City’s Bike Master Plan to Be Unveiled in January

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(Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a five part series examining the five bike-related items on this Friday's City Council Transportation Committee Agenda.  The first piece looked at the city's bike sharing program, the second discussed the Bike Rider's Bill of Rights, and yesterday's looked at bike licensing.  If you want to join a group of cyclists traveling to the meeting, meet at the Red Line Stop at Santa Monica and Vermont Boulevards at noon this Friday.)

Initially, a lot of people in the bike community were happy to see an update to the City's Bike Master Plan on the agenda for tomorrow's Bike Themed City Council Hearing.  However, unless LADOT brings materials that aren't available in the update prepared for the City Council dated November 5 of this year.

The three page update doesn't even begin discussing work on the current plan until page 2, and a third of the last page is blank, leaving a page and two thirds to update the City Council on what work has been done in the past 10 months.  I don't mean to sound as though nothing has happened, everything I've heard from people working on and with access to the plan have say that progress has been great and cyclists are going to be very happy when the draft plan is released in January.  According to the report, a new bikeway route network map and new policies have been drafted and are under review.

But before the public can see the plans, there's still some more work to do.  LADOT has yet to hold public meetings on the portion of the plan dedicated to mountain biking, and draft route maps need to be prepared for the new planned bike routes, lanes and other improvements.

If you have any input for the Bike Master Plan that you haven't yet submitted, you can do so at the website set up to gather information from cyclists at www.labikeplan.org,or leave them in the comment section below.

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