“Danish transport policy reached a tipping point when the nation veered away from urban planning dominated by provisions for motorised vehicles, towards the establishment of cycling-specific infrastructure and traffic calming.” Must-read deep dive via Guardian.
Better Bike will have a booth at the farmers market in Beverly Hills to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 13, 2014. From 9 am-1 we will be promoting our city’s multimodal mobility policies as expressed in our own plans. Find us on the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive. Come by and chat!
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) has consistently supported our efforts to secure a bicycle lane for Santa Monica Boulevard. Policy Director Eric Bruins not only attended the meetings but also corresponded with the Blue-Ribbon Committee. Indeed the institutional heft behind this campaign for class II bicycle lanes has been a crucial factor in our success to date.
Now LACBC follows up with a fact sheet sent to City Council on the eve of Tuesday’s important vote to decide the corridor’s conceptual design. The fact sheet suggests the reasoning behind its support for bicycle lanes: they will improve traffic flow, which was a stated top-priority for the committee; lanes will make the route safer for people either driving or biking, which is the priority of proponents; and bicycle lanes will make traversing this regional artery more comfortable for anyone on wheels.
The fact sheet follows up on our own bakers-dozen of good reasons to include bicycle lanes on North Santa Monica Boulevard, as well our second dozen reasons – making 25 good reasons in total. And there are many more, not least that we don’t want tomorrow’s Santa Monica Boulevard to be the auto-dominated corridor we have today (as we told Council in our letter). We must adopt a ‘complete streets’ approach in order to facilitate safe mobility regardless of mode of travel. Our own Beverly Hills Sustainable City Plan says so!
The Coalition has been there for us throughout this campaign, and it will be there for our continuing efforts to create a citywide bicycle route network for Beverly Hills. So let’s be there for them. The rewards of membership are substantial. Your supporting contribution will further the mission.
Beverly Hills crosswalks can be most dangerous to cross. Some drivers choose not to follow the law; others purposefully intimidate. Then some blithely run the red, and we’ve had enough. Today we were nearly struck by a Wilshire red-light-runner who entered the crosswalk 3 secs after the white hand. It’s time to hold to account our policymakers who simply turn a blind eye.
A recent LA Times series called Roadshare is a helpful recap of the car-bike road-sharing discussion. The back-and-forth among riders, drivers, and commentators (and some wear two or three hats) surfaces many of the issues in our bicycle renaissance.
From the unlikely outpost of Greensboro, Alabama, comes this surprising news: not only is the area home human-engineered bamboo, but the enterprising Herobike there puts folks to work turning it into bike frames via hands-on workshops. We expected it in Brooklyn, sure, but Alabama? Turns out cross-pollination is the culprit: the bamboo & carbon fiber semester bike frame is a product of Brooklyn’s Bamboo Bike Studio and Hero!
On the Mid City West Community Council’s upcoming February 11th agenda: “The Mid City West Community Council moves to write a letter to the Beverly Hills City Council in support of installing bike lanes as part of the city’s Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project, to comply with the state’s Complete Streets Act, enhance safety, improve traffic flow, and promote access to Beverly Gardens Park.” We’ll look for it!
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We support Metro getting behind a regional bike share system. They’ve embraced a hub concept for their stations; they have the money; and they’ll prod backward burghs like Beverly Hills to put up or shut up on bike-friendly streets. Read our letter to Metro.
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