Earlier this week I posted an article on the reforms coming to the city's official Bike Advisory Committee which implied that the BAC was out of touch and didn't do very much. Not surprisingly, some members of the committee took exception to that characterization.
At the most recent BAC meeting, the committee passed a set of recommendations to the city's Bike Master Plan which is in the process of being updated. Via friend of the blog Kent Strumpell:
CITY OF LOS ANGELES BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
DRAFT POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BICYCLE PLAN UPDATE
1. IDENTIFY WHY MANY POLICIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN PREVIOUS BICYCLE MASTER PLAN HAVE NOT BEEN IMPLEMENTED.
Develop strategies and performance indicators to make implementation more effective.
2. ROUTINE ACCOMMODATION/COMPLETE STREETS POLICY
The bicycle master plan should include policy language, with authority over all necessary departments, that will result in the inclusion of bicycle accommodations in all roadway projects to the greatest extent possible. This will require integrating bikeway planning at the earliest concept, funding and design stages of projects. This policy should be fully integrated into the day-to-day procedures of project planning, design review and standards, in much the same way that sidewalks are included in road projects, in order to prevent situations where bicycle facilities are omitted as an unfortunate oversight. Inclusion of bicycle accommodations should be institutionalized and codified into project implementation procedures, plan check steps, etc. and not left to the discretion of individual employees who may or may not have the required expertise.
3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REPAVING AND RESTRIPING OPPORTUNITIES; PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE.
a. Each time arterial and collector streets are resurfaced they should be re-striped to add width to the curb lane without compromising safety; consider designating these streets with wide curb lanes as future Class III routes. In addition, designated Class II lanes should be added where there is enough width.
b. When any road repairs are done by the City or other agencies such as utilities, the road shall be restored to at least its original quality, with particular attention to surface smoothness and re-striping suitable for bicycling.
c. Pavement cuts for utilities often create depressions and raised edges that are a hazard for cyclists. These can develop over time as a poorly compacted patched areas settles. Any pavement work, including that done by city departments. contractors or utilities, should abide by strict pavement surface standards. These standards should stipulate that the disturbed area is adequately compacted so it will remain even and free of depressions for years. A plan for maintaining non-city pavement work to the above standard, designating who is responsible, should accompany B permits.