The Traffic & Parking Commission’s ad-hoc Bike Plan Update Committee met with a few representatives from the bike community on March 21st, the fifth meeting to date in the process of bringing bike facilities to Beverly Hills. Transportation planner Martha Eros presented an update on the two key initiatives currently underway: the Bike Route Pilot program and an effort to install new bike racks citywide. We also heard from Transportation director Aaron Kunz about the next steps in the reconstruction of Santa Monica Boulevard, which could be reconstructed as a multimodal corridor (as shown here at the eastern gateway). This informational meeting broke no new ground, but here’s the recap.
When our City Council in January of 2010 simply re-adopted our 1977 6-page bike plan without any kind of review, without conducting any new study or even attaching a legible map, we had from Beverly Hills officials an indication of their lack of commitment to cyclist safety. When the ad-hoc Bike Plan Update Committee was formed that Spring, it was acknowledgment that our plan, already decades out-of-date, was indeed insufficient. But was that step a signal to hope? Or another step to forestall demands for better cyclist safety?
The Beverly Hills ad-hoc Bike Plan Update Committee met on January 18th to update the bike community on several projects of concern to cyclists: Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction, Bicycle Pilot Routes, and two initiatives related to bike parking. Here we’ll address Santa Monica Boulevard separately as it’s such a key issue to cyclists across our region, and because the city is inexplicably viewing it as a separate project though it could have a major active transportation component – bike lanes.
The Beverly Hills ad-hoc Bike Plan Update Committee met on January 18th to update the bike community on several projects of concern to cyclists, including the installation of new racks, the Bike Route Pilot, and the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project. The previous post addressed the Pilot, the next will address Santa Monica Boulevard, and here we will focus on racks. While we see some city-side progress from the presentations, we have a long way to go to meet demand with new racks. We also see the need for active-transportation expertise among Transportation staffers.
The Beverly Hills ad-hoc Bike Plan Update Committee met on January 18th to update the bike community on several projects of concern to cyclists: Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction and several efforts related to bike facilities. Here we will focus on the Bike Routes Pilot initiative to create bike facilities on Beverly Hills streets. While promising, we feel that the process to date has fallen short of community-side expectations, however. Communication is largely one-way and attendee feedback seems not to make it into materials.