LA Kids Tell City Hall How to Improve Biking — Via YouTube

Today on the Streetsblog Network,
a story about some kids in Los Angeles who did their research and came
up with several good ideas about improving conditions for bicycle
commuters. Then they ran up against the reality that the public forums
on the city’s bike plan weren’t so public. But they didn’t let that
stop them.

Stephen Box at SoapBox LA reports:

Picture_1.pngThese kids from the West Side of LA were determined to let the city know what they think about bike commuting.

The FIRSTteamWestside (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) is a group of kids who prepared a presentation that they
intended to give at the Bike Plan (draft) workshops.

Their
mission was to develop a plan to improve local transportation. They did
the research and they prepared and they discovered that the public
workshops were not the robust public arena they desired, so they adapted.

Their
coach reports, "The kids were hoping to give a presentation at one of
the "public forums" but were badly disappointed when they found out
that members of the public would not be allowed to speak so they posted
it on YouTube and submitted the link at labikeplan.org."

The
kids give an amazingly articulate and informed statement, recommending
additional bike cars for the region’s commuter rail system. The future
is coming.

More from the network: The Transport Politic looks at the importance of aligning transitways with walkable neighborhoods. On Transport
discusses the concept of "lifestyle centers" and their aspirations to
create a sense of community in a suburban mall setting. And Intersection 911 reports on the 38 percent bump in Philadelphia bike commuting during the SEPTA strike.

  • Nick

    Bike plans should not take a generation to implement as has been the case in San Francisco. To put this in perspective, imagine it is 1996 and a 21 year old bicyclist is hearing about a plan for a bike lanes on 5th Street for the very first time. Now it is almost 2010 and that same person would be 35 years old and there is still no paint on pavement.

    And today happens to be the 11 year anniversary of the Board of Supervisor’s approval of a 1 year trial of bike lanes on Valencia Street (11/6/98). So effectively the Valencia St lanes turned 10 years old today!

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