Board of Supervisors Directs Staff to Consider “Innovative” Bike Infrastructure for LA County

At today’s regularly scheduled board meeting the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor’s directed staff to “amend the Draft Los Angeles County Bicycle Master Plan to include Cycle Tracks as well as other innovative bikeway road types…as allowed options” and facilitate early adoption of such road treatments.

The Motion (76b on the supplemental agenda; also below) was made by Supervisor Yaroslavsky and passed without comment during today’s meeting. Earlier in the month staff for Supervisor Yaroslavsky also published a recap of public support for a stronger plan – “Pushing for a Better, Bolder Bike Plan” – on the Supervisor’s website following the Regional Planning Commission meeting, where advocates spoke in support of a stronger plan on 11/16.

In passing, the cycling community’s efforts to improve the County’s Draft Bike Plan appear to have gained some traction. This initial success would not have been possible without the broad support of local, regional, and national organizations –  including the American Heart Association, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, American Lung Association of California, Transit Coalition, Rail LA, Breathe LA, Flintridge Foundation, Day One, and Alhambrans Beyond Cars – that submitted letters in favor of the strengthening plan.

In the coming weeks bike advocates will be meeting with staff to discuss manners of strengthening the Plan before it returns to the Planning Commission on January 12th. Stay tuned for more information regarding the plan as it moves towards planned adopted in March 2012.

——————————–Motion 76b: Supervisor Yaroslavsky ————————

Recommendation as submitted by Supervisor Yaroslavsky: Instruct the Director of Public Works to immediately take the following actions regarding the draft plan for the Los Angeles County Bicycle
Master Plan:

1) Amend the Draft Los Angeles County Bicycle Master Plan to include Cycle Tracks as well as other innovative bikeway road types and cross sections within the Plan as allowed options, which may be implemented by the Department once they are approved by the State, and the Director determines that using such a design would promote the safety of all users of the street, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists;

2) Explicitly allow the use of these and other innovative designs once they become adopted California design standards;

3) Include provisions within the Plan that will facilitate Los Angeles County’s early adoption of these methods through participation in the State’s program to approve experimental projects, where the Director believes such participation would be cost effective and improve safety for members of the public;

4) Work with the Director of Regional Planning and the Director of Public Health to identify where the model street designs included in the Model Design Manual for Living Streets would be appropriate for inclusion in the General Plan Mobility Element, clearly referencing where these model street designs or other innovative features should be considered;

5) Take any actions necessary to update the Plan’s Program Environmental Impact Report so as to allow these changes to be incorporated into the final Plan before the March 2012 deadline for adoption;

6) Continue the Department’s collaboration with the bicycling community in preparation for the Regional Planning Commission’s consideration of the draft Plan in January 2012; and

7) Report back to the Board of Supervisors within 45 days regarding progress made toward completion of all of these objectives.


November Update: Upcoming Events

Alhambra City Council Bike Plan Study Session
The Alhambra City Council will be having a Study Session, open to the public, on Monday November 7th at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held in the central library’s Community Room on 101 South 1st St., just southwest of Main and Garfield.

If you live, ride or would just like to see a more bike/ped friendly Alhambra, please attend the meeting. This will be Council’s first formal consideration of the issue.

What: Alhambra City Council Bike Plan Study Session

When: Monday November 7th, 5:30pm

Where:Community Room, Alhambra Civic Center Library, 101 S. 1st St.

South El Monte to Host Design Workshops for Durfee/Peck Rd Improvements

The California Local Government Commission, City of South El Monte and CA Center for Public Health Advocacy will be hosting a series of three community workshops to develop a bike-ped friendly vision for Durfee and Peck Roads. Public input is sorely needed, so if you live, walk, bike or just want to support active transportation in South El Monte please attend one, two or all of the events. For more info, call 626-579-6540.

11/10 (6-8pm) Opening Community Workshop

11/12 (9am-1pm) Walking Tour and Design Workshop

11/15 (6-8pm) Presentation of a Vision Plan

Where: All events will be held at the Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte

November Coalition Meeting – 11/14 – 6:30-8:30pm – El Encanto

The next WSGVBC coalition meeting is right around the corner. Join us at Monterey Park’s historic El Encanto building for refreshments and updates on the group’s latest efforts in the community.

What: West San Gabriel Bike Coalition Meeting

When: Monday November 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, 700 El Mercado Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754

California Bike Summit – 11/5-7 – Kyoto Grand Hotel, Los Angeles

This weekend, the California Bicycle Coalition is coming to town to host this year’s state bike summit in downtown Los Angeles. The three day event will feature an array of speakers, workshops, organized rides, and opportunities to meet and socialize with bike advocates from around the state.

Although late registration for the full event is $120, members of the public can attend Monday’s full schedule of workshops for only $10. For more details, please visit CBC’s eventwebsite.

City of Pasadena to Host General Plan Mobility Workshops in November

City Planning staff will host four Mobility Workshopsin November for members of the public to share their  “thoughts about the future of driving, biking, walking and riding transit” in the City. The workshops are the latest outreach opportunity of the City’s General Plan update process, which is winding down and should come before Council for approval in the coming months.

The City’s Draft Bike Master Plan falls under the Mobility Element of the General Plan, so these meetings will be a good opportunity for folks who live and ride in Pasadena to provide feedback directly to City staff.

What: City of Pasadena Mobility Workshops

When/where: November 10, 11, 17, and 12/1 (Spanish)

For times and locations, see workshop webpage

Upcoming Events in Chronological Order 

  • 11/3 (6-7pm) – Emerald Necklace Action Team Meeting – Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 Tyler Ave., El Monte
  • 11/7 (5:30pm) – Alhambra Bike Plan Study Session – Alhambra Library Community Room, 101 South 1st Street, Alhambra 91801
  • 11/10 (6:30-8:30pm) – Pasadena Mobility Workshop – Pasadena Senior Center, Scott Pavilion, 85 E. Holly St, Pasadena
  • 11/10 (6-8pm) – South El Monte Durfee/Peck Rd. Community Workshop Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte
  • 11/10 (7-9pm) – Temple City Traffic Calming Workshop – Temple City Historical Society Hall, 9704 Woodruff Ave.
  • 11/12 (9am-1pm) –  Walking Tour and Design Workshop – Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte
  • 11/14 (6:30-8:30pm) – WSGVBC Monthly Meeting – El Encanto, 700 El Mercado Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754
  • 11/15 (6:30-8:30pm) – Pasadena Mobility Workshop – Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena
  • 11/15 (6-8pm) – Presentation of Durfee/Peck Rd. Vision Plan Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte
  • 11/16 (9am-) – LA County Regional Planning Commission Public Hearing on Final Draft of Bike Plan – Hall of Records; Room 150, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. The Final Plan and Draft EIR are available for public review.
  • 11/17 (2:30-4:30pm) – Pasadena Mobility Workshop – Fair Oaks Community Room, Renaissance Plaza, 694 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 2nd Floor #203, Pasadena
  • 11/17 (6-8pm) – Temple City Downtown Strategic Plan Workshop – Temple City Historical Society Hall, 9704 Woodruff Ave.