The California Transportation Commission recently announced that it will be handing out $56 million in grants across Southern California to promote bike lanes, sidewalks, and safer ways for people to walk to schools. Los Angeles County is a big recipient of those grants and will see lots of projects to improve the walking and cycling experience throughout the city.

Some of those projects include:

  • $14.9 million for bike lanes in Downtown Los Angeles’ ever-growing Arts District
  • Roughly $3.7 million to help build a $6.5 million protected bike track along Union Street in Pasadena
  • $3.2 million for a DTLA Union Station project that would create a raised pedestrian crossing on Alameda Street, as well as partially close Los Angeles Street for pedestrian connection to the train station
  • $3 million to create Atherton Bridge and create other Cal State campus connections in Long Beach
  • $1.9 million to complete pedestrian and bike projects in Vernon along Pacific Boulevard and Vernon Avenue

As Los Angeles and surrounding cities continue to grow, so do the number of people who bike. The Southern California Association of Governments reports that cycling increased 70 percent between 2007 and 2012 and that communities that created or improved bike paths saw car trips decrease and bike trips increase. Given the effect that has on the environment, grants like these will go a long way to help those numbers keep moving in the right direction.