Mr. Rich Diluvio, representing the Pasadena Department of Transportation, first gave a status update on the city's progress with the Bicycle Transportation Plan. He reported that the DoT has spent the past few months surveying Pasadena's streets for possible bicycle network plans. Some highlights:
- DoT is seeking approval to reclassify city streets by function,
using Complete Streets vocabulary such as "neighborhood connector", "city connector", etc. This would make it easier for the city to restructure our roads to add bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure as
- In general, the current working plan calls for buffered/protected bicycle lanes on east/west corridors and bicycle boulevards on north/south corridors. (An example of this is the one-way section of N Marengo avenue between Washington and Orange Grove.)
The recommendation to establish N/S routes as bike boulevards was driven by the lower volumes of N/S traffic and road width
- DoT is now focused (as of 12/11/13) on conducting feasibility studies focused on physical constraints, safety benefit, and cost (including maintenance costs such as street sweeping). Mr. Diluvio noted, for example, that cycletracks separated by a median or bollards
would not be compatible with the city's current street-sweeping vehicles.
He also brought up the possibility of running feasibility experiments with
- DoT plans to hold community workshops in Spring 2014 to engage citizens in the implementation of the new plan and to provide information on how to successfully use the new facilities.
The response to this presentation by both the MSC and bicycle advocates
was largely positive and encouraging. Many people commented favorably on the scope of the plan, and also took the opportunity to remind the DoT and the
council of their intent to anchor the plan with a transformative idea, of the
importance of seeking feedback from constituents in other neighborhoods, and of the need to act in a timely manner to take advantage of outside funding.
The next few months will be crucial - in particular, May 21 is the tentative
deadline for the city to apply for Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding from Caltrans. It'll be essential for us to remain involved and committed to working with the city to make sure we all keep moving.
Which brings us to our next post...