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Petition Calls for Figueroa Bike Lanes

A petition launched by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition calls for the installation of bike lanes that were planned by the city in 2011.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) has launched a petition calling for the installation of bicycle lanes on North Figueroa Street.

The petition, posted on Change.org,  had 214 signatures as of 11:15 a.m. on Monday.

From the Petition:

Adding bike lanes on Figueroa will accent the people-oriented community Northeast Los Angeles has become and will ultimately make the area a more vibrant and livable community. Bike lanes on Figueroa incorporates a more complete-street approach and is an important backbone connector in the area.

These bike lanes are about more than just bicyclists: they will make our streets safer and our community more livable and prosperous.

The petition effort is spearheaded by the LACBC's East Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors, a group within the coalition tasked with supporting bicycle friendly projects in Eastside communities.

According to Josef Bray-Ali, owner of the Flying Pigeon bicycle shop in Cypress Park, the petition calls the installation of bike lanes that were promised in the city's 2011 bicycle master plan.

Bray-Ali was himself instrumental in raising local awareness about the bike lanes with the Fig For All initiative he launched that same year, though which he organized community meetings to discuss cyclist and pedestrian safety improvements on North Figueroa.

"With running the business, I've sort of run out of time to commit to the Figueroa bike lane thing, but I'm glad they stepped in. They want to see a better bike environment on Figueroa," he sad.

Numerous commenters on the petition page have supported the bike lane petition, including Kelli Bachmann, who said "I ride through this area on my commute almost every day. It is critical to provide a safe linkage in these neighborhoods."

However, bike lanes also have their opponents in Northeast neighborhoods. When newly installed lanes were placed between North Figueroa Street and Avenue 54 along York Boulevard, some residents and business owners complained that they slowed down motor vehicle traffic.

Hooper Humperdink January 08, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Roh and Creper If you want to make it all about one person, then that is your right. I talk with lots of people from the community on a daily basis and I am not the only one who's in favor of bike lanes. Of course, this is a self-selected group (because they are mostly people in my bike shop already). However, they represent a fairly broad demographic sampling from the community - from the very top the bottom of the income scale, bums and millionaires. Most express some doubt that bike lanes are possible, but those same people show up to local meetings and ask that more be done for bikes in their community. I am very pro-bike - I started a bike repair collective, I have hosted hundreds of rides in this neighborhood, I ride all the time, I did a lot of bike advocacy work and political analysis a few years ago. What you are doing is like trying argue with a member of PETA who owns a pet food store about animal rights. I have made my case in the comments above. If you can't come up with a credible response (which it looks like you can't) then go ahead and make it all about who I am. It doesn't help your anti-bike lane point.
Roh January 08, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Am not anti "bike-lane" as I mentioned above I applauded when they put one in front of my house on Ave 66 but they did not make the driving road narrower. If the bike lane does not substitute a whole Car Lane then Let it be But if it does? that is just insane.
Kathy January 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Bike lanes on busy city streets are nothing but traffic hazards to both biker and driver. Plus bikers don't always stay in the lanes. They work their way over to make left hand turns and have a belligerent attitude. Bikes and cars DO NOT MIX. It is a dangerous combination. City streets were designed for vehicles that can make mincemeat out of an unprotected biker. Bikers also cause nightmare insurance problems for drivers.
Kathy January 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Bike lanes on busy city streets are nothing but traffic hazards to both biker and driver. Plus bikers don't always stay in the lanes. They work their way over to make left hand turns and have a belligerent attitude. Bikes and cars DO NOT MIX. It is a dangerous combination. City streets were designed for vehicles that can make mincemeat out of an unprotected biker. Bikers also cause nightmare insurance problems for drivers.
Johnny Biggsly January 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM
tell drivers to take the 110 instead of Fig. problem solved!
Johnny Biggsly January 08, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I'm glad you stopped using York as your cut through. We need to free up that route for people who actually contribute to our area.
Johnny Biggsly January 08, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I say WE NEED MORE GOVERNMENT to FORCE us to depend on cars!! I'm sick of having an extra 5-10 thousand dollars at the end of the year that I didnt use to pay for my insurance, lease, gas, and repair and cancelled gym membership. There is only so much space available for all this cash I save on being an AWESOME cyclist.
Hooper Humperdink January 09, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Is this comment for real? I can't imagine someone really saying these things and not being a troll. What is next? "They should be licensed!" "Lance Armstrong wannabes" "You want to be treated equally, respect the rules of the road!" "Cars are heavier" "They should pay fees to use the road" In the spirit of me having no self control with respect to commenting here, the logic to unpacked and refute your statements goes like this: Bikes and cars don't mix. We should therefore separate cars and bikes into individual lanes on the street. The resulting street will be safer for both bike riders, car drivers, pedestrians, and owners of buildings and businesses along this street. Making a left-hand turn on a street with up to two through travel lanes is legal in CA. City streets were designed for humans and only very recently have been re-designed to be for private cars. It is cheaper and better for local interests to turn over more of the right-of-way to people again. I feel like I dun got trolled, but now "Kathy" can respond and keep us all entertained.
Punk Attitude January 09, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I hope the same people all agro about the bike lanes and traffic ARE NOT the same people gung ho about a football stadium in Downtown LA. That is going to bung up Figueroa and all the streets that drive through Downtown. And if so concerned about Figueroa bike lanes I hope you are just as agro about the 710 freeway plowing through Garvanza. The bike lanes might keep that 710 from happening. It's possible........ Figueroa is a wide enough street. Take the parking on the street off the table on Figueroa and there's your bike lane. As for the trash can in the bike lane I guess the only thing people understand are citations. You move your car for street cleaning and wouldn't dare put your trash can there on that day so what's the deal MOFO????
Punk Attitude January 09, 2013 at 02:24 AM
AND... I am always late for work if I take York. It's a snails journey no matter what tie of day. Like I said slow pokes on York which has nothing to do with the bike lane. I take the 110 freeway and now and fuggedabouit. Oh yeah cyclists...put a helmet on. I know it's not kewl to wear one but you are in just as much danger as a motorcyclist. I am pro bike and my family always use a helmet, reflective clothing, and bright lights on front and back of bike. That's how it should be.
Creper Chimone January 09, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I'm sorry Josef you should watch your tone what you just wrote comes off as racist.
frank van neutra lautner January 09, 2013 at 04:21 AM
@ Josef Bray-Ali: Well stated on all points.
frank van neutra lautner January 09, 2013 at 04:27 AM
I see a troll. Looking @ Creper Chimone
frank van neutra lautner January 09, 2013 at 04:42 AM
I see auto drivers disobey traffic laws on practically constant basis when I drive or ride therefore your first sentence isn't a successful argument against bike lanes at all. Furthermore, only one car lane of space on the road was used to make room for two bike lanes on York. As someone who has been an avid road cyclist for more than 30 years and having ridden over 100,000 miles I don't find anything you've said here to be much of a good argument.
frank van neutra lautner January 09, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Oh, why am I not surprised you went there too?
Creper Chimone January 09, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Not sure what stroll means but sure it is a personal attack . But fine apparently when people use racist lisnguage to be what funny? This is always a problem and why I say gentrification is awful sometimes because of the elitist attitudes that you all know better and when people disagree they are trolls or unintelligent. But back to point I'm curious about this study on York that says 75 percent of business on York comes from cyclists? I have trouble believing thus was the grocery store included in this study? Who did this study?
GK January 09, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I remember my first trip to China in 1999. At that time, Beijing's streets had clearly defined areas for cars, bikes and pedestrians. It was an incredible and highly efficient system because the majority of the people were on bike or foot. Only a very small percentage had cars. Traffic flowed. The air was clean. Businesses were flooded with customers coming in and off the street. Now all of that has changed. During my last trip to Beijing I saw the devastation that has come with the masses being able to drive cars. The air was filthy. Streets were jammed with congestion. The noise pollution was astounding. The car lanes have grown while the bike lanes have shrunk. There were fewer people on the streets because everyone was sitting in their cars stuck in traffic. It's now just like Los Angeles (only worse). They traded a superior transportation system for an inferior one that we modeled for them and they're paying the price. Just as we have been paying the price. It's time to ditch the old car-centric transportation model. We need to get out of cars. Bring on the bike lanes!
Hooper Humperdink January 09, 2013 at 10:47 PM
"York Blvd: The Economics of a Road Diet" by Cullen McCormick See Figure 9, Customer Survey responses on pg. 34 "How did you get here today?" is the question. Less than 20% drove to the portion of York with a road diet. In the section without the road diet, less than 30% drove. The majority of customers surveyed (70% or more) DID NOT DRIVE to shop on York. The perception of customers and businesses, however, is that most people drive to shop in this district. Direct survey shows that this is a myth - and most people shopping in the district are walking, talking transit, or riding a bike. http://la.streetsblog.org/2012/09/25/economic-review-of-6th-street-road-diet-shows-bike-lanes-dont-cause-loss-of-business/
Albert Mason January 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I'm with Kathy, Creper and Roh. you want to ride a bike? Move to New York All you fools....always trying to change the world with your stupid demonstrations and meetings and bike rides to "educate" all us idiots. Move to Seattle you'll feel right at home.
Punk Attitude January 11, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Bikes are going to infiltrate the streets sooner than you expect. Get used to it and move over.
Albert Mason January 11, 2013 at 04:09 AM
sweet dreams. zzzzzzzzzz
Terry Dean January 23, 2013 at 04:35 PM
they better get that trash can outta my lane, just sayin.
Rev M G Martinez, ULC January 23, 2013 at 05:50 PM
yea 0! There you go, the typical attitude of a "bike activist." Always chomping at the bit for a chance to take on that "trash can" in the middle of the street! I've seen it all too many times, and yes, the majority of riders in a car vs bike accident, were using a bike lane. It added to their safety, not one iota. I can get to JPL on my bike. I can get to Hollywood, and from there all points West. I can ride from Colorado Blvd, either West down San Rafael to So. Pas., Alhambra, and points in the San Gabriel Valley, or down Melrose; Ave 64, all on my bike. Never once have I found the need for special bike lanes. Then again, I think fighting for the road with an auto, while on my bike, would be stupid. If you are truly interested in the natural beauty of our area, wtf are you on York anyway? Take Aldama, or discover Sratford Rd.,one of the most beautiful streets any outdoor lover would enjoy! Ride down Carlota, the street that parallels the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Why would you want to compete with cars on maor streets? So you can enhale exhaust fumes? Oh! You want to get people out of their cars. Who needs to make one, large, trip to Smart And Final, or Galgos, when you can walk, or ride your bike multiple times for many smaller purchases? Doesn't that make sense? The idea that North Figueroa, and York are in desperate need of "safe bicycle infastructure" goes beyond exaggeration. It boarders hysteria.
Rev M G Martinez, ULC January 24, 2013 at 07:19 PM
They aren't satisfied with Seattle, or NYC. They extoll the virtues of Columbia, and China as well. The Red Chinese didn't adopt our "inferior", "car-centric transportation model." They took our manufacturing and exporting supremacy, and have adopted the Godless immorality of materialism. Cars, particularly foriegn made luxury models are the new status symbol in Chinese Cities. Such is the success of Planned Economies... the bicycle in China proliferated because Chinese subjects had no choice in the matter. It is interesting to note, from an historical point of view, that Bike Lanes included in Urban Planning originated in Red China, after the 1949 Revolution. They were meant for the use of Workers! Like it, or not. The point is, GK, YOU might "need to" get out of your car, but that doesn't mean WE ALL "need to."
Albert Mason January 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Amen Reverend!
Ish January 30, 2013 at 03:41 AM
So where's the petition to oppose the bike lanes on Figueroa? It's hard to argue with someone that is in it for the benefits of his bike business. When he mentions that it benefits businesses, do you really think he's worrying about someone else's business?
Gale McMaster March 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM
The bike traffic should use Meridian, Buchanan, Monte Vista and Marmion Way. If a bike lane is so needed on these main streets take the parking lane away, tear down the empty buildings and build parking lots with meters. Two lanes are needed on these streets to help the flow of traffic.
Albert Mason March 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Can someone out there start a petition to oppose the bike lanes, PLEASE!! I bet I can find a thousand people to sign it. I'll stop everyone driving a car on Figueroa.
nonoise June 16, 2013 at 01:13 PM
There is a petition. Try looking at the blvd sentimental highland park newspaper. How times change. Now the truth comes out. This is about the bicycle extremists and the removal of car lanes.

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