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L.A. Planning Commission Aligns with Cycling Community, Rejects City's Bicycle Plan

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Los Angeles' Planning Commissioners yesterday rejected the city's long-term vision for bicycles, delaying approval of the city's bike plan until improvements are made. The vote came at the end of an eight hour meeting, in which half of it focused on the document, where cyclists across a wide community of opinion united against its approval.

"Members of the Planning Commission listened to bicyclists’ concerns, and expressed a great deal of interest in a plan that would have 'teeth' in making L.A. more bike friendly," wrote Joe Linton, a member of the city's Bicycle Advisory Committee, at LA Streetsblog.

During the meeting, staff committed to many of the cycling community's requests, including better bicycle boulevards and changing the minimum width of a vehicle travel lane to 10 feet from 11, which helps make more space for future bicycle lanes.

Added: For extensive coverage of the meeting, check our Christopher Kidd's post at the LADOT's bike blog.