July 2017

Milwaukee Forges Ahead With Its First Bike Boulevards

From USAStreetsBlog.org

Milwaukee will be getting its first bike boulevards, the city announced this week, the beginning of what should eventually be a citywide network of low-traffic, low-stress streets for cycling.

The city has identified two intersecting streets, totaling about two miles, to start out with. Details are still in development, but typically, bike boulevards involve diverting motor vehicle through traffic away from streets and implementing measures to further slow down cars and make cycling more convenient and safe.

Graham Kilmer at Urban Milwaukee reports:

When it comes to managing speed on a bike boulevard, anything from simple speed limit reductions to speed humps and curb build outs can be employed.

But for Milwaukee’s first bike boulevards, which are in the early planning stages, planners are looking at upgrading signalized intersections in order to “quickly and consistently pick up bicyclists on the corridor waiting to cross,” Hannig said. Also, there’s the possibility of replacing some four-way stops with neighborhood-scale traffic circles or, “similar traffic calming treatments to keep people on bicycles moving while maintaining neighborhood-appropriate travel speeds and discouraging cut-through traffic.”

Bike boulevards are another citywide infrastructure investment called for in the 2010 planning document, Milwaukee by Bike, which calls for the creation of 54 miles of bike boulevards.

 

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Metro’s bike sharing launches in Pasadena

From PasadenaStarNews.com

Metro’s bike share program will extend to Pasadena today, ahead of another expansion to the Port of Los Angeles on July 31.

Another planned expansion of the program into Venice will be announced in the near future.

“We are tremendously excited that Metro’s bike share program is expanding to new communities in L.A. County following our successful pilot launch in downtown L.A. last summer,” said John Fasana, Metro board chair and mayor pro-tem of Duarte.

“Even more Angelenos can rent these bicycles for short trips as well as to make first-mile, last-mile connections to Metro’s robust bus and rail system,” he said.

A ribbon-cutting celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Pasadena bike-share station, 100 N. Garfield Ave., near City Hall. Metro officials and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek are expected to attend.

A total of 30 stations will be coming to Pasadena, while 13 will be installed at the Port of Los Angeles.

Metro’s bike sharing system is currently only located in downtown Los Angeles and has 61 stations and about 700 bicycles. The expansion into Pasadena, Port of L.A. and Venice will create a total of 1,400 bicycles at up to 125 stations.

 

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The original bike superhighway from Pasadena to DTLA

From BusinessInsider.com

 

Drivers in Los Angeles spend an average of 90 hours a year stuck in traffic. But back in the 1890s, California imagined a different future for the city’s streets.

The state planned to build a for-profit, six-mile bike-only highway only for bikes that would stretch from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It was the brainchild of Pasadena resident Horace Dobbins, who began construction after city approval in 1897.

Three years later, it opened as an elevated tollway that collected 10 cents per biker, or about $2.50 in today’s money.

Only 1.3 miles of the cycleway were actually built. The city tore it down a decade later since it never made a profit.

The cycleway may sound like a far-fetched idea today, but at the time, most Americans moved through cities by foot, historian and authorPeter Norton told Business Insider. City folk weren’t yet sure if they should adopt cars.

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Metro Offers Update on Rail-to-River Bike/Ped Path Design; Project to Break Ground Mid-2018

From LA.Streetsblog.org

 

On June 29, Metro held a public update on the Rail-to-River bike and pedestrian path project slated for the Slauson corridor in South L.A.

The update was to showcase the design progress on Segment A (in green, above) thus far, get feedback on the proposed design, and advise the community of next steps.

For those unfamiliar with the project, the Rail-t0-River project is an Active Transportation Corridor planned for the Metro-owned rail right-of-way (ROW) along Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles. The 6.4 mile stretch of Segment A was planned to facilitate transit users’ movement between the Crenshaw, Silver, Blue, and local bus Lines, while Segment B (in pink) would connect South L.A. with the Southeast Cities and, eventually, the L.A. River, expanding the regional bicycle network.

Because Metro must negotiate with Union Pacific to access the ROW along Randolph Street (the route chosen for Segment B) and work out plans with the cities the route will pass through, planning for Segment A has moved at a much quicker pace. Metro expects to see the preliminary (30 percent) design completed shortly and to hire a design/build construction contractor to finish the plans and break ground by mid-2018.

The project would be completed in late 2019, around the time that the Crenshaw/LAX Line would be opening.

 

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Video of Hit and Run. This is just awful.

Three hours ago this person intentionally hit my friend Tyler Noe on Natchez Trace. We had a witness behind us who said he has seen this same Volvo try to hit someone else last week. Tyler is at the hospital and doing ok. He is one TOUGH DUDE!

Posted by Greg Goodman on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Three hours ago this person intentionally hit my friend Tyler Noe on Natchez Trace. We had a witness behind us who said he has seen this same Volvo try to hit someone else last week. Tyler is at the hospital and doing ok. He is one TOUGH DUDE!

Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F10

From Bicycling.com

Team Sky’s Chris Froome is attempting to win his fourth Tour de France in a row aboard the Pinarello Dogma F10. Launched in January, the F10 is an update to the successful Dogma F8 and features improved aerodynamics and a seven percent increase in the frame’s stiffness-to-weight ratio. Froome rode the F8 X-Light to victory in the 2017 Tour, and in a few weeks, we’ll know if the F10 is also Tour-winning bike. In our opinion, the new bike has the same magic of the old; like its predecessor, the F10 is a Bicycling Editors’ Choice Winner.

As befits one of the world’s best cyclists, Froome gets a customized finish on his bike. In years past, Froome’s rhinoceros mascot was significantly more pronounced. The custom touches on his 2017 bike are much more subtle.

As the winner of last year’s Tour, Froome gets to wear number one in this year’s race. Froome’s bike is fitted with a carbon number holder, and mechanics cut his number to follow the curves of the frame. At the start of the 2017 Tour, we observed that most of Team Sky was aboard the F10 X-Light frame. This bike, which was shot before the start of Stage Four, does not carry Pinarello’s X-Light designation, but we expect that Froome will be on an X-Light in later stages.

Metro’s Union Station bike hub

From Curbed.com

 

Cyclists looking for more bike parking options at Union Station will have a cool new bike hubbefore the year is over. Metro began construction on the hub earlier this year, and it’s starting to take shape on the north side of Union Station, near the Amtrak bus bay and the Mozaic apartments.

The bike hub would offer members secure, 24-hour bike storage in a freestanding building that would also offer bike repair services.

The hub would be a safe way to store bikes while people use the other transportation available at Union Station, and would theoretically reduce the need for hub members to take their bikes on Metro buses and trains.

Membership to the hub currently ranges from $5 for a seven-day pass to $60 for a yearlong pass, and each type of membership gives users round-the-clock access to all extant hubs, according to the Bike Hub site.

The Union Station bike hub is scheduled to open this fall. Metro already has hubs in El Monte and one at Hollywood and Vine, which just opened in May.

 

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CicLAvia – San Pedro Meets Wilmington – Saturday, Aug 13

CicLAvia – San Pedro Meets Wilmington

Get ready for a brand new CicLAvia route! On Sunday, August 13, San Pedro and Wilmington will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

Planning a feeder ride or walk and want to add it to our site? Email info@ciclavia.org!

Notification Flyer coming soon!

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for June 11:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

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Not all bicyclists are rich or poor, Op-Ed from The Daily Best

From TheDailyBeast.com

Near a subway station in my neighborhood, ads for new luxury condos are popping up where abandoned buildings used to be. In the ads, a man leans casually against his bicycle outside of his sleek new apartment. Here, the bicycle becomes a short hand for a well-appointed life, complete with a separate entrance and covered bike parking. The ad sells an aspiration to urban simplicity: hip, carefree, and luxurious. Predictably, the guy standing next to the bicycle is white.

Down the road from those new condos, farther away from the subway stop, a well-used bicycle is chained to the bus sign. The bike looks almost abandoned, but it’s a critical and nearly hidden link in a transit chain. Bicycles often fill in the gap between public transit and getting home. For those who cannot afford a car or who are forced farther and farther out from transportation hubs, bicycles play the role of “last-leg” transit option. Here, a bicycle is not a sign of luxury, but of necessity.

Depending on where you live, where and when you ride, and the color of your skin, riding a bicycle can send a very different message.

There’s a curious polarization to perceptions of cyclists in America: either you’re wealthy enough to participate in cycling as a leisure activity by choice, or you’re poor enough to have no other option but to bike. Precisely because transit by bike does not require a license, people make all sorts of assumptions about cyclists: either you’ve lost your license to a drunk driving conviction, or if you’re not white, that you are undocumented. Rarely do people think of cyclists riding out of necessity.

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Great Op-Ed piece on the Playa Del Rey road diet.

From the LATimes.com

By Peter Flax

All hell has broken out in my adopted hometown of Manhattan Beach. If you believe the hysteria, families are being torn apart, livelihoods are being threatened and businesses are in danger of collapse. All because in early June, Los Angeles slowed traffic on several roadways in Playa del Rey, including removing one lane on each side of Vista del Mar, the thoroughfare that runs along the ocean from El Segundo to Playa.

South Bay commuters are livid that rush hour traffic is worse. They claim workers will permanently lose five hours of family time a week (even though no formal traffic study has been conducted). Silicon Beach tech entrepreneurs and private equity guys are sounding the alarm on Twitter that new traffic jams will harm recruitment. At a town hall with Manhattan Beach’s mayor, real estate agents speculated that home values might sag (in a town where the average home costs $2.2 million). A GoFundMe page was launched to raise money for a lawsuit and the Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously directed city staff to support that effort.

 

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