The Bumpy Road to a Failed Mobility Planning Process in Beverly Hills

The effort to update the Beverly Hills Bicycle Master Plan (1977) hit a snag when a few NIMBY naysayers were allowed to derail a planning process underway over the past two years. Despite hundreds of supportive comments in three complete streets workshops and two city commission meetings, it took only a few human scarecrows to get city officials and staff to bottle-up a perfectly good draft complete streets plan last year. Here’s a bit about that draft plan a few suggestions to get us back on track.

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Santa Monica Leads, Beverly Hills Hardly Follows

Santa Monica continues to be a regional leader when it comes to supporting multimodal mobility and enhancing street safety. It has installed many miles of bicycle lanes (included protected bikeways) and has emerged as a municipal leader with development policies crafted to put a lid on new vehicle trips downtown. Not least, City Hall is working with the community advocates to bring Vision Zero principles to bear on the transportation planning process. What about Beverly Hills?

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Halfway to one Complete Street (if not a ‘Complete Streets’ Plan)

As we approach the upcoming complete streets workshop this Wednesday, a full ten weeks will have passed without a single word about the process from consultants Iteris or Alta Planning. Gotta wonder if our complete streets consultants aren’t off chasing other business. In the meantime, progress continues on Santa Monica Boulevard: eastbound bicycle lanes are striped bright green. Folks we are halfway to a complete street!

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