May is National Bike Month! Every May we celebrate bicycling as an essential transportation mode and healthy activity. This year, the City will host the following events:
- May 5, 2022 Smart Cycling Demonstration at the 9 a.m. Traffic and Parking Commission meeting (The meeting can be viewed on BHTV Channel 10 on Spectrum Cable or at www.beverlyhills.org/live. Members of the public may also attend the meeting in person. CLICK HERE for more information.)
Jim Shanman, founder of Walk 'n Rollers and a certified bicycling instructor through the League of American Bicyclists, will be presenting on smart cycling including bicycle preparedness and rules of the road.
- May 19, 2022 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on North Santa Monica Boulevard between Rodeo Drive and Beverly Drive
The City will be providing goodies and refreshments at the pit stop to show appreciation for people cycling to work. Bike education material will also be distributed at the pit stop.
- May 22, 2022 Transportation Booth at Public Works Day Event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Third Street between Civic Center Drive and Foothill Road.
City staff will provide bike safety education material and giveaways as well as conduct helmet fittings and basic bike safety demonstrations.
In addition to the aforementioned events, below are some are some fun activities you can do to celebrate Bike Month:
- Bike or walk to school on May 4 for National Bike & Roll to School Day
- Celebrate Bike to Work Week on May 16-22 by biking to work
- Participate in free virtual bike classes
- Join the PeopleForBikes May Bike Month Challenge
- Form a team and join the Love to Ride Bike Month Challenge
- Request a free copy of a bike safety booklet from the City (see Bicycle Safety section below)
- Take an online bicycle safety course
- Learn how to fit your helmet properly
- Learn how to fix a flat tire
- Learn how to conduct a basic bike check
- Look through bike guides and safety tips (plus more under Bicycle Safety section below)
- Brush up on your California bicycling laws
- Decorate your bike
- Take a yoga class for bicyclists
- Read a book about bicycling
- Learn about the benefits of active transportation:
CITY BIKE PROGRAMS
Minimum Grid Bicycle Markings
On January 4, 2022, the City Council approved installation of a Minimum Grid Bikeway Network. The term "minimum grid" refers to the concept of quickly implementing a basic bikeway network, while also continuing to pursue longer-range efforts to expand and upgrade cycling infrastructure. View the January 4, 2022 staff report and visit the Minimum Grid webpage for more details. Staff anticipates installation of the Minimum Grid Network will be completed by April 2022.
On January 13, 2022, the City installed a real time bike counts display on North Santa Monica Boulevard. This display shows in real time how many bicyclists have passed by the sign per day and total bicyclists per year, which will help staff better understand existing bicycling conditions, such as how many bicyclists ride during adjacent special events, during certain weather conditions, and at certain times of day. This data will provide a holistic picture of how bicyclists are currently using the street, which in turn will help the City conduct informed, data-driven transportation planning.
CLICK HERE to view the bike counter data.
Bike Rack-on-Request Program
The Beverly Hills Bike Rack-On-Request Program provides residents and business owners in the City of Beverly Hills the opportunity to request a bike rack location for installation in the public right-of-way in commercial areas (if feasible). The bike racks are available free of charge. Click here for more information.
Bike Rack Locations
- Interactively see the locations and pictures of bike racks throughout the City
- View a printable bike rack locations map
Beverly Hills Bike Share
In 2015, the City of Beverly Hills was the second city in Los Angeles County to implement a bike share system with a fleet of 50 smart bicycles distributed among 10 bike share stations. Beverly Hills Bike Share was a valued feature of Beverly Hill's mobility system for approximately 5 years.
On July 31, 2021, the City ended the Beverly Hills Bike Share system due to the bike share equipment approaching the end of its useful life and a high subsidy per ride. The City is exploring new opportunities to provide shared mobility in Beverly Hills.
The City appreciates the collective community effort it took to launch the system and wants to thank the Beverly Hills Bike Share members that have supported the system over the years.
Bike Safety Tips
Below are some bike safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other resources:
- NHTSA Bicycle Safety Tips for Parents, Guardians, and Kids
- NHTSA How to Fit A Bike Helmet
- NHTSA Rules of the Road
- California Bicycle Coalition: California Bicycle Laws Summary
- LA Metro Bike and Transit Page - Provides information on free bike classes, rules for bikes on Metro buses/trains and regional bike facilities/infrastructure
- LA Metro Video: How to Take Your Bike on a Bus
- LA Metro Video: How to Take Your Bike on a Train