Draft Pasadena Bike Plan Maps Released

10_2_09_cicle.jpgThis image, via CICLE/Flickr, is from this year’s Bike Week Pasadena.

Last night, the city of Pasadena hosted a public input meeting for
its new bike plan. The big news at the meeting was the release of a
draft map of proposed bikeway facilities. Though that map is not yet
posted on-line, the city’s Senior Transportation Planner Rich Dilluvio
assured L.A. Streetsblog that it would be posted within a couple weeks.

The city plans to release the entire draft plan by the end of the
year, at which point, it will undergo a full environmental review, so
it’s probably mid- to late- 2010 before implementation gets underway.
The city’s consultant Ryan Snyder explained the planned facilities. The
more ambitious ones include bicycle boulevards
er… what they’re calling "Emphasized Bikeways" (due to, elsewhere in
L.A. County, past misinterpretation-fed negative reactions to the term
bicycle boulevard) … on Mountain Street east-west, and five
north-south streets: Marengo Avenue, El Molino Avenue, Wilson Avenue,
Sierra Bonita Avenue and Craig Street. The draft plan calls for road diets to create bike lanes on Washington Boulevard and Cordova Street. When asked about sharrows on designated bike routes, Dilluvio stated "anywhere we can put ’em down, we’ll put ’em down."

Overall the draft looks good. It’s not the velorucion, but
completing these facilities is very doable and will be a solid step
toward becoming a more bike-friendly city. Under quick review, it looks
like the plan could perhaps be improved by better bicycle connections
to a few popular destinations. Perhaps the bike boul… er emphasized
bikeways might make better connections with Metro Gold Line Stations.
Bike lanes and route on Fair Oaks should extend south to reach the
popular Old Town shopping area. Maybe those would be phase 2…

Other than two waterway bike paths (on the upper Arroyo Seco near
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and on Eaton Canyon Wash upstream of the 210
Freeway) the facilities are all conventional on-street lanes and
routes, so they should be implementable relatively quickly at a
relatively low cost for a relatively high benefit.

On another Pasadena bike note: C.I.C.L.E. will host its Pasadena Art Ride on Friday October 9th!

  • There’s a good more-detail recap of the meeting here at Michelle’s Mental Notes:

  • Thanks for going and taking notes Joe! Getting those north-south routes turned into BBs would be uber awesome. At the very least it sounds like we’ll have a decent plan on paper. Then we have to muster the stamina to actually get cyclists to come and sit through the general plan meetings and support it in potentially hostile territory. I’m still concerned that (so far as I can tell) no plausible funding source exists to make the infrastructure changes beyond signs and paint, but the plan is a precondition for any such funding materializing. Hopefully we can get them on board with doing regular bike counts too, volunteer led if necessary.

  • Thanks Zane – As far as funding goes, bike lanes and bike boulevards are relatively cheap. Once the plan is complete and approved, it’s probably not that difficult for the city to seek project funding.

    It could come from the Metro Call for Projects, or potentially the state Bicycle Transportation Account (hurting today, but if the economy is ok next year, it could be a good source for these relatively inexpensive projects.) Another good source, which cyclists will need to push for is the Measure R 1/2 cent sales tax “local return” monies. Cities, on a per-capita basis, receive 15% of the money countywide for flexible use on any transportation expenditures that the city sees fit to do. LA Mayor Villaraigosa has pledged to spend a percentage of this money for bikes and peds. Pasadena cyclists should press for similar commitments. The plan is cheap – it shouldn’t require a lot of outside money.