Ciclovia in the New Draft City Bike Plan

June 22, 2010 at 12:04 am 1 comment

Cover of the latest version of the city Bicycle Plan

Last Friday, June 18th 2o10, the city of Los Angeles released its latest draft Bicycle Plan.

In an earlier article, CicLAvia covered the lack of explicit ciclovía support in the disappointing 2009 draft of this plan, how the city’s Bicycle Advisory Commitee had requested that CicLAvia be added, and how our readers could give their input on the draft plan.

The city’s planning and transportation departments, jointly creating the plan, listened to ciclovía advocates’ concerns. The new draft plan specifically mentions ciclovía under “Encouragement” in the Bicycling section – Chapter 3 page 52:

The 2010 Plan continues these activities but also promotes a Monthly Car Free Day to encourage bicycling, transit, and walking as alternatives to the car, and supports Ciclovias whereby the City partners with local organizations to close select local and/or arterial roads on designated weekends and/or holidays to provide bicyclists, walkers, skaters and others a car-free recreational opportunity.

And again in the Policies and Programs section – Chapter 4, page 71, Encouragement Objective 1.4:

E. Ciclovias (Car free Weekend/Holiday Roadways)

Partner with local organizations to organize Ciclovias (a series of local and citywide road closure events) on weekends and holidays to provide bicyclists, walkers, skaters and others a recreational opportunity by creating public space for non-vehicular activities within the roadway area.

Lead Department: Mayor’s Office, City Council, DOT, DPW, LAPD, Fire.
Objective: Increase participants by 5% each event.
Schedule: 2010-2015

It’s a long document with lots more than just ciclovía. CicLAvia folks have just scratched the surface, but it’s a good sign that ciclovía is at in the draft document this time around.

It’s not absolutely required that ciclovía be in the city’s bike plan; in fact, the first CicLAvia will take place on Sunday September 12th, and the odds are extremely thin that the plan will have been approved by then. When it’s in the plan, though, it does permit city departments to more easily apply for outside funding, such as Metro’s Call for Projects.

The city is encouraging the public, especially bicyclists, to review the new draft and provide input.

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  • […] Wednesday night — your chance to help LACBC lobby for the 4th Street Bike Boulevard. CicLAvia makes it into the latest draft of the city’s proposed bike plan; speaking of which, Oakland hosts Oaklavia this weekend. LADOT […]


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