Continual flow right turn for bicycles in San Clemente and how the same opportunity was handled in La Verne. La Verne doesn’t lack opportunities to be an excellent bicycling city.
In La Verne, while bicyclists are “allowed” to use the roads, there has been no real effort to encourage bicycling as a comfortable option. What infrastructure is in place, is used by a surprising number of “braver” cyclists. Yet most garages in La Verne have rarely used bicycles in them, right next to the cars. What would be possible if we made it feel as comfortable to choose the bicycle as it is to choose the car?
Recently La Verne added new medians and repaved a section of Wheeler from Foothill Boulevard to Arrow Highway. Multiple people have contacted the City asking if bike lanes will be included in the improved road. Here is a response from the City.
“The scope of Wheeler median/repaving project is the section of Wheeler between Arrow and Foothill. The median and road width is designed to accommodate future bike lanes.
Concurrent with the planning of this project, the city has been finalizing approval from the state for a grant which will result in bicycle-related improvements across the city. These improvements include enhancements along a broader section of Wheeler from Arrow to Baseline.
Because of the limited scope of the median/repaving project, any bike lanes painted at this time would end at the southern side of the Foothill intersection, with no further improvements on the north side. Once the grant funding is finalized, we plan to install a traffic signal/enhancement crossing at Paseo Drive, upgrade the Wheeler Class 1 trail, add bike lanes through the Foothill intersection and continue them northward to Baseline. We feel this approach will result in a more connected / comprehensive / safer solution. We expect to do this work in 2019.”
When we prioritize people over cars, our city and neighborhoods come alive. People who would normally drive, begin to walk and bicycle, leaving their cars in the garage instead of leaving their bicycles. These become the times when we most appreciate our city and we remember it most affectionately. This is how we most want to experience our city.
If this is when we enjoy and value our city the most, why do we ignore and discourage this same behavior through the design and maintenance of our own roads and facilities? Why would we not actively embrace and encourage the same behaviors that make us bond with the city we live in? The design of our streets reflect our priorities, and if they do not align and in fact discourage what makes us appreciate and enjoy our city the most, we need to make changes.