds fun!

  6. 1. Genesis: Every street is a street that cyclists will be injured on.
    2. Action: LA must consider the implementation of key measures within 20 years.
    3. Some Other City: A Pocket Bikeway network will be the engineering focus in Culver City or Glendale.
    4. Transformation: Neighborhood pilots projects to create pockets of ultra bike friendliness, outside of Los Angeles’s jurisdiction.
    5. Strength: Any new plan should go through a full problematic bickering.
    6. Intelligence: Evaluate success by measuring progress against stereotypes, fantasies, assumptions, and wild accusations.
    7. A Generation: Impose law enforcement guidelines that ensure that every child who rides a bicycle also gets to ride in the back of a police car.
    8. Justice: LAPD will discard all training materials in cyclists’ rights, laws concerning cyclists, and practical bike training.
    9. Execution: Move Bikeways out of LA.
    10. Democracy: The plan must be approved by bureaucrats, or not at all.
    11. Total: The six Is – Ignorance, Imposition, Idiocy, Illusion, Inhibition, Incrimination – give the structure of the plan.
    12. Equality: The Automobile Association of America is the foundation for the plan.

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