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County Bike Plan Hearing to be Held Next Wednesday

The County Regional Planning Commission is scheduled for its final hearing on a bike plan that would create a 'bike boulevard' in Altadena and link a regional bike path up to Eaton Canyon.

A county planning commission will review and vote on a county master bike plan that includes a five-mile designated "bike boulevard" for Altadena and a new bike path of nearly eight miles, starting from Eaton Canyon, that would complete a bike path that would run all the way down to Long Beach.

The bike boulevard would run east to west in Altadena, starting at the intersection of Windsor Avenue and Calaveras Steet, heading along Calaveras to Mendocino Street, Midwick Drive, Glen Canyon Road and down Roosevelt Avenue (the proposed boulevard route is highlighted in purple on the map on the right).  The route of that proposal has been changed several times since it was first discussed at a public meeting last year.

Those streets would continue to accommodate cars but would have traffic calming measures designed to slow drivers down.

In addition to the bike boulevard, Altadena could also see a bike path that would start from just east of the border of Altadena and Pasadena on New York Drive and run south for 7.8 miles along the Eaton Wash, through East Pasadena and San Gabriel, to connect to the Rio Hondo bike path in El Monte.

The County Regional Planning Commission first held a hearing on the proposal in November but did not vote on the plan at that point.  If approved next week, the plan would next go before the county Board of Supervisors.

With Board of Supervisors approval, the Bike Boulevard would be part of the second phase of the county's plan, meaning it would likely be completed some time between 2017 and 2027

The bike plan includes improvements for unincorporated areas all over the county and would result in more than 60 miles of bike improvements in the West San Gabriel Valley alone, though over half of those would be bike routes, which involve adding road signs identifying an existing road as a preferred place for cyclists to ride.

For more information on the hearing, plans and a place to watch Wednesday's meeting, click here.  The hearing will be at 9 a.m. at 320 W. Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Read more about the Bike Boulevard proposal here

Leslie Aitken January 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
There are a lot of bicyclists up here. It would be great if they had another route to use besides Altadena Drive, plus maybe it would promote Altadena as a good place for fitness: hiking, bicycling and maybe even a FARMERS MARKET!? : )
Lori Paul January 05, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Where are the local meetings about this ambitious bike plan? It appears that many, if not most, of the residents along the impacted streets have not been notified of this project. How many folks in Altadena can take time off work or school to attend a meeting downtown at 9am in Regional Planning? Allegedly, this is a "commuter" bike path; however, the proposed route goes unnecessarily uphill through residential neighborhoods on narrow streets. If this is a commuter bike lane project, where are the main destinations and which neighborhoods and commercial areas will these bike lanes serve? The bike lanes will remove parking, potentially endanger pedestrians and bikers in a community like Altadena that is semi-rural and lacks sidewalks. After a horse fell through a poorly maintained manhole cover on Lincoln Ave & Altadena Dr. yesterday and was severely injured, it would seem that repair of local infrastructure and trails should take precedence in the County budget over something like this bike plan. But, who is going to tell the County that when few know about this "bike blvd." and others cannot conveniently attend a morning weekday meeting downtown? So many old, developed communities get poorly retrofit with so-called "commuter" bike lanes that are hazardous. As a result, these lanes are not used much, which gives the impression no one bikes anywhere. Recreational, dedicated, scenic bike ways away from roads and cars are needed, but very hard to build across old towns.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) January 05, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Lori - There were two local meetings, one open community, one Town Council, but yes, despite that, I am certain most people on the route know nothing about it. Direct communication with people on those streets would be a good idea. At the Town Council meeting, the county presenter did say that once the environmental planning for the bike boulevard starts (maybe in 5 years or so) there would be more direct community involvement at that point. Certainly though, anyone who does not like this idea and lives on the route would be better served trying to make sure their street does not become enshrined in this master planning document rather than waiting for the more detailed planning phases.
mister altadena January 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Link to the ATC mtg in November http://altadena.patch.com/articles/bike-project-street-lighting-on-town-council-agenda I'm interested in knowing what the ridership through a residential area is expected to be. President street area is always being hit with break ins; this bike plan could give burglars a "safe" way to canvass homes in that area. Maybe it's a reach, but I'm guessing homeowners along Roosevelt and other streets don't want reasons for more people to be looking at their homes.
Ericka January 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
good lord, but mister altadena is a negative nelly, judging by his sour comments on every post. bicycling is good for the community, not a way for thieves to canvas a neighborhood. and public streets are made for the public - if you'd like to live in a gated community so people can't "look at your home" then you are free to do so. i agree with the comment about more outreach to the impacted residents on the streets, but to complain about a route being unnecessarily uphill in altadena is ridiculous. everywhere in altadena is uphill.
Lori Paul January 05, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Hi Ericka. The comment about the uphill routing refers to directions that commuters are likely to take between their destinations and connections. This "bike blvd." plan is being promoted as an alternative for commuters going to and from work or business destinations. That said, routes in Altadena would most effectively (directly) head either east and west (where there are commercial districts, JPL and La Canada , for example, as destinations) without wending unnecessarily uphill and back down in the process.
mister altadena January 06, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Just stating the facts. 1. President Streets area has been hit pretty hard by burglaries. 2. Bike path would bring more people into the neighborhood. I did say it was a reach so not sure how that's negative but to each his/her own. I don't live in that area.
Chris McCann January 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Hello, I have recently begun to follow the development of this plan, and I have a lot of questions. I don't want to be labeled a "negative nelly", but I have concerns. I live on Pepper Drive, and we already have speed "humps", which are quite a nuisance, albeit somewhat necessary. I wouldn't wish them on anyone. I have also seen the traffic circles, and they seem very silly in practice, with striping directing you to make awkward turns which no normal driver should be subjected to. My main question's are: 1.Why must anything be done at all? Aren't streets "bike-way's" as they are?(as a child, I was taught to follow the rules of the road on a bicycle) 2.Was there a major outcry for "bike-way's?(and how many people were on that petition) 3.Is this a plan initiated so a city agency can be labled "green" to be awarded more federal funding? 4.(statement, not question)--when I ride around town(which I do for exercise, not commuting) most "bike path's" consist of a white line adjacent to car doors parked on city streets, not leaving any room for a bike between the line and parked car (I always thought Pasadena's initiative was well intended, but not practical) Ultimately, I fear the time and expense that is going into this plan would ultimately be for naught.

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