LADOT bike map
If you’re trying to figure out the safest and quickest way to get to a destination and/or connect to Metro Stations on your bicycle in Los Angeles, you’re in luck! The Los Angeles Department of Transportation recently released an update to their online city of Los Angeles bikeways map.
Not only can you find info on existing bikeways throughout the city, you can even browse through the various bikeways currently in development. Pretty cool to browse through and see the development of bikeways in downtown and extending development on Venice Boulevard.
Updates to the interactive bike map include:
- New Legend and Map Colors
- New Layers: Bikeways in Development & Long-Terms Bikeways
- New Details about Bikeways
- Full Screen Mode
You can find more details about the update here. Check out LADOT’s online map here, and be sure to let the LADOT Bike program team know what you think of their new map.
Be sure to also download Metro’s countywide bike map and check out the Bike Metro website for more info. An updated Metro bike map will be released in Spring 2014. We also recommend using NextBus on your smartphone for real-time bus and train arrival information — it helps when planning trips.
CICLE rides teach safe cycling skills, such as obeying traffic signals
Learning the secrets to baking the perfect loaf at the Delicious Bakery
Trays upon trays of breads and desserts
Hearing from business owners and sampling cupcakes at A Sweet Design
Happy riders enjoying the group ride
On Saturday, November 16th, Metro sponsored the Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride, led by C.I.C.L.E. This ride was the 6th in a series of 20 bicycle ride, which will rotate around different neighborhoods in Los Angeles County to increase bicycle ridership by providing opportunities to bike locally.
The weekend ride attracted 68 participants who met in Dearborn Park and visited famous Northridge and Granada Hills eateries. Stops included The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Gayle’s Perks, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design. At each location, riders were greeted by friendly business owners who shared their family histories and offered riders a taste of home-made products.
As with all the C.I.C.L.E.-led rides in this series, Saturday’s ride was family-friendly, leisurely paced, and fully supported by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. And as usual, safe bicycling etiquette and rules of the road were reviewed to ensure smooth riding for people of all ages and skill levels. As a result, multiple families joined the ride sporting bicycles with attached child seats and trailers, as well as detached childrens’ bikes.
Metro started these rides in May 2013 to complement Metro’s bicycle safety efforts, such as bicycle traffic skills classes and the “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” educational campaign. The goal of these rides is to encourage local bicycling trips by people of all bicycling abilities. 40% of all trips trips are two miles or less, yet 90% of those trips are made in a car. These are trips that can easily be made on a bicycle. Encouraging local riding will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as serve as a first-last mile connection to transit. Bicycling can bridge that gap to provide more transportation options to communities across Los Angeles County.
The next Metro-sponsored C.I.C.L.E. ride will take place in January.
Click here to read the kind of blog post no one at Metro wants to read: it’s a first-person account by one of our passengers who last Wednesday literally watched someone steal his $1,300 road bike from the front of a Metro bus in Hollywood.
Although bike theft from the Metro system is rare, it happens. And let’s face it: Bike theft in general is a problem that has long vexed cyclists and law enforcement.
That’s the reason that Metro made the above video. You may have also encountered the cards below on a Metro bus in recent weeks. The bike section of metro.net also has plenty of tips about taking bikes on buses and trains.
The key is to reduce the chance of a bike being stolen — even the writer of the blog post admits he could have done a few things differently. We definitely hope that Johnny gets his bike back and a few simple tips will thwart future thieves.
Waterford to Constitution Bikepath Closure Revised Notice
The closure of the bike path that runs along the west side of the I-405 will be extended until Sunday, December 22, due to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power work on a valve in the area.
Metro participated in the November 9 installment of KPFK’s “Bike Talk” radio program, a weekly radio show that discusses issues of interest to the L.A. bicycling community.
Diego Cardoso, executive officer of countywide planning and development at Metro, discussed Metro’s efforts to fund bicycle infrastructure improvements through the Call for Projects, which has doubled the amount of funding available to cities for the Bicycle category. He also mentioned Measure R local return funds that go to cities for their priority transportation projects that can include bicycle improvements.
Diego reported that Metro is also pursuing an Open Streets Program to extend CicLAvia-type events to cities throughout the county, as well as developing a business plan to implement a countywide bike share program.
The radio show is available online or via iTunes podcast.
Some very good news for cyclists from Anthony Jusay with Metro’s Bike Planning staff: the Rio Hondo Bike Path will soon be connected to the El Monte Transit Center. Metro began construction on the project last week and work is scheduled to be completed within 60 days, weather permitting.
The project includes a paved access ramp and gate opening that connects to an existing access point to the Rio Hondo. There will be ADA-accessible curb ramps, shared-lane markings and wayfinding between the bike path and transit center that will also be added so that people biking, walking or rolling can easily navigate their way.
Also in the works is the El Monte Metro Bike Hub, which is anticipated to be open in spring 2014. A Metro Bike Hub is a secure access, high-capacity bike parking facility — the El Monte Station will have the first one built by Metro.
Once these bike friendly features are complete at the El Monte Transit Center it will be a significant asset to the region as there are numerous bike planning efforts underway involving the cities of El Monte, South El Monte, Baldwin Park, San Gabriel, Temple City, Rosemead, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Covina and areas overseen by Los Angeles County.
For more information on current bike planning activities please visit the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Master Plan website.
Recent work taking place at the El Monte Station. Photo by Metro.
Never too early to teach kids about proper biking etiquette! Photo via CICLE Official Facebook
Get ready to bike to some good eats with the upcoming Northridge Diners & Delis Ride! The free ride is set to take place Saturday, Nov. 16 and is sponsored by Metro, led by CICLE, and supported by Valley Bikery. Pedal through Northridge and Granada Hills to visit some of the area’s tastiest spots. Stops include The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Gayle’s Perks, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design.
When: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.
Where: 17141 Nordhoff Street, Dearborn Park, Northridge, Los Angeles
Accessible via Metro Bus 166/364, 167 and 236/237
The Northridge Diners & Delis Ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. The ride is under 10 miles and will be led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. Prior to the ride, CICLE will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.
What to bring: water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to everyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.
Attention all cyclists: the bike path along the west side of the southbound I-405 from Waterford St. to Constitution Ave. will be closed from Monday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Nov. 30 due to construction of a drainage system at Waterford/Church.
Construction will require excavation, saw cutting of the sidewalk and potholing for utilities.
The detour route for cyclists is: north on Church Lane, right to eastbound Montana, right to southbound Sepulveda, and right to westbound Constitution.
The detour routes for pedestrians is: north on Church Lane, left on Sunset, left on Barrington, left on San Vicent, and left on Wilshire.
Above is one of the more interesting motions to come forth in the October round of meetings for the Metro Board of Directors. It involves one of our favorite issues: first mile, last mile — i.e. how to get people to and from transit stations.
The gist of it: The motion, by five members of the board, seeks to have Metro pursue a countywide bike share program that would put bikes at key transit stations throughout Los Angeles County. The motion sailed through the Board's Executive Management Committee on Thursday and will be considered by the full Board next Thursday.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explained the rationale for the motion on Thursday, saying he believes it would be better to create a countywide program instead of having individual cities pursue their own programs. A county program, the mayor said, is “the best way to create a simple system that crosses city boundaries.”
The city of L.A. had been pursuing a bike share program with BikeNation, but that effort has been stalled.
Damien Newton at L.A. Streetsblog has a good post on the motion, which is hardly surprising: Damien has long been following the bike share issue in our region.
The article includes this quote from Metro Board Member and L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin that I think sums up this effort and the challenge ahead for Metro:
“To be successful, we need to make sure our bike share program is user friendly. We can’t have a maze of competing bureaucratic regulations, standards and fees from city to city. A single membership card and a single membership fee will provide easy access to the system, allowing someone to check out a bike in Venice and return it in Santa Monica, or check it out in West Hollywood and return it in Silverlake.”
Photo: Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition Official Facebook
The next Metro sponsored bike ride, the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal, takes place on Sunday, October 20. The ride will be led by C.I.C.L.E. and supported by the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition.
Grab your bike and get ready to ride from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. The free ride is open to all cyclists, and you’ll be able to explore the Farm Store, game booths, a corn maze and much more at the festival. Some trailers will even be provided so you can haul back your jack’o'lantern finds, but if you’re set on doing some Halloween shopping, it’s best to bring your own basket or trailer. And all riders are encouraged to dress to impress in costume!
When: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m.
Where: Thomas Plaza – S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA 91776
Accessible by: Foothill Transit buses 291, 480, 286, 195, 197, Silver Streak and Omnitrans Bus 61
The ride is 11 miles and family-friendly. Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is free; prices for individual activities vary.
For the ride, make sure to bring water, a snack and a bicycle in good working order. All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem or other safe child carrying device.