On the Right Path
It should come as no surprise that the South Bay is one of the best places to own a bicycle. The Strand, the sights, the weather, a bevy of bike shops … need we say more?
Marissa, how would you describe the overall state of bicycle safety in the South Bay?
Marissa Christiansen: The South Bay boasts a unique beach bike culture, and several cities have already taken considerable strides in improving bike infrastructure. However, existing bike infrastructure remains minimal. There is a direct correlation to safe biking and the prevalence of bike infrastructure, so we hope to see more of it in the future. Additionally, the SBBC hopes to facilitate education and outreach to inform cyclists of proper cycling conduct and the applicable rules of the road. With this combined approach, we can expect to see exponential improvements in both bike safety and volume of bike ridership.
Tell our readers about the improvements the SBBC supported to make the roads more accessible to bikers.
MC: SBBC’s main project has been the creation of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan, a seven-city bike plan that outlines a series of new bike lanes, bike routes and bike paths interconnecting El Segundo, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance. The additional bikeways are meant to be implemented over 20 years and will add nearly 214 miles of new bikeways to the network.
Wow, 214 miles! How are you getting started in 2012?
MC: We’ll be advocating for the cities to implement the newly adopted bike plan, continuing to offer bike valet services, bike safety education programs in conjunction with the Beach Cities Cycling Club and growing the SBBC as the area’s leading bike advocacy organization.
How does one become involved with SBBC? Do you need a specific kind of ride to join?
MC: At this point, all you have to do to become involved is join our email list on the website and like us on Facebook. Additionally, we encourage everyone to become an LACBC member (la-bike.org) and to indicate that your preferred local chapter is the South Bay Bicycle Coalition.
Pedal on! Learn more about SBBC at southbaybicyclecoalition.org