April 27, 2012 § 17 Comments
If there was any doubt that the city of Los Angeles’ wrongheaded destruction of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge is nothing but zombie engineers fulfilling a now obsolete paean to the automobile, this just in! Not only is the end-product (due 2015) a massive freeway-esque car-centric bridge… but, already this week, the construction zone itself is a dangerous gauntlet for pedestrians.
(No thought has been given to bikes, either, but thick-skinned intrepid bike commuters can pretty much go wherever cars can go… so we cyclists can still use the bridge roadway that’s set aside for cars.) « Read the rest of this entry »
December 2, 2011 § 6 Comments
In mid-November, I spotted some new lights being installed along L.A. City’s stretch of L.A. River bike path. With the help of the city Department of Transportation’s Tim Fremaux and Department of Public Works’ Richard Lee, I have some background on the new lighting. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
I wrote an article – posted earlier today over at L.A. Streetsblog – about city plans to apply for federal TIGER funding for about five miles of L.A. River bike path, and 20+miles of on-street bike lanes. If it’s funded and completed, it will result in 50+miles of river corridor bikeway from Canoga Park to Long Beach.
Here’s the article cross-posted in its entirety:
Today’s Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meeting includes action on the Transportation Department’s (LADOT’s) proposal to seek $13million in federal funding for extending the Los Angeles River bikeway. The federal funding sought is part of a federal funding opportunity called Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), a stimulus funding that encourages innovative and sustainable transportation.
While LADOT’s proposal, detailed at Council File 11-1781, is expected to sail through committee and council approval, it still needs to compete with other municipalities seeking limited TIGER dollars. Overall the city is asking the federal money to cover $13M of an $18M project. The city application is due October 31st 2011, and grantees are expected to be notified in January 2012. If awarded, construction is targeted to begin in 2013. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 26, 2011 § 6 Comments
I spent quite a bit of time in Orange County earlier this year. A bit of that time I spent enjoying tooling around on a bicycle exploring Santiago Creek, a tributary of the Santa Ana River. I shared a little of this in an earlier post specifically about the Santiago Street Bridge over Santiago Creek (and there are earlier L.A. Creek Freak pieces about Santiago Creek here and here.) Today I’ll post more of the images from my explorations – all from July 2011. « Read the rest of this entry »
August 31, 2011 § 2 Comments
My friend Ezra Horne shot and produced this fun short video documenting the December
2011 2010 opening of the L.A. River bike and walk path through Elysian Valley.
According to the Eastsider, the multi-use bike and walk path will soon be receiving some new signage designed to foster safer behavior between pedestrians and cyclists.
March 16, 2011 § 2 Comments
** Updated 25 March 2011: POSTPONED – due to rain predicted! **
The Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice (CEHAJ) is hosting a bikeathon event on the Lower Los Angeles River on
Saturday March 26th 2011. The event’s slogan is “Communities Over Freeways.” The goal is to raise awareness and funding – in opposition to the widening of the 710 Freeway. It’s a fairly short bike ride (about 8 miles) and all on bike path, so almost anyone can do it! Suggested donation is $5.
There are two starting points (both register 9:30am, depart: 10am) :
- Los Angeles starting point: the Atlantic Boulevard entry point of the South County Los Angeles River Bike Trail – at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and District Boulevard (in the city of Vernon, near Maywood.)
- Long Beach starting point: Ocean Boulevard entrance to the LARIO L.A. River Bike Trail – next to the Golden Shore Wetlands, on Golden Shore Drive, just south of where the 710 Freeway crosses under Ocean Boulevard.
Organizers are looking for a few volunteers to assist with basic bike repair duties – if you can help out, email mark [at] cbecal.org.
December 5, 2010 § 5 Comments
The Elysian Valley stretch of the Los Angeles River Bike Path is open – with festive grand opening ceremonies yesterday noon attended by hundreds. It’s a shared path – for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs, and skaters. There’s quite a bit of concern about bike-ped conflict (for example read these), but I tend to think that we can all share and get along. For more information on the 11-years since this project received received funding, read through these earlier posts.
November 30, 2010 § 4 Comments
The Elysian Valley segment of the Los Angeles River Bike Path is finally opening this Saturday! This project – a shared path for walking and bicycling - has been in the works and the courts since 1999, and “under construction” since June 2009. This Creek Freak will have to find other things to write about, no?
The grand opening is this Saturday December 4th 2011 from 10am to 2pm at Fletcher Drive and Crystal Street (warning for folks not familiar with the site - Ripple Street turns into Crystal – so the signal says Ripple.) The dedication ceremony is at 12noon. It’s billed as a walk/bike path grand opening and river festival! For information, see Council President Garcetti’s invitation flier – available in Spanish or English. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 16, 2010 § 23 Comments
As of yesterday, the Los Angeles River Bike Path through Elysian Valley has new stripes! Creek Freak readers may well be tired of hearing about this project; we’ve covered the project’s history, groundbreaking, detours, new undercrossing at Fletcher Drive, new asphalt, delays, new lights, and even the preliminary marks that preceded the striping. The shared walk and bike path officially opens on Saturday December 4th at 12noon, location to be announced. « Read the rest of this entry »