The project would dovetail with a massive plan approved by the L.A. City Council this month to quadruple the mileage of bikeways in the city.
Other cities, like Long Beach and Pasadena, already have aggressive bicycle plans in place
“There is a big movement toward making all of L.A. County more bike-friendly,” said Colin Bogart, of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. “Southern California is catching up with Northern California and also catching up with a lot of other cities that have been investing for a lot longer.”
There already are more than 20 miles of bike lanes and routes in Burbank, but the City Council in 2009 adopted an updated plan that city officials said would accommodate more than 10,000 additional cyclists who don’t ride in certain areas because bike paths end abruptly.
“You’ll be riding down a bike lane and all of a sudden it will drop off,” said Cory Wilkerson, Burbank’s assistant transportation planner.
He and other transportation officials said the new bike plans are focused on creating an integrated network of bikeways throughout the Los Angeles region.
“On the one hand, the plans are important because the plans specifically talk about where the infrastructure is going to go, where the bike lanes are going to go,” Bogart said. “But another important component of that is to also make sure there is connection to the neighboring jurisdiction.”
For example, take Foothill Boulevard, Bogart said, which has long lacked markings for bicyclists. County officials recently installed bike lanes in the La Crescenta portion, while Glendale and La Canada officials will soon stripe their segments.