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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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Betty Jean April 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Thanks, S.Martinez. How odd Grand Ave has no bike lanes and will not have them in the foreseeable future. I see more cyclists on that street than most. It's a wide with plenty of room so why not them on Grand Ave? El Centro has them and it goes nowhere.
Betty Jean April 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM
" Until law enforcement gets very serious about enforcing even what it sees as small infractions, some people's behavior will not change. " I'm not holding my breath on that one. :)
Ron Rosen May 01, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Good to know that the bike rack in front of TJ's gets used. Do you think it gets used much?
Marvion May 01, 2013 at 03:29 AM
People driving by at the speed limit tend to be moving too fast to see window displays, signage or other things that business owners use to entice customers inside. This equates to business owners attempting to text message drivers with their store front. Such window shopping is not allowed while driving. This SP bicycle lane plan is filthier than reusable bags at a grocery store.
Justanotheropinion May 01, 2013 at 06:35 AM
Maybe the bikers need the "Green Sharrow Lanes" to show them where they should ride! The only bikers I see using the bike lanes already in place are parents riding with young kids. I mostly see bikers riding outside of the designated bike lanes - as if they were suppose to avoid them. It's only made better when they ride 2+ abreast. I will admit that not ALL bikers ride this way (as not all car drivers abide by the rules), but most bikers seem (my personal observation and conversations with said) to ride how they want to ride because they can and it's a snub to the drivers that don't want to share the road. I'm happy to share the road with bikers, but it's quite dangerous for me to signal, stop at a stop sign and try proceed to make a left - or God forbid - a right hand turn, only to get cussed out because I "didn't see" the biker speeding up from behind who's mad because I almost hit them. If I have to stop, you need to stop - especially when you are coming up from behind.
Rob May 01, 2013 at 07:14 AM
What the city should do is give up some of that 710 lawyer retainer money and fix ALL the potholes first! What kind of bike lane has potholes in it? This idea will NOT reduce congestion when you take another entire lane away from motorists...duh it's only going to double traffic! It is absolutely ludicrous to believe that some bike lane will reduce traffic....residents of SP aren't causing congestion it's all the people driving thru SP coming from the 710 in Alhambra going to and coming from Pasadena! How about a little infrastructure first!?!? It's only going to get worse...the driving population isn't getting any smaller, only bigger! Due to high property values in the city the city definitely benefits from the tax revenue but unfortunately the tax payers of this city have some of the worst infrastructure (worst paved roads and alleys in the county). I think all that most residents want and expect of their city government is the basic infrastructure to be in place. When all the traffic coming off the 710 Fwy is going through your city twice a day it's hard to call it "small town" anymore....let's connect the 710 already...do something!!
S.M. May 01, 2013 at 08:22 AM
Rob, This isn't a bike lane, it's a green sharrow lane– it simply better articulates existing law that cyclists should ride in the center of the lane to avoid being in the "door zone" of parked cars and so that they are more visible to motorists. In Long Beach this kind of facility was specifically implemented to reduce the number of people cycling on the sidewalk without compromising capacity on a street that sees about 40,000 Average Daily Trips. I'm not sure what the average daily trip count is on Mission street but I think it might be comparable to 2nd Street in Long Beach (the only other street in California that has this kind of green sharrow lane) If you don't think cycling can catch on, consider this: 20 years ago Portland had about 1.1% of all trips by bike whereas today the city has 6% of trips by bicycle and that number is rapidly growing. Surely if South Pasadena and neighboring cities invest in bicycle infrastructure for 20 years we could see similar results, if not better since we don't see as much rain as they do in Portland. Oh, and Portland's entire bicycle network cost about $60 million dollars– roughly the equivalent cost needed for 1 mile of urban freeway (think about that when contemplating if the 710 is a worthy investment) http://www.politifact.com/oregon/statements/2011/mar/19/sam-adams/portland-mayor-sam-adams-says-portlands-spent-its-/
spidra May 01, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Ron, I haven't performed a scientific study or anything, but I've definitely seen bikes parked there when I've been at Trader Joe's and I've used it myself too.
la-agog May 01, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Traffic is unnecessarily snarled in SoPas due to poor timing of lights, those curb "bump outs" (which I believe were mis-installed), poorly designed train crossings... Not sure if additional bike lines will contribute to the issue or not (and I'm generally pro-bike lane).
S.M. May 01, 2013 at 10:35 PM
la-agog. Bike lanes are not considered for Mission Street. What is proposed is a green sharrow lane which just simply better articulates existing law that cyclists are encouraged to ride in the center of the lane to avoid being in the door-zone of parked cars and so that they are more visible to motorists. See the video I linked to above for how this kind of lane works in Long Beach (and note that it's the drivers slowing down traffic, not cyclists)
la-agog May 02, 2013 at 04:24 PM
S. Martinez - You're right. It'll add no lanes on Mission. Thanks for the clarification.
Andy Au May 03, 2013 at 01:26 PM
California Vehicle Code 21200: CVC 21200 - Bicycles have every right and responsibility as a motor vehicle.
Andy Au May 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM
You may have noticed the current Metro.net campaign that: "Every Lane is a Bike Lane" Bicycles may need to take an entire lane to proceed safely. To avoid the door zone and keep about 3 feet away from drivers and passengers in parked cars opening their doors. To insure bicycles are visible to drivers and to make it clear that motor vehicles should move to the left passing lane and allow 3 feet of space between their vehicle and the bicyclists when passing on the left. Let's all ride and drive together. I am both a bicyclist and a driver of a motor vehicle. http://www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/better Let's all Roll together and ride and drive safely.
Andy Au May 04, 2013 at 07:28 AM
I like the option of the Green official City of South Pasadena bike rack out on the sidewalk. I will use it when the Red U-shape bicycle rack in the parking lot between the 2 handicapped spaces is not available. You can also park in the Red Railing area just to the east of the right east parking space, but it typically smells like ditch water there because it is a drainage area for the parking lot. Bikes and Motor Vehicles together please. CVC 21200 - Bicycles have every Right and Responsibility as Motor Vehicles - Straight from the California Vehicle Code.
Marvion May 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Let's see the bicycle riders give hand signals for a lane change, and left and right turns. And the single finger signal when they run the stop light signs!
S.M. May 04, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Let's see the car drivers adhere to the speed limit, signal turns adequately in advance of turns, and come to full stops at stop signs (no, California stops don't count!). And the "sorry I'm not gonna stop for you" face when they fail to yield to pedestrians!
Marvion May 04, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Let's see 98% of the pedestrians not walk the red..
S.M. May 05, 2013 at 02:26 AM
People of all modes break traffic laws– it's not right, but it happens. We don't make silly declarations like "we won't repave streets until all drivers stop exceeding the speed limit or until they all come to full stops at stop signs." Likewise, just because some bicyclists break traffic laws it does not mean we should prevent improvements for cycling.
Andy Au May 05, 2013 at 03:02 PM
As Rodney King said famously or infamously............"Can't, can't we....all....get...along?" See Video here: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/better We all share the road together. We all have a right to the Road: Califonia Vehicle Code CVC 21200 - Bicycles have every RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY as a motor vehicle. Everyone should follow the rules, signal their attentions, drive/ride defensibly and respect one another as we all navigate the streets together. Can we be mature about this?
Ron Rosen May 05, 2013 at 11:11 PM
The green lanes present an obstacle to shooting films and commercials. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-location-scouts-green-bike-lane-20130329,0,7502614.story?fb_action_ids=10201216065107669&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210201216065107669%22%3A169195693237075%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210201216065107669%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
Elias Baldwin May 06, 2013 at 01:39 PM
This is a very valid point, it often seems that almost every week there's a production shooting on MIssion right where this "green zone" would exist. I wonder if the city has taken into consideration the definite loss of film business to the city and the businesses that all benefit financially from film companies utilizing them as locations in this strip. Being someone that works in this business for the last 20 years, I can assure you these green swaths will be a non-starter for location scouts and ultimately directors.
detrich May 07, 2013 at 12:56 AM
it's bad enough that we have to leave a 3 foot clearance and slow to 15MPH to pass cyclists on the road- all the while they run stop signs, run red lights, make illegal u-turns etc etc. now they are actually taking away road real estate and making traffic lane space for bicycles to wreak even more havoc. lol just imagine all the traffic congestion that's going to result because of this. it already takes long enough to get from one's home to outside the city. this is only going to make things much, much worse.
Marvion May 07, 2013 at 05:29 AM
lol whoa meh bad, thought this kind of funny. 3 ½ mile per hour bicyclists hit a green lane tire spike strip. Plutzzzzz 1st bicyclist’s says. Fump fump fump 2nd bicyclist’s says. 3rd bicyclist walks bike to city hall and demands flat tire repair. Where ‘s the spare city hall replies!
Elias Baldwin May 07, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Predictably... nothing but crickets from the commenting city proponents with regard to the definite lost future revenue to businesses and the city from film companies that will no longer be using that formerly popular stretch on Mission.
Hooper Humperdink May 09, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I thought this false controversy was dispelled? LA is going ahead with bike lane's painted green because it is a city first and an inexpensive backdrop second. Check out this blog post debunking the claims that green lanes ruin everything: http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/04/18/using-editors-to-take-the-green-out-of-the-bike-lane/
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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