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NIMBYs Against Parking Reforms For Granny Flats

Map of permitted accessory dwelling units in the city of Los Angeles. Image via Department of City Planning [PDF]

Map of permitted accessory dwelling units in the city of Los Angeles. Image via Department of City Planning [PDF]

Streetsblog received a tip that someone is circulating wording to help L.A. Neighborhood Councils oppose reforms that would make it easier to permit new granny flats. The document, below, would be almost humorous if it was not such a NIMBY attack on affordable housing and bicycling.

Fostering granny flats, or in planner-speak “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs) is one way to encourage affordable housing and gradually increasing density while preserving neighborhood character. ADUs help foster inter-generational connections by allowing a grandparent to live close to family or by helping young adults afford to live in neighborhoods they grew up in.

Fortunately, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council anti-ADU resolution [PDF] was defeated at last night’s meeting. The anti-ADU language was allegedly circulated by someone from the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition, so there will likely be other similar resolutions before other councils. Readers are encouraged to keep an eye on Neighborhood Council agendas and weigh in on them.

Here is the wording of the HHPNC resolution:

Re: Parking space requirements to be enforced for both new construction and remodeling (CF12-1297-S1, ADU proposal CPC-2016-4345-CA et al)

The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, which represents over 60,000 Los Angeles stakeholders who reside, own property, or conduct business in our neighborhood is concerned about the escalation waivers granted developers and others that reduces the number of parking spots that are required for residential units.

Under the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance currently under discussion (CPC-2016-4345-CA), parking requirements are not applicable when located within half a mile of public transportation or within a block of a car share parking spot or located in a historic district or HPOZ.

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Metro Celebrates New El Monte Bike Hub, First of Several

Metro chair Mark Ridley-Thomas cuts the ceremonial ribbon on Metro's El Monte bike hub. To his right are Board Vice Chair John Fasana, and Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Metro Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas (center) cuts the ceremonial ribbon on Metro’s El Monte bike hub. To his right are Board Vice Chair John Fasana, and Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Metro celebrated the opening of the agency’s first bike hub this morning in El Monte. The hub is located at the El Monte Transit Center, a very quick 15-minute, 12-mile Metro Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit trip from downtown Los Angeles.

The hub combines secure bike parking with a small bike shop staffed weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The indoor space holds up to 56 bikes. Securing a bike there requires pre-registration and costs $60 for a whole year, $12 for 30 days, or $5 for a week. The facility is operated by BikeHub. See their website for lots more details.

Metro Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas, Board First Vice Chair John Fasana, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins were on hand to speak to the press, celebrate, and cut ribbon and cake. In his remarks, Fasana called for expanding Metro bike share to this location, though that’s likely to take some time.

Metro plans to open additional bike hubs at Metro rail stations in North Hollywood, Hollywood, Culver City, and Union Station in the next couple years. See future hub details at The SourceRead more…


Eyes on the Street: Downtown L.A. Has Three Great Bike Corrals

Downtown Los Angeles' first bike corral - in front of Blue Bottle Coffee. Really. Photos by Joe Linton

Downtown Los Angeles’ first bike corral (really) in front of Blue Bottle Coffee. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

A couple weeks ago, I reported that the great new bike corral on Main Street at 5th was the first in downtown Los Angeles. Commenter Steven White correctly pointed out that there are indeed two other on-street bike corrals in the Downtown Arts District. So although it is the first in the historic core, the Main Street corral wasn’t the first downtown L.A. bike corral, nor was that my first or or likely to my last error to appear in writing.

I checked in with Elizabeth Gallardo, L.A. City Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) assistant bicycle coordinator, and the brains behind LADOT’s bicycle-friendly business programs. According to Gallardo, the the bike corral on Willow Street at Mateo Street was the first in downtown L.A., having been installed in October 2014. That corral serves and is sponsored by Blue Bottle Coffee‘s cafe at 582 Mateo Street.

Downtown L.A.'s third great bike corral in front of Pie Hole.

Downtown L.A.’s third great bike corral in front of Pie Hole.


On June 15th, LADOT installed both the Main Street corral, sponsored by Peddler’s Creamery, and a third corral on Traction Avenue at Hewitt Street, sponsored by The Pie Hole. The Main Street corral edged the Traction Avenue one out by a couple hours to claim the vaunted second-corral silver medal.  Read more…


Sweet New Protected Bikeway On Beautiful Rosemead Blvd in Temple City

Cyclist southbound on Temple City's Rosemead Boulevard Project. all photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Cyclist southbound on Temple City’s Rosemead Boulevard Project. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

The San Gabriel Valley’s Temple City opened its excellent new Rosemead Boulevard Project on May 10, 2014. I didn’t make it out to the grand opening festivities, but I recently got a chance to bicycle there and experience the new Rosemead Blvd first hand. It’s great. All Southern California cyclists should make pilgrimages — and spend money while you’re there.

View Temple City Rosemead Blvd Project in a larger map

The project, shown in green on the above map, is on both sides of Rosemead Boulevard for its entire length through Temple City. It extends two miles from Calita Street to the railroad undercrossing near Lower Azusa Road. The area is mostly commercial strips, with some housing, apartments, and single family homes interspersed. Overall, it’s suburban, though somewhat older suburban. Most of the commercial buildings are set back far from the street; there are plenty of surface parking lots.

Rosemead Boulevard’s protected bike lanes are quite different than L.A. County’s first protected bike lanes on Third and Broadway in Downtown Long Beach; both are first class facilities, though. The Long Beach project includes bike signalization at nearly all signalized intersections; as far as I could tell, Temple City didn’t make any changes to traffic signals. Traffic signals can markedly increase costs for protected bikeways. Temple City doesn’t appear to have skimped on costs, though. The project includes extensive landscaping, and lots of curb-work, including landscaped center-median islands.

Temple City’s treatments vary a great deal. Section treatments–see images below–ranged from landscaped-island-protected bikeway to parking-protected bikeway to buffered bike lane to basic bike lane (with and without parking) to short stretches of sharrows.

The most common configuration

The best parts of the Rosemead Boulevard Project, roughly half of the mileage, had this configuration: no parking, wide bike lane – roughly 6-feet, suitable for two cyclists side-by-side – and tree-lined landscaped median protecting the bike lane from adjacent traffic lane.

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News Bites from BikeLA Webinar: Gap, Parking, Cycle Tracks, Metrolink

Last night, the city of Los Angeles Departments of Transportation (LADOT) and City Planning (DCP) hosted a webinar to introduce L.A. cyclists to what are called the “second year study corridors” for the L.A. City Bicycle Plan. The webinar included a presentation and a question and answer session. The unscripted Q&A yielded a handful of newsworthy tidbits. SBLA will report these newsbites first, then, next week, review bike plan implementation, including the “first year” and “second year” batches.

The York Blvd Bike Lane Gap: Earlier this month, LADOT extended the York Boulevard bike lanes to the edge of South Pasadena. Though the extended York lanes connect with bike lanes on Avenue 66 and San Pascual Avenue, Flying Pigeon lamented the 528 foot gap between L.A.’s York lanes and immediately adjacent bike lanes on South Pasadena’s Pasadena Avenue. LADOT’s Tim Fremaux explained that L.A. had approached the city of South Pasadena and met with their Public Works Commission, which includes John Fisher, formerly of LADOT. According to Fremaux, Fisher “pushed for an aggressive road diet” which would have created a continuous bike lane, but this proposal ultimately voted down by South Pasadena, leaving the gap at the city border.

Bike Parking: LADOT’s Michelle Mowery explained that, due to issues with a contractor bidding process, LADOT isn’t installing their inverted-U bike racks right now. They expect to resume installations this summer. Mowery stated that there was a wait list of about 30 bike corrals awaiting installation. One of the next corrals to be installed will be in front of Laemmle’s movie theater on Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood.

LADOT's San Fernando Road bike path has been designed to accommodate double-tracking the adjacent Metrolink rails. Photo: Rails-to-Trails

LADOT’s San Fernando Road bike path has been designed to accommodate future double-tracking of the adjacent Metrolink railway. Photo: Rails-to-Trails (Note: The  path extends across multiple city jurisdictions and this image might be just inside the City of San Fernando.)

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Eyes on the Street: Bike Corral Appears on Glendale Boulevard in Atwater

I like the palm trees. Daveed doesn't. Photo: Daveed Kapoor.

In the two years since LADOT installed its first bike corral in front of Cafe de Leche on York Boulevard in Northeast Los Angeles, things have been quiet on the bike corral front. Yes, there were reports of Metro funding an expansion of the program, and there is that “other corral” that’s part of the Sunset Triangle Plaza; but overall the “bike corral program” has been disappointing.

That’s beginning to change. Last month, LADOT announced plans for another 7-10 corrals to pop up in the near future around the city. Yesterday, that promise began to become true as a corral was installed in Atwater Village at 3147 Glendale Boulevard in front of Kaldi Coffee. Streetsblogger Daveed Kapoor parked his bike there, snapped the above picture and offered a quick review.

In short, the new LADOT design, which staff confirmed will be used in the rest of the corrals, is sturdier than the one in York Boulevard. It is designed to only be accessed from the sidewalk to prevent queuing bike parkers from spilling out into the bike lane or roadway, a standard design feature in many cities.  Read more…


Improved Bike Parking at Dodger Stadium? The Dodgers Earn an Incomplete

During the offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers promised improved bicycle access and parking at Dodger Stadium as part of the stadium renovations  With CICLE and the Eastside Bike Club promoting their annual Dodgertown Bike Ride this Saturday, now seems to be as good a day as any to check in.

In 2008, Streetsblog completed a series on biking to Dodger Stadium that ended with sad results. Despite our pleas, the situation didn’t improve while the parking lot capitalist owned the team. With new leadership, would we see new results?

The answer is a profound “not yet.”

Streetsblog reader Tenney Hood tested the improved bicycle parking and found it lacking:

Although the bicycle parking map provided on the Dodgers official website shows bicycle parking at all of the Stadium entrances, these parking racks do not actually exist. I have asked many security guards at multiple games; the only rack any are aware of is on the Top Deck, which on the map is the bicycle rack in Parking Lot P. This in it of itself is a problem–I have to carry my bicycle up to the Top Deck, lock it, then walk back down to my own level to the enter the field. At the end of the game, I have to return to the Top Deck, against the traffic of thousands of people. Additionally, Stadium staff will not let you access the stairs or the elevator closest to the Top Deck, making this even more difficult.

Yikes, so there’s quite a bit of room between the Dodgers and their rivals in the bay who have a functioning bike valet system. Read more…


With All Eyes on L.A., Villaraigosa Signs New Bike Parking Ordinance

Moments ago, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a new bicycle parking ordinance into law which requires more bicycle parking at new developments and even allows a small swap of car parking for bike parking in certain approved development plans. The ordinance was on the verge of being signed last year before a series of small technical changes were added and the legislation had to go back through the City Council Committee structure.

Villaraigosa at the bike plan signing, March 2011. Photo:LACBC Blog

“The city is undergoing a transportation renaissance and we are changing the way Los Angeles moves,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, before signing the bill. “We have made unprecedented investments in the city’s bike infrastructure, with more bikeways and bike parking spaces than any time in the city’s history. The bicycle parking ordinance is another step in making it easier for Angelenos to navigate the city on two wheels.”

The ordinance  goes into effect on March 13, 2013.

Under the new law, up to 30% of auto parking can swapped for bicycle parking within a commercial nonresidential  project and 15% of auto parking can be swapped within a residential project that is near a major bus or transit station.  This could be particularly crucial for the transit oriented developments that pop up as a result of the new train lines that are coming online as a result of Measure R.

The ordinance also provides a mechanism to add more bike corrals to city streets.   These on-street public bicycle parking spaces offer an opportunity to provide ample bicycle parking without taking up pedestrian space on sidewalks. Bike corrals have been proven to increase bicycle usage in areas where they are installed, as they encourage residents to travel by bicycle around their neighborhoods to do their shopping and errands.   Read more…

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Bike Parking Ordinance Moves Back to City Council

(Update, January 17: The City Council passed the ordinance without any discussion at yesterday’s full meeting. It now awaits the Mayor’s signature to become law. – DN)

It’s been over 15 months since it seemed the city was poised to enact a progressive bike parking ordinance that would dramatically increase the amount of bicycle parking required in new developments. In that time, the ordinance was sent back to City Planning for a handful of technical corrections, before it re-appeared in front of the City Council Planning and Land Use Committee hearing earlier today.

Ed Reyes and the rest of the City Council are still waiting for their chance to pass the city's bike parking ordinance. Photo: LADOT Bike Blog

With Committee Chair Ed Reyes not in attendance, acting chair Jose Huizar put the motion on the consent calendar. THe ordinance could be voted on by the full City Council as early as later this month. The transportation committee already waived consideration of the ordinance after holding hearings last year. The Council also passed a “negative declaration” last year, meaning the city found that increasing bike parking would have no negative impact on the city’s air quality.

“This is a huge milestone in further establishing cycling as a legitimate mode of transportation in this City,” writes Bill Rosendahl, Chair of the City Council Transportation Committee.

“If you were to travel by car and knew at the end of the trip there was a high probability that your car would be vandalized or stolen you would think twice about making that trip.  The same rule applies to those who travel by bicycle.  And just as we have automobile parking standards for private development, we will now have bicycle parking standards for private development.  It’s about equity and encouragement.  You simply can’t expect people to travel by bicycle unless you provide safe, secure and available bicycle parking at the end of the trip.”

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Santa Monica Bike Center Celebrates Its First Birthday in Style

Santa Monica Spoke Board Member Cynthia Rose and Bike Center Manager Ron Durgin "toast" at the Bike Center member lunch last week with vegan cupcakes Rose provided. For more pictures from the event and of Bike Center, visit Gary Kavanagh's Flickr Page.

This weekend, Santa Monica Bike Center, the largest bike parking facility in the country, celebrated its one year birthday.

Bike Center is recognized by the League of American Cyclists as a "Bike Friendly Business," not an honor that one receives just by selling or parking bicycles. Photo: Gary Kavanagh

Bike Center is actually two locations (Parking Structure 7 at 320 Broadway and Parking Structure 8 at 215 Colorado) in the center of downtown with a combined 5,300 square-feet of space and nearly 360 secure bicycle parking spaces. As regular readers of Streetsblog know, Bike Center has become not just a fixture in Santa Monica and a national model on how a space dedicated towards cyclists can grow movement for bicycles and provide a sustainable source of funds for the investor and host city.

And they do it while making money. In its first year of operation, Bike Center has over 200 paying members, operated a year-round bicycle valet program which parked over 1,800 bicycles, and provided nearly three dozen bicycle education classes (free to members with a small fee to non-members.) In addition, Santa Monica allowed Bike Center to put some bicycle retail space on the corner where Bike Center resides. At the Orange 20 website, Richard Risenberg breaks down what this means in economic turns both for Bike & Park who run Bike Center and the City of Santa Monica who rents them the space and worked with Metro to provide a $50,000 grant to refurbish.

The Bike Center pays the City of Santa Monica a base rent of $1500 a month, plus a percentage of its income.

In one recent month of operation that percentage came to $17,000 over the base rent!

Yes, that $50,000 in seed money was a good investment for Santa Monica, who is now receiving a healthy income from the Bike Center.

As Streetsblog said in a recent post about Long Beach, such an investment is “Good for Bikes, Good for Business.” A recent article by Gary Kavanagh, published in response to an article in the Los Angeles Times, discusses in-depth how Bike Center could be a regional model for providing bicycling parking near transit centers. Bike Center is located near the end of the Expo Line, which could be completed in 2015. Read more…