LADOT and Film Industry Agree to Compromise on Green Bike Lanes

From StreetsBlog.org

by City Councilmember Bob Blumenfeld. The motion states:

The City has a strong interest in continuing to promote film and television production, and ensuring that it does not create unnecessary impediments to location shooting on our streets. […]

However, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has used a bright, highly reflective color green for these bike lane markings. This color creates problems for location filming on Los Angeles streets, including challenges in post-production, conflicts with “green screens,” and reflected light from the lanes.

I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council direct the Department of Transportation to implement non-reflective forest green color as the standard pavement color for bike facilities, unless the General Manager authorizes an exception.

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Pro cycling coming back to the state with Colorado Classic

From 9news.com

DENVER – Colorado is the hub for a new cycling race.

The race, called Colorado Classic, will cover 313 miles and cyclists will have to overcome what is the press release describes as “20,000 feet of intense, high-altitude climbing in four stages.”

The race is scheduled for August 10-13 and will take place in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver.

Previous pro-cycle events in Colorado have seen point-to-point races, but the Colorado Classic will be circuits that start and finish in the same location and feature multiple laps.

“Each course will give fans numerous opportunities in a single day to see the sport’s top racers, and the start-finish areas are being built to be magnets of activity before, during and after each race. Our goal is to have you come out for one experience, and to stick around for many, many more,” said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the race. “We’re out to re-energize  pro cycling in the US, and each of these routes is designed to help achieve that goal.”

 

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Some great photos from CicLAvia / Glendale / Atwater

From http://www.ciclavia.org/social

Find out how biking in your community stacks up against other places

From PeopleForBikes.org

 

The Bike Network Analysis (BNA) score is an evolving project to measure how well bike networks connect people with the places they want to go. Because most people are interested in biking only when it’s a low-stress option, our maps recognize only low-stress biking connections.

We compute the score over four steps: data collection, traffic stress, destination access, and score aggregation. Each of these is described in separate sections below.

Data Collection

The BNA relies on data from two sources: The U.S. Census and OpenStreetMap (OSM). Census blocks, obtained directly from the U.S. Census, serve as the basic unit of analysis for all of the connectivity measures. Information about Jobs is provided by the U.S. Census as part of its Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data. OSM provides a fully-routable network of on- and off-street transportation facilities, including details about the types of bicycle facilities on any given street segment. OSM also includes data for all destination types.

Traffic Stress

The BNA relies on the concept of a low-stress bike network. The concept of Traffic Stress has emerged as a useful way to think of bicycle facilities in terms of the types of users who would be comfortable riding on them in a given situation. Since our measures are concerned with low-stress bicycling, our methodology focuses on roadway characteristics that generally translate to an LTS 1 or LTS 2 rating. In practical terms, this is intended to correspond with the comfort level of a typical adult with an interest in riding a bicycle but who is concerned about interactions with vehicular traffic.

The OSM data we use to build the bike network uses a system of tags to represent different elements of a roadway. A list of tags that we use both for bicycle facilities and destinations is available here. For a description of how OSM tags relate to on-the-ground bicycle facilities you can refer to these tagging guidelines. Please note that our methodology also accounts for some edge cases involving obsolete or non-standard tagging. For a full review of the logic, we invite you to review the source code.

 

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South African rides through Orange County to save rhinos

The most common comment Matt Meyer has heard during his 2,000-mile cycling odyssey from the Canadian border to Sacramento?

“Well, there’s something you don’t see every day.”

What? You’ve never seen a guy on a bicycle towing a life-sized replica of a female rhinoceros?

From OCRegister.com

 

Well, if you were in Huntington Beach Sunday, or along Pacific Coast Highway in recent days, you may well have seen Meyer, a South African safari guide hauling along his companion, Lunar, the rhino.

Meyer is nearing completion of a two-month trek down the coast designed to raise funds and awareness for the animals, several species of which are critically endangered species in Africa and Asia.

Although rhinos have few enemies in the wild, they are a popular target of poachers and have been hunted to near-extinction. They are valued in several cultures for their emblematic horns, believed to have medicinal and aphrodisiac benefits.

South Africa is home to about 70 percent of the world’s 29,500 rhinos, according to National Geographic. But that population in the wild is in crisis. According to South African National Parks, the number of rhinos poached more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2015, from 333 to 1338.  And much of this happens in areas where rhinos are supposed to be protected. Rhinos are also imperiled in habitats in Borneo and Sumatra and a subspecies in Vietnam was declared extinct in 2011.

From a young age, Meyer, a professional Safari guide from South Africa, formed an affinity for the cumbersome rhino and wants to make sure other children can appreciate the animal in the wild.

“I don’t have children of my own,” he said. “But I have nieces and nephews and I couldn’t let them inherit a planet without rhinos.”

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