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L.A. Bike Fest – feeder ride and fundraising page!

Mark your calendars: LA Bike Fest!

Join LACBC’s first-ever LA Bike Fest next Saturday, November 5, 2022. Their signature fundraising event celebrates the community on bikes with rides and a party at Bike Shed Moto Co. They will also be honoring leaders from the bicycle-riding community with Spoke Awards! The honorees are passionate, dedicated, and collaborative in their efforts to make Los Angeles a more bikeable region for everyone.

Want to bicycle to the party? Then join our feeder ride from West Hollywood! Departs at 10:30 a.m. from Poinsettia Park at 7341 Willoughby Ave.

Can’t join the party? Then help the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition raise funds for LA Bike Fest by contributing to our fundraising page!

When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, 12–4 p.m.
Where: The Bike Shed Moto Co., 1580 Industrial St., Los Angeles

Enjoy:
Live music 🎸
Amazing food & drinks 🍻
Meet LACBC Local Chapters & other local organizations 🤝
Silent auction 📋
& more! Plus a HUGE announcement! 🤫
Visit labikefest.org to join LA Bike Fest Saturday, November 5, 2022.

 

 

Candidate Questionnaire 2022

West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition Candidate Questionnaire
West Hollywood City Council Election — Tuesday, November 8, 2022

On Tuesday, November 8, West Hollywood voters will head to the polls to decide three of the City Council’s five seats. The seats are at-large, meaning each council member represents the entire city.

The West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition crafted a nine-question questionnaire and sent it to all twelve candidates. Their completed questionnaires are linked to below, in alphabetical order.

As a chapter of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, we cannot endorse candidates, but we hope you find this information helpful as you educate yourselves about candidates.

For a sample ballot & precinct map, please visit the City’s Election Information Web page.

Completed questionnaires:

We have not yet received responses from the following candidates:

  • John Duran
  • Ben Savage
  • Steve Martin
  • Lauren Meister (incumbent)
  • John Heilman
  • Zekiah N. Wright

1. What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I walk and ride my bicycle since I decided to not own a car two years ago due to my commitment to slow down global warming and also stay healthy

2. Would (or do) you feel safe biking and/or using an e-scooter as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

I feel safe biking but I would rather see lanes for bicycles and e scooters on our residential streets. I have been advocating for adding bicycle lanes on our residential streets at City Council and Transportation Commission by making public comments. Bicycle lane on Santa Monica blvd needs to extend to the east side.

3. What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling (and other micromobility) in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add bike lanes, greenways (traffic diverters and other traffic calming features), and/or protections (physical separations from cars, such as concrete curbs) to existing or new bike lanes?

As a victim where an SUV at 100 mph on my residential street nearly ended my life after entering my property at 2 am, I have been very passionate and vocal at City Council by asking for addition of speed humps, flashing red lights at stop signs, lowering speed limits and actually posting speed limits on residential streets and limiting access to only allow residents to enter their streets after 9 or 10 pm. Residential streets are lacking appropriate crosswalks for older adults and residents with disability and pedestrians. The city has focused on minimum parking requirements and disturbing reckless drivers instead of focusing on pedestrians and residents and their safety and quality of life. Our focus needs to shift to green mobility and promoting cyclists and e-scooters as a greener alternative to cars. I have been able to accomplish some of the initiatives mentioned above on my residential street and neighboring streets after two years of weekly efforts.

4. What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize alternatives to driving, such as bikes, scooters, and walking, in West Hollywood?

I mentioned some of the ideas under item number 3. I strongly believe that our streets need a new focus and facelift to promote residents to walk or use green mobility to reduce carbon footprint in our city and globally.

5. What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micromobility devices?

I will promote this idea and it is the way into the future to save our planet earth and also to reduce number of fatal accidents caused by cars.

6. What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I believe this is a solid decision and it will allow better access to our city for visitors, workers, and residents, and at the same time it will reduce number of cars on our streets and boost our economy by allowing an alternative for people to access West Hollywood.

7. Should the city consider adding barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares (such as Willoughby Avenue)?

Absolutely and it should have been done already. As an advocate for safer streets in our city, I have noticed some streets are already set up with barriers to eliminate cut through traffic on residential streets but there is no consistent guideline or practice that the city is following. I have been very vocal about adding barriers on residential streets that are constantly used as a cit through and a race track for some drivers and streets with high rate of car accidents.

8. Bicycle theft is at an all-time high. What actions should the city take to address that?

We need cameras installed in key areas of the city with high crime rate including theft. Cameras help our police force to better identify criminals.

9. Some of the city’s bicycle- and pedestrian-heavy corridors are unsafe for non-motorized travel (the Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Fountain Ave). What kinds of solutions would you propose to make them safer?

I will recommend addition of crosswalks with flashing lights, signs to inform drivers about pedestrian safety and also reduce speed limits for the mentioned streets.

Sarah Adolphson Responses

1. What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I walk whenever possible, otherwise I drive. I walk for exercise and convenience. If I drive in the city, it’s to stay safe at night, if I am short on time, or if I plan to carry home heavy groceries.

2. Would (or do) you feel safe biking and/or using an e-scooter as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

I would love to bike around the city, but am not an experienced cyclist and do not feel confident navigating busier thoroughfares like Santa Monica or Sunset Blvd. I would love to try an e-scooter but have terrible coordination!

3. What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling (and other micromobility) in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add bike lanes, greenways (traffic diverters and other traffic calming features), and/or protections (physical separations from cars, such as concrete curbs) to existing or new bike lanes?

I am a big fan of Complete Streets and know that the city is working to implement this concept throughout West Hollywood. I think we can expedite the process by establishing a citizen science project in which we encourage and incentivize residents to send information – such as pictures and cross streets – to the city where we need to improve sidewalks, widen or extend bike lanes, and improve mobility overall for our pedestrians and cyclists.

4. What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize alternatives to driving, such as bikes, scooters, and walking, in West Hollywood?

As a walker, I speak from experience that this city must address the homelessness issue. There are too many homeless that are severely mentally ill and are a threat public safety.

For bikes and scooters, I think we need to widen and extend bike lanes so that people on bikes, scooters and skateboards do not have to use the sidewalks.

5. What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micromobility devices?

I think these are all great means of transportation; they are efficient, reduce traffic congestion and improve the environment. I do think we need a better system for the parking of scooters. They are often left in the middle of sidewalks and impede mobility for the elderly, families with strollers, and people in wheelchairs or with walkers. I like that this is now a task of Block-by-Block Ambassadors but would also like to explore an accountability system, such as ticketing or warnings for poorly parked scooters. Our city tickets cars that block access; we ticket real estate signs that block sidewalks; we should apply the same rules to scooters and bicycles.

6. What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I like anything that helps the environment and improves transportation equity. I would just want to put measures in place to protect against crime, as people will more easily be able to enter and leave the city.

7. Should the city consider adding barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares (such as Willoughby Avenue)?

West Hollywood has one of the highest walkability scores of any neighborhood across the country. Barriers encourage walking and cycling and improve safety for non-motorized vehicles. That said, many of our residents work outside of the city and depend on their cars to get to and from work; we need to strike a balance that prioritizes the safety of our cyclists while still acknowledging the needs of commuters.

8. Bicycle theft is at an all-time high. What actions should the city take to address that?

The city could increase the number of bike racks, so that cyclists have a more secure location to which they can lock their bicycles. The city could also have a system of registration, making it harder for bikes to resold and less appealing for thieves.

9. Some of the city’s bicycle- and pedestrian-heavy corridors are unsafe for non-motorized travel (the Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Fountain Ave). What kinds of solutions would you propose to make them safer?

I would work with the cycling community to identify the areas of highest priority and collaborate to find solutions that work within the city budget and make progress toward a safer, more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community.

Chelsea Byers Responses

1. What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I primarily walk, ride the bus, or rent a scooter. I do not own a personal vehicle and haven’t since 2018. When I began this transition, I was working a job downtown and found the bus to be a more ideal method for commuting because it allowed me to enjoy my commuting time with a book or getting work done on my laptop and it saved me a lot of money to ride the bus instead of maintain a personal vehicle. Now I work from home and walk to get my groceries or complete other errands. I currently do not own a bicycle because it was stolen (twice!). I am advocating to my apartment building for safe bike storage lockers – we are given two tandem parking spaces but no where safe to lock our bikes.

2. Would (or do) you feel safe biking and/or using an e-scooter as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

It tends to feel like I am taking my own life into my hands when I choose to scooter or e-bike through the City. Without a network of protected bike lanes and proper investment into our transit infrastructure, we do not incentivize individuals to not use their personal vehicles. 3. What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling (and other micromobility) in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add bike lanes, greenways (traffic diverters and other traffic calming features), and/or protections (physical separations from cars, such as concrete curbs) to existing or new bike lanes?

I believe we need to create physical protections for bike lanes to protect cyclists from cars like concrete curbs or bollards. A network of protected bike lanes should be built across the whole city with neighborhoods that suffer from a high incidence of bicycle injuries or fatalities being prioritized. Doing so will bring about new opportunities for greenspace, safety, artwork, community, business vitality, and connection.

3. What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling (and other micromobility) in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add bike lanes, greenways (traffic diverters and other traffic calming features), and/or protections (physical separations from cars, such as concrete curbs) to existing or new bike lanes?

I believe we need to create physical protections for bike lanes to protect cyclists from cars like concrete curbs or bollards. A network of protected bike lanes should be built across the whole city with neighborhoods that suffer from a high incidence of bicycle injuries or fatalities being prioritized. Doing so will bring about new opportunities for greenspace, safety, artwork, community, business vitality, and connection.

4. What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize alternatives to driving, such as bikes, scooters, and walking, in West Hollywood?

First and foremost, West Hollywood should be building more housing along transit corridors. It will lower car trips and allow more people to walk, bike, or take transit to get where they need to go. Demonstrating our investment and focus on ensuring safety and efficiency is also an incentive. We must create charming, desirable, and safe places for this mobility to occur. We should also fund bike shares and bike cooperatives and fund extensive outreach to community members. Most people lose touch with the ease and joy of bike riding and events like CicLAvia create community-driven opportunities for people to reconnect with this experience. We also need to ensure apartments have safe storage for bicycles and not just parking spaces for vehicles otherwise people will not be motivated to acquire this mode of transportation for themselves.

5. What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micromobility devices?

Any alternative modes of transportation should be encouraged if we want to reduce traffic and the number of vehicles on the road. Right now, the City has a number of contracts with various scooter and ebike companies under pilot which should formalize into a long-term agreement that ensures we have enough mobility resources across the community for this program to be used effectively. Understandably, there is concern over the shared infrastucture of sidewalk space which scooter riders and bicyclists often feel a need to utilize for their own safety concerns when bike lanes are not available. Beyond ticketing riders which could decentivize this alternative transportation use altogether, we need to rapidly expand bike lanes and create greater mechanisms for safety among all alternative transportation modes. Longer term, we should be providing more funding to bike cooperatives and subsidize bike shares so that people have more options to move around the city. I also believe this will help address our first-mile/last-mile issue when it comes to gaps in our regional public transit infrastructure.

6. What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I believe we should push for the Fairfax/San Vincente route. It is the only proposed route that serves top destinations in West Hollywood like Cedars-Sinai – one of the largest employers in LA County – and would serve more residents and job-holders than the La Brea route, as well as more cultural resources. I also believe we should be providing alternatives like bike shares and scooters at the Metro station as well as having services like LANow readily available to close that first and last-mile gap.

7. Should the city consider adding barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares (such as Willoughby Avenue)?

Yes and we should be lowering speed limits to protect the safety of pedestrians as well. This will reduce the noise from traffic, and create a greater feeling of safety and community in our neighborhoods. There are many locations throughout the City that are prime for this opportunity.

8. Bicycle theft is at an all-time high. What actions should the city take to address that?

Bike theft has impacted me personally and has challenged my ability to maintain my own personal bicycle. My apartment complex does not have safe storage or dedicated bicycle lockers and this is true for the majority of residents in West Hollywood. We need to ensure that new housing that is built comes with bike lockers or storage spaces to store bikes for tenants and we need to look into mechanisms to bring about safe storage for existing buildings. This also demonstrates the value in the City creating more opportunities for shared resources – like bike co-ops and rental mechanisms. People can have access to bikes and scooters as they desire without having to absorb the overhead and potential liability risks associated with personal property.

Ultimately, having more people who are enjoying our public spaces helps to foster public safety and reduces crime. I believe we need to provide funding and encourage street vendors,
programming like neighborhood block parties, working with small businesses for sidewalk art & street furniture, and make infrastructure changes to ensure safe access to play spaces.

9. Some of the city’s bicycle- and pedestrian-heavy corridors are unsafe for non-motorized travel (the Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Fountain Ave). What kinds of solutions would you propose to make them safer?

Despite West Hollywood’s reputation as a walkable city, we still have a large number of accidents that pose a threat to public health. We should synchronize stop lights and provide pedestrians with more time to cross intersections. In the middle of pedestrian heavy streets, we can build median strips and add flashing lights to signal when non-motorists are crossing the streets. I believe that these changes will be beneficial to older adults, people with disabilities and people walking their pets, in particular. The business community along the Sunset Strip in particular has been communicating their desire to see bike lanes established as it would increase the connectivity to street level businesses, which has significantly declined due to the pandemic and change in office culture. And Melrose in particular is poised for dramatic improvements that support the vibrant life, culture, and community that exists in that area. Slowing down traffic, creating safe bike lanes, and expanding sidewalk space will facilitate a greater experience to serve that corridor.

We should also work with small businesses to encourage street art. Cities like Pittsburgh did this with large intersections and saw traffic collisions fall as a result. I believe we can do the same
here in West Hollywood as part of a broader package of Vision Zero changes.

Jordan Cockeram Responses

1. What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I have a vehicle that I use for long distances or if I need to transport large/heavy items, and I have an electric scooter that I use for everything else.

2. Would (or do) you feel safe biking and/or using an e-scooter as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I know the rules of the road for electric scooters, and following them is the best way to be and feel safe. I’ve seen people ride scooters on the sidewalks, presumably because they think it’s safer to be away from cars, but that’s not the case. I ride my scooter in the bike lane when bike lanes are available, otherwise I ride in the road. Being visible to other drivers/cyclists/scooter riders is the best way to make sure you are safe.

3. What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling (and other micromobility) in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add bike lanes, greenways (traffic diverters and other traffic calming features), and/or protections (physical separations from cars, such as concrete curbs) to existing or new bike lanes?

I think the city should put up physical separations around the bike lanes to keep cyclists and micro-mobility riders safe. I don’t think they need to be concrete barriers, but some sort of permanent “cone” or reflective marker. Because we don’t have the infrastructure quite yet to reduce the number of cars, I don’t think the city should remove any vehicle traffic lanes for bike lanes, but once the metro is finished, I think we should do a study to see what vehicle lanes, if any, could be changed into bike lanes or greenways.

4. What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize alternatives to driving, such as bikes, scooters, and walking, in West Hollywood?

I think the city should offer incentives like free charging stations, tax breaks on purchases of bikes, scooters, etc, and if the budget allows it, subsidized purchases of micro-mobility transportation.

5. What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micromobility devices?

I am a huge supporter of shared micro-mobility devices. I’ve noticed in other cities (like San Francisco), scooters are required to be locked to something when the rider is finished. I think we should do that in West Hollywood to prevent scooters being strewn on the ground and in the way of sidewalks, driveways, and other pedestrian and vehicular pathways.

6. What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last mile access to and from a subway stop?

As with the shared micro-mobility devices, I am also a huge supporter of the Metro Rail, specifically the Fairfax-San Vicente Hybrid line. I think that, partnered with micromobility devices, will be incredibly beneficial to those who live, work, and play in the city, and will solve the first-mile/last-mile access issue.

7. Should the city consider adding barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares (such as Willoughby Avenue)?

I think each cut-through area has to be looked at individually, as there isn’t a “one size fits all” option that can be used. If there’s an intersection that is more dangerous than others where accidents are more frequent, then yes, absolutely.

8. Bicycle theft is at an all-time high. What actions should the city take to address that?

The city should educate people on not only the importance of locking up your bicycle, but HOW to properly lock up your bicycle, and what locks are the best. I think the city could also offer something like discounted or incentivized bike locks.

9. Some of the city’s bicycle- and pedestrian-heavy corridors are unsafe for non-motorized travel (the Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Fountain Ave). What kinds of solutions would you propose to make them safer?

I think this is an example where concrete barriers WOULD be beneficial and necessary. That way if there’s a distracted or inebriated driver who does veer into the pedestrian corridors, the pedestrians will be protected by the concrete barriers.

Robert Oliver Responses

1. What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

My predominant form of transportation is a pair of Adidas walking shoes. I walk almost everywhere
because we are such a walkable community, and it’s so convenient. I also ride my bike as much as possible. It’s my beach cruiser from UCSB, where I learned to depend on my bike to get around, and it has a basket for groceries. When I do drive, I have an electric vehicle, but spends most of its time collecting dust. I charge my car every month or so.

2. Would (or do) you feel safe biking and/or using an e-scooter as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

Many times that I would otherwise take my bicycle, I choose to walk instead because I feel safer. If we had protected bike lanes, it would be more convenient to bicycle or take a scooter most times for medium-length trips around town.

3. What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling (and other micromobility) in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add bike lanes, greenways (traffic diverters and other traffic calming features), and/or protections (physical separations from cars, such as concrete curbs) to existing or new bike lanes?

As a staffer in Senator Feinstein’s West LA office, I biked the 10.6 miles round trip daily through three cities (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles), and I knew each block of the commute and its relative safety. There is no question that unprotected, and especially unmarked, bike lanes are not adequate forms of micro-mobility infrastructure. Simply painting a chevron and telling drivers to “share the lane” doesn’t cut it any longer. I have personally experienced what other cities around the nation and world have done to create a real and viable micro-mobility infrastructure. I have felt the transformative force that a genuine pedestrian zone or tree-lined, pedestrian lanes can make on quality of life. As a councilmember, it will be my priority to bring that vitality to West Hollywood.

4. What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize alternatives to driving, such as bikes, scooters, and walking, in West Hollywood?

The city must prioritize making it safe and convenient to bike and scoot around town. That means micro-mobility lanes, as well as convenient bike racks and designated scooter parking areas. As we grow our built environment, it also means prioritizing mixed use and affordable housing units so more people can live, work, play, and run errands within walking or biking distance of their homes. We need to expedite the Crenshaw Line Extension and prioritize middle-class housing over luxury housing and parking spots.

It is time for 21st century infrastructure in West Hollywood and the region. Cars will continue to be perceived as the most convenient option for people until we bring parity in our infrastructure for different modes of transportation. Thanks to our density and mixed-use zoning, we are a city that is naturally suited for alternatives to the automobile–public transportation, micro-mobility, and walking. I want to create a network of protected bike/micro-mobility lanes and also improve pedestrian safety by widening sidewalks, adding traffic calming measures and design techniques that prioritize pedestrian safety. We need to engage the community on these priorities. I believe the majority of residents would support prioritizing people and livability over constant congestion, noise, and pollution.

5. What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro mobility devices?

Our priority should be the successful integration of micro-mobility devices into the city by creating a viable micro-mobility infrastructure. Ultimately, that will be the key to keeping riders and pedestrians safe.

6. What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I am so excited that this line is coming to West Hollywood. We are a city that is primed for the Metro. I have been advocating for the Hybrid Alignment since 2017. I think that alignment will serve the greatest number of individual riders, connecting Cedars, our entertainment venues, east and west West Hollywood, and Sunset with the rest of LA. This alignment would integrate public transit in more people’s lives.

We need to have a first/last mile in place, and I am open to dedicated bus lanes. I have supported previous proposals for dedicated bus lanes, namely on La Brea. Since buses constantly stop, it allows for smoother vehicle travel and can actually help ease congestion. We also need to expand service on our WeHo trolley service. The more dependable and frequent those run, the more people will come to rely on them to get around within the city.

7. Should the city consider adding barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares (such as Willoughby Avenue)?

Yes. Residential streets should be used for access to neighborhoods, not as cut-throughs for hurried drivers. Residential quality of life, and bicyclist and pedestrian safety are threatened by high volumes of speeding vehicular traffic on neighborhood streets. There are a number of traffic treatments that have already been used successfully to address this issue, and I would like to see them expanded.

8. Bicycle theft is at an all-time high. What actions should the city take to address that?

We need to start with public education that includes not just best practices for securing a bike, but also the urgent need to register each bicycle. As anyone who has had a bicycle stolen will know, the authorities are limited if the bike’s serial number isn’t registered. I would also like to see additional decoy bikes used to catch repeat and organized offenders.

9. Some of the city’s bicycle- and pedestrian-heavy corridors are unsafe for non-motorized travel (the Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Fountain Ave). What kinds of solutions would you propose to make them safer?

I believe all of these different modes of transportation can fit into a larger network of planning for better and safer infrastructure. West Hollywood is playing its part but we also need the City of Los Angeles to do the same since we are surrounded by them on a majority of our borders. The Healthy Streets Initiative is the plan to ensure that when streets are updated in Los Angeles they also are updated to ensure that they are following the mobility plans that the council agreed to. I will be playing my part here in West Hollywood and advocating to ensure that the City of LA and Beverly Hills and other Westside Cities do the same.

I support Vision Zero, and I serve on the Vision Zero Task Force for the City of West Hollywood in my capacity as a Public Safety Commissioner. I am impressed by the progress the City of New York has made in protecting people, and we need to take measures ourselves toward the same goal. Vision Zero is data-driven and I look forward to working with traffic engineers and other staff to identify areas of need and possible treatments to address them. We have seen too many headlines of people being hit or killed by cars, as well as too many instances of vehicles getting in accidents, hitting buildings, or even flipping over.

Design matters. We cannot continue to allow neighborhood streets to be treated like freeways, and they will until they stop looking like freeways. I look forward to seeing recommendations from city traffic engineers on traffic calming measures to make West Hollywood safer.

Marquita Thomas Responses

1. What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I do not own a car so I mostly walk and for longer trips I either take transit or rideshare. I got rid of my car in 2018 because as a person who works from home in a City where everything is within a 30 minute walk, getting rid of my car helped me do my part to both decrease traffic and emissions.

2. Would (or do) you feel safe biking and/or using an e-scooter as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

I would not feel safe because the safety features needed to protect micromobility options are not sufficiently in place in the City of West Hollywood. Also, I do not know how to ride a scooter and have not seen enough classes that would teach me how to ride one, I believe the City should hold regular meeting to help riders who are green learn how to use the scooters safely and also encourage safety measures relative to sharing space with other commuters and I would like to see more education around wearing helmets.

3. What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling (and other micromobility) in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add bike lanes, greenways (traffic diverters and other traffic calming features), and/or protections (physical separations from cars, such as concrete curbs) to existing or new bike lanes?

Safety for bicycle and other micromobility options must be prioritized. I support protective bike lanes as well as traffic calming features and protections. I feel that these features should be put in place along Santa Monica Blvd, Fountain Blvd, Gardner and Melrose. Fountain Blvd more so than most other areas of the City has had far too many bike/car collisions. I have attended workshops the City has held on protective bike lanes and appreciate that they are seeking community support on the best options for protected lanes

4. What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize alternatives to driving, such as bikes, scooters, and walking, in West Hollywood?

In my campaign for West Hollywood City Council, I have begun advocating “Metro Mondays” where I encourage West Hollywood residents to ditch their cars for a day each Monday to explore other options like the City line, Metro, scooters, bicycles, walking or jogging. I believe a City campaign encouraging a once a day car-free option gets the entire City engaged in exploring other options. Also, continuing City-wide events like Ciclavia helps residents envision a cars-free future. This type of messaging will be critical over the next several years as we continue to plan for the Metro. Reducing our residents’ reliance on cars is necessary now to ensure more residents ride the Metro when it finally arrives in the City. The City also needs a communication piece informing residents that a significant amount of traffic in the City is due to residents taking trips of less than two miles and choosing to not drive for trips of less than two miles and using micromobility or walking will have a significant impact on traffic. Who doesn’t want less traffic?

5. What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micromobility devices?

The City needs to support micromobility options but also needs to support driver education so that micromobility and drivers can coexist safely. I have seen far too many near misses that could have proven fatal. A necessary policy for micromobility needs to also include a significant number of drop off zones so that scooters are not impeding foot traffic, wheelchairs, strollers etc.

6. What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

The Metro is going to be a powerful revenue generator for our city and for our businesses. and it is going to help get our residents as well as our visitors get to key destinations and Job Centers quickly and efficiently.
I am so glad to see the city settle on the San Vicente hybrid which will take a little longer to build and cost a little bit more but ultimately we’ll get more people to more destinations and the benefits far outweigh the cost. As for first-mile, last-mile access, I certainly support micomobility but also support transit-oriented housing near Metro lines. Dense, walkable, mixed-use development near transit attracts people and adds to vibrant, connected communities. In addition, due to its proximity to Metro, transit oriented housing will be more affordable since it will not have to adhere to parking minimums thereby bringing down the overall cost to the project and causing rents to be more affordable.

7. Should the city consider adding barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares (such as Willoughby Avenue)?

Absolutely and we should seek input from the community on whether realigned intersections and speed cushions would be beneficial as well. Several residents have complained about some of the new additions on Willoughby but many others understand the benefits and understand that a slight redirect is helpful to keep bicyclists safe and to mitigate the impact of cars taking the Willoughby Avenue thoroughfare.

8. Bicycle theft is at an all-time high. What actions should the city take to address that?

Block by Block ambassadors will soon begin residential foot patrols which should mitigate bike theft but bicyclists should be warned that bike theft is on the rise in the same way that the nightlife community posts warnings that cell phone theft is on the rise. In addition to warning residents, the City should encourage bicyclists to register their bikes, put GPS trackers and locks, especially alarm locks, on bikes and also provide workshops how to use them correctly, provide a hotline for bike theft, encourage bicyclists to write down the serial number of their bikes, discourage geo-tagging routes and encourage bicyclists to park bikes near security cameras

9. Some of the city’s bicycle- and pedestrian-heavy corridors are unsafe for non-motorized travel (the Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Fountain Ave). What kinds of solutions would you propose to make them safer?

I still believe protected bike lanes are the best solution. Either wide bike/micromobility lanes where cars can park and still provide space for bikes to ride or raised bike lanes to the right or left of parked cars. I support the right as I am very concerned about car doors opening and hitting riders but ultimately I would rely on the community to weigh in on the best option.



Willoughby Avenue traffic-calming installations

Show your support for slowing and reducing traffic on Willoughby Avenue!

In collaboration with the City of L.A., the City of West Hollywood has installed traffic-calming “temporary installations” through August, 2022 on Willoughby Ave. at Ogden Drive (diverter), Spaulding Ave. (curb extensions/”bulb-outs”) and Curson Avenue (traffic circle) to reduce and slow cut-through traffic on this residential street.  West Hollywood has posted information and a video on their “Willoughby–Kings–Vista/Gardner Street Design Project” webpage.

West Hollywood will host two virtual workshops at the end of August to seek community input on the Project. 

When:
Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
Where:
Online — RSVP links for each meeting are posted at the project webpage

Feedback to West Hollywood staff can also be provided via the comment box on the project webpage, or to submit the following supportive statements, send the corresponding letters A, C, and E via text message to (844) 300-1624:

“I like the Diverter at Ogden/Willoughby” – Text “A”
“I like the Corner Curb Extensions at Spaulding/Willoughby” – Text “C”
“I like the Mini Roundabout at Curson/Willoughby” – Text “E”

West Hollywood’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan (2017) identified Willoughby Avenue, Kings Road and Vista-Gardner Streets as providing a missing link in the City’s existing bike network.  The cities of West Hollywood and Los Angeles have proposed making these streets more comfortable and inviting for people of all ages and abilities who choose to walk and bike. See the City’s website for more information about the project.

Tour de Parks Ride across West Hollywood!

Join the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition on Wednesday, June 1st, at 5:30 p.m. for a family-friendly ride from Poinsettia Park to the southeast corner of San Vicente and Santa Monica Blvds. (grassy area outside the Sheriff’s Station across from West Hollywood Park) (2.4 miles).

Enjoy refreshments and giveaways (including helmets!) from ourselves, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, and the City of West Hollywood. Also get the latest updates on bicycle news in West Hollywood and beyond, including current pilot installations as part of the proposed Willoughby and Vista/Gardner Neighborhood Greenway.

All participants will need to sign a ride waiver before the ride.  For those who want to return with a group, we will choose a return time at the event.

Meet-up location: Poinsettia Park (Willoughby and Fuller Avenues)
Meet Time:  5:30 p.m.
Ride leaves: 5:45 p.m.

Invite friends!

Bike to Work Day 2022

May is National Bike Month, so enjoy the benefits of bicycling by leaving cars at home and hopping on a bicycle to get to work or to grabbing a bite to eat across town. After a two-year hiatus, the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition is celebrating Bike to Work Day this Thursday by hosting pit stops in the morning and afternoon at 7341 Willoughby Ave. (Poinsettia Park). 

Enjoy refreshments and giveaways from ourselves, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, and the City of West Hollywood (including helmets!).  Also get the latest updates on bicycle news in West Hollywood and beyond, including current pilot installations as part of the proposed Willoughby and Vista/Gardner Neighborhood Greenway.

The pit stop will be a festive spot for cyclists to gather, hydrate, and refuel. Please stop by to pick up lots of swag and discuss bicycle advocacy and local bike-related activities with fellow bicyclists and advocates!


When:  Thursday, May 19, 2022, 7:00–9:00 AM and 4:00–6:00 PM
Where: 7341 Willoughby Ave. (Poinsettia Park)


Candidate Questionnaire 2020

West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition Candidate Questionnaire
West Hollywood City Council Election — Tuesday, November 3, 2020

On Tuesday, November 3, West Hollywood voters will head to the polls to decide a number of ballot measures and elected offices, among them will be two of the City Council’s five seats.  The seats are at-large, meaning each council member represents the entire city.

The West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition crafted a seven-question questionnaire and sent it to all eleven candidates. Their completed questionnaires are linked to below, in alphabetical order.

As a chapter of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, we cannot endorse candidates, but we hope you find this information helpful as you educate yourselves about candidates.

For a sample ballot & precinct map, please visit the City’s Election Information Web page.

Completed questionnaires:

We did not receive responses from the following candidates:

  • Marco Colantonio
  • Tom Demille (withdrew)
  • Noemi Torres

Larry Block Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

Walking is my main mode of getting from place to place in our little village. I also use ride-sharing and the Metro bus. I live around the corner from my shop on Santa Monica Blvd and mostly walk to and from. I’m visually impaired and have a driver’s license that does not allow highway or night driving. My carbon footprint is quite small and my car is mostly used for work to pick up deliveries or for my staff to utilize.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

This is a hard question for a disabled person. The most honest, upfront answer I can give is to project my feelings about using bikes as a primary mode of transportation.

As an owner of a small business with employees in the heart of West Hollywood, many of the staff need to use bicycles as their primary mode of getting to and from work. We provide a place for them to store their bicycles and we encourage all the staff to not take cars to and from home due to traffic and parking issues. My main concern is my employee’s safety and can reflect on various times that their safety can be compromised by drivers who are not paying attention. I believe that a young person in Los Angeles should be able to utilize biking as their primary mode of transportation. While it’s not for everyone, we must provide the connectivity to make biking a way of life.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

First, we need connectivity into Beverly Hills, on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. We also need to connect eastbound Sweetzer to the east. The number one goal is to make bike lanes clear and safe.

Second, I support moving bike lanes to the inside of the curb and having a safer zone for bikes. I’d go as far as to say I’d support one lane and encourage all other green forms of transportation in a green lane.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

I’d answer this with ‘build it and they will come’, providing visually safe bike lanes will create a lifestyle that others will join and enjoy. The best promotion is happy, safe bikers. Scooters on the other hand seem to complicate things (sorry) – when they are left lying on the street all over, and roll on the sidewalks with no discipline. If we expand our bike lanes properly, scooters and bikes will co-exist safely, and that is the goal.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

The city policy should be to promote safety first. Find a safe way to include scooters. Promote safe bike lanes and make a long term commitment to connectivity.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I’m all for the Metro to West Hollywood. I’m not a big fan of the route through West Hollywood. I am not for displacement of residents in transit corridors or ripping up the street and killing the rest of our small businesses. Post pandemic and with more working from home I hope that we can continue to develop safe mass transit that people will use. I prefer Metro to La Brea, and south to Beverly, San Vicente first and the closest possible stop to West Hollywood at Fairfax.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

Yes I support bike lanes on streets such as Willoughby or others. We must have complete connectivity with clear safe lines and lanes.

 

Jerome Cleary Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I drive and walk and use my bike. I use all of these because they can be fast and effective.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

Yes, I would feel safe biking as my primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips because it’s a great way to get around. It’s quicker and faster than driving or walking.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

I think the city should do a lot more to improve safety and convenience for all bike riders by making more bike paths in other areas and safeguarding them in a way that makes it more accessible and safer. The city should add additional bike lanes and greenways on main drags like Melrose, Fountain, Fairfax, LaCienega. Yes and protect the existing bike lanes with more pylons and signage and ad campaigns with the city.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

I believe the city should promote to incentivize bikes and scooter and walking by creating a specific fun memorable media campaign throughout the city. This could be done simply in some ways with story telling by local residents in the ads and banners. This can also be done additionally by creating reminders that drivers can see as they pass by the streets.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

The city’s policy has to be pro-active and specific since some of the failings of the scooters and electric bikes have been problematic. Part of the problem as we know had to do with the business model of encouraging anyone to just ditch and leave the scooter anywhere which including blocking sidewalks. This creates havoc for the elderly and handicap walking on our sidewalks. By illuminating the best assets of this micro-mobility we can specifically re-group in a better way in marketing their mass appeal and safety.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

My thought on this is that I highly encourage it all. My one note is that in the past 5 years no one could have predicted Lyft, Uber and the scooters so my concern is we should have a think tank to develop other ideas for transportation too. This can be done while another decade of Metro Rail construction continues onward.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

Yes I think this would create safer havens especially for bike riders, scooters and people walking.

 

Councilman John Duran Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I walk to work. I am fortunate to live 2 blocks from my office. When I have to go to courts (as an attorney), I drive my vehicle.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

Yes. I participated in 4 Aids Life Cycle rides from San Francisco to Los Angeles over the years. I think biking is safe in urban areas. However, the cyclist has to be wary of car doors swinging open and drivers not paying attention.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

We are looking now at expanding transportation with motorized bikes (which I support) along with traditional bikes. I support shared use of the road.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

Think the city has a long record of supporting bikes, walkability and Metro. I did vote against scooters when it was before us a few years ago. However, I would support scooter use in the city if we can find proper docking stations.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

I generally support if we can find docking locations.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I have been a consistent vote on bringing Metro to WeHo over the years. I support walking, bikes and scooters for first and last mile.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

I do not support this concept.

 

John Erickson Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

When I worked at City Hall, I got to and from work via the #4 or #704 bus because there was a stop right at City Hall. I only use my car when necessary. I will use the Metro Red Line to get to and from my work at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. But because my job requires quit a bit of travel during the day on routes not serviced by Metro, I frequently have to use my car. In WeHo, I walk.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

No. Currently our transportation infrastructure doesn’t prioritize the safety of cyclists on par with cars, and the idea of sharing lanes on roadways with cars moving at 50 mph seems too risky. We need to do more to protect bikers and pedestrians. While the city is making improvements, they are not enough to help individuals feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

The city must invest in creating a network of protected bike lanes, where bicyclists are separated from cars with a physical barrier. And it must be planned with the greater context of regional bikeways in mind to ensure it is part of a broader network, and can be fully utilized as a primary mode of transportation. We need to look at what LADOT is planning for Melrose and how we can do something similar to create greater safety and priority for pedestrians and bikes on both east-west and north-south routes.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

The primary work we have to do is safety. We know that the average trip length of cars in the area is well within a reasonable range for bicycles to become a much more heavily utilized mode of transportation. We can educate the public about bike share, increase available bicycle parking in commercial areas, and publicize maps of bike routes and bike parking to members of the community. Once we have strengthened safety for bicyclists and have upgraded our infrastructure, we can look at how we can partner with hotels in the area to encourage use of bikes, like providing information on routes and bike share.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

The city must move forward, more quickly, to integrate micro-mobility as a strategic part of our transportation planning. We know that with our present (and even near-future) public transit system, we will continue to have last-mile challenges. West Hollywood has taken good steps with shuttle service, but micro-mobility really closes a lot of gaps. Whether it’s public, public-private partnership, or private, we can figure out the best way to deploy micro-mobility alongside bike share so that residents (and guests) can have safe, easy, and cost-efficient access to transportation options.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

Expanding rail access to West Hollywood will continue to support the success of our small businesses and make it easier for residents to get around. We know there’s huge support for West Hollywood dedicating funds to making sure this happens – and in the 2020’s, not 2046. Regarding last-mile, as mentioned earlier, we should expand our use of bike-share and integrate micro-mobility into our strategic planning to dramatically reduce private vehicle usage, reduce traffic, make our streets safer, our air cleaner, and our residents happier. Fortunately, for most West Hollywood residents, depending on the route chosen, most people in the city will in reality live just a few blocks from a stop.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

I think it’s about how we’re utilizing our streets and how we look at them from a planning perspective in relation to the local context. For example, I live on Fountain Ave., arguably the most dangerous street in West Hollywood to vehicle drivers and passengers. The problem isn’t necessarily that it’s cut-through traffic, it’s the conditions that make it desirable for those driving through. It’s almost entirely residential yet the speed limit is 35 mph and cars routine drive about 50 mph+.

We’ve removed parking and made it two lanes in both direction during rush hour, and it turns practically into a highway. In an area like this, there should be only one lane in either direction to allow both for the parking to be permanent in areas where it is currently time-restricted and to reduce the speed limit to 30 mph, expand sidewalks, and add protected bike lanes. There are probably a few intersections where we should also look at adding stop signs and/or roundabouts. These are upgrades that bring the priority back to local residents, and likely have the side effect of shifting traffic back to routes like Sunset Blvd.

 

Councilman John Heilman Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I typically drive to work and walk for short neighborhood trips. If I’m teaching on campus during the summer, I take the bus and Metro Rail to campus and run home.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

I would not feel safe with biking as my primary mode of transportation because my primary commute involves a very congested area of Los Angeles. I would feel safe biking for occasional short trips. My principal safety concern with biking is the large volume of vehicular traffic in West Hollywood. I also need to avoid exposure to sunlight during the day and feel less secure with biking at nighttime.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

We have already agreed to extend bike lanes on Santa Monica near Doheny to complete the current bike lanes and connect them to the lanes in Beverly Hills. I support the proposal to create a greenway on Willoughby. When we are able to break ground on a Metro rail line through West Hollywood, we should use the construction as an opportunity for creating protected bike lanes along the entire length of Santa Monica either at grade or above grade.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

Having a viable bike share program would incentivize bicycle use in the City. Our initial program was not successful. City staff has developed recommendations for a new share program with electric bicycles which seem more user friendly than the previous models. The other initiative I support is the creation of an east-west greenway along Willoughby.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

I support implementing a new bike-share program. City staff has a series of recommendations they will be bringing to the City Council. Staff’s recommendations include an electric-bike share program. Staff’s recommendations also include shared scooters. I will listen carefully to the staff analysis and recommendations, but I remain skeptical about shared scooters based on safety concerns.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I have served on the Council’s subcommittee working to bring the northern extension of the Crenshaw line to West Hollywood. We have been successful in getting service to West Hollywood included in the County tax measure. We then worked to build a coalition and a mechanism to expedite the line instead of waiting for the original time frame of 2040. As a result of our work, Metro has just begun the process of preparing an EIR for the northern extension. We now need to work to ensure that we adopt an alignment which serves the maximum number of West Hollywood residents and businesses. We are also currently working to develop funding mechanisms to build the line. As part of the process, we need to look at how people will connect to Metro Line stations and provide a wide array of mechanisms, including shuttles, bicycles and safe walking routes.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

We have been installing speed humps in various locations in the city to reduce cut-through traffic. We have also installed barriers and turn restrictions in some places to cut down on traffic in residential neighborhoods triggered by apps directing drivers to cut through our neighborhoods. We need to continue to use these mechanisms, but we also need to be cautious about restricting traffic on one neighborhood street and pushing that traffic onto an adjacent neighborhood street. We also need to carefully evaluate the mechanisms we use to ensure that they are effective and not creating unintended consequences.

 

Christopher McDonald Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I use my Prius for long distances and for shorter distances I walk whenever I can. I would use a bike locally in West Hollywood on occasion, but predominantly use one along the beach paths in Santa Monica.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

I unfortunately do not feel safe riding a bike in West Hollywood most of the time. I think the bike lanes we have are not clearly defined, many of our streets are not well lit and sometimes bike lanes end without warning.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

I think West Hollywood should add more bike lanes throughout the city. With traffic getting worse every year there’s no reason not to. Adding more bike lanes is a simple solution that will help not only traffic, but the environment as well. And with residents biking around town locally… that can add a sense of community and could also provide some much needed support to our local small businesses. We first need clearly defined bike lines throughout our city. Lanes should have VERY visible markings painted on the ground and also reflective road markers. Making our streets better lit and our bike lanes more clearly defined will make people feel safer biking in our city.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

I want to make West Hollywood a more welcoming and bike friendly city. I think by making people feel safe while biking on the streets will go a long way towards making that happen. I think we saw with CicLAvia last year that the hunger and passion to bike ride in our neighborhood is there, but currently bike lane consistency and safety just isn’t where it needs to be. I understand it’s not always realistic to close down streets at the level of CicLAvia, but the city could set up smaller scale events throughout the year. We can work with local businesses to do bike crawls and stores/ restaurants can provide special offers to bikers. There are lots of fun ways to get people in West Hollywood excited about biking, but again I believe it first starts with making people feel safe.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

I think we should support shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility, but with regulations. We can’t have bikes and scooters piled up along our sidewalks and blocking access for those using wheelchairs. For example with a scooter… one solution is that there needs to be pre-selected areas through the city that a scooter must be placed for the ride to end. And the scooter must also be placed in the upright position for the ride to end. We need to work the GPS technology on the scooters to make it work for everyone in the community. These moods of transportation should add to our city rather than become a hazard or nuisance. Also more clearly defined bike lanes will help with people riding them in the proper areas.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I fully support bringing the Metro Rail to West Hollywood. And in regards fo first-mile, last-mile access I think we should push for riders to uses bikes and other non automotive modes of transportation getting themselves to and from the Metro station as much as possible. To make that a more appealing option the city should set up secure bike racks and docking stations at the metro entrances/ exits.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

I believe anything that will help cut-through traffic on local streets should absolutely be looked into. Especially when it comes to vehicular speeding down our local streets and creating dangerous situations. I believe speed bumps are a great option and provide much relief to local neighborhood streets… reducing cut-through traffic and also making streets safer.

 

Sepi Shyne Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I am a frequent user of public transportation and the mode I use depends on where I am traveling to and how safe I feel. When I am working in Century City, I use public transit or my bicycle. When I work in Downtown LA and working late I use my car. If I am only working for a few hours I use the West Hollywood Shuttles and the Metro.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

Sometimes. Personally, I feel safe traveling to Century City because of the designated bike lanes. For short trips within West Hollywood, I usually walk because I feel safer. I don’t feel safe cycling to Downtown LA because that direction does not have enough protected bike lanes.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

Bicycle lanes need to be added from City Hall through the Eastside because that area gets dangerous for cyclists. N. Crescent Heights from Sunset to Santa Monica is a wide enough street that could become safer if bike lanes are added especially because cars speed down so fast from Laurel Canyon. A lot of cyclists use N. Crescent Heights. Melrose from La Cienega to Doheny needs to be more bicycle-friendly and it would help the shops as well.

I feel the city should continue to improve bike lanes by transforming them into green bike lanes and add protections where feasible.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

The city should partner up more with the Weho Bike coalition to encourage businesses to have themed incentive programs that provide discounts and other incentives to people who use their bikes to get ride to the businesses and also develop a bike and dine month with discounts to patrons who bike to the restaurants/coffee shops and the City can promote this as a cultural shift.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

I think as long as there are safety precautions in place to protect people who use them as well as the pedestrians on sidewalks then scooters, bike-share micro-mobility is very helpful for getting people out of their cars.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

I am a supporter of bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood and excited about the first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop, and all of the improvements that will come with that.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

Yes. 100%. We need to prioritize protecting cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Mark Farhad Yusupov Responses

1.  What mode(s) of transportation do you use, and why?

I live in the Norma Triangle and often on foot to get to local shops, cafes and gym, when it was open. I also own a car. My toddler daughter has kids bike and I take her to Beverly Hills flats, since it’s safer to ride there. I do plan to get a bicycle for myself, so when she grows older we can ride side by side.

2.  Would (or do) you feel safe biking as a primary mode of transportation for short and medium-length trips? Why or why not?

Not yet. Unfortunately in West Hollywood bike lanes are only some of the major streets and motorist are not used to driving along with bicyclist. Creating more bike lanes would greatly help.

3.  What do you think the city should do to improve safety and convenience of bicycling in West Hollywood? Is there anywhere you feel the city should add additional bike lanes, greenways, and/or protections to existing bike lanes?

Additional bike lanes and maybe even greenways where possible. One idea is to have outlined bike lanes in the alleys, right behind buildings along the major boulevards. For example Santa Monica Boulevard.

4.  What do you think the city should do to promote and/or incentivize active transportation (such as bikes, scooters, and walking) in West Hollywood?

As mentioned above, additional bike lanes and outlined bike lanes in the alleys, behind buildings along the main streets. Create more options to securely chain the bikes within the city.

5.  What do you think the city’s policy should be on shared scooters, bike-share, and other micro-mobility?

Creating more bike lanes would allow bike-share and scooters. Also, those bike-share companies should come up with an option to have shared helmets, maybe.

6.  What are your thoughts on bringing Metro Rail to West Hollywood, and for first-mile, last-mile access to and from a subway stop?

Bringing Metro Rail is a great news and bicycles would perfect transportation for the last-first mile access.

7.  Should the City consider adding more barriers to motor vehicle cut-through traffic on residential streets that are often used as thoroughfares?

Depends on the street. I live on Cynthia Street, where City had already installed barriers in a couple of locations and that does help. If street is known to have issues with speed limit violators than definitely more barriers to slow them down would be needed.

Bike to Work Day 2019

May is National Bike Month and the City of West Hollywood is celebrating the benefits of bicycling by encouraging community members to leave their cars at home and hop on a bicycle to get to work or to grab a bite to eat across town.   On Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 16, the City will host a “WeHo Bike Hub” from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. at 8603 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of Westmount Drive).  The Bike Hub will be a festive spot for cyclists to gather, hydrate, and refuel.  Please stop by!


In addition, L.A.’s Mid City West Community Council will be hosting a pit stop at the corner of Willoughby Ave. and Vista St. from 7:30–9:30 a.m.  Get the latest updates on the process for evaluating the proposed Willoughby and Vista/Gardner Neighborhood Greenway, and enjoy refreshments and giveaways!


For the entire month of May, there will be bicycle-related events all around Los Angeles County, including group rides, workshops and community-hosted events.  In addition to the WeHo Bike-to-Work Day event, there are numerous other pit stops across the county.

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Operation Firefly and Willoughby Greenway in WeHo and Mid-City West

Join the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition, Mid City West Community Council, and the City of West Hollywood for a bicycle safety event on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 27th at the intersection of Willoughby and Fairfax Avenues!  Free bike lights will be provided to bicyclists who need them along with information for riding safely at night.

In addition, information will be provided about an upcoming plan to improve road safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists by creating a “Neighborhood Greenway” along Willoughby Avenue and Vista-Gardner Streets, including bicycle lanes for Vista-Gardner!

So stop by, sample refreshments, pick up bicycle swag, and become informed about the Willoughby and Vista-Gardner Greenway plan and ways to provide input to the process!

  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2019, 4:30-7:00 PM
  • Where: Willoughby Ave. at Fairfax Ave.

Bicycle Law Panel Discussion

Join the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition and expert panelists for a free panel discussion about bicycle law.

When:
Thursday, October 18
6:00 p.m.: Doors open, pizza & soda on hand
6:30-8:00 p.m.: Panel discussion

Where:
Plummer Park Community Center, Room 6
7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Who:
• Bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass of Pocrass & De Los Reyes, LLP (and LACBC board member)
• A representative of each the Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division and the California Highway Patrol
• Tara Worden of the City of West Hollywood
• Moderated by Kevin Burton,  West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition member

PLEASE RSVP to info@wehobike.org so we can be sure to have enough food, beverages, and chairs.

A significant portion of the panel will be dedicated to question-and-answer.  Send  your questions to info@wehobike.org.