Big big thanks to the city of West Hollywood for bringing bike lanes to San Vicente! We had a grand opening this weekend, and now there’s a dedicated lane from Santa Monica all the way down to Beverly. Yay! Here’s some photos from the event:
Good news: Beverly Hills is taking some steps forward on bike routes and racks! But they need support to make it happen. Your presence is urgently needed at one of two upcoming meetings to advocate for streets that are safe and comfortable for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
Here’s the details:
- When: April 11, April 25, and May 9 from 7pm to 9pm
- Where: April meetings at Public Words Bldg, 345 Foothill Road; May meeting at City Hall Room 280-A, 455 North Rexford Drive
And of course, cruise over to the Beverly Hills “Bicycle Ad Hoc Committee” Web page for official news and updates.
See you there!
Bill Nye the Science Guy predicts that bikes will figure big in the cities of the future. What do you think of his idea for wind louvres, so that no matter which way you’re going you always have a tailwind?
Remember a few weeks ago, when the Westside Council of Governments (WSCOG) was collecting public input on closing gaps in bike routes? Well, your input paid off: the recommendations were approved!
But that doesn’t mean those lanes are going to get built. Now, it’s up to individual jurisdictions to create those lanes in accordance with the recommendations (or to come up with their own plan — the WSCOG recommendations are non-binding).
That means that the WeHo Bike Coalition will continue to press city officials to implement bike routes on the recommended streets — Santa Monica and San Vicente — in addition to other roads around town. And you can help! Come to our next meeting, April 17th at 6pm in the Plummer Park community building. See you there!
Next time you’re endlessly circling a parking garage, cruising up and down the street for a space, or spending $2.6 million on a robot car-lifter at City Hall, just think about how easy it is for this woman to lock up her bike alongside the 10,000 (!) others at this Netherlands train station.
(Skip to 1:43 for the good part.)
They’re holding two workshops. Here’s the details:
Saturday, March 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Malibu City Hall
23825 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Here’s a flyer with all the details: Malibu PCH_Wkshp_1_Flyer
A delightful account of how, a century ago, women’s bicycling was connected to women’s equality.
A message from our friends at the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council:
Parklets are coming to Los Angeles!The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) is seeking volunteers to help conduct the Spring Street Parklet Impact Study. Using techniques adapted from Gehl, LACBC, Whyte, Appleyard and others, you will survey public life to create a snapshot of a typical day in Los Angeles’ famed Historic Core.Volunteers will count pedestrians and cyclists, conduct interviews and map stationary activities. We are looking for volunteers that can commit to one or twoof the following shifts:Additionally we ask that you attend one training session on either of the following dates:Tuesday, March 6: 3- 4 pmSigning up is easy! Just click HERE. Tell your friends!For questions or more info on the Study, firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more information on the Spring Street Parklet initative, visithttp://dlanc.com/
An alert from the LA County Bike Coalition:
Friday, February 24th, is the deadline for legislators to introduce new bills for this year.
Please call Assemblymembers Cameron Smyth (Santa Clarita) and Bonnie Lowenthal (Long Beach) and ask them to introduce into their committees the bill to authorize triple bike racks on buses.
Background: Bike racks on buses are filling up, but current state law prohibits objects that extend too far from the front of a bus. Although several bus agencies already have triple bike racks, these are technically in violation of the law. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Highway Patrol have come up with a legislative solution that would maintain safety while allowing triple bike racks on buses. Now is the time our elected representatives need to step up and introduce Metro’s bill so that stakeholders can discuss it, perhaps tweak it, and enable it to get passed.
Assemblymember Cameron Smyth (Santa Clarita), Local Government Committee Chair
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2038
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (Long Beach), Transportation Committee Chair
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2054
Please make sure to be very nice and express to them how much of an improvement it would be for bike-transit connectivity, how it can minimize the number of times riders would get passed by buses, and how much you would appreciate it if they introduce Metro’s triple bike rack bill.