Carren's Pitch

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It's an exciting time for bikers in LA. A lot of things are rolling in the right direction. First, there's the unanimous passing of the Bike Plan that includes an impressive network of bikeways. Then, the radio waves are atwitter over a chance that cyclists' grievances could gain more traction in courts. Two-wheelin' ambitions indeed.

Bike plan reimagines urban design for a city where the car is king.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published: 21 March 2011, The Architect's Newspaper

Early this month, LA City Council voted unanimously to adopt a revised Bicycle Plan, radically improving its bike infrastructure. The latest iteration—the plan hasn’t gone through a comprehensive update since 1996—outlines a 1,680-mile network of interconnected bikeways, with about 200 more miles to be added every five years. Bike boulevards or “traffic-calmed quiet streets where bikes are a priority” were also introduced, deploying signage, street adjustments and traffic diverters, which slow cars down and create a safer biking environment.

The plan introduces three new bicycle networks for LA with a citywide system of bike boulevards, shorter neighborhood paths, and “Green” paths near beaches, parks or other recreational areas. [read more]

Photo credit: A proposed S-shaped 'Diverter' for Los Angeles' Koreatown.
Rendering by: Aaron Kuehn.


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