Westside COG Priorities: Will it be Bikes?

Westside Cog logoJoin the Westside Cities Council of Governments board this Thursday when it meets to discuss COG priorities for the coming fiscal year. The COG has recaptured some vitality in the last few months, embarking on a visioning & priorities-setting exercise in past meetings and this week will flesh them out in a moderated forum starting at 12:30 pm (item 11d). And bike-related issues constitute two of four identified items!

Here’s why we need to care: two years ago, bikes weren’t on the COG’s agenda at all. And it had been several years since the COG really engaged with Westside Transportation issues at all, frankly. That has turned around with a new board since last July, with transportation-conscious local government leaders taking the initiative to address our transportation challenges more head-on.

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom single-handedly put bike sharing on the COG’s agenda. Boardmember (and County Supervisor) Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilmember Bill Rosendahl from Los Angeles have both spoken up passionately about bicycles and bike planning. And as always we’ve gotten solid support from WeHo Councilmember Abbe Land and SM Councilmember Kevin McKeown – both reliable progressive voices.

COG gap closure map BH section

Gap-closure opportunities await in Beverly Hills!

These folks have put bikes on the agenda in a big way, and we need to show that we care. Let’s show our support for COG action that the COG board has proposed for priority consideration two items of interest to Westside cyclists – Bicycle Sharing Program and the Bicycle Safety Awareness Coordination program. (Also have a look at the gap closure map to see the scale of the COG’s effort.)

View the agenda for other things on the COG’s plate this Thursday. Come for the lunch and stay for substantive stuff. Thursday March 15th at Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Avenue (at Culver Blvd.) in the Yvonne Burke Room (B45). Check the site for upcoming committee meetings…