If you ride Santa Monica Boulevard eastbound through Century City, you know that the bike lanes vanish abruptly (below), leaving cyclists and motorists on their own to sort out who’s entitled to the right lane. Guess who comes out on the losing end? Better Bike BH attended today’s Los Angeles bike planning workshop, where the Planning Department and LA DOT were taking comments on the new (i.e., re-do) draft of the bike plan. This is the plan to watch because 1) Los Angeles is the big gorilla that affects very other locality in the region; and 2) Los Angeles abuts our city’s western gateway. And that gateway needs our help now that we’re undertaking SM Boulevard improvements.
The time is right because City of LA has on its ten year plan the completion of the Century City bike lanes to our city’s door. As boulevard improvements are scheduled for 2013 completion, and City of LA has marked 2015 for the extension of those lanes, it’s a no-brainer to ensure that they connect ASAP. It looks like 2013. Better Bike BH will submit comments to support accelerated completion in Los Angeles, and with some support from folks in BH I believe we can do it. We’re talking only about a few hundred yards. Rumor has it that lanes on that last quarter mile weren’t installed because Beverly Hills objectives – possibly because the city had big plans for that Gateway area. And may yet.
Don’t rely on Better Bike BH to comment on the necessity of closing this gap! You have until October 8th to submit written comments. Better yet, appear! Better Bike BH member Kevin Burton added his comments today (after perusing the maps, at right).
You’ll have your chance at the upcoming Westside bike plan workshop on Wednesday September 29 at 5pm – 8pm at the Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025.