Streetfilms Praises Orange Line BRT and Bike Path
While in town last month, Streetfilms took its second look at Los Angeles' Orange Line as a model for BRT's around the country. In his summary of the above Streetfilm, Clarence Eckerson doesn't hold back his praise for the Orange Line calling it "one of the best Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in the U.S" and "really fabulous."
And despite some of the well-documented problems with trash along the bike path and the debate about whether or not it should have been designed as light rail; it really does have some technological features that are above and beyond what many cities experience with their "Bus Rapid Transit." But perhaps the best part of the film is Metro bike coordinator Lynn Goldsmith talking about the importance of multi-modalism in solving our local transportation crisis.
As always, the comment section is open to discuss the film or the Orange Line itself. Have at it. And if anyone wants to explore the Orange Line Bike Path they should join the LACBC, Metro and Councilman Tom LaBonge for this month's "Car Free Friday." For more information on that ride, you can read LACBC's press release after the jump.
L.A. City Council member TOM LABONGE TO join THIRD official “Car-Free Friday” BICYCLE Ride ALONG METRO ORANGE LINE MARCH 27
New campaign strives to offer transportation alternatives that will help reduce congestion, reduce carbon footprint, keep people healthy, and help save Angelenos money on commuting costs.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Friday morning, March 27th, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will be joined by L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge on the third official “Car-Free Friday” bicycle ride along the San Fernando Valley’s Metro Orange Line as part of the coalition’s ongoing campaign to encourage Angelenos to bicycle as a commute alternative to driving at least once per month.
Members of the public are invited to join the ride and show their support for bicycling as a healthy, cost-effective and sustainable commute alternative that also helps reduce regional traffic congestion. Both new and experienced riders will help prove that Angelenos can and will leave their cars at home to help build a more livable future for Los Angeles.
Riders will meet at 8 a.m. at the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station and will ride along the Metro Orange Line bike path approximately four miles to the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station. The Van Nuys Station provides bicycle and transit access to several major government job centers as well as schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses.
Councilmember LaBonge is the third prominent L.A. City Council official to promote the benefits of bicycle commuting so far this year. L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti kicked off the campaign with an inaugural ride through Hollywood in January, and Bill Rosendahl joined riders in West Los Angeles in February.
Tom LaBonge has been a supporter of cycling in Los Angeles for years. He helped push for the repaving of parts of 4th Street, an important bike route for commuters. He also hosted four bike rides in his district in the summer of 2008 to showcase the importance of cycling as a viable form of transportation.
"I support biking in Los Angeles whenever I can,” said LaBonge. “The best way to see and enjoy the city up close is from the seat of your bicycle. It's a healthy form of transportation and reduces traffic congestion. It's good for the waistline and great for the City of Los Angeles."
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) supports bike-to-transit commuting as a comprehensive alternative that can fully replace the automobile for many daily work trips. The Metro Orange Line, for example, enables commuters to begin their commute from home by bicycle and travel longer work distances via fast, high-capacity bus and subway service. The agency is now investing in additional bicycle lockers and racks to provide greater storage capacity along the Orange Line route.
“The Car-Free Friday campaign really reinforces on an ongoing basis the goals that Metro is trying to achieve in encouraging people to get out of their cars,” said Lynne Goldsmith, Metro’s Bicycle Program Planning Manger. “We’re hoping initiatives like these will offer new biking and transit commute incentives and will reach more and more people as they reconsider the realities of constant car commuting.”
"Bicycling is an important way to solve a lot of problems - from gridlock to global warming" says Joe Linton, a co-founder of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
According to Bikes Belong, a national advocacy coalition, “Bicycling is good for communities, great for health and a solution to many of our most pressing societal and environmental problems. It also contributes to the U.S. economy through bike and equipment sales as well as tourism dollars.”
Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only nonprofit, membership-supported organization working exclusively for the millions of bicyclists in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.
For more information on the benefits and importance of bicycling in Los Angeles County, visit to www.la-bike.org.