What's a Bike Boulevard Anyway?

Here at Altadena Patch we've written a lot about a proposed 'bike boulevard' for a 5-mile east-west stretch of Altadena. So what exactly could it entail? The below features, from the county's master bike plan, are possibilities.

As , a county commission has approved a county master bike plan that includes a five-mile designated "bike boulevard" for Altadena.

We've written plenty about the plan and while we've discussed some of the potential traffic calming measures that would slow cars down for the benefit of cyclists, the county has never before provided a comprehensive look at what those measures might be.

That's no longer true: at the direction of the County Regional Planning Commission, which had two hearings on the issue, county planners returned the second time with a new appendix to the plan that laid out the details of the bicycle boulevard.

The above photos, captions, and descriptions are all based on the features discussed in that appendix, and while planners have not committed to any of these measures in particular, some of them are likely one-day features of the bike boulevard.

The full section of the report that deals with the features is also available in the line-up above.

Hugo January 13, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I agree 100%
Laura Monteros January 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Drivers do have to pass a test about sharing the road. It's in the Vehicle Code and on the written tests.
Laura Monteros January 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Very similar to experiences I've had.
True Freedom January 13, 2012 at 05:33 PM
@Steve: RE: being stuck behind cyclists and bikers hitting the sidewalks: with proper bike route placement, I would argue that you'd see alot less of this behavior. Lake Ave is a major vehicle route.. and would be much less attractive to cyclists if there was a more residential route that emphasized bike use... freeing up Lake for cars and giving bikes a route where they didn't feel the need to zip up on the sidewalk to feel safe. RE: fuel consumption and choices: I think it's impossible to say if it would have a positive or negative impact. First, by making biking more attractive, safe, etc.. you'll have more people using bikes instead of a car. That's a plus. You will put some cars that were using smaller, cut through streets back onto bigger streets. That *may* be a negative.. depends. It would certainly be a positive for folks LIVING on the smaller streets used as cut-throughs.. they'll have less traffic, pollution, noise at their front door.. which will also make walking more attractive in those areas. The policy with the biggest negative impact on congestion, pollution, gas consumption is the building of high density living space in Altadena/ Pasadena. No matter how you slice it: more people == more cars == more miles, pollution , congestion, parking woes, etc, etc.
Dan Abendschein January 13, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I agree with TF on the choker entrances being a positive for non-cyclists. I may be biased as a cyclist who likes the idea of a bike boulevard, but I also see enormous benefit to blocking through car traffic as a pedestrian and resident. I'm sure we have all had the experience of someone blowing through the block at 40-50 mph with no regard for children, pets, pedestrians or the noise of their car. Those choker entrances reduce that kind of cut-through driving. They'd have to be reserved for small blocks, obviously, rather than bigger streets. Driving home would be inconvenient for local residents who would have one side of their street blocked off for vehicle traffic, but I think the inconvenience would be worth it to keep through traffic off my block.


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