By Kristen Steele
Bicycle funding was spared from the chopping block thanks to Los Angeles cyclists who mobilized in protest over proposed cuts. Facing a budget crisis, all City of Los Angeles departments submitted plans on how they would cut spending. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) proposed to eliminate the entire Bikeways staff. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, CICLE (Cyclists Igniting Change Through Live Exchange) and L.A. Streetsblog rallied local cyclists who descended on the City Council hearing and spoke out to save bike program funding. The Council not only prevented cuts to bike funding, but also instructed LADOT to first consult them before proposing any future cuts to the Bikeways department.