Map: Activists Release Valley Version of the Backbone Bikeway Network
The Biking Working Group yesterday continued to release their vision of a city Backbone Bikeway by releasing a map of the San Fernando Valley. The system, created in response to the official, yet controversial, bicycle draft plan for Los Angeles, is supposed to act as the most basic way of bicycle travel throughout the city.
"The goal was to find what streets could be used to facilitate the longest route of travel while also proving safe connections to popular destinations," explained Jeremy Grant of the Valley map. "Establishing these destinations as ‘hubs’, these were linked in a way to form a broader connective web across the many future neighborhood level networks of Los Angeles."
The organizers are seeking the public's comment so we'll say this: considering that the Valley is nearly 50% of the city's landmass, this map is a good start, but a few more routes should be identified. Nonetheless, the maps are gaining media attention. After LAist picked up on it on Tuesday, the LA Times ran a piece on it on Wednesday with KPCC's Patt Morrison scheduled to talk about it later today.