In attendance were approximately 20 members of the public representing neighborhood associations (e.g., Linda Vista Annandale), business districts (e.g., Old Pasadena), homeowner's associations and non-profit organizations (e.g., Day One, CICLE, SRTS).
The meeting kicked off with City staff providing attendees background on the development of the draft plan in 2010, its delayed consideration after being attached to the City's Mobility Element update, and finally the Municipal Services Committee's direction to staff in July 2013 to return with a stronger, more innovative plan after acknowledging the concerns of PasCSC members and local residents.
Draft Bicycle Level of Stress Map
- Level 1: High Comfort
- Level 2: Medium Comfort
- Level 3: Low Comfort
- Level 4: Extremely Low Comfort
As a result, the vast majority of graded streets, including Orange Grove, California, Walnut, Colorado, Del Mar, Los Robles, Altadena Dr, Allen, Hill, Sierra Madre, and even the Rose Bowl loop (speed limit 35mph), received a stress level 4 rating for "Extremely Low Comfort", suitable for extremely confident and fearless riders.
Group Breakout Session
After 45 minutes of discussion within diverse groups of regular and non-cyclists, the four groups of stakeholders shared their initial thoughts and suggestions, which included the following:
GROUP 1 - Top 3 streets in need of improvements: Los Robles, Washington and California (buffered bike lanes); also need more bike parking and bike signage.
GROUP 2 - Speaker 1: Need for more police enforcement of and education for cyclists. Speaker 2: Focus should be on inexpensive Class II Bike Lanes, connectivity of infrastructure (e.g., Cordova bike lane dead ends at Lake), and linking major city districts/centers; Specific projects: Villa Class II all the way across the City; Green/Union buffered bike lane loop; Hudson/Mentor bicycle lanes around Lake via road diets.
GROUP 3 - General suggestions: use residential streets to create bike networks to business districts; Specific: Union protected bike lane + traffic calming; Marengo class II bicycle lane between 210 and Del Mar; Del Mar road diet and class II bike lane; bike-friendly Mountain street; Class I Bike Path along Arroyo Seco.
GROUP 4 - Specific suggestions: Green/Union cycletracks and road diet; Colorado closed to traffic in Old Pasadena, except for cycletracks and/or bus only lanes; Marengo road diet and bike lanes in downtown Pasadena; Washington protected bike lane from Rose Bowl to Sierra Madre; consideration of treatment to stop cut through freeway traffic on south Marengo.
After the Committee's ideas are more formalized, DOT staff will then share them with the General Public in a series of meetings, before bringing back an updated, hopefully much stronger and more innovative plan, back to the City's Municipal Services Committee and ultimately City Council for approval.
Stay tuned for updates.