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The New Bike Map of Los Angeles
Following an unflattering portrayal of the state of bike infrastructure in Los Angeles, by reporter Aaron Mendelson, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation released new data enabling Mendelson and the KPCC team to create an animated map showing the expansion of the city's bike infrastructure network between the years 2006 and 2015.
First the backstory:
"The LADOT maintains a bike map on its website, but doesn't typically release the raw data behind it to the public. But for this story, the agency shared the latest data—current as of April 1—and we're posting it to Github."
As for what the new data and animated map show: "in 2005, the city of Los Angeles had 245 miles of bike infrastructure: bike lanes, bike paths and streets where drivers are alerted to share the road by bike signs and markings….In the decade since then, the system had more than doubled to 562.25 miles of bike lanes, paths and routes."
Mendelson notes that not all bike infrastructure is created equal, and some parts of the existing network would still likely be deemed unsafe to many potential riders.