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Los Angeles Bicycle Plan Seeks Community Input

The experts want to hear from the public about what kind of environmental impact the first year of L.A.’s 2010 Bicycle Plan has had on parts of the Northeast, including Eagle Rock.

The Department of City Planning is scheduled to host a meeting this coming Wednesday to solicit community feedback about the implementation of the first year of the 2010 Bicycle Plan, which is aimed at building at least 200 miles of bikeways every five years.

A joint project between the Los Angeles Department of City Planning and the Department of Transportation, the 2010 Bicycle Plan designates a total of 1,680 miles of bicycle lanes, paths and bicycle friendly streets. Community support is not just mandatory for the plan, it’s vital because of the plan’s potential impact on such issues as traffic congestion and parking.

A Bicycle Plan Implementation Team consisting of city staff, representatives of other agencies and the bicycling community invites suggestions from the public about how to proceed with the project’s environmental impact study.

The so-called “scoping meeting” will be held July 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, located at 570 W. Avenue 26, 90065. (See the attached PDF document for further details.)

The meeting will focus on two proposed project areas in Northeast Los Angeles:

• North Figueroa Street between San Fernando Road and Colorado Boulevard.

• Colorado Boulevard between the Glendale city limits and Avenue 64.

The Bicycle Plan’s environmental impact study has the support of Take Back the Boulevard, Eagle Rock’s homegrown initiative to make Colorado Boulevard more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Bike lanes can not only make it safer for bicyclists, but also make it safer for pedestrians to cross Colorado and reduce speeding,” the TBTB steering committee said in a prepared statement e-mailed to Patch.

For more information about Wednesday’s meeting—or to submit an item for public comment—contact David Somers, a bicycle planner in the city planning department at David.Somers@lacity.org.

Timothy July 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
how about cyclists wear helmets? that would improve their safety a great deal. also, obeying stop signs and other traffic signals.
Timothy July 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM
really, I hear about all of these projects: bike lanes, traffic diets etc. and yet many cyclists will not take basic steps to protect themselves. riding around at night with no lights, reflectors and clad in all black is not smart, for example.
John July 15, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I am bicyclist and know that Eagle Rock is very popular among cyclists from around the southland as a starting point for rides up into the mountains. In the SFV, the metro orange line busway includes a landscaped bike and pedestrian path from North Hollywood to Chatsworth. There is also a nice one in Glendale Narrows. Would love to see a landscaped bike path from Glendale to Pasadena!
Marcus July 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
What about cyclists who insist in cycling into traffic on the wrong side of the road? I'm all for bike lanes, but we need bike education - at least teach it at school.

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