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Back in late May, the City of Los Angeles released the maps that will be the backbone for the city’s newest Bike Plan on a Friday afternoon.  Before the weekend was over, members of the bike community throughout the city responded with anger and frustration that the new maps appeared to be a rollback of the existing plan and was anything but visionary.  Knowing that Alta Planning, the consultants for the project, are considered some of the most visionary bike planners in America; accusations that the City heavily edited and redacted Alta’s work were common.

Thanks to the work being done at Communities for Transportation Choice, we’ll have a chance to see how true that charge is.

Regular Streetsblog contributor Joe Linton and author and advocate Eric Knutzen through public information requests have gotten their hands on the original documents submitted by Alta Planning from the Planning Department and are posting the documents online as fast as they can scan them.  After the documents are online, they’ll provide some analysis and opinion on what these documents show us.

And, scanning documents can be a slow process so if anyone has a scanner and some free time, they should contact Eric and Joe here.  Now if only they could find out when the rest of the plan will be released and public hearings scheduled.  Last we heard, the plan would be released at the end of July or early August and hearings would be at the end of last month.


More on the Bike Plan: Strength and Weaknesses

(As you may have noticed, Streetsblog is running a series gathering different people’s opinions on the Bike Master Plan.  You can read statements by a group of different bike activists from Monday,  Dan Koepel on Tuesday, Kent Strumpell in the comments section yesterday and now LACBC Founder and Green L.A. Transportation Working Group Chair Joe […]

City Council Gives Unanimous Nod to New Bike Plan

It’s all over but the signing.  And that’s scheduled for tomorrow. By a 12-0 vote, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Bike Plan sending it to the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s desk for a signature.  The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Villaraigosa have already announced the signing will take place tomorrow on the steps […]

Bike Master Plan Comments Due Friday: Here’s Mine

Cyclists from last May’s "Expo Exposure" Ride. Photo: LA Streetsblog/Flickr This Friday, comments are due on the Draft Bike Plan lovingly prepared by Alta Planning and Design and submitted for public perusal and comments by City Planning and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.  I’ve gotten some criticism from critics of the Bike Plan for […]

Whither the Bike Master Plan?

Photo from Bike Master Plan outreach meeting courtesy Franz Ellers, 2/2008 You may have noticed that recently I’ve been finding a way to work the oft-delayed Bike Master Plan into just about every post about bicycles.  This being Bike to Work Week, there have been plenty of chances. Yesterday I had a chance to visit […]