Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa likes to plan big and with a long-term view, case in point, his 1,680-mile bikeway system that will sextuplet the current bike paths and take 30 years to complete.
The Mayor, in collaboration with city planners and bike lovers, has just signed a plan to take the city’s current patchwork of bikeways from 378 miles to 1,680 and interconnect them all throughout the city. At least 200 miles of the project will be completed in 5 years the rest will be phased in over time.
The Mayor commented as he signed the plan: “We’re excited about making the city cleaner and greener. Bicycling is zero-emission and it’s free, and for every car trip replaced by a bicycle, carbon emissions are eliminated from L.A.‘s air.”
The ambitious bikeway plan will be funding partially from a half-cent tax and federal funds from the Transportation Development Act.