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Bikeways on 10th St W and Ave I may be in our future

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

On June 27, 2011, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (MTA) released a report of its preliminary recommendations for the 2011 Call for Projects applications.

Several applications were submitted for Antelope Valley projects. Of these, MTA will be funding projects to modernize traffic signals, add 1.5 miles of separated Class II bike lanes on 10th Street West and add 1 mile of buffered bike paths on Avenue I.

These recommendations are only the beginning of a long process of approvals that is estimated to last through October of 2013 with implementation slated for 2015 through 2017.

The projects were divided into the categories of:

  • 2A – Regional Surface Transportation Improvements
  • 2B – Goods Movement Improvemetnts
  • 3 – Signal Synchronization and Bus Speed Improvements
  • 4 – Transportation Demand Management
  • 5A – Bikeway Improvements
  • 5B – Pedestrian Improvements
  • 6 – Transit Capital
  • 7 – Transportation Enhancement Activities

In category 2A, LA County submitted an application and the City of Lancaster another. The county’s project would widen Avenue K from one lane to two in each direction with two-way left-turn lanes and left-turn and right-turn lanes at key intersections. The project submitted by Lancaster would construct capacity improvements to widen roadway to available right of way extents and close mixed flow gaps.

MTA chose to fund 9 out of 31 applications submitted in category 2A. Unfortunately, the AV projects were ranked #22 and #23, rated at 62 out of 100 points and 59/100, respectively, so neither were funded.

Lancaster submitted an application for a project to modernize the city’s aging traffic signal communications system infrastructure in category 3. MTA gave it a score of 71/100, ranking it #9 out of 15 projects funded.

In 5A Bikeways Improvements, Lancaster submitted an application for construction of 1.5 miles of Class II bike lanes on 10th St West between Avenue H and Lancaster Boulevard. From Avenue H to Holguin, the roadway will be reduced to two lanes with a separated landscaped median between the bike and travel lanes.

This project rated 82/100 and MTA ranked it #1 out of the 26 applications submitted for bikeways.

Lancaster’s application for the construction of pedestrian improvements at Ave K and 15th St West including widening the sidewalks, adding planter buffers, increasing green space beyond the sidewalk and improving the bus stop did not make the cut in the Pedestrian Improvements category. Five projects were chosen and the Avenue K/15th Street project was ranked #18.

Finally, in 7 Transportation Enhancement Activities, Lancaster’s application ranked #3 out of 5 that were chosen to be funded (out of 24 applications submitted). The project calls for an enhanced streetscape within the existing right of way of Avenue I between 20th Street West and 10th Street West via a road diet including landscaping, a bike path, buffer, sidewalk, bus stop improvements, centerline medians, and ADA accessibility.

We’ll keep track of what’s going on with these projects. There will more than likely be many times when Antelope Valley cyclists will need to make our voices heard.

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In which I take the train, bus, and ride my bike to the doctor

Friday, May 27th, 2011

A little change of pace. Today’s post is not about riding in the Antelope Valley. It’s about riding in the San Fernando Valley.

Let me backtrack a little bit to explain. On May 15th, I ran the Pasadena Half Marathon along together with two of my running buddies. Somewhere around the halfway mark, my left heel started to hurt. B-A-D-L-Y. There was so much pain my friend emphatically suggested I stop at the medical tent for some ibuprofen. That helped and I was able to complete the race. But, by the time I got home, I could barely walk.

It’s customary after a race to take some time off from running for recovery, then resume running later. When I tried to run again, though, the pain came back with a vengeance. My friend and I theorized that it was the dreaded plantar fasciitis, but it seemed prudent to get a medical opinion, and in the interim ice and take anti-inflammatories. I made an appointment with my podiatrist.

Around this time, I heard about Clif Bar’s Two Mile Challenge. So since I hate driving down to the doctor’s office in Northridge, I made an elaborate plan to ride my bike to the Antelope Valley Metrolink Line’s Palmdale station, get off at the Burbank station, catch the Ventura Line to the Northridge station, and bike the last mile and a half to the doctor’s office.

Unfortunately, I overslept yesterday morning. Despite riding as fast as I could, and getting to the Palmdale station on time, I could not get a ticket out of the machine fast enough. The train left without me. This was the only train that would make a connection with the only train of the day that would stop in Northridge.
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