Back in a January 2012 L.A. Streetsblog article, Joe Linton stated that LADOT was “not quite on track” to complete Mayor Villaraigosa’s pledge for 40 new miles of bikeway each year. In that article, Linton projected only 31 new miles to be completed during Fiscal Year 2011-2012. The fiscal year ended two weeks ago, and LADOT not only met, but greatly exceeded the 40 new miles pledged.
According to LADOT General Manager Jaime de la Vega, his department delivered 76 new miles of bikeways this year: “51 miles of on-street bike lanes, 21 miles of sharrow-ed routes (bike routes with shared lane markings), and a 4-mile bike path.”
Joe Linton has a slightly lower total - 62 new miles, mostly from excluding some of the sharrows projects that were done on existing bike routes, hence Linton doesn’t see them as truly “new” mileage.
Taking either mileage figure, it’s clear that LADOT not only met but substantially exceeded the pledged minimum of 40 new bikeway miles. This shows on L.A. streets – have you seen new bike lanes and new sharrows on the streets in your neighborhood?
Linton has a report card posted at Bikas that grades the DOT’s bike infrastructure work this year. He gives them an overall grade of A-, a very high mark for a department that Linton has been very critical of in the past.
Below are a few excerpts from Bikas report card, which includes grades for quantity, equity, distribution, breadth, innovation, and transparency.