We want the streets of Los Angeles to be safe for all people, whether they are walking, bicycling, taking transit, or driving.
- LA Departments of Planning and Transportation
The West Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors, part of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, are working to implement the bikeways promised on the west side in the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan. These bike lanes will connect to a growing network of bicycle paths, lanes, and routes for everyone to use.
Adding bike lanes on Centinela & Bundy will complement the people-oriented neighborhood this community is and will ultimately make the area a more vibrant and livable community. Bike lanes on Centinela & Bundy will also provide a major north/south connector for commuting bicyclists.
These bike lanes are about more than just bicyclists: they will make our streets safer and our community more livable and prosperous.
Safety | Safety for all people traveling through our community is our biggest concern and bike lanes are a proven strategy for reducing collisions among drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. With the presence of bicyclists, drivers are more aware of their surroundings and drive at more moderate speeds. In addition, the bike lane project will reduce the number of travel lanes pedestrians must cross, making the street safer.
Community | Centinela & Bundy are home to businesses, community events, and diverse housing options. These neighborhood elements create an ideal environment for bicycling. Half of all trips in Los Angeles County are less than 3 miles—trips that can easily be done by bicycle. Bike lanes will allow people to move around their neighborhood without worrying about traffic and parking, all the while cleaning our air and improving our health.
Economy | Study after study shows that bicycling is good for business. In local retail corridors, bicyclists visit more frequently and spend more money in sum than drivers. (It must be all that money they’re saving on gas.) Other cities like New York, Portland, and Minneapolis are seeing a boost in revenues for businesses after new bicycle lanes are installed—and none of those cities are known for great weather! Merchants in San Francisco say new bike lanes have improved business and supported traffic calming. There are also Business Improvement Districts in Long Beach and San Diego that are making themselves Bike-Friendly to alleviate parking problems and traffic congestion.
As someone who supports this project, I understand that this particular project may require the removal of a travel lane or a parking lane to accommodate for these enhancements. I believe the benefits of these bicycle lanes outweigh the perceived disadvantages. I want a more people-friendly neighborhood and support these bicycle lanes.
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