Pasadena Bike Plan gets Major Boost

Protected & Separated Bike Lanes

are asked to be added to plan.

A Cyclist rides the 3rd Street Cycletrack (protected bike lane) in Long Beach.  The lane is separated from the moving autos by the parked cars and a series of planters.

A Cyclist rides the 3rd Street Cycletrack (protected bike lane) in Long Beach. The lane is separated from the moving autos by the parked cars and a series of planters.

City Council Subcommittee asks staff to add protected/separated bike lanes to the plan, make it “more ambitious.”

Current conditions are widely acknowledged to be unsafe.

“We can do better!”

Here’s the story, Twitter-style 
(scroll to the bottom and read UP, if you like chronological order)

(Or, read it on Storify.  Not all of the links below are working properly.)

  1. @DPNAlist @PasadenaDOT Definitely most welcome news I’ve heard in a while. Pasadena poised to be bike-friendly!
  2. Pasadena City Council / Municipal Services Committee asks for “more ambitious” bike plan sfy.co/tAVM #bikela #pasadena
  3. Breaking News: 40min ago, Pasadena’s Master Bike Plan got a huge boost. Municipal Services Committee sent it back… fb.me/OQbunBhT
Municipal Services Committee sent it back for further work, instructed staff to add Protected Bike Lanes (“cycle tracks”) to the plan, be “more ambitious” and improve Pasadena’s (currently) poor accident rate, said “we’ll fund it”.
Thank you Margaret McAustin, Terry Tornek, & Mayor Bogaard!! A notable suggestion by McAustin was to create a Bike-Only route running East-West spanning the entire city, that would inspire ordinary folks to get out and ride (“not just on vacation in other cities!”)
Thanks also to our coalition partners who have been working on this since our Forum on July 1st. Now, we’ll keep your input coming on the specifics of where the protected lanes should go and what other steps should be implemented.

“Complete Streets” advocates note that the plan relies mostly on “sharrows” (those painted stencils of bikes) on busy streets, which are unsafe, ineffective. Municipal Services Subcommittee agrees, asks staff to add protected bike lanes to the plan.

Comments:

  • Tornek: describing the Strategy Café we all participated in on July 1st: “the conversations were truly remarkable… compelling… very productive…”
  • McAustin: “A lot has changed in 10 years… in the past we’ve been told ‘we can only make tiny, gradual changes’ …nothing bold… I’m tired of it!”
  • Tornek: “Wes’ question, ‘would we be comfortable telling our constituents that they are safe biking on our streets?’ was right to the point.  And the answer is, ‘We wouldn’t!’  When I go up Lake Ave, I wind up walking my bike on the sidewalk, because I’m not comfortable riding on the sharrows!”
  • McAustin: “I’m a fair-weather cyclist…  I enjoy biking but don’t personally feel safe… Pasadena residents should have pleasant streets to ride on in their own city, not just when they visit other cities on vacation!”
  • McAustin: (paraphrase) Let’s pour our efforts into a really big, bold, imaginative effort that could really attract some substantial grant funds, and capture resident’s imagination to giving cycling another try.
  • Tornek: “The other issue was the funding…”  “we’re going to have to find the funds.”

Bike Master Plan is finalized, is scheduled for review by the city council.  First, though, it goes to the Municipal Services Subcommittee for their approval.

Complete Streets advocacy group is formed

“Complete Streets Forum” announced, to plan a course of action

Bike Plan scheduled for Approval; Need for safer infrastructure rises to a boiling point.

3rd Fatal Collision in 2 years occurs on Del Mar Blvd.

Other cities in the region move forward with far more ambitious bike plans

“Bike Week” celebrated

Caltech students circulate a petition to improve the bike plan.

Pasadena’s Bike Plan introduced at city’s General Plan meetings; reaction mixed.

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