L.A. Mayor Announces Bike Summit

From the Mayor’s office:

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ANNOUNCES AUGUST 16 BIKE SUMMIT

Town Hall meeting is an opportunity for dialogue on enforcement, infrastructure, and related issues.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa today announced that he will convene a Bike Summit from 9:00 — 11:00 a.m. on August 16, 2010 in the Board Room of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles 90012. The Bike Summit will provide an opportunity for cyclists to talk directly with the Mayor and representatives of key departments and agencies about improving conditions for cycling in Los Angeles.

“Let’s get together and talk about what we need to do to make the streets safer for cyclists,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “Whether you depend on your bike for commuting or just take it out for fun, I invite you to come to the Bike Summit to talk about your experiences and learn about what we’re doing in Los Angeles to make streets safer for everyone.”

Topics for discussion at the Summit include: the City’s draft Bicycle Plan which would build over 1600 miles of bikeways including 200 miles in the next five years; LAPD enforcement of laws governing safe driving and cycling; Metro’s effort to integrate cycling in the region’s rail and bus network; and other infrastructure and enforcement related topics.

Mayor Villaraigosa first announced his plans for the Bike Summit in July.

7 Responses to “L.A. Mayor Announces Bike Summit”

  • erin says:

    Dear Mayor Johnson:

    Borrow freely from this idea.

    Sincerely,
    Bike Riders in Sacramento

  • Mark says:

    Great idea! Just make sure it is balanced.

    I live in Marin County (arguably one of the most pro bike counties in the country), and while I see infractions by divers towards bicylists, I see as many (if not more) infractions by bike riders. Remember, bikes on the road must follow them same rules as car. That means stopping at stop signs/lights, stopping at occupied crosswalks, showing caution in changing lanes, riding single file on roads, etc.

  • Fergie348 says:

    @Mark – I too live in Marin county and ride my bike to work on a regular basis. Bikes are certainly not treated the same as cars along the routes I ride. I can think of at least 4 traffic signals with no bicycle controls, meaning that I cannot indicate to the sensor that I’m there and the light will not change for me. Large swaths of Marin county roads are pretty cycle unfriendly due to lack of shoulder, bad surfaces, irritated commuters in cars stuck in traffic, etc. If Marin, as you say, is one of the most pro bike counties in the country we have a whole lot farther to go in order to make transportation bicycling accessible to most.

    Rules are important, but they must make sense in order to be followed. I personally prefer the Idaho ‘Stop as Yield’ law instead of a blind observance of stopsign rules, especially in areas with low to no pedestrian density as Marin county has. The bottom line for safety cannot be legislated, unfortunately. It is ‘Pay attention and respect others’. I wish we all would..

  • Fergie348 says:

    I wonder if there’s secure bike parking at the MTA in LA? Hmm..

  • John says:

    The MTA building in downtown LA is right next to Union Station, which has bike lockers and bike racks. Bike lockers have to be rented ahead of time, though. Contact the LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) for info on reservations for bike lockers.

  • David says:

    I love Ecovelo, but please be careful about what you press releases you pass along from the Mayor Los Angeles. Anyone that knows him, knows that his new-found support of bicycles and bicycling issues must be taken with more than a grain of salt. Something isn’t adding up here. There are a lot of questions to be answered about his “accident”. Like how could his security detail not have had any information about the cab driver that allegedly caused the accident? Is the LAPD that inept? I don”t think so. I know Ecovelo isn’t meant to be a journalistic force, but please be careful about what information you represent on this blog. I love what you do on this blog. Please stick to that.

  • Alan says:

    @David

    Hi David,

    The accident and follow-up statements from the mayor’s office were widely covered in the mainstream press, including the NYT, so the information was already widely available. Regarding the summit, I’m not sure a 2-hour meeting on a Monday morning qualifies as a “summit”, but I still think it’s worthwhile in that it provides an opportunity for bicyclists to voice their concerns while they have the attention of the mayor and the press.

    Regards,
    Alan

 
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