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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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New Metro Bike Share launch could mean an additional 400 cyclists on city streets every day

From PasadenaNow.com

 

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority bike sharing program will launch officially in Pasadena on Friday, July 14. If statistics on bikesharing use collected by Metro hold true for Pasadena, city streets could see an additional 400 cyclists on city streets every day.

Image: Metro

The rollout this summer of 400 bicycles is expected to see 31 kiosks from the Arroyo Seco on the west to Allen Avenue on the east, and from Hammond Street on the north down to Fillmore Street on the south.

This just the latest in a string of Metro Bike Sharing programs rolling out across the region this year. But combined, the region’s bike share expansions will result in approximately 1,400 bicycles at up to 125 stations across LA County.

In Pasadena, it is estimated that there will be a minimum of at least one trip per bicycle per day as Metro riders detrain and grab the easily-accessible bikes to take to the streets — and some of those riders might be either inexperienced at riding city streets, or just a little rusty.

But Metro, along with a host of City leaders and bike advocates, is feeling positive over the new wheels.

“The Metro Bike Share program offers a unique, shared economy means of transportation that is both economical and good for the environment by providing bikes as new mobility options that get people out of their cars for short trips around our beautiful city,” said Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek.

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Pasadena Traffic Reduction and Transportation Improvement Meeting

Community Meeting
Thursday, May 25th, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pasadena City Hall, Grand Conference Room,
City Hall Basement, Room S038, 100 North Garfield Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

The purpose of this meeting is to update the City of Pasadena’s Traffic Reduction and Transportation Improvement Fee (TR/TIF).  This fee is designed to plan for the needs of projected future development within the City through the horizon year 2035.  New development projects will pay their “fair share” of the cost of future transportation improvements.  The fee anticipates and mitigates the impacts of growth on City streets by providing quality transit service, building bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and implementing intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

Included in the City’s transportation facilities needs list are Complete Streets projects, Traffic Operations, Bike Facilities, Pedestrian Improvements, and Local Transit Improvements.  Sources of the projects include the General Plan – Mobility Element, the Pasadena ITS Master Plan Framework, the Pasadena Bicycle Master Plan, the ADA Transition Plan, and Specific Plan.

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These Pasadena-area Rotary Clubs assembled 200 bicycles to give away for Christmas

From PasadenaStarNews.com

Some local elves were already hard at work Saturday preparing Christmas gifts for local families.

Members of the Altadena, Pasadena and San Marino Rotary Clubs worked to assemble 200 bicycles at the Pasadena Unified School District yard, which offered the space.

The bikes, purchased from Huffy at basically cost, will be donated to the Salvation Army, which will distribute them to preselected underprivileged families with young children.

Though there are usually toy drives for the holidays, Paul Martin, Pasadena Rotary community service chair, said they chose bicycles because they represent “a good thing for the children.”

“They give them some independence, and it fosters good health by encouraging them to be active,” he said.

The Pasadena Rotary has worked with the Salvation Army before, and with other Rotary Clubs, but this is the first time all three clubs worked together on this project.

Service clubs from local high schools, including John Muir and Pasadena, also helped with the assembly.

“We had good participation,” said Craig Cox, Altadena Rotary community service chair. “We also had people from the Sheriff’s, from the Pasadena Police department.”

Cox and Martin agree that these types of projects is the reason their clubs exist.

“We have always been about service,” said Cox. “You have people from different parts of the community coming together; we look and see how we can address the needs of the community.”

The donated bikes range from tricycles for toddlers to bikes for 10-year-olds. Each family also will receive a helmet and lock.

The Altadena Rotarians provided a pancake breakfast for the volunteers on assembly day.

 

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Amgen Bicycle Tour Announces a Pasadena Finish Line for its 2017 Men’s Race

From PasadenaNow.com

 

The 2017 Amgen Tour of California announced today that its 600-mile men’s competition will race down the California to a Pasadena finish line next May 20.

 

Peter Sagan, the 2015 overall Amgen Tour of California winner and record holder with 15 stage victories since riding for the first time in 2010, will headline an all-star peloton when the prestigious cycling stage race men’s competition begins in Sacramento on May 14, 2017.

 

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little reacted happily to the news.

 

“It brings a lot of attention to Pasadena it also brings visitors, which we appreciate,” Little said. “People in hotel rooms, restaurants and shops. But really the big value is the attention we get for different kind of sporting events that we are generally known for.”

 

“It does have an economic impact. There’s an investment made to get them here, but it certainly is paid for in trade and tourism that we get in return,” Little said.

 

He added that the television coverage of Pasadena makes the city “look very good.”

 

Amgen said the 2017 Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM will begin three days earlier than the men’s race, on May 11 in South Lake Tahoe. The women’s competition will conclude its four-stage race in Sacramento on May 14.

 

The remaining Host Cities (start and finish destinations for each stage) were also announced and include Big Bear Lake (Men’s Individual Time Trial), Modesto, Morro Bay, Mt. Baldy, Mountain High, Ontario, Pismo Beach, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and first time Host City Elk Grove which will host the Stage 3 women’s competition start.

 

“The Amgen Tour of California has long been the most esteemed cycling race in America. Its designation as a UCI WorldTour event will continue to expand its international exposure and attract the best teams and cyclists yet, giving fans even more to cheer about from the streets of California next spring,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports.

 

Sagan, one of the most popular cyclists ever to compete in the Amgen Tour of California will be racing for his recently launched BORA-hansgrohe team hoping to add on to his current record of 15 stage wins including two in 2016. The 2015 and 2016 (current) World Champion will be racing in the Golden State for the 7th consecutive year.

 

“Racing in the Amgen Tour of California is always one of my top priorities every year. While spectacular to watch from a scenic standpoint, the route is consistently tough and challenging and one that brings out the best in all of the riders,” said Sagan. “The incredible fans and all of the cities of California that we get to visit truly makes the Amgen Tour of California one of the best experiences of the year for me.”

 

The men’s competition will climax in Pasadena as part of the final Stage 7 on May 20, a fast and largely downhill run into Pasadena from the Mountain High ski resort. The riders will have two significant climbs that will top out at over 7,900 feet. The crowds in Pasadena will be watching the top teams try to deliver their sprinter to the line to claim the finish.
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race featuring both men’s and women’s competitions created and presented by AEG. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

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Pasadena’s Bike Share Program Moves Closer to Reality

Public transportation is about to get a whole lot more affordable with news that Pasadena’s Bike Share program is expected to launch in July, 2017.

Details of the proposed program will be discussed at a Bike Share community outreach meeting Thursday night, according to Conrad L. Viana, P.E. Engineer, City of Pasadena, Department of Transportation.

“The D.O.T will discuss the proposed information with the public and solicit feedback on suggested locations for stations,” Viana said. Pasadena’s program structure will mirror the existing Metro Bike Share in Los Angeles.

According to an information sheet provided by Viana, the program could place around 400 bicycles in 34 bike share docking stations around the city. Service would be provided in general areas of the Central District, the Playhouse District, as well as colleges, Metro Gold Stations, hospitals, office and residential locations.

Bicycles would be supplied and serviced by Bicycle and Transportation Systems, who would also handle the rebalancing of bicycles at the docking stations. Bicycle and Transportation Systems is the vendor used in L.A Metro’s Bike Share program.

“We have identified potential stations that will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting,” Viana said.

Each station would have a kiosk to accommodate any of the three available rental options by credit or debit card. A monthly pass is projected to cost riders $20 a month. An unlimited number of trips of 30 minutes or less would be covered by the monthly pass, and additional 30 minute increments would cost $1.75 each, under the current proposal.

Flex passes would run $40 per year and all trips would cost $1.75 for every 30 minute increment. Walk-ups would have no monthly charge or yearly fee. Riders would pay a flat $3.50 for 30 minute increments.

The program would be funded by Metro.

Viana said bike share programs foster environmental awareness by providing a non-motorized, convenient mode of transportation, and may even encourage healthy lifestyles.

 

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Union Street Bike Track Is on Track

From Pasadenanow.com

By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor

 

Arguing only against the lengthy timeline for implementation, the City Council Municipal Services Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to initiate Metro grant funding for the first phase of a new east-west two-way protected cycle track to be built along Union Street, from Wilson Avenue to Arroyo Parkway.

 

As part of a new “road diet” — a lessening of lanes to include bike lanes — fourteen intersections on Union Street will eventually be upgraded with new bicycle signal heads in both directions from Hill Street to Arroyo Parkway, along with the installation of protected left turn pockets for vehicles, as part of the track.

 

Total cost of the track is estimated to be S3.3 million. Metro will reimburse the city for costs up to $2.7 million, and the city will provide matching fund of $684,613.00.

 

While a group of bike advocates and enthusiasts praised the track, all three members of the Committee present — Chair Councilmember Margaret McAustin and Councilmembers Tyron Hampton and Andy Wilson — questioned the lengthy timeline of the project, which would not actually begin construction until 2021.

 

Asked Hampton of Rich Dilluvio, senior transportation planner and Pasadena’s pedestrian and bicycle coordinator, who presented the project to the Committee, “How can we do this faster?”

 

Dilluvio explained that the timeline presented was a “worst case scenario” timeline.

 

Councilmember Andy Wilson then told Dilluvio, “Give us best case numbers and details. This construction timeline is frankly, embarrassing.”

 

Committee Chair McAustin also voiced her concerns about the timeline, but praised the project, saying, “This has a ‘If you build it, they will come’ feel to it, and I think this could really change people’s thinking and create critical mass, in a good way.”

 

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Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition

We all know advocating for safer streets is easier when we have the data we need that says where people are moving, how they’re moving and where we need improvements.

In the effort to provide our community with better resources, BikeSGV is conducting a two year data collection project. Part of this is this short survey. Please help us gather more opinions, knowledge, feedback and facts by, one, completing the survey and, two, forwarding it to your friends, family and fellow riders and walkers who live and/or work in the San Gabriel Valley.

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How Pasadena will become more bike friendly in the next 5 years

From the PasadenaStarNews.com

 

PASADENA >>> In an effort to get people out of their cars, Pasadena is transforming into a more bicycle friendly city with reduced lanes on some of its thoroughfares.

Many of the road diets make room for a network of designated bicycle lanes that will eventually integrate with a bike-share program starting next year.

The goal isn’t to slow down motorists, but to give space to pedestrians and bicyclists who have little room on the roads now, said Rich Dilluvio, the pedestrian and bicycle coordinator for Pasadena’s Complete Streets Division.

“It makes it a more pleasant place to live, to ride a bike, to be a pedestrian and to drive,” Dilluvio said. “We think these streets can handle the traffic, they’re just going to have to behave differently.”

The city’s recently updated general plan tasked Dilluvio’s department with making the streets more “complete,” a term used to describe finding a balance between pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Improvements over the next 10 to 15 years include cutting out lanes on Union Street, Orange Grove Boulevard and parts of Colorado Boulevard. On Union, one lane will become a two-way bicycle track separated by a curb and parked cars.

Even further out, lanes on Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard, east of Hill Avenue, will be replaced with buffered bike lanes — essentially a double striped line that runs between moving and parked cars.

Some residents were worried the changes will cause safety problems, with hard-to-see bicyclists riding past parking garages as drivers try to exit. Business owners close to Union Street were concerned about losing parking spaces.

Some street parking will go away, but it’s unclear how much, Dilluvio said.

Pasadena has already added a bike lane to part of Cordova Avenue and plans to extend that to Marengo in the near future. The transportation department added green striping to lengthy portions of Marengo to warn drivers to watch for bicyclists. Similar green warnings are planned for Union Street, Dilluvio said.

The enhanced bike system will be needed next summer, when a Metro bike-share program adds hundreds of rentable bikes to stations scattered across the city.

THE COMING BIKE-SHARE PROGRAM

Next year, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will move ahead with a plan to bring 34 bike-share stations with 490 bikes to Pasadena, said Laura Cornejo, deputy executive officer in charge of active transportation.

Metro’s core mission is to get commuters to the Gold Line light-rail or bus stops without driving a car. The bike-share stations will dot Pasadena’s most dense districts, with most ending up on the north-south and east-west thoroughfares between the Rose Bowl and the Gold Line’s Allen Avenue stop, according to a preliminary map of stations provided by Metro.

The city is still working out exactly where each station will go and has begun meeting with businesses and employers, according to Conrad Viana, of Pasadena’s transportation department.

A bike-share system allows users to pull a bike from a bike rack, ride it to work or a transit stop, then drop it off at a different strategically placed docking station for a fee.

The Metro board still needs to approve the Pasadena contract with Bicycle Transit Systems, the same company that built and operates bike-share in downtown Los Angeles, Cornejo said. Metro approved a two-year, $11-million contract with BTS in June 2015.

Riders can walk up to one of 60 downtown L.A. bike stations and pay $3.50 per ride for trips under 30 minutes. But Metro board members and many members of the public said that was too expensive, so the board began a sale of $1.75 per bike trip through September. Under the standard pricing, riders can also obtain a monthly pass for $20 with unlimited free trips up to 30 minutes each, or buy an annual pass for $40 and pay $1.75 for each 30 minute trip.

In order for bike-sharing to work, a city needs an infrastructure of bike lanes and cycle tracks, but the cycle track on Union won’t happen until at least 2021, with the new bike lanes on Colorado and Orange Grove even further out.

PASADENA FAR BEHIND OTHER CITIES

Protected bikeways, like the one planned for Union Street, are the “gold standard that people of all ages feel most comfortable riding in,” said Wes Reutimann, executive director of Bike San Gabriel Valley and a Pasadena resident. But Pasadena won’t have any protected routes ready by the time the bike-share program comes online.

Pasadena is woefully behind other cities, he said.

“Only one of our Gold Line stations (in Pasadena) is serviced by a bike lane and that is the Sierra Madre Villa (station) and that just happened,” Reutimann said. “Pasadena has even more work to do than Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Long Beach.”

Pasadena was chosen as the second Metro bike-share city — of a possible 20 — because of its large student population. The city is also a destination city for employment, shopping, dining and entertainment with expensive parking, Reutimann said.

Reutimann said he wants to see more bike-share stations north of the 210 freeway, where members of the Pasadena low-income community can have access. Currently only two bike-share stations are planned above the freeway, with two more near the Lake and Allen avenue Metro stations, according to the preliminary map.

The slow pace of Pasadena’s bicycle infrastructure is due to funding and red tape, Dilluvio said. The city has to acquire grants for the projects.

“We’re kind of upgrading what we have and then adding to the future,” he said.

 

Read more at PasadenaStarNews.com

New Protected Bike Lanes in Store for Union Street

From PasadenaNow.com

City receives Metro grant to eventually create ten new bicycle corridors

 

Dramatic changes are around the corner for Pasadena’s ever-growing legion of urban cyclists.

 

The city has just been awarded a $2,714,430 Metro grant for phase one of a east-west, two-way cycle track, as part of a protected corridor on Union Street, from Hill Avenue to Arroyo Parkway. As part of the new “road diet” — the lessening of lanes to include bike lanes — fourteen intersections on Union Street will eventually be upgraded with new bicycle signal heads in both directions from Hill Street to Arroyo Parkway, along with the installation of protected left turn pockets for vehicles, as part of the track.

 

Solid concrete barriers will also be constructed between the cycle track and the travel lanes, so that parked cars will actually protect cyclists from moving traffic. The service area for the new project will include Pasadena City College, Caltech, the Playhouse District, the Central District and Old Pasadena.

 

According to a presentation at Pasadena Presbyterian Church Tuesday by Rich Dilluvio, senior transportation planner and Pasadena’s pedestrian and bicycle coordinator, the new track is the beginning of what will eventually be ten new bicycle corridors throughout the city. The new corridors are part of the City’s Bicycle Transportation Action Plan, approved as part of the Mobility Element of the city’s General Plan, in August of last year.

New Protected Bike Lanes in Store for Pasadena’s Union Street from Pasadena Now on Vimeo.

 

 

Phase II of the program will extend the track itself from Hill out to Wilson Avenue, and will also include a bicycle boulevard on Holliston Avenue, with two new signalized intersections to more easily connect the Union Street cycle track to bike lanes on Cordova Street.

 

The overall creation of new bike lines throughout the state was initiated in September 2008 with the passage of Assembly Bill 1358, the “California Complete Streets Act.”

 

“In order to fulfill the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make the most efficient use of urban land and transportation infrastructure, and improve public health by encouraging physical activity,” the act states, “transportation planners must find innovative ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled and to shift from short trips in the automobile to biking, walking and use of public transit,”

 

The legislation also added that, “Commencing January 1, 2011, upon any substantial revision of the circulation element, the legislative body shall modify the circulation element to plan for a balanced, multimodal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of the streets, roads, and highways for safe and convenient travel in a manner that is suitable to the rural, suburban, or urban context of the general plan.”

 

In other words, get California motorists out of their cars.

 

Transportation Department staff estimate that a Letter of Agreement to initiate the project funding, which will include a local match of $684,613, will be ready to present to City Council in early Fall of this year. Following the approval of the funding, environmental clearances will commence, followed by design engineering.

 

Actual marketing and advertising for the project is scheduled to begin in February 2021, with construction beginning in June 2021.

 

“Anyone of these scheduled dates could also come sooner,” added Dilluvio.

 

Union Street currently has one three lanes of westbound one-way traffic. The new project will eliminate one lane to make room for the protected track. According to Dilluvio, Union Street was selected for the project since it is “under-utilized,” he said, with apeak volume of 700 cars and room for 2400. Once the road diet is completed, explained Dilluvio, the street would still have capacity for 1500 cars.