After its passage last month by the City Planning Commission, the Los Angeles City Council later this month will consider Mobility Plan 2035, the first comprehensive update to the city’s transportation policies since 1999. A lot has changed since the 1990s: we now have regular CicLAvias, everyday bike ridership is up, and the voter-approved expansion of the region’s transit system is rapidly under construction. Los Angeles streets are now seen as places for people, not just thoroughfares for cars. Technology, like real-time transit info and bike share programs, promise to give Angelenos new tools to take full advantage of the new infrastructure being built. The resulting Mobility Plan 2035 is a visionary plan to help shape the future of the transportation system in Los Angeles.
With the Mobility Plan, comes a highly talked about debate involving the Westwood area. Specifically, a proposed half mile proposed bike lane on Westwood Boulevard, between Wellworth and Le Conte. City Councilmember Paul Koretz, representing District 5, including Westwood, is requesting the proposed bike lane be removed from the plan, while members of the UCLA community have voiced their support and continue to push to have the lane implemented.
The Los Angeles County Bike Coalition (LACBC) is continuing to rally support for Mobility Plan 2035 and offering suggestions for advocates to voice their support to the City Council, via their respective, councilmember before the plan is brought before Mayor Eric Garcetti for final approval.