Los Angles Attempts to Fix Pavement Problems for Cyclists

More and more people in California are beginning to see the benefits of bicycling. The bicycle is one of the most efficient machines ever made. Using very little energy, people are able to propel themselves to work or play. Bicycling is also inexpensive and great for the body. Unfortunately, not all cities are prepared to handle the recent surge in cyclists on the streets and in parks. For example, Los Angeles recently admitted a need for greater attention to its bike paths, and the city has a plan to fix them.

The problem was brought to the attention of Los Angeles officials back in June 2017. Authorities reported that the city was facing a rapid increase in the costs of lawsuits brought about by cyclists from unsafe bike paths through the city. In response, officials granted funding to provide comprehensive inspections of all of the biking infrastructure in Los Angeles. The city also created six city positions that would be responsible for supervising and maintaining the biking infrastructure throughout the entire city.

After the study was completed, more than 300 bike path areas were repaired by having the pavement completely removed or replaced. During the repair work, another 200 locations were discovered, and the pavement in 19 of those areas has also been removed and replaced. Unfortunately, the repair work for the remaining areas will creep along at a slow pace unless additional staff is hired.

This means a dozen more staff members are planned to be hired in the coming budget year. These staff members and the repairs they will accomplish will cost at least $2.5 million annually. However, the costs might be able to be reduced by hiring construction works meant to repair streets a few months early. These workers could then accomplish a "biking path blitz" before tackling their regular work of repairing highways and city streets.

Residents are pleased with the repair work, but they hope it will continue to remain a top priority. Currently, the city is taking a reactive approach to the damaged pavement in the city. This is what increased the number of lawsuits. It is hoped the city will consistently hire inspectors and workers to take care of pavement issues of concern for cyclists before they are even noticed by the public.

Los Angles is also slated to host the Olympics in a decade. Hopefully, this means these pavement problems will be under control by 2028.


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