With all “consensus” amendments now adopted in Mobility Plan 2035, two new amendments that directly undermine the balanced network approach by cutting out two critical segments of the bike network are left. The entire Mobility Plan is premised on the idea that all modes deserve complete, functional networks so that people have a range of good mobility options. That principle is under attack with these two remaining amendments:
- Councilmember Koretz’s amendment would remove Westwood Blvd from the Bicycle Enhanced Network, which provides direct access to UCLA for hundreds of students, faculty, and staff who ride this route every day. This segment has approximately 800 bike riders on an average weekday.
- Councilmember Price’s amendment would remove Central Ave from the Bicycle Enhanced Network, which runs through the heart of historic South Central, serving businesses, youth centers, schools, and the Constituent Services Center (CD9’s district office). This segment had approximately 60 bike riders per hour during our 2013 bike count.
Because these amendments are not consistent with the overall goals of Mobility Plan 2035, LA city staff is recommending against them. However, each council office is expected to lobby vigorously for the removal of these bike lanes from the plan.
We need your support to uphold the LA Mobility Plan’s balanced approach and to avoid piecemealing the carefully designed networks. You can show your support by:
1.) Coming to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission public hearing on these amendments, where a final decision on whether to keep these critical bike lanes in Mobility Plan 2035 will be made.
Los Angeles City Planning Commission Public Hearing
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016, at approximately 8:30 a.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Public Works Board Room 350 (3rd Floor) – 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012
2.) Sharing your support by email. Can’t make the meeting? You can still support bike lanes on Westwood Blvd and Central Ave by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (and bcc us at email@example.com). A sample email is available on LACBC’s blog.
3.) Spreading the word. Share the blog post with your networks. On Monday, we’ll be having another #MobilityMondayLA.
Read the LACBC blog for more details on these amendments, and come to the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday!