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City of South Pas Awarded $400K for its Bicycle Master Plan

The funds come from the Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), an annual Caltrans program that provides state dollars for city and county projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters.

Thanks to a chunk of change from Caltrans, the City of Trees is poised to offer new bicycle facilities and amenities in town. 

The City of South Pasadena was awarded more than $400,000 in Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) Grant funds from the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance to implement its Bicycle Master Plan (BMP). Council members approved the plan back in August 2011, according to a city press release.

South Pasadena was one of 39 agencies awarded competitive grant funds out of a total of 124 applications submitted. According to the Caltrans website, South Pas received $234,000 for the Mission Street Green Lane project that amounts to 24.1 miles of bikeways. The city further received $184,500 for bike parking: racks, locks and shelters.

The Mission Street Green Sharrow Lane project is an enhanced class III bicycle facility that will be installed in the center of the right travel lane in both directions on Mission Street from Grand Avenue to Fair Oaks. In addition, bike boxes will be installed at certain intersections as a safety and mobility enhancement for cyclists.

The City’s Bicycle Parking project consists of installing 70 new bike racks, 10 bicycle lockers and three bicycle shelters at various locations throughout the city. Locations will include business areas/places of employment, transit stops, government buildings, parks and activity centers. Bike parking is an essential component to support bicycling as a viable mode of transportation, the city's press release states. Just as cars need parking, bicycles also need a location to park safely and securely, city officials have said.

“These grant-funded projects will promote healthy, environmentally-friendly mobility options supporting the city’s goal of multi-modalism while maintaining the city’s small-town character,'' Mayor Richard Schneider said in a prepared statement.

"A transportation system that incorporates bicycling can lead to a reduction in vehicle miles traveled, traffic congestion and related auto emissions, while providing healthy lifestyle choices and improved economic vitality,” he added.

To find out more information about both projects and the City’s BMP, visit the City’s website. The BMP is also available at the City Clerk’s Office located at 1414 Mission Street and at the South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley Street.  

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Hooper Humperdink May 09, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Jones, The Spring Street bike lanes in Downtown LA have increased cycling rates, especially for female cyclists, and have made the street safer. The LA County Bike Coalition prepared a report on the lanes to combat off-the-cuff dismissals like yours: http://lacbc.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/cyclinguponspringandbikecountreport/
Hooper Humperdink May 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM
So, you guys are anti-nice? Good luck with that at the polls.
Jones Foyer May 09, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Alan, the big problem is the lack of coordination and cohesion in the urban planning. If we really wanted to encourage cyclists to ride and improve safety, the horrendous bulb-outs on Fair Oaks should never have been installed- they bottleneck traffic and prevent any sort of free-flowing safety cushion for cyclists. Cyclists need to go north and south through the city, not only east and west. You can't force cyclists to go one route, because their homes and destinations are all over the city.
Jones Foyer May 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Another good point, Elias.
Betty Jean May 10, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Josef Bray-Ali, carry on with your denial. Sheeeesh!

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