Access to the Dominguez Channel walk way is often by bicycle, so we read this recent email from Jordann Turner at the City of Los Angeles with interest.
It arrived as a PDF, but for your reading pleasure we’ve converted it via OCR to postable text. There may be some errors/typos as a result.
To all Interested Patties:
The City of Los Angeles is pleased to release the draft 2009 Los Angeles Bicycle Plan. This proposed Bicycle Plan is a result of extensive fieldwork, public/community input-including public meetings, mail-in comment cards, the online comment page from the project’s website and routes submitted via web-based mapping services-as well as a review of the network recommended in the current Bicycle Plan….
There’s more below, but the important thing to note is the deadline for submission of comments of November 6.
Bike paths along the Channel would be Class I – …areas with available right-of-way, usually along flood control channels, utility corridors or through open spaces where the implementation of a bicycle path can provide access to destinations and/or enhance the continuity of the broader bikeway network.[my extra emphasis]
But there is no “broader bikeway network”! Page 19 of 22 in the report shows the bikeway designations for the upper Dominguez Channel. From 120th st near Hawthorne airport south to El Camino College / Alondra Park is designated as an existing bike path, however doesn’t connect to anything and is balkanized by major arterial streets (not shown on map). We’ve commented on this before.
Another very short segment of designated bike lane exists on the map between Garden Willows (near the W end of the 91 freeway). Connections are shown to several potential bike lanes. Timelines are difficult to ascertain, but the vibe I’m getting is that these bike lanes of the future will always be bike lanes of the future.
Then there’s nothing. All the rest of the remaining way to the harbor.
The proposed draft Bicycle Plan is a comprehensive update of the current Bicycle Plan fist adopted in 1996 and re-adopted by the City Council in 2007. The draft Bicycle Plan proposes approximately 696 miles of new bikeways and new policies related to implementation, education, enforcement, engineering, parking, transit integration, maintenance and evaluation. The draft 2009 Bicycle Plan is available for download on the project website [www.labikeplan.org].
Printed copies of the Draft Bicycle Plan will be available for public review at the locations listed below. At public libraries, please request copies from the Reference Desk:
Department of City Planning Offices:
200 North Spring Street, Room 721
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suites 251,351,430
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Central Library and Regional Branch Libraries:
Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
8 Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Libraty ,6145 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042
Exposition Park – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethunc Regional Branch, 3900 S. Western Ave, Los
Angeles, Cri 90062
Frances Howard Goldwyn Regional Branch Library, 1623 N. Ivar Avenue, Hollywood
Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library, 16244 Nordhoff Street, North Hills 91343
North I-Iollywood Regional Branch Library, 521 1 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood 91601
San Pedro Regional Branch Library, 931 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro 90731
West Los Angeles Regional Branch Library, 11360 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025
West Valley Regional Branch Library, 19036 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91335
Public workshops will be held at the following dates, times and locations to provide members of the public opportunity to comment on the draft Bicycle Plan:
Date: Thursday, October 22,2009
Location: Peck Park
Address: 560 North Western Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732
T i e : 5pm-7pm
Central/South Los Angeles
Date: Saturday, October 24,2009
Location: Exposition Park – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library
Address: 3900 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062
San Fernando Valley
Date: Monday, October 26,2009
Location: Marvin Braude-San Fernando Valley Constituent Services Center,
Conference Room 1B
Address: 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CIZ 91401
West Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday October 28,2009
Location: Felida Mahood Muiti Purpose Center
Address: 11338 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90037
In addition to the four public workshops, opportunities for presentations to neighborhood councils, community organizations and advocacy groups are available. However due to the City’s financial situation all requests may not be fulfilled. If you are interested, please contact the project manager via e-mail: Jordann.Turner  lacity  org or project telephone information line: 213-978-1379. Subsequently, public comments and testimony will he addressed in the staff report transmitting the proposed 2009 Bicycle Plan to the City Planning Commissioii for its consideration and to the City Council for adoption at a later date.
Comments should be submitted on or before November 6,2009 and all comments received will be part of the public record and constitute an integral part of the public testimony made on the Bicycle Plan.
Comments may be submitted through the project website, via e-mail or regular nail in any of the following manners:
1. through the project website [www.labikeplan.org]
2. via email [jordann [.] turner  lacity  org]; or
3. via mail to: City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning
Attn: Jordann Turner
200 N. Spring Street, Room 721
Los Angeles CA 90012
Bicycle Plan Project Manager