Metro’s Bike Program team will come before the Planning and Programming Committee today with the agency’s Bike Share Concept Report, which examines opportunities for bike sharing in L.A. County.
The committee report is the result of a Board motion last July which called for Metro to take a “leadership role” in the implementation of a bike share program that would explore opportunities for starting a pilot project at key locations and identify possible funding, including public/private partnerships.
For those of you new to bike sharing or who may have seen it in other cities, the concept allows people to rent bikes at so-called “docking stations” around a city. The bikes can be rented at one station and returned to another. Bike sharing is considered an effective way to reduce auto trips and extend personal travel opportunities, especially when combined with transit.
Metro will have some bike sharing vendors at its Gateway headquarters building between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today to show how several of the bike sharing systems work. We’ll have a later post on The Source showing on the bike sharing report and demo, so stay tuned.
See the committee report at the following link.
CicLAvia Redux, Part 2 from Nicholas Dahmann on Vimeo.
This has been bouncing around the Internet for a few months, but I hadn’t seen it until stumbling on it over the holidays. It’s by Nicholas Dahmann and is a rendering done from thousands of still photos of the CicLAvia held last April. Very cool!
By the way, something else to look forward to in 2012: the next CicLAvia is currently scheduled for Sunday, April 15. It’s good to see the event — and handing the streets of L.A. over to cyclists and pedestrians for a few hours — is becoming a regular thing.
Cool news for bicyclists and bike rider wannabes who have thus far been too nervous — and rightly so — to ride in downtown Los Angeles.
A six-foot-wide emerald green ribbon of bike lane is ready for its inaugural ride at 1 p.m. today. To celebrate the new safer street, there will be a small ceremony at the corner of Spring and Second streets and then a chance for bike riders to try it out.
City council members Jan Perry and Jose Huizar, who is also a Metro Board member, are expected to be among those who take a first ride down the 1 1/2-mile long bike lane that extends from Cesar Chavez to 9th Street.
The new $2-million Santa Monica Bike Center opened this morning — the largest secure bicycle parking facility of its kind in the nation.
The bike center’s two combined locations on the ground floor of the Santa Monica Place parking structure feature almost 5,300 square-feet of space and nearly 360 secure bicycle parking spaces. The full-service facility also includes rentals, attended bike valet, showers, lockers, self-service repairs, vending and restrooms. The bike center location at 4th Street and Broadway is near stops for many bus lines and is only block away from the future Expo Line light rail terminus scheduled to arrive in Santa Monica in 2015.
Metro provided $1.5 million in funding through its 2007 Call for Projects grant program. Metro Deputy CEO Paul Taylor and Metro Board Members Zev Yaroslavsky and Pam O’Connor were on hand for the grand opening ceremony today.
Santa Monica Bike Center Save the Date
The Source earlier today reported on the City of Burbank’s new bike parking facility. Now the Big Kahuna of L.A. area bicycle parking facilities is on its way.
This Friday, November 18, the city of Santa Monica and Metro will officially open the Santa Monica Bike Center, whose two bike center locations offering secure bike parking and rentals are ideally located just blocks from Santa Monica Pier and the future Expo Line Phase II.
More details of this brand new facility will be forthcoming, but mark your calendar now for the Friday opening, which will be followed by a weekend open house.
Cyclists, meet up at Santa Monica City Hall lawn at 9:15 a.m. for a short ride to the new facility.
More info is after the jump.
Exterior view of "Bike Stop" location at Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station
This morning city of Burbank officials unveiled the newest bicycle parking facility in Los Angeles County that is tailored to Metrolink train commuters and other Burbank-area ciclistas.
Called “Bike Stop,” the new unattended facility features 40 bike parking stalls, a bike repair stand and small classroom area. Continue reading
Following up our earlier post, here are three pics I snapped at Union Station this morning of the two Metrolink bike cars that have been the recipients of a special wrap. They look quite awesome in person.
Metrolink isn’t screwing around. They’ve taken two of their new “bike cars” and put “wraps” on them to let everyone know loud and clear that they’re train cars with tons of extra room for bikes.
Both of the cars are on the same train this morning, the only time that will be happening. If you’re at Union Station this morning, the train will be on platform 9 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
City of Lights, a program of the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), is hosting a fund-raising dinner tonight. It’s open to the public and tickets will be available at the door. (Details below.) But even if you’re not in the mood for a nice night out there’s something to be admired in the simplicity of this program, which was launched in 2009 and has now reached about 600 people in need, many of them Latino.
The original thought was that many bike riders in L.A. County use their bicycles not for getting in shape but because they can’t afford cars. Those are riders who probably can’t afford the equipment useful for staying safe on the crazy streets of our city. These same bike riders could probably use a lesson on how to stay safe on the road, as well as what their rights are as bicyclists. Maybe they don’t even know they have rights.
City of Lights started by giving away bike safety helmets and lights. It now has branched out to teaching bike safety classes for free to anyone interested. At the end of the lesson they usually pass out helmets and lights to participants. Metro kicks in bike maps, circle lights and tire patching kits.
The classes are offered about once a month in various venues around town. It’s so low key there’s no schedule posted on the LACBC website, but one of the folks in charge has volunteered to take calls from anyone interested. And yes, the classes are offered in Spanish.
So if you want to learn more about bike safety contact Andy at 323-317-7847. But don’t go if you can afford your own light. Go if you need assistance.
And if you’re interested in the dinner here are the details: 2nd Annual City of Lights Award Dinner; La Fonda Super Club, 2501 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dinner; 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Music & Dancing.
Bike and ocean / Cali Herman via Flickr
Some of the most beautiful places in the region are in unincorporated L.A. County — think mountains and beach. And, of course, we have some of the best weather on the planet. So it’s good news that the L.A. County Regional Planning commission is far enough along with the county’s first bicycle plan since 1975 that it will soon conduct a public hearing on the matter.
The ambitious Bicycle Master Plan calls for creation of more than 800 miles of new bikeways over the next two decades for unincorporated L.A. County, including 19 miles of rider-friendly bicycle boulevards, nearly 265 miles of new bikeways (dedicated bicycle paths and lanes) and about 460 miles of bicycle routes, which are thoroughfares marked by signs and often paint on the pavement.
The plan also recommends end-of-trip facilities, such as short- and long-term bike parking, showers and changing facilities; encouraging enforcement of traffic laws to enhance bicyclist and pedestrian safety; determining where bike parking facilities are needed and establishment of a bicycle parking policy. All in all it’s a plan that speaks to the growing profile of bicycling in our county, as we grow to reflect 21st century concerns for clean air and mobility.
Anyone interested will be given a chance to testify or submit written comments on the final plan, as well as the draft environmental impact report, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Hall of Records, Room 150, 320 West Temple Street in downtown L.A. If you want to take a look at the plan and draft EIR in advance, they’re available for public review here.
It’s good to see the county is in the game, too, when it comes to bike improvements. Many of the 88 cities in the county are in the process of implementing their own bike plans, too, and it’s important in the future that these improvements form some type of network for future bike commuters.