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Councilman Pushes to Make LA More Bike Friendly

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Today, City Council President Eric Garcetti announced two motions he is putting forward. If you know the biking community, you know these two proposals came from Garcetti listening to the community as the problems/solutions here are often heard within the cycling community. From a Garcetti press release:

  • Garcetti introduced a resolution to urge the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to repeal its ban on allowing cyclists to ride the Metro lines during rush hour. Currently, bicycles are not allowed on the trains between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. as well as 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Garcetti’s motion requests that Metro also consider removing seats on some Metro line cars to make the trains more comfortable for passengers traveling with or without bicycles.
  • "He also introduced a motion that would implement a pilot program to mark streets with “sharrows”-– Caltrans-approved shared lane markings on the pavement between the parking lane and traffic. These are different from bike lanes in that they direct the cyclist to travel outside the car door zone to prevent accidents caused by parked cars. The pilot program would install sharrows along Vermont Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and 4th Street as well as Fountain Avenue between the 101 freeway and Hoover Street. Sharrows are currently used in San Francisco."

Earlier this year, Garcetti helped make city facilities more bicycle friendly.