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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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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Complete Streets Walk Audit Recap

Beverly Hills conducted a Complete Streets ‘walk audit’ last Saturday. The event was a hands-on opportunity for participants to evaluate our environment for accessibility and safety. And of course to make recommendations. “Everything is on the table” in terms of improvements, said Aaron Kunz from Transportation, and we had some ideas!

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Complete Streets Workshop #2 Recap

City of Beverly Hills has hosted the second in a series of complete streets outreach events. At workshop #1 general concepts were presented and key concerns identified. This workshop was rubber-meets-road as participants hovered over city maps to drill down on opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle networks and ‘vehicle technology streets.’ Good ideas came from five roundtables.

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Lend Your Voice to the Beverly Hills Complete Streets Plan

Beverly Hills has embarked on a complete streets plan process. What now? Mobility advocates please lend your voice so that we can create a complete streets plan that is a leading-edge exemplar of multimodal planning. We need your help. We’ve come this far, over too long a time, to simply leave it up to city staff and consultants to shape a draft plan this fall.

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