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GreenLaneProjectApplication (1)

GreenLaneProjectApplication (1)

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City of Los Angeles application to the Green Lane Project
City of Los Angeles application to the Green Lane Project

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- Name of city: Los Angeles- State: California- Population (city): 3,857,799 (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0644000.html)- Population (metro area): 13,100,000(http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk&prodType=narrative_profile)
Main contact information for Green Lane Project application (must be affiliated with thecity)
- Name: Michelle Mowery- Title: Senior Bicycle Coordinator - Phone: 213-972-4962- Email: Michelle.Mowery@lacity.org- Mailing Address: Michelle Mowery, LADOT Bicycle Program, 100 S Main Street, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Is your city planning to build at least one high-visibility protected bike lane during2014-15?
Yes. We will be building cycle tracks on three miles of Figueroa Street. Paired with other complete streets treatments, these cycle tracks will connect two thriving cycling communities:Downtown and Exposition Park, home of the University of Southern California. These cycletracks will be the most visible cycle tracks in the City of Los Angeles.----Please provide information for a lead contact representing elected officials, thehead of the city's transportation department or equivalent, and a supportivecommunity organization. As part of the city selection process, the Green LaneProject may contact one or more of the people listed.
Elected Official Key Contact
- Name: Borja Leon- Title: Transportation Director - Email: Borja.Leon@lacity.org- Phone: 213-473-9771
Head of Transportation Department or Equivalent
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- Name: Jon Kirk Mukri- Title: Interim General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)- Email: jonkirk.mukri@lacity.org- Phone: 213-202-2633
Community Organization Key Contact
- Name: Eric Bruins- Organization: Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition- Title: Policy and Planning Director - Email: eric@la-bike.org- Phone: 213-629-2142
About Your Plans for Green Lanes
• Please explain generally what your city hopes to accomplish in terms of installing infrastructure for bicycles by the end of 2015. Our primary focus is onprotected bike lanes (aka cycle tracks) as they are very visible and effective toolsfor creating comfortable places to ride on busy streets. We are also interested inunderstanding how these projects fit into your city’s goals to build an effectivenetwork of low-stress places to ride a bike.Related improvements may include neighborhood greenways (aka bikeboulevards), intersection and signal modifications, traffic calming, bike boxes,conventional bike lanes and separated off-street pathways. We understand thatpublic process may not be completed and approvals may not be final, but wewould like an idea of your city’s plans for 2014 and 2015. Please include links toany relevant documents such as adopted plans, project visualizations or policies.We plan to build at least four cycle tracks by the end of 2015. While the chosen corridors are notidentified as cycle tracks in the 2010 Bicycle Plan, the draft Los Angeles Mobility Plan 2035includes them all in a proposed city-wide Bicycle Enhanced Network (BEN). The goal of the BENis to encourage riders of every age to bike and feel safe while doing so. The BEN will includevarious treatments designed to achieve this goal. On backbone streets, they include wide bicyclelanes with additional pavement markings, raised bicycle lanes, cycle tracks, dedicatedbicycle/bus lanes, colored bicycle lanes in conflict areas, colored bicycle lanes at interchanges,bicycle boxes, and two stage turn queue boxes. On neighborhood streets, they includemini-roundabouts, stop signs on cross streets, curb bulbouts and high-visibility crosswalks,diagonal diverters, bicycle signals at major intersection crossings, crossing islands, andbicycle-only left turn pockets.Our protected lane project closest to installation is called MyFigueroa. Renderings and additional2
 
project information can be found here (http://www.myfigueroa.com/).• Please identify up to 4 specific protected lane and related projects that arelikely to be completed by the end of 2015.Facility type: Protected lane (include type of protection), buffered lane,intersection treatment, etc.Funding status: Is it funded? Amount?Planning status: Funded, designed, out to bid, etc.Road classification: Local, collector, arterial, etc.ProjectNameFacilityTypeLength FundingStatusPlanningStatusRoadClassificationProjectedCompletionDateMyFigueroa Cycle track 3 miles FullyFundedFinalDesign Arterial 2015Los AngelesStreetCycle track .6 miles LocallyFundedConceptual Arterial 2015WashingtonBlvdCycle track .85 miles LocallyFundedConceptual Arterial 2015First Street Cycle track .15 miles LocallyFundedConceptual Arterial 2015• Please briefly explain why each of these projects is significant. Which will bethe most transformational to your city, and why? How does this signature projectfit into your city’s long-term vision?MyFigueroa is significant because it will connect the extensive downtown bicycle network to oneof the city’s largest bicycle hubs, the University of Southern California. This cycle track, and itscomplementary streetscape improvements, will ensure increased ease of movement betweenthe two and greatly improve safety for bicycle riders along the corridor. This will be the mosttransformational for the city because it will be very visible to both locals and visitors. It provides aneeded north-south connection that makes it easier and safer for those living in South Los Angeles to commute to jobs in Downtown. It is also the longest cycle track currently planned for Los Angeles. MyFigueroa will “prove” the cycle track concept in Los Angeles, and will make iteasier for cycle tracks to proliferate across the city, our long-term vision. In the future, there will3

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