Los Angeles

7th Street Streetscape Improvements could be funded Tuesday

From Hub-LA.com

One of Los Angeles’ most anticipated public works projects could be officially funded Tuesday, when the Los Angeles City Council votes on a motion to fund the 7th Street Streetscape Improvements Project.

$7,970,689 would come from the Wilshire Grand, which transferred funds to the City last year, while another $2,115,000 would come from the California Department of Housing, according to a motion up for a vote by the City Council tomorrow.

The 7th Street Streetscape Improvements Project would overhaul streetscape from South Olive Street to South San Pedro Street by widening sidewalks, adding bicycle lane buffers and more lighting. Transit platforms would also be added, and attendees at a public workshop during the planning stages also asked for scrambled crossings, like those in Old Pasadena.

The Skid Row Housing Trust would also get $13,845 via the motion. Part of the funds would go towards hiring a civil engineer, while the rest would be used to fund the improvements.

 

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Los Angeles California Bike Paths

From LABikePaths.com

This is a guide to Class I paved bicycle paths around Los Angeles, and around Northern Orange County California:

‘Class I,’ paved, separate right-of-ways, mostly in parks, along rivers, beaches, and along lakesides.

CicLAvia – Heart of LA – Oct 8

CicLAvia – Heart of LA

Get ready for our annual Heart of LA Route on Sunday, October 8th as CicLAvia returns to Chinatown, DTLA, Echo Park and Boyle Heights! 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!

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for October 8th:

  • 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.

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or info@ciclavia.org

For concerns regarding the Los Angeles street closure permit, contact LA Bureau of Street Services, Investigation and Enforcement Division, Special Events at 213.847.6000.

 

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The number of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers killed in L.A. traffic rose sharply in 2016

From The LATimes.com

 

Traffic deaths in Los Angeles rose sharply despite a high-profile campaign by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders to eliminate fatal traffic crashes.

In 2016, the first full year that Garcetti’s Vision Zero policy was in effect in L.A., 260 people were killed in traffic crashes on city streets, an increase of almost 43% over the previous year.

Rising traffic deaths appear to be more than a one-year aberration: So far in 2017, crash fatalities are 22% higher than in the same period last year.

When Garcetti announced L.A.’s Vision Zero, he sought a 20% drop in traffic deaths by the end of 2017. This year’s higher fatality rate and some funding questions underscore the challenges the program still faces.

Vision Zero’s advocates say they have spent more than a year analyzing traffic collision data to pinpoint a series of corridors that have seen the most serious injuries and deaths. Some of those streets are due to receive overhauls aimed at slowing down drivers and reducing fatalities.

Los Angeles’ increase in traffic deaths outpaces national trends. In 2016, 40,200 people died in crashes involving cars, a 6% increase over the previous year, according to the National Safety Council.

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Take a virtual ride and decide: Is it safe to bike to work in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is arguably the most dangerous big city in America in which to be a bike rider, which may be why only 1% of people in L.A. commute to work by bike. And it’s getting more dangerous by the year. L.A. Times Opinion writer Matthew Fleischer takes you on a 360-degree tour of his morning bike commute to point out the pitfalls of cycling to work in L.A. — and what it would take to make the city a safer place for cyclists.

The 17th Annual Los Angeles River Ride is on Sunday, June 4th, 2017!

When: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Where: 2 start locations at The Autry in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles) or Marina Green Park in Long Beach (386 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach)

10 Great Routes to Choose from:

From The Autry in Griffith Path: 100-mile, 70-mile, 50-mile, 36-mile, 25-mile, and 15-mile routes, plus The First 5 LA Family Ride presented by Metro

Long Beach routes are back! From Marina Green Park in Long Beach: 100-mile, 70-mile, and 25-mile routes.

Join over 2,000 other riders, and enjoy a great day of bicycling fun, exploration, a post-ride expo, a raffle, live music, and more. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and finisher’s medal. All proceeds benefit the work of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization working to make all communities in L.A. County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride bikes.

 

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5 Ways Biking Is Getting Easier in L.A.

From LAMag.com

 

Cycle hubs and exclusive lanes are popping up all over the city

We’re in the middle of Bike Month—designated by our local transit agency, Metro—with a big push to increase our city’s relatively anemic cycling numbers. With Bike to Work Day on Wednesday (free refreshments, bike tchotchkes, and gratis rides on trains and buses) and Bike Night (a party ride through DTLA) on May 26, it seems a good time to highlight how L.A. is ever-so-slowly turning into a bike town.

• Bike Hubs
Metro will cut the ribbon on its newest bike hub, “a facility that offers bicyclists a safe and convenient place to park their bikes,” on Friday near the Hollywood/Vine subway station. Cyclists will be able to access the enclosed space 24/7 and purchase lights, locks, and other amenities. Metro previously opened a bike hub at the El Monte bus station, and will be opening one at Union Station next year and near the Culver City Expo station in 2018.

• The Bike Share Is Expanding
It took L.A. a long time to get a bike share up and running, and the rollout hasn’t been without hiccups. That said, more bikes and docking stations are being added throughout the city. The L.A. waterfront is getting 11 new stations and 120 bikes around San Pedro and Wilmington, likely by the summer. Venice and Pasadena will also be joining the party, and Culver City is looking at getting its own bike share, as well.

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Urban Bike Challenge, Los Angeles April 30

The Urban Bike Challenge is coming to Los Angeles!

Brompton Bicycle and Just Ride LA are pleased to present a day of fun on two wheels with the chance to win great prizes, sponsored by Ortlieb and LAist and partnered with CicLAvia, Metro Bike Share and LA County Bicycle Coalition.

The Urban Bike Challenge is two-wheeled scavenger hunt run via a unique mobile app. Participating in teams of two to four cyclists, the Urban Bike Challenge tests the creativity and ingenuity of players as they explore the streets of Los Angeles earning points in a variety of ways, including riding to locations, completing tasks, solving clues and shooting photos.

What better way to celebrate the spring than by joining your fellow LA cyclists and exploring the city on two wheels? Plus, all proceeds will benefit LA County Bike Coalition and CicLAvia, so you’ll be helping to make cycling safer in Los Angeles!

Anyone can join; all bikes are welcome! At least one person per team must have a smart phone with location capabilities to use the app.

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Bicyclists will be able to enjoy new protected bike lanes in downtown Los Angeles as soon as this fall.

From SPCR.org

The new lanes are part of the Main and Spring Forward project, announced by City Councilman Jose Huizar on Sunday. As the name suggests, the lanes will be set up primarily at Main and Spring and the historic core of downtown L.A.

The project’s aim is to “improve intersections and crossings for people walking, and upgrades the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency,” according to a release about the project.

Protected bike lanes typically sit between the sidewalk and a barrier – like concrete or cones – to separate bicyclists from traffic. Huizar told KPCC the lanes downtown will have a different kind of barrier.

“The protection for that dedicated bike lane will be actual cars who park on that space between the dedicated bike lane and moving traffic, so it is making the best use of the streets here to make that possible,” he said.

When there are no parked cars, the city will put down cones. The lanes will also be heavily striped to get drivers’ attention, according to the release.

This first phase of the project has a price tag is estimated at nearly $2 million dollars. There’s no cost yet for the second phase, which calls for more features for the lanes. That phase starts in 2018.

 

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New “cycling-inspired” cafe rolling into Highland Park

From The EastsiderLA.com

A “caffeine fueled, cycling-inspired” cafe is preparing to join the other new restaurants, bars and shops along York Boulevard.

The owners of à Bloc, which is taking shape inside  an approximately 1,300-square-foot storefront at 5025 York,  will not only serve coffee, pastries and snacks but will also sell custom cycling kits, urban cycling apparel, cycling accessories, caps, socks, water bottles and t-shirts.

“We want to bring our passion for coffee, cycling culture, and food together into one space, and build a community for like minded individuals to enjoy all three of these symbiotic elements,” said Kjeld Clark, one of the partners in the new shop.

The Clark and husband and husband-and-wife team Katherine and Johnny Richardson not only bring a love of cycling to the business but also backgrounds in retail and restaurants to run à Bloc. Clark owns a cycling apparel brand, superdomestik.cc, and has worked in bike shops and restaurants.  The Richardsons have extensive restaurant experience.

“Running any business takes many skill sets, and between the three partners we hopefully have them covered,” said Clark in an email. “Our three personalities will be revealed to our customers as we all put in time behind the coffee bar, pulling great shots and serving superb food, beverages and snacks.”

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