More Specifics on the County’s Bike Plan

January 15, 2010 § 3 Comments

Bicyclists enjoying the L.A. River Bike Path - spot the blog's author!

Yesterday, L.A. Creek Freak alerted our reading audience to the first meeting for the County Bicycle Master Plan. That plan will guide county work on bikeways along county-jurisdiction waterways. Today we do a follow-up to clarify the plan’s scope, outreach and timeline. The public is encouraged to keep up with the county plan via its website: www.lacountybikeplan.org (Note that the county plan is a separate process from city bike plans in Los Angeles, Pasadena, BurbankHermosa Beach, and elsewhere.)

The new plan is intended to replace the county’s 1975 bicycle master plan – mapped recently here. The new plan has five objectives (this summarizes a county handout distributed at last night’s meeting):

  1. Facilitate Bicycle Transportation in Unincorporated Areas: The plan will propose on-street bikeways in the various unincorporated areas scattered throughout the county. These include various communities: East L.A., Altadena, Ladera Heights, Hacienda Heights, and lots more. Some are natural areas like the Whittier Narrows, the Santa Monica Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, etc. Many of them are areas that I am not familiar with. What creeks run through Kinneola Mesa? Oat Mountain? and Sunshine Acres? (pardon my ignorance for readers residing in these places.)
  2. Improve Existing Off-Street County Bike Baths: The plan will propose new access points, new landscaping projects, signage, etc. along existing paths. These include some that I am familiar with: Ballona Creek, Compton Creek, Coyote Creek, Dominguez Channel, L.A. River (especially the 18-mile path on the lower river from Atlantic Boulevard in Vernon to the river’s mouth in Long Beach), San Gabriel River, San Jose Creek, Santa Anita Wash, South Bay (the beach bike path), Rio Hondo, etc. There’re also some that I don’t know: La Canada Verde Creek? Laguna Dominguez? Could any readers let me know where those bike paths are??
  3. Propose New Bike Paths on County Property: The plan will designate new bike paths that the county will build. I think these could be good on the Tujunga Wash, the Pacoima Wash, on the L.A. River through Vernon, and lots of other creeks, especially in the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley.
  4. Develop Bike Programs: The plan will include county education, encouragement and enforcement programs.
  5. Implementation Strategies: The plan will prioritize projects and provide cost estimates.

Timingwise, it’s moving pretty fast. The consultants, Alta Planning and Design, begun their work on the plan last June. The plan’s advisory committee met last night, and will meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm (location tba, though probably at Metro.) There will three rounds of public input workshops (10 workshops each round – 2 in each supervisorial district) in February, April and August. The draft plan would be released in July 2010. Depending on environmental review, it would be finalized and adopted by the supervisors some time after August 2010.

If you’re interested in giving input, you can fill out a comment form online here, or plan to come to one or more of the upcoming meetings to be announced on the project website (and, if we’re on top of our game, at creek freak.) Let the county know what sort of bike improvements you’d like to see on your local waterways. L.A. Creek Freak will be keeping an eye on the process and doing our level best to keep our readers informed.

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