News Cycle: 2/11/21 – Measure M funds allocated across the County, new cycling book, Chinatown
The News Cycle
February 11, 2021
Zwift Launches the Black Celebration Series, starting this month!
Help us bring bikes to people in need with #LACountyBikeMatch!
Stay in the Know
Check out this newly published book from MIT press, on how to make cycling safe, practical, and convenient for all: Cycling for Sustainable Cities.
Our collab project has been chosen for the National Science Foundation Civic Innovation Challenge!
Chinatown Lunar New Year Self-Guided Ride
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, LACBC is sharing a self-guided route that takes riders through LA’s Chinatown, highlighting some of the important locations that tell the story of Asian-American cultural contributions to the LA community and also the history of how Chinatown has evolved over the decades.
Check out the rest of the rides we’ve created so far on our website!
Federal Updates with Local Implications
Inspired by COVID biking boom, cycling bills reintroduced in Congress
State Level Updates with Local Implications
Sign CalBike’s petition & show your support for E-Bike Rebate Bill
General LA Updates
Measure M Cycle 1 funding has been approved for the first round of projects under the MAT Program!
Measure M funding will go towards 16 approved projects and eight (8) on the waiting list for this first round. There are two categories of projects: Active Transportation Corridors and First/Last Mile Connections. Check out the regional updates below for more details by looking for the Measure M alert.
Caltrans wants your input
Have a moment to provide some feedback to Caltrans on pedestrian/biking issues along some state routes?
Check out their survey! It’s pretty easy.
Are you an essential worker that uses Metro Bike Share?
The 365-Day Pass for Metro Bike Share is available at $75 for eligible essential workers.
To see who’s eligible and for the full details, click here.
LA Metro moves forward with Traffic Reduction Study, previously known as the Congestion Pricing Study
The program is looking at the feasibility of implementing a variable fee that would be collected to enter core communities in an effort to limit the amount of private vehicle travel. The aim would be to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in the process. The study is intended to ask many of the questions the public has raised, such as the traffic impact on surrounding neighborhood streets, financial impact on lower income communities, and how public transit options would need to be improved to make them viable alternatives for people who wish to avoid the fee.
LACBC wants to see all funds collected from any such fee invested in a targeted way to improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that will connect historically disinvested communities to better public transportation and to offset costs for POC-owned small businesses that have no choice but to use a private automobile for their transportation needs.
You can learn more by attending one of the public information sessions about the Traffic Reduction Study coming up on Feb 16 and Feb 27.
From Chapter Areas
This “quick-build” tactical urbanism project will transform the spine of Culver City into a far more complete street, featuring dedicated bus lanes for the entirety of the 1.3 mile stretch, and protected bike lanes for much of it (shared with bus lanes in some segments). In the face of well-funded opposition from large, corporate real estate owners and their team of lawyers, Bike Culver City and our allies mounted a coordinated organization and mobilization effort. The results were inspiring: More than 250 pages of written correspondence submitted to council, plus 60 public comments delivered during the meeting, the overwhelming majority in support of the project. This pivotal infrastructure project is targeted for rollout in May, 2021.
Approved for $2.3 million. Includes physically separated cycle track + other improvements
Carson & the South Bay Area
Draft Environmental Impact Report work has begun for the C Line (Green) Extension to Torrance project.
The deadline to submit comments on what issues you’d like studied is March 15. For more info on the project click here. You can submit a comment by using their online contact form or by attending one of the virtual public scoping meetings on Zoom:
Wed, Feb 24, 4pm-6pm. Telephone: 646.558.8656 Webinar ID: 860 4119 8859
Sat, Feb 27, 11am-1pm. Telephone: 646.558.8656 Webinar ID: 828 3990 2680
Approved for $6.6 million for 3.3 miles of ped/bike improvements between Flagler Lane and Dominguez Channel.
Approved for $3.6 million to improve ped & wheel access to C Line (formerly the Green Line) and future LAX/Crenshaw Line transfer station.
DTLA 7th St is going to get raised concrete medians
LADOT’s Survey to receive input on the 4th St and New Hampshire intersection improvements is still up.
If you live, work or ride in the area, make sure to provide your feedback! It even gives you a chance to select your preferred drought-tolerant plants that should be included in the landscaping!