Reminder: Bike Route Pilot Kicks off 4/11

Bike Route Pilot map mine

Bike routes finally on the city's agenda!

We’ve posted previously about the public meetings for the bike route Pilot program the City of Beverly Hills is rolling out. They kick off Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm at the Public Works building, 345 Foothill Blvd. in Beverly Hills. On the agenda: the four routes identified for possible improvements. This program would be the first action taken on our bicycle Master plan, which dates to 1977! Off the agenda, however, are the kind of real improvements that we need – like on-street bike lanes for our commercial streets and physically-separated routes (like bicycle tracks) for our busiest corridors.

The Pilot program, at least as presented here by the city, gets us only part of the way there – but it is a start. Why is it important that you attend? Cyclists in and around Beverly Hills won’t see the kind of improvements that will keep us safe unless we demand them. Show up to comment to Transportation about these four routes and ask for more. But before you attend, please review the city’s map of routes and have a look at the feasibility study and the city’s PowerPoint presentation.

Better Bike has pressed the city for nearly two years to make improvements to our streets for increased cyclist safety, yet we’ve seen nothing yet. This program is a first step – and one about which we’ve not always been optimistic – but for sure we’ll be there to hear the city defend it. We will also follow up with written comments too – and so should you. The city’s flyer:

You can also find Better Bike at this Sunday’s Farmers Market for Earth Day on the way to CicLAvia in Downtown Los Angeles. Stop by our booth and we’ll gladly bend your ear about the Pilot!