After a trip to Paris last year, I marveled at how the City has embraced its Velib bike system. Introduced in July 2007, it is a short-term bike rental program. Designed and created by outdoor advertising giant JCDecaux, the program includes 20,600 rental bikes at 1,451 stations throughout the city, providing an inexpensive, convenient way for people to use bikes for short trips.
I don’t know if this program is coming to a city near you, but included in this program is an extensive segment of bike lanes. One could learn from the Parisians. In an effort to make the Los Angeles area more bicycle friendly, especially with the Expo line running through Culver City, the line will include a bike lane from Culver City to Downtown. This master plan is still in its infancy. They are proposing a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian network throughout the city.
You can view the proposed network at http://ccwalkbike.org/documents/
I am excited by these developments. One can hope that our auto-centric city can become less dependent on cars, which contribute to our poor air quality. With Paris leading the way, I’m looking forward to seeing what Culver City will unveil in the years to come making the community more walk able and bike friendly.
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