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Old 02-17-09, 01:34 PM
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Los Angeles River Bike Path Expansion

Hey everyone,
I am currently working on a project to expand the existing bike path along the Los Angeles River. I myself am an avid rider and know what is needed, but I am interested to see what other people feel are necessary for bike paths. ie. rest stops, multiple paths for pedestrians and bikers, path material and so on. Please give me any feedback you have, it would be appreciated.

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You need a governor that can manage money
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You need a governor that can manage money
And/or a legislature that can pass a budget.
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How about a shotgun so I don't get mugged by the street urchins living under all the bridges.
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how about a shotgun so i don't get mugged by the street urchins living under all the bridges.
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I am from California and now is not the time to spend money for anything. NOTHING!
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Chew000 does not have to spend $$$ for anything. He just needs to get on whatever committee lays out such paths and lock up the land that will be needed if and when.
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Chew000 does not have to spend $$$ for anything. He just needs to get on whatever committee lays out such paths and lock up the land that will be needed if and when.
So these committees work for free? Volunteer bureaucrats? How refreshing!!!
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I work for free because this is a school project....Cal Poly Pomona
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Hey everyone,
I am interested to see what other people feel are necessary for bike paths. ie. rest stops, multiple paths for pedestrians and bikers, path material and so on. Please give me any feedback you have, it would be appreciated.
To try and help make this thread actually somewhat useful to you, I'd say that concrete paths are my preference...they're smooth and have less rolling resistance than asphalt. I don't think there's necessarily a need for separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists (unless it's a heavily used path, which the one I use is not), but signs along the path reminding people to keep to the right when not passing and not to walk/ride 3 or 4 wide so as to take up the whole path would be nice. As far as rest stops, we've got a few but I've never used them so I can't comment much on them, except to say that what we have are just benches in an area where the path is made wider; no bathrooms or anything fancy like that.
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I'd say you definitely want separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists or at least keep them separated by painting a stripe. Post signs frequently showing which path (or side of the path) is for pedestrians and which is for cyclists/skaters.

If the path is intended for commuters and has entrances/ramps that lead to and from city streets the entrances should be marked with big, visible signs. To me that's one thing that Minneapolis has done a really bad job of. They spend a lot of money creating this great cycling infrastructure for commuters and you wouldn't even know it's there. If you do know it's there but don't know where the entrances are they can be really hard to find. There's practically no markings at all.

The recreational paths in Minneapolis are easy to spot just because of their location in scenic areas.
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Originally Posted by Chew000 View Post
Hey everyone,
I am currently working on a project to expand the existing bike path along the Los Angeles River. I myself am an avid rider and know what is needed, but I am interested to see what other people feel are necessary for bike paths. ie. rest stops, multiple paths for pedestrians and bikers, path material and so on. Please give me any feedback you have, it would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Andy

I have ridden that bike path many times in the early 1980s, and I suppose it hasn't changed very much.

Back then, sight-lines were not much of an issue except at some of the underpasses. Blind corners are dangerous.

Wide paths are better, they facilitate passing much better. They also facilitate sweeping.

On that trail, way signs indicating what merchants are near would be a help. Signs informing trail users what street they are crossing, and which direction and how far is , say for example, a McDonald's.
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an actual river
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On that trail, way signs indicating what merchants are near would be a help. Signs informing trail users what street they are crossing, and which direction and how far is , say for example, a McDonald's.
I second that...great idea.
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