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 Counci approved high-visibility bicycle lanes for Santa Monica Boulevard. Some things don’t improve however: our streets are still hazardous to travelers. Here I look back at last full year of traffic data (2016) to suggest the trends that suggest our city has much more work to do to get us safer streets.
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
Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse has notched a win for public outreach with her Walk With the Mayor initiative. You can’t miss 80-100 people wearing her favorite orange as we parade through the streets starting 8:30am every Monday. Now our city’s most popular Mayor (ever?!) is literally rolling out the welcome to riders and would-be riders. Bike with the Mayor this Sunday, August 20th at 9 am at the Crescent Drive steps of City Hall. We will finish the ride at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market. (Didn’t know there was a Farmers Market here? All the more reason to join in!) Need wheels? The city is making a limited number of FREE Beverly Hills bike share rides available for the … Continue reading
In an incredible turnabout tonight, all five Beverly Hills councilmembers agreed to include bicycle lanes on our segment of Santa Monica Boulevard. The unanimous vote demolished the specious claims put forth by NIMBY opponents. And it recognized the solid arguments brought forth by forty speakers and scores more comments from proponents of safe multimodal mobility. In sum, bicycle lanes not only make riders feel safe, they actually make us more safe. In what amounts to a total victory, we not only gained five votes for lanes; we also have support from three councilmembers for high-visibility lanes. On that point, the only discussion concerned just how conspicuous we could make them. Councilmember Mirisch suggested a very specific shade of blue to … Continue reading
Bicycle lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard come back to Council on Tuesday, June 20th. With a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make this corridor truly multimodal, we hope you’ll join us in Council chambers to urge city officials to encourage bicycle riding by making it safe. Continue reading