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National “Sea Change” for Bicyclists

US Sec'y of Transporation, Ray LaHood addresses bike advocates in DC, Monday.

March 15, 2010- Reprinted from the Secretary’s blog, Fastlane. To read the whole story, click here.

By now you may have heard about my “tabletop speech” at the National Bike Summit last week.

If you missed the summit or want to relive the excitement, here’s some footage courtesy of Streetsblog SF; it’s a bit jumpy, but that seems entirely consistent with the scene.

Somewhere in the frenzy, I managed to thank summit-goers for being such effective advocates for livable, sustainable, bike-friendly communities.

Well, that was fun, but the dust has settled and I have news. The crowd’s enthusiasm was so contagious, the idea of introducing a major policy revision in that setting quickly evaporated.

Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.

We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

To set this approach in motion, we have formulated key recommendations for state DOTs and communities:

  • Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.
  • Ensure convenient access for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Go beyond minimum design standards.
  • Collect data on walking and biking trips.
  • Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling.
  • Protect sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are protected (for example, snow removal)
  • Improve nonmotorized facilities during maintenance projects.

Now, this is a start, but it’s an important start. These initial steps forward will help us move forward even further.

And the Obama Administration hasn’t been sitting idle on the bike front this past year either.

Just last month through our TIGER program, we funded major bicycle projects in Indianapolis and in the Philadelphia-Camden-Trenton region.

And our ongoing inter-agency DOT-EPA-HUD partnership on sustainable communities actively encourages planning for walkability and bikability. We think livability means giving folks the flexibility to choose their own mobility.

Look, bike projects are relatively fast and inexpensive to build and are environmentally sustainable; they reduce travel costs, dramatically improve safety and public health, and reconnect citizens with their communities.

So, thank you to the League of American Bicyclists and all those who gave me such a raucous welcome the other night.

Last year’s summit was something; this year was something else. I can’t even imagine what next year’s gathering will produce, but I know I want to be part of it.

4 comments to National “Sea Change” for Bicyclists

  • admin

    John, thanks for the Coyote Creek observation.
    It’s probably the least used of the flood control/ bike paths. And too bad, because it marks the boundary between LA and OC counties.
    With a connection via La Palma or a parallel route you can make a 60 mile/ Metric Century linking the Santa Ana River Trail.

    Maintenance is by the LA County Public Works, (626) 458-5100, main switchboard can direct calls depending on the issue. If it’s pavement, reference the exact location and be sure to mention obvious hazards and liability.

  • what’s the deal with coyote creek// all of san gabriel is paved and rio hondo but coyote creek is bumpy inside org. co. boundaries.. also along san gabriel inside orange co. adjacent college park west houses. it really sucks is anybody doing anything to start a resurface

  • Aaron Sher

    Great Job Jim

  • CERRITOS BIKE PATH STUDY-& PROPOSAL-April 22, 2010

    TO:

    Art Gallucci CM; agallucci@cerritos.us
    Mayor Joe Cho; josephjcho@ymail.com
    Greg Berg, CS; gberg@cerritos.us
    Hal Arbogast DPW; harbogast@cerritos.us
    Kanna Vancheswaran; Kvancheswaran@cerritos.us
    Doug Kellam; Dkellam@cerritos.us
    Sheree Titus; stitus@cerritos.us
    Atn: Chad Veinot; C/O Albert Grover and Assoc.; info@albertgrover.com

    Park and Recreation Hearing- 4/1/10.
    (View the following Hearing about BIKE PATHways)
    http://cerritos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=08&clip_id=1942
    Min: 54:14 – Hr./Min 1.48

    Agenda-Cerritos CITY Council Hearing, Thurs. 4/22/2010- Public Hearing Item

    Was very happy that a hearing was held on 4/1/10.

    ****WHERE IS THE COMMON CYCLE SENSE???****

    MOST OF THE CERRITOS BIKE PATHS HAVE DISAPPEARED;
    NO BIKE PATH SIGNAGE;
    NO DESIGNATED BIKE PATH LANES;
    WHERE HAS ALL THE BIKE PATHS DISAPPEARED, EVEN WHEN THE STREETS ARE WIDE ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE CARS AND BIKE DESIGNATED PATH?
    WHERE ARE BIKE STORES?
    Cerritos is not a bike friendly city anymore.

    Not happy with ((ALL)) the contents reported to the hearing, nor the proposed BIKE PATHS for study, as strayed away from the original 1970’s concept, regards “CITY vision” and implemented by many tract-developers. Old concept, yesteryears, BIKE trails are to enforce family outings to CITY parks and provide alternative student transportation to schools and parks, so the residents could enjoy TREE CITY USA. We need to urge the CITY to do a more thorough investigation, via additional supporting data, advertised study session or sub-committees, in order to preserve the property values for its residents & create an updated –improved CYCLE PATHS from the 70’s, in order to enhance the landscape.

    Yesteryears advertisement of the BIKE PATHS was to create one large continuous loop, to tie all CITY parks and school campuses, in to one large loop. I DON’T SEE THIS IN THIS PROPOSAL. ( see attachment by Albert Grover and Assoc.)

    This really “Peeved –me-off”, as the new proposed BIKE PATHS are removing the #1 CONCEPT: Family and Student aspects from the equation. Cerritos is about families and families are built on outings and grp BIKE trips to parks and schools. Entire presentation, had undertones and re- direction about creating future Concrete BIKE PATH w/ signals and bridge for the Mag Lev Transportation System. Warning: School age children will not ride in out of the way, RR easements, where they can be hostaged for kidnappings.

    Has a BIKE user study been performed, to see how many adult CYCLISTS use this CITY & how many students use CYCLING for transportation? Seems like a steering committee needs to be formed, in order to evaluate needs, usage and budget.

    CCC was prompted by resident, Ed Johnson, to do a CYCLE PATH study, gathered by reasoning for construction of E/W PATHS. This report does not immediately address this E/W movement, on arterial roads and thru secondary neighborhoods (for real safety issues). I recommended a study of said subject, few yrs ago, but was shot down, as staff said beach communities had to much litigation pending, so support for updating our PATHS. NADA!!

    This proposal in front of us is about CYCLE PATHS to enhance the future Maglev System and only on arterial highways. What about BIKE PATHS on smaller, less traveled neighborhood streets, for children and seniors to ride on? Yrs ago, continuous growth, was to be developed out in to neighborhoods, but curb side residential parking, has hindered this idea. Arterial PATH-ways are too busy with diversified drivers and too dangerous for our small youth or impaired seniors.

    In said attached report, report outlines BIKE PATHS, tier grps of construction. Common sense, city needs just some basic bike lanes, re-invent the sport, get out of the current recession and then re-evaluate for more advance stages of PATHS. All the levels of construction, is not going invite CYCLISTS back to the landscape, if all of this recital is not met. Past 20 yrs, CITY has allowed this sport to die off.
    BIKE PATHS #1
    BIKE PATHS #2
    BIKE PATHS #3

    Nothing accounted for the senior population of 47% who use adult “TRI-CYCLES”, etc., except to ride on the arterial highways.

    ***********NO PUBLIC INPUT DATA:**************

    1. No data on the Amount of Students from Gahr HS, Cer HS; Art HS, Tracey HS, Whitney HS, Valley Christian HS, Cerritos JC, nor elementary schools,} whom own and use BICYCLES.

    2. Don Eakin ( CCPA Commissioner) & 35 Yr Resident & Avid Cyclist.
    7851 Squaw Valley Way, Cerritos. Never contacted

    3. Jim Bremner (BIKE Shop Owner), 15 yr Cerritos Resident & Avid Cyclist.
    7861 Squaw Valley Way, Cerritos. Never contacted

    4. CYCLE stores in Cerritos/ Artesia; which have left the area and moved to other surrounding cities. Input from surrounding CYCLE stores.

    5. No Input from local cycle clubs: Wheelman, Spokesman, Velo, Free Cycle Network, Spinners, OC Bikers, Penske, Sierra Wheelman, Allied Cycling, http://ocbike.org; etc.

    6. All or most ABC Campuses, Cerritos JC Campus, have failed to allocate all weather CYCLE storage stations. Presently, expensive CYCLES are left in the rain and sun, causing rust and tire blowouts from the heat/sun exposure. No protection from vandals or theft. Students are the number one users of the CYCLE PATHS. CITY needs to think of a JV w/ said agencies and take lead movement, compared to CITY of Long Beach in recent yrs. surely; there are empty classrooms, which can accommodate sheltered storage lockers.

    7. To my knowledge, none of the Regional Shopping centers or stores have indoor secured storage areas for CYCLING/shopping. Hence, CYCLES left outdoors, CYCLES are stolen, vandalized & or parts are stripped off of the CYCLES, when left for marketing. Not only does Cerritos need a bus depot, but adj. CYCLE depot, a safe- haven to store and secure CYCLES.

    8. No mention, (prior era), sheriffs and police departments} have not been pro- friendly to CYCLISTS, both students and adults CYCLING. Many parents have taken CYCLING away from the students, as harassed by sheriffs for trivial violations. Is there any CYCLING reports, illustrating citation data, CYCLE accident data, in order to cure citations/CYCLE accidents from re-occurring in these newest proposals?

    9. Cerritos Regional Park (Skate Park Arena) is being used by for Stunt Maneuvers. No data of the numbers of users: ( Day/week/season/yr). Lot of adults use this illegally after hrs, so would like some data from the park.

    10. No mention, about the decomposed granite (DG) BIKE trails, AKA dirt trails in: Coyote Hills, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Orange Hills, Santa Ana Canyon, Chino Hills, Laguna Hills, Cota de Casa, Rancho San Margarita, Brea, Inglewood, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Malibu, Santa Monica Mountains and beach parks. During the 70’s, Cerritos held sessions, in order to create nominal cost dirt (DG) trails along the Cerritos RR Easements were discussed. This would allow cyclist to patrol easements from homeless camps and lessen the areas for graffiti. Know this report talks about concrete BIKE trails in RR areas. For a trial run for a few yrs, (DG) trails would be ample & latter if supported; transform to asphalt- concrete trails.

    11. No mention about the COW transportation and the mobile CYCLING racks on said bus. No input on the number of BIKE racks located in front of Cerritos stores. Long Beach has implemented BIKE racks everywhere, along w/ weatherized bus stops.

    12. No advertisement for the above said study session, or CYCLING report. Why weren’t informal study sessions, held so public can give input? Never advertised in the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper, and the Cerritos News. Why this was PRC hearing, held on Holy Thursday evening, very religious holiday?

    13. Nothing addressed towards the poor maintenance of existing PATHS}: Uplifted tree root asphalt, Broken glass debris, car parts debris} located on existing PATHS. Need street cleaning multiple times per week. CITY landscaping is impeding on to CYCLING PATH right-of-ways. Painted stripping has eroded or faded away. Cross walk intersections are not marked & or cross hatched. No curbside signs, illustrating BIKE PATHS. No raised bumps applications, outlining the PATH-ways. No curbside mapping of Cerritos PATHS throughout the CITY. No directional maps on the PATHS, or the GPS CYCLING maps are not current.

    14. Night CYCLING is complex, as many of the arterial PATHS, no street lighting, as the Blvd trees have overgrown tree light standards and no light diffusion on to the PATHS.

    15. No mention of creating a Cerritos CYCLE Club, and get valued input from the users. Cerritos Park and Recreations- no CYCLING programs for weekend families. CITY of Irvine Park and Recreation, has weekend multiple levels (Tier Grps) of CYCLING for adults and for families.

    16. No mention, of the data of CYCLISTS, who use the Regional Park for CYCLING. Yrs ago, blue stripped BIKE lanes were installed. Know the Reg. Pk. service roads are not being used and would be excellent for BIKE lanes & separate from pedestrians. Poss. Joint venture w/ LA County?

    17. No Cer Website survey advertised for input by residents. No LCCN Survey.

    18. No mention of the 9 surrounding cities, 2 river bed PATHS; and how they tie in to Cerritos Proposals, etc.

    19. No mention of the hi- numbers of restaurant/bar employees who travel the BIKE PATHS @ midnight. Many PATHS are dark and if street lighting is provided, downward illumination is impaired by over grown tree limbs. Many employee ride thru Cerritos, via homes in HG/NWK.

    20. No mention of the standing curb gutter water, found on many streets throughout the CITY, as tree roots are creating uneven gutters, standing water. Slimy standing water can create CYCLE accidents. Duplicated in many uneven intersections. Tree hugging is great, but tree roots do not co exist in harmony w/ CYCLE PATHS.

    21. No mention how to loop the existing inner CITY CYCLE PATHS, with all of the CITY sculptures and sculpture gardens. Designated PATHS should be included to all sculptures for viewing, etc.

    22. No mention if CYCLISTS use the pedestrian sidewalks, sidewalks are dirty, cracked, uneven, bowing, bulging, pitted-eroding and low growing tree limbs are obstacles. Many sidewalks have COW bench obstacles, abandoned tree cut outs & ill-placed trash cans. No mention of the amounts of handicap sidewalk ramps at intersections for the impaired, as this is a non- completed item. Handicap ramps help the impaired CYCLISTS of all ages, maneuver thru intersections, etc.

    23. No mention of the once in blue moon occasion, grp of international –traveling CYCLING grps, will set up over night tent camp along the river bed BIKE PATHS OR ADJ. PARKS.

    24. No Art-in- Public Sculpture, replicating a cycle or group of CYCLISTS. Fine Arts Comm. should evaluate.

    25. No CYCLE SIGNS erected on commercial egress/ingress street-curb aprons, where CYCLE paths cross.

    Examples:

    El Rancho’s Verdes Park CYCLING PATHS do not connect to the Los Coyotes Flood Control CYCLE PATHS. CYCLISTS from the Coyotes Hills Trail, Fullerton Hills, or Knott’s Berry Farm; use the Rancho Verdes Park Trail and get lost trying to find the Los Coyotes River trails, which continues and ends to the beach. Throughout the CITY, this can be duplicated. BIKE PATHS to no where!!!!!

    LA PALMA BLVD CYCLE PATHS, ((LA PALMA)), do not connect w/ Del Amo Blvd ( Cerritos )CYCLE PATHS. Another BIKE PATH to no where.

    Los Coyotes River Bed PATHS, have no real access to Regional Park nor the facilities at the Regional Park (benches, water, tables, 24/7 restrooms). Another BIKE PATH to no where. Many decades, CYCLISTS, had to throw bikes, over the chain link fence, in order for egress-ingress to said park w/their bikes….

    CERITOS EMERALD VILLAS SENIOR HOA- Cerritos seniors use adult tricycles at nearby Cerritos- La Palma ( El Rancho Verdes Park), and try to ride to Cerritos Regional Park. There is no safe haven connector between the parks & the Del Amo Bridge is a real obstacle. Another BIKE PATH to no where

    LOS COYOTES RIVERBED TRAILS- No bathrooms, so public urination along the flood control concrete walls by CYCLISTS. Trails can be littered w/ debris, as minimal cleaning of trails. Bums and homeless sleep on trails. Towards the 5 freeway Interchange, many homeless camps block trails. Going thru HG section, again, many drunks and homeless block the trails. Some trail head gates are locked and create egress/ingress handicap for 911 and CYCLISTS. Rainy weather, trails are blocked w slimy puddles and vegetation growth. Bridge overpasses create canvas for tossing debris down in to the riverbeds and adj. trail heads.

    1970’s STUDY SESSION- BIKE PATHS.

    Simple, but not completed, only partially implemented and not being maintained. Over decades, road surfaces have been repaired and the 70’s BIKE PATHS have disappeared and not re- invented. Many BIKE PATHS here and there to no where. PATHS everywhere in the CITY, lead to no where; and not connected to one another.

    Arterial BIKE PATHS, connecting a continuous CYCLE loop, connect school campuses with all CITY parks. Never completed. Another BIKE PATH to no where.

    Talked about secondary BIKE PATHS, in order to ride out of traffic, via neighborhoods. Roadways are more congested, friable car soot and debris, compared to yesteryears. Secondary BIKE routes need to be implemented, or the entire capitol improvement project, will never be used to full compatibly.

    2010- MY THOUGHTS:

    Encourage CITY to do more research on said subject. Proposed $65K budget could be used more frugally to upgrade the existing PATHS and finish creating a loop to all the CITY parks and campuses.

    Strongly recommend that Park & Recreation not remove the existing CYCLE PATHS in the cities parks, as park create a safe-haven for CYCLISTS of all ages to ride and the CYCLISTS are able to patrol the parks from vandals, graffiti taggers and gangs.

    Urge CITY of Cerritos to duplicate the police patrol on CYCLES, compared to the award winning CYCLE on patrol by the CITY of La Palma. La Palma PD CYCLISTS patrol the parks from day break to 10 am, 7 days a week.

    My Background Bio:

    1970’s- Cerritos Regional Park- sat on Corp. of Engineers Study Sessions, early-mid 70’s.

    1970’s Many Plan Comm- sat on study sessions with parks and developers for proposed housing.

    1970’-80’s -Cerritos Del Amo Bridge- help orchrastrate BIKE PATH for river-trail gates/ramps w/ Corp of Engineers. (Held over Presidents day holiday), Cerritos did not want this, so I independently, went to County and had the test performed and the county upgraded the trails/ bridge areas.

    1970’s-sat on study sessions for the Santa Monica Bay BIKE Trails, connecting Palos Verdes with Malibu BIKE trails systems, via the Westside BIKE PATHS along the beach strands.

    1970’s- sat on the study sessions, with the CITY of Anaheim, for Santa Ana Canyon and Santa Ana River BIKE trails.

    1971- 1985, pro cyclist as road 46 mls daily.

    Regards and thanks for Reading:
    Jim McMahon, 35 Yr Cerritos Resident, 4/9/2010
    (562) 500-4769
    email: CerritosHO@Hotmail.com
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