Yesterday, C.I.C.L.E. announced that they are ready to take the next steps in advocacy when they announced their "North East L.A. Campaign." Generally, C.I.C.L.E. has focused their advocacy efforts on helping people get, and stay, on their bikes by providing classes, workshops and social rides. However, the group hasn’t spent a lot of energy on traditional advocacy concerning engineering and enforcement issues.
At least in N.E.L.A., that is going to change. While C.I.C.L.E. hasn’t announced the goals or platform for the campaign, that is going to wait until after meetings with members and other cyclists in the community, the potential campaigns the Ciclists list are all engineering treatments. Many of those treatments would be "first ever" for the City of Los Angeles if they were to come to pass:
– Bike Boulevard: implement a bicycle boulevard in NELA.
– Bike Parking: implement innovative bike parking in NELA, possibly bike corrals (proposed in this council motion.)
– Eagle Rock: extend the Eagle Rock Blvd bike lanes (in the draft 2009 bike plan)
– Figueroa: implement bike lanes on Figueroa (north of Ave 60 approved in 1996 bike plan)
– Fletcher: implement bike lanes on Fletcher Drive (approved in 1996 bike plan)
– Sharrows: implement sharrows in NELA, in appropriate places, possibly including the Eagle Rock Blvd bike lane gaps for right turns at York and Avenue 36.
– York: implement bike lanes on York Boulevard (approved in the 1996 bike plan)
If you have any ideas for C.I.C.L.E., feel free to leave them in the comments section. However, if you want to commit to helping with the project, you should leave a note for C.I.C.L.E. at their blog.