That’s what the advisory commission rumor mill is saying anyway. I hope we can ensure that the gossip is wrong.
In February the Pasadena Department of Transportation said that we would have four (count ’em: 4) public meetings or workshops throughout the spring to get input on the Pasadena Bicycle Master Plan, and that a draft would be finished by around June. I posted a summary of the meeting.
We have so far had one workshop, in May, which many people felt was not adequately publicized beforehand (the City did not, for instance, send an e-mail to the list of interested parties it had collected at the first meeting, which it did use to get more than 1000 responses to the online Pasadena cyclists survey). At the workshop we were told that a second draft of the new plan’s goals, objectives, and actions would be posted on the web within one week, incorporating our feedback from the workshop. I posted the first draft of these items with commentary.
It’s been more than 2 months and a revised draft has never been posted. We have only had one meeting (two if you’re generous and count the intro meeting in February), and it’s now August. It is unclear that the plan will be finished by the end of the year (the deadline for eligibility to apply to the Caltrans bicycle account). It is unclear whether the City intends to get any more feedback from Pasadena cyclists, or even to re-convene its own appointed advisory board (who has not, it is rumored, met since the workshop in May). City representatives at the Rose Bowl last week claimed that the increased expense of the environmental impact report that would be required by the one-way-traffic Rose Bowl Loop option was a significant deterrant to pursuing that option, when the obvious thing to do would be to simply roll that EIR into the one being done (and paid for) already in connection with the BMP revision.
If you feel as I do that this level of transparency (opacity?) and public participation is unacceptable, I encourage you to contact Rich Dilluvio and the members of the advisory commission (contact info below, or you can just e-mail everyone for whom I could find addresses) and tell them that you want to see the revised list of goals, objectives, and actions posted on the City website ASAP, that you want more public participation in the BMP revision process, that you would come to a workshop if it were publicized, and that the expense of the Rose Bowl Loop EIR is not a valid excuse for not fully considering the one-way-loop option, because it can be done as part of the BMP revision EIR.
I hope that this rumor is false, but if it’s true we should do whatever we can to make sure it becomes false.
(also on Transportation Commission)
(and City GIS coordinator)
(and owner of Pasadena Cyclery)
(626) 795-2866 (Pasadena Cyclery #)
Can be contacted via Pasadena Cyclery website and Facebook
Or you can go talk to him in person at the shop at:
1670 E Walnut St
Pasadena, CA 91106-1699