C.I.C.L.E. Announces Campaign to Make N.E.L.A. More Bike Friendly

11_18_09_nela_cm2.jpgPhoto of Ciclists in NELA via C.I.C.L.E.

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.)

Colorado: implement bike lanes on Colorado (east of Figueroa approved in 1996 bike plan,  interest in additional stretches from TERA  and others)

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.

  • (1) I am on board, as are most at the Bike Oven, to help. If you’ve got the staff time, please contact Ramon Martinez or Veronica J. at the Oven. These two have been hustling to do this sort of thing and need some help/networking effect on their efforts.

    (2) Matt from Cafe de Leche is trying to install L.A.’s first bike parking corral in front of his cafe. Councilman Huizar has found some money, but he needs some support to bring the bike corral to fruition.

    (3) Get all the traffic survey data possible! It turns out that most of NELA’s busiest streets are actually BELOW their minimum requirements as Major Class I, Class II or Secondary Class I or ClassII highways! This means that the roads are not being used by enough cars – which also means that degrading peak hour auto throughput to LOS D by putting in traffic calming and bike/ped/and transit facilities is totally okay, and only faces political hurdles (not legal hurdles as the LADOT likes to claim).

    (4) I would use the 1996 bike plan only so much – because people around here will respond better to “slower cars”, “safer streets”, “better for business” over “Yay! Bike Lanes!”. Maybe bike lanes aren’t what is needed in every case, but it’s a good starting point.

  • dudeonabike

    This is great news–hopefully for the kids in the area. My kids go to Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, which is (hopefully) relocating to the Media Center complex just behind Super King later in 2010, LAUSD is opening a behemoth school just a bit further south, and the area has very low car ownership rates (from what I’m told). San Fernando Rd sucks for kids to be riding on right there, but it would be great if some SRTS could be brought to the neighborhood and all the kiddies could hop on some bike caravans to get to school.

    Go CICLE’s Families and Bikes (FAB) Rides!

  • roadblock

    Street by street, block by block, taking it all back.