Los Angeles officials hold hearings on proposed bike plan

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Michell Mowery, Los Angeles Bicycle Coordinator, at Los Angeles City Hall

A series of public hearings on the city of Los Angeles’ proposed bicycle plan began Saturday morning at the Hollywood Municipal Building.

Los Angeles bicycle coordinator Michelle Mowery says Angelenos may check out the plan and offer their input to city planners.

"It’s actually the best document we’ve ever had for bicycling before, and I know there are a number of people that would like to see us do far more," says Mowery. "Essentially, it identifies 1,633 miles of city streets that we can make more bike-friendly through a number of ways: bicycle lanes, bicycle paths, shared-lane markings or 'sharrows.'"

Mowery says the plan is more than a map; it also includes 50 pages of policies to help L.A. welcome bikes.

"Funding sources, influence that the city can use with Metro for bikes on buses and transit, education programs, now to maintain our streets better for bicyclists, so there’s a little bit of everything there, as well."

Last week, Metro – the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – agreed to pay for more projects designed to attract cyclists. Metro has plans to install triple bike racks on buses. It’ll also look into putting bicycle accommodations in the designs of all future transit stations.

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