Equestrian Lynn Brown has notified Griffith Park users, equestrians, and city officials that there is a Bicycle Plan afoot that would allow mountain bikes on the Park Trails! This is insane. No one wants to be pushed aside by a piece of noisy, smelly machinery. We already have cars for that. (Or, if they don’t have machinery, they might whoop and holler.) In any case, they squish things that should be left alive and moving.
There is a proposal from the city (why is it that the city listens to bad ideas?) to allow mountain bikers to use non-paved trails in Griffith Park, and all City Parks. This includes the 50 miles of equestrian trails in GP. Presently, this is against the law, but mountain bikers have lobbied pretty successfully to get the Ordinance changed to allow this travesty. Mountain bikes on unpaved trails will do irreparable damage to wildlife habitat.
After years of behind the scenes manipulations, the Bicycle Plan is now open for public review and comment. The mountain bike lobby is making a push for City Park trails by overturning the current City Ordinance forbidding bikes on trails. In this bike plan, bikers are asking for access to trails in Griffith Park, Elysian Park, Serrania Park, O’Melveny Park, Santa Ynez Canyon and Lime Kiln Canyon Park, among others. If the Ordinance is overturned, all Parks will be opened to mountain bikers.
For those who were unable to attend the meetings, you can make comments by sending an email to: Mr. Jordann Turner at Jordann.Turner@lacity.org.
Or mail a letter or postcard to:
City of Los Angeles, Dept. of City Planning,
Jordann Turner, Bicycle Plan Project Manager
200 N. Spring Street, Room 721
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Some suggested comments:
The Bicycle Master Plan is a transportation plan. Mountain bikes are a recreational, extreme sport. The mountain bike element should be moved to the Appendix of the Plan. It is NOT City Policy. It has no business being in a Bicycle Master Plan. The mountain bike recreational concerns should be relegated to Rec. and Parks, not brought in under the guise of the Department of Transportation (DOT). This issue (mountain biking) has diverted resources and energies away
from the primary goal to make bicycling a real transportation option.
Mountain biking was found not feasible after the 1996 Bike Master Plan.
This issue was already settled. Nothing is new.
Allowing mountain biking on any trail in any location in the City parks will require changing the City Park Ordinance. If the Ordinance is changed, the door is then open to all trails all the time. It is urgent to support the continued implementation of the Park Ordinance.
The City already spent $5 million on a mountain bike park. Significant
public resources were spent on the strength of CORBA’s word and
commitment to this park. They quit after one try. This should be
The City agreed to do environmental studies at this mountain bike park.
It never did.
No one likes a bully, LA City Bicycle Plan. I would feel really uncomfortable colliding with one of these on a windy path, wouldn’t you? Don’t allow this.
Photo thanks to Brian Auer, under Creative Commons on Flickr.