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Councilmember Wants City to Study Cyclist-Friendly Staircases

Photo via the Draft 2010 Bicycle Plan Technical Design Handbook
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Los Angeles has over 100 outdoor public staircases. As any cyclist knows, carrying a bike up and down them is doable, but can be a major inconvenience and something that may stop new riders from taking a stab at the mode of transportation. Today, Councilmember Tom LaBonge introduced a motion that would instruct city staff to study bicycle stairways, which he describes as a channel alongside a staircase to facilitate walking a bicycle up or down it.

Joe Linton, a member of the city's bicycle committee who closely follows the bicycle plan, says such infrastructure can be found elsewhere. "They're all over Toronto and they're really nice," he said, also noting that the current draft bicycle plan includes bicycle tracks for stairways in the technical design handbook. Linton added that it would be nice if staircases in Metro subway stations included the tracking.