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  • 2015 LA Bike Ped Count Report

    bike+ped_2015.pngLACBC is excited to release results from the 2015 Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, presented by AARP. Since 2009, LACBC has organized biennial citywide counts to collect, analyze, and share reliable data with public and government agencies on walking and biking. This time, we went bigger than ever by adding 40 locations, requiring 647 volunteer shifts to count at 156 distinct locations. In total, our volunteers counted nearly 21,000 people biking and 140,000 people walking over six hours. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to our volunteers and our partners, including Los Angeles Walks, the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and community organizations all across Los Angeles.

    This report comes at a time of important policy shifts in the City of Los Angeles. Every year, over 200 people are killed on city streets in traffic crashes, about half of them while walking or biking. In 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed Executive Directive 10, making Los Angeles a Vision Zero city and calling for all city departments to work together to end all traffic deaths by 2025. The City Council adopted this same policy goal to make safety the City’s top transportation priority as part of Mobility Plan 2035. To achieve Vision Zero, L.A. Department of Transportation is working to catalog all serious and fatal traffic crashes and deploy proven engineering solutions to prevent them. Just recently, L.A. County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure M, also known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan.” Measure M will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects across L.A. County, including $4 billion for biking and walking. In this report, LACBC analyzed collision data along corridors where bike lanes were installed and found that bike lanes are a key strategy for making streets safer--for people who bike and for all people using the roads. 

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    The report found that top 30 (20%) count locations account for over 65% of people who walk and 55% of people who bike. Most of these locations are located on top of the City’s High Injury Network, which indicates that people walking and biking on these streets are more likely to be injured or killed by traffic collisions. All of these locations are located in high-density neighborhoods, near major destinations, or in low-income communities of color. Almost all of the top 30 locations were in neighborhoods with median household incomes below the rest of the city. People walk and bike to access important neighborhood destinations like local businesses, services, transit stations, schools, and parks, many of which are located on the High Injury Network. Making walking and biking safe and convenient requires making infrastructure improvements on the streets where people are walking and biking.

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    In 2015, riders continued to gravitate towards bike lanes; however the count shows an overall 9% year-by-year decline in same location ridership from 2013 to 2015. In the last two years, bike lane installation has decreased significantly from a high of 101 miles in fiscal year 2013 to only 11 miles in fiscal year 2015. Many of these new lanes have been installations where bike lanes could be included in other road resurfacing or safety projects, rather than installations along high priority corridors identified in the Bicycle Plan. Of the initial 183 miles of bike lanes prioritized in the 5-year Bicycle Plan Implementation Strategy, only 45 miles (25%) have been installed. As a result, the bike network in Los Angeles remains fragmented with large gaps in bike lanes along most riders’ trips. This lack of connectivity continues to be the greatest barrier reported by many people who bike or would like to.

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    Bike lanes have made streets safer, but more work needs to be done. On the new bike lanes studied, bike ridership increased by 62% after installation. After accounting for increases in bike ridership, new bike lanes reduced bicycle crash risk by an average of 42%.

    Furthermore, adding bike lanes by instituting a road diet has shown more safety benefits and resulted in a higher ridership increase than adding bike lanes without reducing the number of travel lanes. For example, a road diet on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, installed in 2013, has seen a 26% ridership increase whereas bicycle-automobile collisions decreased by 87% and auto collisions by 19%. Similarly, the 7th street bike lanes in Downtown Los Angeles demonstrated a strong ridership increase by 53% after installation in 2011, while collisions rates for all road users on the street decreased.

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    Women Want Safer Biking Options. In Los Angeles, women make up just 16% of cyclists overall, but the gender disparity is lowest on streets with quality bikeways (bike paths at 22% and bike lanes at 17%) and highest on streets with no bicycling infrastructure. Cities with safer streets for bicycling in general tend to have smaller gender disparities in bicycling, such as Portland, Oregon (35%), and Copenhagen, Denmark (50%).

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    You can read our three recommendations and detailed methodology about the analysis in the full report. 

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    If you have any question about the report and #LABikePedCount, please email at count@la-bike.org

    Thank you to our sponsors, partner organizations, and 400+ volunteers who helped complete the 2015 #LABikePedCount! Check out this storify for fun pictures!

     

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  • posted about Support Using Measure M Local Return to Make Streets Safe & Equitable on Facebook 2016-09-09 11:01:13 -0700
    I'm voting #yesonM to #makeLACounty an equitable place for all communities on Nov 8th. Pledge with me & @lacbc!

    Measure M Local Return

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    Measure M Passes! (November 8, 2016)

    Together, we’ve done it! We’ve helped pass Measure M and secured a sustained funding source for walking and bicycling projects throughout Los Angeles County.

    The Measure M campaign has shown us that a strong and diverse coalition of groups can come together and rally behind something that affects us all. Transportation brought together organizations with a variety of core missions that include public health, expanding business, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and of course, bike issues. On top of that, Measure M’s passage demonstrates L.A. County residents’ desire to create real transportation options.

    While we celebrate the success of our campaign to #MakeLACounty bikeable, livable, and connected, we’re building on that momentum and already planning the next steps needed to ensure our tax dollars are spent on projects that matter to us. Through Measure M’s local return, cities receive money to spend on transportation projects. At LACBC, we’re targeting that at least 10% of that local-return be spent on projects to improve walking and bicycling.

    It is crucial for you, our supporters, to be involved in working with your city council on this set-aside for active transportation. Please stay tuned to our emails as we get this process started. Sign up to be a member and join our continued efforts to #MakeLACounty a healthy, safe, and fun place to bike. Thank you for your support.


    What is Measure M? 

    Measure M, known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,” is a half-cent sales tax ballot measure that L.A. County residents voted to pass on November 8, 2016. The measure will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects. Of that money, over $4 billion is set aside for walking and biking. Measure M will give Los Angeles County its first sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.

     

     


    Why support Measure M?

     

    Measure M will #makeLACounty...

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    Measure M will take Los Angeles County to the next level of bicycle infrastructure. For example, bicycling from the Valley to Long Beach on the Los Angeles River will finally be made possible, by connecting through the downtown section of the Los Angeles River from the Elysian Valley to Maywood.
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    With Measure M, communities will become more livable with better amenities for people who walk and bike. With sustainable local funding, cities will be able to make streets safer for all people who want to age, live, work and play in place. More livable communities means better quality of life for you and everyone you love.
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    Not only will Measure M further connect Los Angeles County by expanding our rail network, but it will link communities to each other. You will have more reliable and efficient options to get to the people and places that matter. Measure M will bring Los Angeles County together.

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  • Advocacy 101: Get Involved with Your Neighborhood Council

    Many have been talking about the presidential election in 2016. In the City of Los Angeles, we have another important election coming up very soon this year: 95 neighborhood councils will be electing their board of directors. Do you know your neighborhood council? Are you interested in getting more involved with your community and bicycle advocacy, but don't know how? Here is your guide to neighborhood councils and 2016 election process.

    What is a Neighborhood Council?

    Neighborhood Councils (NC) are city-certified local groups made up of people who live, work, own property or have some other connection to a neighborhood. Neighborhood Council board members are elected or selected to their positions by the neighborhoods themselves. There are currently 95 neighborhood councils throughout the City of Los Angeles. 

    Neighborhood Council board size varies across the City from 7 to over 30 individuals depending on what the neighborhood believes will meet its needs. They hold regular meetings—at least one every three months. Many Councils hold meetings more often and have working committees as well. Committees often meet more often than the entire Governing Board and discuss various local issues related to their committee. Many NCs have transportation, mobility, planning, or land use committees that consider transportation related issues in their neighborhood. 

    Why it is important to get involved with a neighborhood council?

    A neighborhood council is a place for residents to openly discuss about various local issues, including infrastructure projects, new developments, safety issues and such. Decisions made in an NC meeting are often considered to be from the collective political voices of the community whether they truly represent their stakeholders or not. NCs have better access to public information, the city agencies, and their elected officials than individuals could. Even though NCs do not possess any legal authority, they can affect city decisions by submitting community impact statements (CIS) to the City Council, talking directly to elected officials, or advocating for causes that they care about. Elected officials tend to maintain close relationships with NCs in their council district and take their opinions seriously because NCs (are supposed to) play the role of messenger between individual constituents and the City.

    When the City is doing community outreach for a project, often they reach out to NCs which will be affected by the project. Bicycle infrastructure projects are not exceptions. When the City tries to implement a bike lane on the Bicycle Master Plan, it is required to go through a community outreach process that includes public hearings, open houses, and written comments. City staff often goes to NC meetings to present a project to get their support. Without support from NCs, it is very hard to convince a council member (the decision maker) to approve the project because it can be interpreted that his/her constituents do not want the project to move forward. For example, the Westwood Neighborhood Council and nearby homeowners associations oppose proposed bike lanes on Westwood Blvd and have effectively lobbied their council member to block the project from implementation and try to remove it from Mobility Plan 2035. 

    As Mobility Plan 2035 moves forward and real projects are considered, the City will reach out to each NC to get input and feedback on projects in its area. When the conversations happen, bicycle advocates should be ready to participate actively to demonstrate support in their community. This election is a great opportunity for bicycle advocates to lead the discussion about street safety projects in their community. Some NCs are more bicycle-friendly than others. Many are not familiar with concepts and benefits of complete streets. You can be a local leader that facilitates open conversation about safety of our streets and gathers support for upcoming projects. 

    How do I find my Neighborhood Council?

    - Click HERE and type in an address and look for your Neighborhood Council.

    Watch this video about what is a neighborhood council and what it means to become a NC candidate. 

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  • Make It Mar Vista Celebrates Community on Venice Blvd with Placemaking, a Pop-up Protected Bike Lane, & More

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    On Saturday, November 28th, Make It Mar Vista, a Small Business Saturday community event on Venice Blvd, took place. LACBC volunteers made a pop-up protected bike lane on Venice Blvd between Centinela and Grandview, which is one of the Mayor's Great Streets Challenge Grant awardees. Over ten volunteers showed up at 7 a.m. in the morning to give Venice Blvd a bike makeover. 

     

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    Venice Blvd at 7 a.m., before installing pop-up bike lane. The street was very quiet after Thanksgiving. 

     

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    Our volunteers started to stripe lanes with white duct tape from the local home supply store. The parking lane soon became an 8-ft wide bike lane, and the normal bike lane became a safe 5-ft buffer.

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    We needed signs and arrows to indicate that this was the bike lane. We used the leftover duct tape to make creative and fun signs. Our volunteers were really artistic!

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  • commented on How do YOU #bikeLA? 2015-10-05 16:07:43 -0700
    My commute is on 7th from Koreatown to Downtown. 7th street is great in general. It has bike lanes all the way to downtown LA. The only issue is that it gets interrupted by cars, constructions, movie shootings, parked cars, and pot holes so often that it doesn’t feel continuous and comfortable as it should be. Bike lanes disappears at intersections, which put me into a very narrow and awkward position between cars. Building bike lanes is important but designing good bike lanes and maintaining their quality is equally important. There are just so many poor bike lanes out there in LA.

    How do you #bikeLA?

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    Where do you ride & how often do you ride?

    What makes biking in LA great?

    What needs to be done to make biking LA better?

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  • signed Great Streets Westwood 2015-07-22 16:44:31 -0700

    Great Streets Westwood - Sign the Petition TODAY!

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    We want the streets of Los Angeles to be safe for all people, whether they are walking, bicycling, taking transit, or driving.

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    Westwood Village is a special place in Los Angeles. UCLA and the surrounding community come to the Village for entertainment, shopping, dining and just to hang out. Westwood Blvd is also one of the main commuter routes to the university and medical center, serving bus riders, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. UCLA is a leader in promoting alternative commutes: over half of students, faculty and staff do not drive to campus. As a result, Westwood Blvd is both a route for commuters and a place for residents and visitors and must serve both purposes.

    Westwood Blvd is one of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets, which focuses city services to make business corridors clean, safe and accessible for everyone. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has proposed adding bike lanes on Westwood Blvd to connect existing bike lanes south of Wilshire to the bike lanes on campus. This five-block gap creates an unsafe situation for hundreds of people who ride on Westwood every day. Adding bike lanes will not require reducing the number of lanes for cars and buses or parking. Bike lanes will make Westwood Blvd a safer street for biking, walking and driving.

    Sign the petition to support making Westwood Blvd a Great Street with bike lanes!

    For more information about our Westwood campaign or if you are interested in volunteering, feel free to contact Hyeran Lee at hyeran@la-bike.org or (213) 629-2142 x 120

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  • published Westwood in Our Work 2015-07-22 14:55:14 -0700

  • signed Ride Figueroa Petition 2014-12-23 13:48:11 -0800

    Ride Figueroa Petition

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    Dear Councilmember Cedillo,

    I think the proposed bike lanes on N. Figueroa should be implemented.  These bike lanes will connect to a growing network of bicycle paths, lanes, and routes for everyone to use.  Despite currently having no bike facilities, N. Figueroa is the most-used corridor in the entire northeast LA area for bicyclists.  With dedicated facilities we can ensure a safer street for people who bike while also easing traffic for pedestrians.  

    Please support bike lanes on N. Figueroa that is consistent with the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan and the city's Mobility Element.

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  • published Sign-Up as a Neighborhood Bike Ambassador in Sign-Up 2014-12-16 16:11:53 -0800

    Become a Neighborhood Bike Ambassador!!

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    What is the Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Program?
    The Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program is a new way for LACBC members & volunteers to work on neighborhood-scale projects and organize local support for bike projects and LACBC campaigns in the City of Los Angeles.

    This new LACBC initiative is to support the implementation of the City of LA bicycle master plan. Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors will work on one of 5 City of LA area committees: the Valley, South LA, the Westside, Central LA, and the Eastside/Northeast LA.

    What do Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors Do?
    Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors build local street level support for bike projects like bike lanes, boulevards, bike parking corrals, bike friendly business districts and more. Bike Ambassadors will work with Neighborhood Councils and other local neighborhood & community groups including local businesses, schools, churches, etc to build awareness & support for projects, create safer streets, and help make Los Angeles healthier. Ambassadors will organize community bike rides and other fun and educational events to help get more Angelenos out cycling.

    Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors will meet monthly starting in early fall 2012 and each area committee will generate a set of goals to pursue over the coming months.

    We need your passion, talents, and love for Los Angeles! Sign-up to get involved today!

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