Bicycle advocacy in the city entered a new phase last week, when the Department of City Planning released a five page Notice of Preparation (NOP) for an environmental review of forty three miles of bike lanes. These projects represent some of the more controversial bicycling projects as they often times require removing curbside parking, mixed-use travel lanes, and/or turning lanes. The public process, which begins with scoping meetings next week, could prove to be contentious as this is the first time the City of Los Angeles has publicly proposed a city-wide program of creating bicycle facilities at the cost of mixed-use facilities or automobile parking.
Just because a bike project is being studied doesn’t mean that it will be implemented,” reminds Joe Linton, a long time bicycle advocate and head of the new group BIKAS. ”It’s critical that bicyclists track these projects and build community support to ensure that they get done.”
The project list covers projects in all corners of the city. New bike lanes on North Figueroa, the South Figueroa Corridor Protected Bike Lane, Bike Lanes connecting Venice Boulevard to the Expo Line Sepulveda Station to Santa Monica Boulevard, a connection to the future Westside Subway Station on Avenue of the Stars, are all included. Projects on Lankershim, Devonshire, Bundy, Centinela, Cahuenga, Ceasar Chavez, Martin Luther King…there seems to be a project for just about everyone. A full list of the projects can be found at Curbed, or in the NOP.
“If you’re involved with a Neighborhood Council, make sure they know about these meetings and get involved,” says Alexis Lantz, the Planning and Programming Director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. ”If you’re not involved, now’s the time to get involved. A letter from a Neighborhood Council goes a long way in telling the city that these projects are wanted and supported.” Read more…