As noted the other day, I’ve offered each of the candidates in the March 3 city election for the L.A. City Council District 5 seat an opportunity to use this blog to address the bicycling community. I’m posting their statements in the order I receive them, without editing or comment; first up is Adeena Bleich.
Adeena’s Plan To Get Angelenos Out of Their Cars
“It’s not enough to just build a mass public transportation system; we need to build love for bicycling, buses and other means of transportation.”
An Improved Transportation System Must Encourage Bicycling
The City of Los Angeles is light years behind other major cities in terms of innovation and solutions to gridlock. We will have the Subway to the Sea and trains throughout the city, but there is so much we can do now. We must encourage Angelenos to get out of their cars by making new alternatives available.
Adeena believes that a comprehensive transportation system must include a bicycle plan that takes us where we need to go, whether it’s commuting across the City or just running out to the supermarket.
Adeena will work with the City of LA and Department of Transportation to ensure a bicycle service plan that achieves greater safety, road maintenance, and connectivity. She supports these initiatives to encourage more Angelenos to utilize bicycles as a viable transportation alternative:
- Promote a flex bike program
- Develop more bike lanes on major thoroughfares and more bicycle racks in shopping centers and business corridors
- Promote development of the West Los Angeles Veloway with a bicycle path that links Westwood Village to Santa Monica and to beach bike paths
- Improve our bus system in coordination with a bicycle program
- Improve our existing infrastructure by synchronizing lights, adding left turn signals, and making sure we are not doing construction during commuting hours
“We need a comprehensive and balanced approach to get our city moving again. We must act on bicycle and other alternative transportation strategies that we can achieve today while we plan for a more sustainable tomorrow,” stated Bleich.
For more information, go to www.adeena2009.com.
Next up on Monday will be Robert Schwartz, who responded as a comment to the previous post. Robyn Ritter Simon has also expressed an interest; I’ve yet to hear from Paul Koretz David Vahedi or Ron Galperin.