LA County proposes 800+ miles of bikeways


Those out for a ride around the Rose Bowl said the county's proposed plan to build more than 800 miles of bike ways would lead more people to choose two wheels over four.

"I would be very appreciative. There's, in my estimation, some limited riding paths outside of this area and sometimes it gets a little hairy with all of the traffic that goes on around here," said Pasadena cyclist Peter Mar.

The county's new master plan is an update to its 1975 version.

Officials are proposing more than 816 miles of bike lanes at a cost of more than $327 million.

"One of the keys to making this work is to ensure that these new bike trails attach to other transit options that people have," said Bob Spencer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. "It's been a part of our selection process of where we're going to put these bike paths."

The county currently has 144 miles of bike ways and riders said that isn't nearly enough, especially when it comes to staying safe out on the road.

"Eight-hundred miles of bike lanes is a lot, and I think a lot of bikers will benefit from it, particularly the safety factor," said Glendale cyclist Alfred Suavilio.

If approved by the Board of Supervisors early next year, the plan will be implemented over the next 20 years. Cyclists said it's a win-win for everyone out on the road.

"I think it's great. It's good for the people, it's good for the car, good for the environment, good for everyone," said Highland Park cyclist Frank Bellizzi.

A public hearing will be held Nov. 16.

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