Two-Year Outreach for Culver City’s Bike-Ped. Plan Ends This Saturday

6_10_10_culver.jpgA quick stop from last month’s Culver City Family Ride. Photo: LACBC/Flickr

I became passionate about biking when I lived in Paris. Mayor Bertrand Delanoe had implemented a bold transportation plan making biking safe, practical, accessible and fun. When I moved back here, I decided not to get caught up in the L.A. car culture: riding rather than driving whenever possible, and teaching my two kids to do the same. I have high hopes for my hometown Culver City, which has the perfect size and demographics to become truly bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

This Saturday, June 12th, is an important day for Culver City- it’s the final community meeting in a 2 year+ process for the City’s first-ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The meeting will be held in the Garden Room at Veteran’s Memorial Park, from 10am-12noon. Free childcare is available. After this community meeting, the formal public review process starts, which includes public review and comment that would be considered by the City Council in their process

Culver City residents and visitors have the opportunity to shape the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan by looking at the draft online and coming to the workshop on June 12th. The collective genius and experience of the community are the vital ingredients to this plan’s success: this is our chance to ensure that it represents our needs, concerns and bright ideas. If you cannot attend the workshop, please post your comments online.

Biking and walking are healthy for our bodies and our planet: they are the means of transportation with the absolute lowest cost and the very highest benefits. Making our city friendly to walking and biking is a step toward a better future for all of us, but if the plan doesn’t meet your specific needs, will you walk and bike? Will you feel safe and comfortable?

Your input is welcome and vital.

We hope to see you on the 12th!

Meghan Sahli-Wells is the Vice Chair
of the Public Advisory Committee for the Culver City Bicycle and Pedestrian
Initiative.

  • Paul

    While we can create great ped and bike master plans, it is the land-use and urban design of the built environment that is most critical to making biking and walking a preferred mode of choice. I hope with regard to Culver City’s size the urban design can be changed in that little city. Man if Culver City could remake itself into a great looking and inviting place to walk like you would find in Brooklyn or those small towns in France that would be great. It would be a huge economic benefit to Culver City. But if the city fails to change the zoning pattern and have planners with back bone to guide developers to mold their development into great ped and bike friendly design, the ped and bike master plan will have limited success. I wish Culver City the best of luck!!! I hope you guys do it.

  • I read the plan last week when it first came out. In general, I think it is great and I particularly like the creation of bike friendly streets. However, I have three concerns/comments

    1. The study identified residential community resistance to access point to Ballona bike path but said nothing about eduction and/or community outreach to demonstrate the benefit of having access point to the residential community. It also did not address this point in the creating a network section (unless I missed it). Seems to me that it will be critical to connect the proposed North-South bike friendly streets around the Culver High School with Ballona bike path for this master plan to be a success.

    2. The study identified Overland as the “missing link” in the bike lane (which I agree entirely) but doesn’t go far enough in the recommendation. Overland needs dedicated bike lane, not “shared space” sharrow marking. This is an opportunity to change the way the city think of its road space and I think it is really important that the cycling community demand Overland get its own bike lane.

    3. The suggested shared space sharrows is a good start but other local cities have done better (Long Beach) or are about to do it better (Santa Monica) with fully painted bike lane/shared lane markings. The Portland style fully painted strip should be part of the recommendation in the master plan.

    I will submit this to the comment section for the plan as well… and hopefully I can clear my schedule and make it to the meeting.

  • Great direction on this. My 2 cents is simply that there just aren’t enough places to actually park your bike in downtown CC or the pedestrian area at Helms, etc.. We need more of those bike parking posts, or the wheel-in grate style parking places, etc.. that would be a good start to get people first of all biking more, and secondly getting engaged in this biking dialogue.