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Westside Cities Working Together on Big Bike Plans

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Everywhere you look these days, it seems like government agencies are clamoring for more bike infrastructure. Add to the list the Westside Cities Council of Government, which includes officials from Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, the Westside of LA, and unincorporated Los Angeles County. The WSCCOG transportation committee (including Councilmember Jeff Cooper of Culver City, Councilmember John Heilman of West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills Vice Mayor William Brien) gathered earlier this week to discuss several options for improving bicycle infrastructure out west, reports the Beverly Hills Patch.

The committee discussed closing gaps in bike lanes, such as the one on Santa Monica Boulevard, which goes through West Hollywood and West LA, but skips Beverly Hills (kind of like a bus only lane we have heard of). They also considered signage improvements and the creation of a bike-sharing program for the Westside. The committee is hoping to find five bike routes to target for improvements, "based on project feasibility, safety and connecting as many member communities as possible."

The committee's eventual recommendations will have to be approved by the COG board in January before the plans could be adopted as formal recommendations for the group's cities. Meanwhile, some of the members are already working on bikeifications--Santa Monica recently adopted a big Bike Action Plan and West Hollywood is considering adding bike lanes on some major streets.
· Westside COG Considers Biking Projects [Beverly Hills Patch]
· Big New Bike Plan to Make Santa Monica Into Biker's Republic [Curbed LA]
· WeHo Considering Bike Laning Up Its Major Streets [Curbed LA]