Mark your calendar for September 17th at 1:30 p.m. when City of Beverly Hills will cut the ribbon on the new Santa Monica Boulevard — the only Beverly Hills street featuring HIGH VISIBILITY BIKE LANES! Finally they are striped and the city will call this reconstruction project complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Update: City of Beverly Hills will be holding an upcoming event to celebrate the new high-visibility bicycle lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard. We are working with the city to reach out to the Westside community of riders and especially those who all along have supported our collective vision for a multimodal boulevard. We will let you know when we have something calendared. In the meantime, join us for the ribbon-cutting this Monday!
As we approach the upcoming complete streets workshop this Wednesday, a full ten weeks will have passed without a single word about the process from consultants Iteris or Alta Planning. Gotta wonder if our complete streets consultants aren’t off chasing other business. In the meantime, progress continues on Santa Monica Boulevard: eastbound bicycle lanes are striped bright green. Folks we are halfway to a complete street! Continue reading
Beverly Hills City Council adopted a total ban on shared-mobility devices effective immediately. The sweeping action came at a special meeting called 24 hours prior. The ad-hoc regulation targeted device companies like Bird and Lime but would ban all ‘dockless’ devices (including motorized bicycles). The action prohibits any device from being placed in any public right-of-way or on public property, operated in any public-right-of-way or on public property, or offered for use anywhere in the City. Penalties include impound and fines. Read the press release. Continue reading
Here I present my letter to our Traffic and Parking Commission about the state of our complete streets planning process as I see it. There will have gone ten weeks between the last event (the walk audit) and the upcoming workshop on August 22nd without any substantive communication with the public. Has public input to date effectively informed the process? Has the participation component been just a check-the-box exercise that hews to the city’s request-for-proposal? The RFP wasn’t a particularly imaginative document and it seems like we have a singularly unimaginative complete streets process on our hands. Continue reading
Beverly Hills conducted a Complete Streets ‘walk audit’ on June 9th. It followed on the first Community Workshop (read the recap), the Workshop #2 (recap) and an Earth Day Complete Streets pop-up (pic). After those earlier conceptual discussions and associated mapping exercises, this event was a hands-on opportunity for participants to evaluate our environment for accessibility and safety. And of course to make recommendations. “Everything is on the table” in terms of improvements, said Aaron Kunz, Community Development Department Deputy Director for Transportation. Continue reading
Our friends over at West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition are plugging bicycle safety classes for mid-June. If you haven’t brushed the rust off of your street skills in a while, this is a great opportunity to become reacquainted with the rules of the road and safe urban riding tips. Read on for more about the June 16th and June 30th classes. Continue reading
City of Beverly Hills has hosted the second in a series of complete streets outreach events. At workshop #1 general concepts were presented and key concerns identified. This workshop was rubber-meets-road as participants hovered over city maps to drill down on opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle networks and ‘vehicle technology streets.’ Good ideas came from five roundtables. Read on! Continue reading
City of Beverly Hills is undertaking a complete streets planning process this summer and we need your input! The process kicked-off with a preliminary workshop and now we’re looking forward to several more scheduled events. Continue reading
Several years ago Metro added a condition to the transportation grants the deep-pocketed agency makes to localities: money is contingent on a Metro-approved complete streets mobility plan in place at the local level. Our 1977 Bicycle Master Plan won’t cut it, so City of Beverly Hills city stepped away from a decade of talk about a plan update and instead chose to focus on a brand-new complete streets plan. That planning process is under way now. Mobility advocates please lend your voice! Continue reading
In the eleven years that BHPD has been providing monthly traffic data, nearly 5,000 people have been injured in crashes. Beverly Hills ranks among the most dangerous small California cities for crash injuries – a distinction that reflects our poorly-designed roadways and declining enforcement. Continue reading
The first Beverly Hills complete streets process community workshop was held on Monday, March 12th, to kick off the drafting of the city’s complete streets plan. This is the first step in the creation of a complete streets plan. Here’s my recap. Continue reading
Better Bike invites you to attend the Beverly Hills complete streets visioning workshop tonight. This process is our community’s opportunity to feed into the city’s mobility policy and coming Complete Streets plan. We welcome your attendance at this workshop and subsequent workshops. Continue reading
From 2008 (when the department made data available) though last year, police report that 3,805 people have been injured on city streets in collisions. Most concerning, the data show that the most protected travelers, auto occupants, suffered record-high injuries – so many that it pushed the overall injury totals to record highs too. In this post I crunch police data for citations to show that enforcement of traffic laws has withered on the vine. Continue reading
The holiday season always makes me mindful of the year drawing to a close. It has produced some noteworthy developments, including the involuntary retirement of incumbent councilmember (and bicycle lanes opponent) Nancy Krasne. And the succeeding multimodal-friendly City Council approved high-visibility bicycle lanes for Santa Monica Boulevard Continue reading
Those of us waiting for Beverly Hills to update its Bicycle Master Plan may soon have cause to celebrate. On this, the 40th anniversary of the plan, which was adopted in 1977, the city appears poised to give it a refresh – and more! We look at the complete streets plan process and see what’s in store. Continue reading