Ride Figueroa

December 5, 2012
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Ride Figueroa is a LACBC East Bike Ambassador campaign designed to educate and inform Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Mount Washington,  and others about a proposed bike lane on Figueroa between Colorado and San Fernando.  This proposed project is part of the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan and is meant to connect to a larger network of bicycle paths, lanes, and routes for everyone to use.  This particular project may require the removal of a travel lane to accommodate for these enhancements. 

The addition of bike lanes on Figueroa will accent the people-oriented district this community has become and will ultimately make the area a more vibrant and livable community.  Figueroa bike lanes allows people to ride safely along an important corridor that spans the width of North East LA.

The benefits of this proposed improvement project goes beyond the direct benefit to the bicyclist. 

Safety  |  Safety for pedestrians, drivers, and pedestrians is our biggest concern and we hope to improve the quality of life for everyone with bike lanes on Figueroa. With the presence of bicyclists, drivers are more aware of their surroundings.  In addition, having fewer travel lanes for vehicles allow for pedestrians to cross the street more safely.  This will also result in traffic-calming on a street that is used as a thoroughfare, congesting the neighborhood and making it less desirable to recreate. 

Community  |  Figueroa is a backbone for the North East Los Angeles.  It is home to many happening businesses, community events, diverse housing options, and its proximity to the Gold Lines makes it convenient for non-motorized movement.  These elements of the neighborhood create an ideal environment for bicycling.  50% of all trips in Los Angeles County are under 3 miles, trips that can easily be done by bicycle.  Decreasing congestion and improving air quality while promoting active living also comes with the installation of bike lanes.

Economy  |  There are studies showing robust economic activity as bicycle amenities are introduced into a neighborhood.  New York is seeing a boost in revenues for businesses along side new bicycle lanes.  Merchants in San Francisco say new bike lanes have improved business and supported traffic calming.  There are also Business Improvement Districts in Long Beach and San Diego that are pursuing Bicycle-Friendly districts to alleviate parking problems and traffic congestion. 

 

Take Action

1.  Sign our Ride Figueroa petition on change.org - we will deliver these signatures to city staff.  

2.  Join our mailing list - please contact Alek at alek@la-bike.org to be placed on our Ride Figueroa mailing list.  You will be notified of upcoming meetings, events, and other critical info related to the campaign.  Thanks for your help!

For more information about our Ride Figueroa campaign or are interested in volunteering,
feel free to contact Alek Bartrosouf at alek@la-bike.org or (213) 629-2142