Thanks to all who came to the workshop!
As advocates for alternative transportation, we frequently ask ourselves what the best method is to improve the system. During our workshop Saturday, James Rojas offered the insight that it will take a combination of both education and infrastructure. Education is needed to change the behavior of motorists, so that they will drive safely around bikes and pedestrians. And, in some situations, infrastructure improvements, such as segregated bike paths, can minimize conflicts and dangerous speed differentials.
The purpose of the workshop was to hear from the community about their criteria for a good CicLAvia and what they think will make LA a more bike-able city. We had some great and inspiring ideas, such as:
– Install bike pumps throughout the city.
– Have CicLAvia on shaded streets, with food stands and refreshments.
– LA could be bike utopia where bikes are left unlocked for people to share.
– The bike movement provides economic stimulus.
– Have bike repair and bike rental at CicLAvia.
– Bikes and cars can exist in a state of harmony.
– Build a system of bike boulevards within villages connected by transit.
– Dig up Venice Blvd and landscape a protective barrier to separate car traffic from a newly constructed bike lane.
– CicLAvia can be a space for children to learn to ride bicycles or for teens to flirt.
– Utilize office plazas as parks, when they’re abandoned on the weekend.
– Pedal powered buses could serve as alternative transportation/people movers during CicLAvia.
Through this type of participation and community involvement, LA can become the bike utopia that we have envisioned. Expressing your ideas with us gives us the tools we need to plan a better CicLAvia. Thank you all again for your participation in our project.
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