The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an update to its bicycle transit plan today, calling for than $330 million to be spent over 20 years to build new bikeways and support facilities and to pay for educational programs that encourage cycling.
The master plan was adopted in 1975 and work on the update has been underway since January 2009. The result includes 832 miles of new bike lanes and paths.
"The updated plan combines the vision of local communities and the county for the development of opportunities to increase cycling as a viable transit option for residents," Supervisor Don Knabe said. "While Los Angeles is known as a car culture, voters have told us time and again that they want options -- be in public transit or bicycles -- as a way to alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and enhance the health and quality of life in our communities."
Supervisor Michael Antonovich raised concerns about whether the plan would draw funds away from other transit options.
"We've had to close bus lines," Antonovich said, later adding, "I have a problem."
Monies will come from various Department of Public Works funds, including local return funds raised through Proposition C and Measure R.
Antonovich abstained from the vote, but the plan passed 4-0.