Monday, April 22, 2013

Caltrans Rides "To the Sea"!

If you were one of the 150,000 people who participated in CicLAvia “To the Sea” yesterday, we don’t need to tell you what a great event it was, drawing people from all over Southern California. For the uninitiated, CicLAvia closes streets to cars and makes them safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. For yesterday’s event, 15 miles of streets, stretching from Downtown LA to Venice Beach, were closed to traffic. 

Although many Caltrans staff have participated individually in past CicLAvias, for Sunday’s event, we got a group together. Here’s the Caltrans team in front of the District 7 Headquarters on Main Street: 

And here’s Caltrans District 7 Director Mike Miles at the kick-off press conference with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 

So what’s Caltrans doing at a bike event? Isn't Caltrans focused on car-based transportation? Actually, our focus is mobility, and our “Complete Streets” policy requires that safe mobility be provided for all users, including bicyclists — even bicyclists on bikes bedecked with sequins and faux fur and toting powerful sound systems blaring '80s hits. 

Numerous projects now in construction have bike-friendly elements, such as the US 101 widening project and the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project, both of which will have bike paths.

We also work with cities and counties to provide funding for bike projects through the Department’s Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA). For 2013/2013, Caltrans has approved $11.9 million in funding for BTA projects.

But back to CicLAvia. The next one is June 23 and will run mostly on Wilshire from Downtown LA to Fairfax. It’s a great way to see the city up close and personal and the people who live in it, so get it on your calendar now. We'll see you there!