Time is running out to get a better bike plan
In less than a week the public hearings for the 2010 Los Angeles bike plan will be finished. The bad news? One of them is already over. The good news? There are four left! This is your opportunity to ask the people responsible for choosing the streets in the bike plan why your desired streets aren’t included, your time to get your opinion officially on the record, and, best of all, your chance to review the bike plan maps on big posters instead of trying to zoom into a PDF on your computer screen.
The first meeting took place in Hollywood on Saturday. A group of cyclists spent an hour looking over large maps of the various networks of bikeways that should result from the plan. Two hours of public comment saw the cyclists give their input, which ranged from identifying gaps within the proposed networks to requesting connectivity with adjacent cities to prioritizing bikeways on streets in low-income neighborhoods.
Additionally, specific details on implementation timescales were commonly requested. If you look carefully at the maps at the public hearing you’ll notice that the name of one map has changed from “Implementation Strategy” to “Expenditure Plan”. It’s the map that shows the first 5 years of bikeways – those that are the highest priority for LADOT. So what’s with the name change? The timeline on the map does not describe when the bikeways will be created, simply when funding for those bikeways will be obtained. So the name change is appropriate but where is the timeline specifying when each bikeway will be completed? Short answer: there isn’t one.
Another recurring request was for accountability from LADOT. Several people noted that failure at the implentation stage was what led to the creation of only 50% of the bikeways in the 1996 Los Angeles bike plan. There were calls for collaboration between LADOT and bicycling advocates to ensure the bike plan stays on track, as well as quarterly public meetings with LADOT representatives. Currently there are no plans to provide public updates on the status of the bike plan.
Concerned about the lack of an implementation timeline or accountability once these hearings end? Concerned about something else? Just want to see some big maps? Then get yourself out to one of the upcoming meetings before it’s too late.
Remaining Bike Plan Public Hearings:
Wednesday, September 29, 11:30am-1:30pm. Webinar Public Hearing. Check website for details.
Wednesday, September 29, 5pm-8pm. Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Thursday, September 30, 5pm-8pm. Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044
Saturday, October 2, 10am-1pm. Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Room 1B, Van Nuys, CA 91401