FBI meeting next Thursday: Biking in Pasadena
- Last night was the last of the recent transportation workshops in
Pasadena. At this meeting, I think in Northcentral Pasadena becasue it was
at Washington and Marengo, the attendance was quite low, and cycling got
very little support in "how would you spend $100 on transportation in
Pasadena" (I arrived too late to vote), but transit received the highest
support of any of the 6 meetings.
It is interesting that the average allocation for bicycles was 8% of
transportation funding. LACBC asked MTA to give 1% of funding for bicycle
transportation, and MTA responded by providing 0.25%.
I spoke with Judi Masuda, Pasadena transportation coordinator, again about
increasing biking in Pasadena. To this end, the Foothill Bicycle
Initiative is drafting a formal position paper to be submitted to the
transportation division of Pasadena Public Works.
Please join us at our meeting next Thursday evening at the Hill branch of
the Pasadena Public Library to discuss this paper, a draft of which I have
Three documents that can be consulted for our paper are: LACBC's
"Blueprint For a Bike-friendly Los Angeles County" at
http://www.labikecoalition.org/blueprint.html, CBC's "2001 CALTRANS Reform
Agenda" at http://www.calbike.org/leg/caltrans.htm and the US Dept of
Trans, Fed Highway Admin's "Accommodating Bicycle And Pedestrian Travel: A
Recommended Approach" at
Please note, this is being submitted in the context of a long-range
transportation plan. It encompasses changes the city could make during the
next 15 years.
Make bikes and biking more visible in Pasadena
- Make Pasadena residents aware that the city is becoming "bicycle
friendly" by posting signs, installing bicycle inspired sculptures around
the city, stenciling bicycles in the outside lane of streets that do not
have bicycle lanes, and in general starting a PR campaign that will
encourage Pasadenans to ride and people that ride to come to Pasadena.
- Different kinds of bike racks, signage or racks that obviate their function.
Make changes to traffic and crossing signal responsiveness
- Dedicated bike and ped crossings at busy intersections during high
- Give higher priority to pedestrian crossing in areas and times with high
pedestrian concentrations (old town).
Construct several bike stations in Pasadena
- Blue Line stations
- South Lake at San Pasqual
Reinstate the volunteer City of Pasadena Bicycle Advisory committee.
- When Jess Houghston was mayor of Pasadena about 10 years ago, there was
an independent bicycle advisory committee that was in a position to
regularly advise the City Council and Mayor regarding all manners of
bicycling topics. It was dissolved several years ago as a "cost-cutting"
measure, in spite of a documented record of identifying grants worth far in
excess of any nominal administrative expenses.
- California, Green, Wilson (Caltech construction caused holes, grooves,
etc.; Development at Colorado)
Safe Routes to Schools
- Bike racks at schools are becoming more and more rare. Racks on school
- La Canada High School, and I assume all schools in the morning and
evenings, have major traffic congestion. In fact, it looks like the
Hahamonga parking lot is used as a drop off/pick up location for parents
picking up their kids at La Canada High.
- PSA's regarding biking to school, highlighting Pasadena's bike friendly
efforts as support for increased safety.
All developments in Pasadena need to encourage bicycles and pedestrians
- e.g., building on Wilson and Colorado should encourage people to use
non-motorized transportation by not making the primary entrance off the
parking lot and by removing the impact of the parking lot entrance on
Help site bicycle lockers
- The complicated issue issue of siting bicycle lockers must combine the
riders' convenience with that of the people monitoring their use (watching
bikes, distributing keys, etc.).
- This will become easier when we have bike stations: people biking to
Pasadena will stop by a bike station in their way in to pick up a key, and
drop it off there on their way out of Pasadena.
Lighting, benches at Rose Bowl?
Enforce traffic rules
- Drivers constantly run red lights, speed, ride over bumps meant for
traffic calming, etc.
- Install cameras at intersections to enforce traffic rules.
- Start public information campaign informing people of traffic rules
(e.g., that it is illegal to be in an intersection when the light is