Bike L.A. 2050 - Bike Safety Through Visibility

submission by marcalt
Bike L.A. 2050 - Bike Safety Through Visibility

Organization Name


Bike L.A. 2050


Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Public Safety

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?


Bike L.A. 2050 would like to make biking a safer, healthier option for commuting in L.A. through the use of highly visible public monitoring of bike traffic. To launch the project, bike counters with digital displays will be installed in high traffic locations in Los Angeles to improve awareness of the number of bicyclists using the streets and bike lanes. These digital counters have been installed with much success in cities like Seattle, Portland and in several European cities in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. They are highly visible beacons that have proven successful in broadcasting awareness to drivers, pedestrians and other bikers and help improve the visibility and safety of bicyclists on city streets.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

Increasing the visibility of bicyclists will improve the safety of biking in L.A. and will in turn lead to more people feeling comfortable choosing to commute via bicycle.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?


We have been involved in a number of projects focusing on urban mobility and the interface with cities and the built environment. Marc Alt was founding Executive Director of the Green Parking Council, a non-profit organization which is seeking to transform parking into a platform for innovation to support bike sharing, car sharing, electric car charging infrastructure, green building standards and re-inventing parking as a force for good in cities. Marc has also worked with some of the leading companies in the automotive, architecture and engineering fields on urban mobility projects, including the launch of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?


Using measuring devices from companies such as Eco Counter, actual metrics of increases in numbers of bicyclists on city roads will be captured and reported. Baseline and target metrics will be established in partnership with the city and county's master plans for bicycling.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.


We would like to partner with numerous bicycling advocacy groups working in L.A. on various aspects of bicycle transportation and urban planning, community advocacy, access and safety. We would also like to partner with L.A. City, L.A. County Department of Public Works, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, LADOT, CicLAvia and many of the other advocacy groups that are passionate about raising awareness about bicycling safety and improving access to safe biking on city and county streets.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?


By 2050, a large network of monitoring devices and sensors would be installed throughout the L.A. region, both stationary counting devices and mobile sensing devices via bike-mounted sensors, mobile apps on cellphones and other open source counting, measuring and monitoring devices. This open data would be aggregated and made available to the public and to L.A. County to integrate into existing and future smart city traffic monitoring programs, allowing bicycle traffic to be included in city and county-wide realtime traffic monitoring programs.

The biggest success indicator would be increase in public awareness of bike safety, a measurable reduction of bicycling accidents involving vehicles, improvements in human health and well-being due to increased outdoor activity, reduced vehicle miles, improved air quality and a sense of wellbeing and community that has been documented in cultures that use bicycles for commuting.

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I like this idea. Hope it gets picked!

by alexanderrobinson
about 2 years ago | Reply

I'm sorry but there are neighborhoods in our city where families are battling gang violence, kids are afraid to use their local park, and crime and violence are a constant back-drop to everyday life. I'm supportive of improving infrastructure for biking, and your idea sounds like a great one, but it frankly it's miscategorized and should be in a "transportation" category. Safety should first be focused on protecting those who endure the constant threat of harm simply by stepping out their front door.

by Holmze
about 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Holmze, thanks for your comment. I agree with you, and there are several great ideas submitted here that cover the issues you raise. I'm hoping at least one of them will be funded. The issue of vehicle/bike accidents and deaths is actually very real in cities, and affects people of all races and income levels. Raising the visibility of biking and making it a more safe option has very wide systemic benefits that affect all people. This idea is just the first step of a much bigger strategy and a lot of work to make biking a real and safe option in L.A. for all people.

by marcalt
about 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Holmze, thanks for your comment. I agree with you, and there are several great ideas submitted here that cover the issues you raise. I

by marcalt
about 2 years ago | Reply

Dude, I don't see "transportation" as an option.

by dylanbsmith
about 2 years ago | Reply


by Holmze
about 2 years ago | Reply

Very innovative and important idea. It

over 2 years ago | Reply

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