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Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District
Los Angeles just launched the city’s first Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) in Northeast L.A., and it will serve as a pilot program for a larger citywide initiative in 2015-16. The public-private partnership aimed at bringing more cyclists to commercial corridors will install bike infrastructure including parking (racks and corrals), repair stations, bikeways, signage and maps of the bikeway network.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) pilot program is a partnership with Occidental College Urban and Environmental Policy Institute and Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) “to bring together community partners into a consortium that will envision and pursue amenities and events that will make Northeast LA neighborhoods more friendly to bikes through both infrastructure, business, and cultural offerings [sic].” The BFBD bicycle infrastructure will be installed along Colorado, Eagle Rock and York Boulevards, and N. Figueroa Street.
“A BFB might offer discounts to people travelling by bicycle, bicycle-themed promotions, bicycle-friendly amenities, benefits to employees who bicycle, or other incentives,” writes Elizabeth Gallardo of the LADOT Bike Blog.
Los Angeles is not the first local jurisdiction to launch a BFBD program. The city of Long Beach has already piloted six BFBDs that in addition to bike infrastructure include cargo bikes for deliveries, promotional Bike Saturdays and Kidical Mass bike rides.
The City of Angels is currently in the midst of implementing its 2010 bicycle master plan with an ambitious goal of building more than 1,600 miles of bikeways — 40 miles of new bike paths every year until 2045.
Lead image via Miss Mitchell
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