Plan designates 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways for Los Angeles


March 4, 2011

The LA bike plan includes the Backbone, Neighborhood, and Green (scenic) networks

The LA bike plan includes the Backbone, Neighborhood, and Green (scenic) networks

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As the Missing Persons song goes, "nobody walks in LA." But with the release of the 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan, the city hopes to make it easier to ride there. As part of the city's commitment to transform LA from an auto-centric metropolis to a city with a multi-modal transportation system, the City of Los Angeles has released the draft 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan, which designates 1680 miles (2700 km) of bikeway facilities and proposes three new bicycle networks that will crisscross the city.

The 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan is the first major update of the city's bicycle plan since 1996, and has been in development since 2008. In addition to adding more than 900 miles (1448 km) of bikeways, the 2010 plan proposes three new bicycle networks to provide continuous bicycle access across the entire city. The three networks are called the Backbone, Neighborhood, and Green networks.

The Backbone Network will be made up of more than 700 miles (1127 km) of primarily bicycle lanes on existing streets. This network will provide access to major employment centers, transit stations, schools, and retail and recreational sites. The Neighborhood Network will designate more than 800 miles (1288 km) of local streets with low traffic and slower speeds where, the city hopes, bicyclists of all experience levels can feel comfortable. This network will provide access to neighborhood facilities such as libraries, parks, and shopping districts. The Green Network (think "scenic route") will include more than 130 miles (209 km) of bicycle paths and shared-use paths around LA's green open spaces, particularly river channels like the Los Angeles River.

The 2010 Bicycle Plan serves as the City of Los Angeles blueprint for meeting the needs of all bicyclists including commuters and recreational riders. The plan's five-year implementation strategy aims to build 40 miles (64 km) of bikeways per year, which is four times more than the city's previous average. With completion targeted for 2035, the three finished networks will provide access to a bikeway for most residents within one mile (1.6 km) of their home.

In addition to the network details and maps, the 2010 Bicycle Plan includes a Technical Design Handbook that provides standards and guidelines to assist both city staff and residents in the selection and design of future bikeways and facilities, such as bike lane layout and markings, signage, and other considerations. The full 2010 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan document and maps are available on the project website.


The resistance to bicycling is mostly safety (traffic issues), and the sweat factor.

An electric enhanced recumbent streamliner should be a very effective commuter, with acceptable sweat/comfort factor. Av. commute distances are


Let\'s hope the Los Angelenos have the good sense to impose heavy fines on cyclists who fail to use paths, where they exist. Here in Australia I am sick of cyclists who ride on major urban roads and totally ignore the tracks we taxpayers have funded with millions of dollars. They put their own lives at risk and risk wrecking the life of any hapless motorist who accidentally hits them.


So, we here in California have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and unfunded govt. pensions that total 500 billion dollars in money we don\'t have, and their solution is to spend money on bikeways?? Get real people - this is a waste of money in this type of economy. If the cyclists want something like this- let them come up with a way of raising the money for it...

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I\'ll bet the path through East L.A. would be exciting


A good idea, Facebook user: let us start with you funding ALL THE ROADS YOUR CAR USES THROUGH A SELF-PAY INITIATIVE.

I am sick of cars monopolizing all communications for themselves with reckless drivers killing everybody else who dares on the same taxes-funded road. I wish I had a choice and could bike to my work. It is a mortal danger here. And I pay for the roads with my taxes.


To facebook user, Traffic and smog are huge problems in LA and if more and more people hop on a bike it will help solve both. We have the weather for it and it\'s 40 miles a year mostly repainting lanes. Don\'t be so scared of change, this is for the better. Sometimes it takes money to save money, that\'s called investing.


Good idea to improve the multimodal mix options available to commuters and recreational users. The cost issue is a red herring unless the bikeways materialise and then are not used. That would be a shame and a waste, but IMO unlikely. I'm disappointed with the snail's pace deployment scheme. As @sonic points out, a lot of this is just paint. How long can that take? A 2035 completion is much too late. the shift towards urban utility cycling is happening now. The city should try to catch their wheel.

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