Maybe we really will see some changes around here. Particularly in some of LA County’s less advantaged communities.
Richard Parks forwards news that the California Transportation Commission has recommended funding a number of active transportation projects in LA County.
Topping the list from his perspective is a much needed and hard fought effort to transform Jefferson Blvd into a Complete Street.
The California Transportation Commission has recommended $6 million in funding to make Jefferson Blvd. from Vermont Ave. west to Western Ave. a complete street. The plan calls for protected and buffered bike lanes, pedestrian lighting, sidewalk repairs, street trees and more. This project will link to USC’s Jefferson Blvd. Streetscape Plan which intersects with the MyFigueroa project. The CTC will ratify staff recommendations in December.
Other projects on the list include:
- $3.4 million for the second phase of the West Santa Ana Branch Bikeway in Paramount
- $1.8 million for bike and pedestrian enhancements on Atlantic Ave in Cudahy
- $1 million for the first phase of the Pacoima Wash bike and pedestrian path in San Fernando
- $1.5 million for intersection improvements at the Slauson Blue Line Station
- $660,000 for the Garfield Avenue Complete Streets Corridor in South Gate
- $1 million for a Huntington Park Safe Routes to School project
- $1.1 million for the Southern California Disadvantaged Communities Planning Initiative
- $5.3 million for Safe Routes to School pedestrian improvements in Lancaster
- $2 million for a bike lane gap closure project on Spring Street in Signal Hill
- $1.4 million for phase II of the DWP’s Los Nietos Safe Routes to School
LA’s own pro cyclist Phil Gaimon calls it a career after failing to find a WorldTour ride for next season. He says don’t call it retirement, though, in a great self-penned piece that reflects the struggles of most pro cyclists; meanwhile, his Malibu Gran Cookie Dough this Sunday will become his semi-official non-retirement party.
On the other hand, British pro Bradley Wiggins considers un-retiring.
And a 25-year old Spanish cyclist gets a four year ban for doping with a drug he denies ever taking.
Venice Blvd now officially belongs to Los Angeles instead of being under the control of Caltrans, after the state pays LA to take it off their hands.
Metro is asking for input on the coming LAX Connector Line, which includes plans for a bike hub to make it easier to ride to the airport.
An unidentified bike rider was hospitalized with traumatic injuries after he or she was hit by a Garden Grove police officer. Thanks to Steve Herbert for the heads-up.
A Redlands thief plays Mission Impossible by lowering himself through the roof to steal $200 from a bike shop.
San Jose church members assemble 60 bicycles to donate to local children.
Palo Alto considers budget options for a new bike bridge after rejecting a previous design that came in over budget.
A Santa Rosa letter writer says the anti-bike residents along a local roadway remind him of Deliverance.
An Oregon TV station asks if it’s time to put bike lanes on a key bridge after a bike rider was killed by a driver with 31 previous traffic convictions. Bike lanes would be a good idea; keeping demonstrably dangerous drivers off the roads would be better.
Texas residents worry about property values plummeting if a proposed bike lane gets built. Never mind that bikeways have consistently been shown to increase property values.
A DC bicyclist dodged a bullet — literally — when a road raging driver took a shot at him; his rear bike tire wasn’t so lucky.
I want to be like her when I grow up. A 90-year old Florida woman consistently holds her own on a 31-mile weekly group ride.
Bicycle Times offers a guide to buying a bicycle.
Bike Radar recommends five bike action cams they like, all of which just happen to be made by GoPro or Garmin.
Who couldn’t use a few tips on dating a female competitive cyclist?
Anti-bike terrorists strike again, this time strewing tacks on an Ottawa bike lane.
Bodyguards ban British Foreign Secretary and former London Mayor Boris Johnson from bicycling over fears that riding a bike would make him a target. Just like it does the rest of us.
And it’s not unusual for a drunk driver to flee from the cops after nearly hitting a bike rider. Except when the driver is just 12-years old.