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Biking Plan Meetings: Not as Sucky as Last Year

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The Department of City Planning and the Department of Transportation is in the midst of updating the city's current Bicycle Plan (first adopted in '96, and re-adopted in '07). The departments have already come up with a preliminary draft—which among other things calls for 696 miles of new bikeways—which wasn't exactly greeted with cheers by the biking community. Now, the city is in the process of holding workshops to get public comment on the malleable plan. Damien Newton of Streetsblog reports from Wednesday night's bike meeting on the Westside, saying the updated comment process (people writing their feelings on giant posterboards and maps) are a big improvement over the previous meetings which involved Q&A sessions. That doesn't mean everyone is now happy with the plan (the Bike Writers Collective handed out cards with the above image), nor does it mean the plan is anywhere near being confirmed and implemented. According to Streetsblog, "After the comment period ends in November, the city has vowed to continue excepting comments into the new year. Then these comments will be compiled into a Final Plan. Then the plan will go through another round of public comment before moving on to the City Planning Commission. From there, it's on to the City Council Transportation and Planning Committees before finally going to the City Council at an undisclosed date in the future."

Northeast Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Location: Ramona Hall
Address: 4580 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

· Less Anger, More Posterboard in 2009 Meeting [Streetsblog]
· Bike Master Plan Met With Fury [Curbed LA]
· LA Bike Plan [Official Site]