Help us help our Beverly Hills transportation division make bicycle racks available where we need them. File a rack-request application and (important) print, save or copy your app details and then let us know how the city responds. If they respond.
Venerable podcast Bike Talk recently rebroadcast an interview with City of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Hear him enumerate his bike priorities and let’s hold him to implementing his good ideas now that he’s executive-in-chief. Then check out the rest of the Bike Talk archive. We ask City Manager Jeff Kolin: Why can’t Beverly Hills do ‘bike-friendly’ too?
Reminder: join us at the Beverly Hills Chamber tomorrow 8/21 at 8am for a discussion about Santa Monica Boulevard bike lanes. Your chance to talk directly to lane opponents and tell them why they’re wrong.
We just re-upped our membership in Cal Bike Coalition. Consider supporting this statewide pro-bike organization for the great work they do.
Recently we spoke with Aaron Kunz, Deputy Director for Transportation, about Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction and what to next expect in the process. Recall that back in March, the Council majority seemed unwilling to concede an extra foot of width to accommodate them. But the ballooning cost estimate stalled the project, and the Council deferred action pending more information about costs and traffic mitigation.
This next iteration in the popular LA closed-streets mobility festival returns to Downtown Los Angeles on October 5th with a new route spur deep into the Eastside, for the first time reaching East Los Angeles. Mark your calendar to join the greatest bike fest on the west coast!
Yet another reason to join the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition: a bike skills class next Saturday July 26th from 11 to 1 pm. Classroom instruction only at LACBC HQ 634 S. Spring Street, DTLA. Support the county’s leading bike advocacy group in their mission to make our streets safe.
Just weeks after new Courier owner Paula Kent Meehan took control, she died at age 73. A loss for philanthropy in Beverly Hills, yes, and also a missed opportunity. In which direction would she have taken the paper? At this pivotal moment we offer a suggestion in our letter to publisher Marcia Hobbs.
THIS SUNDAY join the LACBC for a fun-for-all River Ride! Thrill to twists and turns along the LA River on a 100, 70, 50, 36-mile (and more) leg-stretcher from Griffith Park. Enjoy short detours though historic near-downtown industrial cities and a wrap-up fest at the Autry. A great way to support our county’s only pro-bike coalition!
City of Beverly Hills can take many steps to encourage safe cycling, but no step would be as formative as making sure our school district plans for safe cycling align with our city’s vision for multimodal mobility. Today our school campuses are hardly bike-friendly: only a few K-8 plants include a bicycle rack, and our high school (right) is a worst-practice example in how to discourage riding to school. But City Council could leverage our joint-powers agreement with BHUSD to ensure that the school board makes campuses much more bike-friendly.
We’re looking back at Beverly Hills Traffic and Parking Commission meetings over the past year and finding not much concern at all for street safety. Plenty of concern about tour buses and commissioners’ pet peeves, however.
Nice little animated infographic depicting the eight best cities for cycling. We’d love to see this elaborated to show the changes in infrastructure over time that positions these cities for goodness today.
If you want to be a Beverly Hills ‘team player’ and forget about making change from outside City Hall, sign up for Team Beverly Hills. You’ll glad-hand officials and stand in the queue for work on one our less-important commissions. Or just call yourself a Team BH alum!