This Thursday, November 7 at 6pm the city’s new Blue-Ribbon Santa Monica Boulevard Committee will hold its first meeting. This is every cyclist’s best opportunity to advocate for bicycle lanes on tomorrow’s Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Why? We may think a safe corridor for all road users is a no-brainer, but opponents disagree: they won’t lose a few feet of adjacent Beverly Gardens Park for our safety. In between are elected officials and transportation staff on the fence. They need to hear from you!
Beverly Hills City Council just created a ‘blue ribbon’ residents committee to coordinate public input about conceptual designs and alternatives for the first phase of the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project. Expected to break ground in early 2015, the project will reconfigure this key corridor. Many design questions remain, however – not least whether bicycle lanes will one day find their place here to complete the regional ‘backbone’ bicycle network that cyclists care about.