City Council Celebrates Bike to Work with Bike-Themed Meeting

5_8_09_cyclists.jpgCyclists pack last week’s City Council Meeting in Van Nuys after "Storming the Bastille."  Photo: Dr. Alex Thompson/Flickr

The City Clerk’s office just emailed out copies of next week’s City Council Transportation Committee Agenda.  When the Committee meets next Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. it will be celebrating Bike to Work week with an agenda full of bike items.

As has been the case at every one of these meetings, one of the main topics for discussion will be bike licenses.  This time, the final repeal of the city’s bike license program will be debated.  However, just getting rid of the program isn’t going to be the end of the story, there’s also a motion by Ed Reyes an the agenda that simply reads:

I MOVE that the Police Department, the Department of Transportation and the Planning Department be directed to report with recommendations for establishing a Bicycle Safety and Licensing Program in the City of Los Angeles.

Also on the agenda is the maintenance of the Orange Line Bike Path, better leveraging federal funds for bike safety projects, a motion that would set aside some city funds from Metro for future bicycle and pedestrian programs, and one transit motion about examining the potential public-private partnerships for LADOT transit programs such as DASH and Commuter Express.

Sadly, there is no mention of the nine-months-overdue Bicycle Master Plan.

  • I was wondering when you were going to mention that overdue bike plan… you almost got through a bike post without it… but then you dropped it in on the very last line.

  • No mention either of the LADOT Transpo Commission working on killing any hope of bicycle taxis in LA – while the CRA has 1 million to spend to make a bicycle taxi progran work downtown! WTF LA?!

  • That’s because the city counsel secretly doesn’t like bicycles or doesn’t take them as a serious mode of transit. I say it’s both.

  • bike master plan! must be released for comment ASAP so cyclists have ample time to review and comment and approved as soon as possible.

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