LA County Updates Master Bike Plan after 35 Years


The updated Master Bike Plan for Los Angeles County.
 
12:45pm | Last year, Los Angeles County finally decided to update its Master Bike Plan for the first time since 1975. Following criticisms for for being too vague and lacking in bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards, and sharrow lanes like those in Belmont Shore, a public hearing in November pushed the plan forward and was finally approved today.

The County’s Bicycle Master Plan, which guides the development of bicycle transit and support facilities across the region, is officially updated. In addition to maintaining and updating current bike corridors, the new Plan also adds 832 miles of new bikeways.

“The updated Plan combines the vision of local communities and the County for the development of opportunities to increase cycling as a viable transit option for residents,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.  “While Los Angeles is known as a car culture, voters have told us time and again that they want options – be it public transit or bicycles – as a way to alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and enhance the health and quality-of-life in our communities.”

Through the Bicycle Master Plan, Los Angeles County will invest over $330 million over 20 years to increase the interconnectedness of bike corridors and develop support facilities that encourage cycling, through additional bike lanes, signage, traffic calming measures, and safety and educational programs.

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