The Los Angeles Department of City Planning has announced the release of the draft Los Angeles Bicycle Plan, which proposes hundreds of miles of new bike routes and new policies related to cycling in the city.

The draft Bicycle Plan is the result of extensive fieldwork, public input from meetings, mail-in comment cards and online comments, as well as a review of the network recommended in the current plan, according to the planning department.

The proposed plan is a comprehensive update of the current Bicycle Plan first adopted in 1996 and re-adopted by the City Council in 1996. The proposal calls for approximately 696 miles of new bikeways and new policies related to implementation, education, enforcement, engineering, parking, transit integration, maintenance and evaluation.

The draft plan is available to download on the project Web site at www.labikeplan.org/.

Public workshops on the plan are scheduled at four city locations, including at the Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 28th.

Public comments and testimony will be addressed in the staff report to the city Planning Commission for its consideration and the City Council for adoption at a later date. Comments should be submitted on or before Friday, November 6th and will be part of the public testimony made on the proposed Bicycle Plan.

Comments may be submitted through the Web site at www.labikeplan.org/, via email to jordann.turner@lacity.org/, or via mail to City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Attn: Jordann Turner, 200 N. Spring St. Room 721, Los Angeles CA 90012.

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