Department of Public Works
dpw.lacounty.gov
Adopt-A-Bike Path
The Mission
The Los Angeles County Adopt-A-Bike Path Program provides individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and public agencies with a unique opportunity to gain prominent recognition while beautifying the environment within their own communities. By collecting litter, sweeping, and trimming vegetation along bike paths participants foster community pride, and save taxpayer dollars.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why participate in the Adopt-A-Bike Path Program?
There are over 100 miles of bike paths maintained by the County of Los Angeles and it is the goal of Public Works to provide safe and efficient facilities for the long-term health and well-being of our communities. The challenges of maintaining the bike paths are so great that we are looking to YOU to partner with US. The bike paths are our primary transportation corridors for active transportation and we want to see improved conditions for bicycling and walking that encourage people to choose healthy and active ways to get around.
What can we do?
It's simple. We're asking for your help! By taking part in the County's Adopt-A-Bike Path Program, our overall reach and ability is greatly extended. Participants get personal satisfaction by knowing that they are directly supporting their local community, active transportation and recreational assets.
Is it easy to participate?
Yes. We welcome any group to Adopt-A-Bike Path. Groups can be individuals, businesses, organizations and public agencies. We simply ask you to adopt a section of County-maintained bike path for a period of two years. You may choose to pick up litter, sweep, and/or maintain vegetation along your adopted section. If you wish, you can even do it all! Either way, it doesn't take too much of your time. In fact the work can be done using your own people or by hiring a contractor. Regardless of the method you choose, you are recognized for your effort.
What are the benefits?
Self-satisfaction coupled with the ability to help ensure the beauty of our diverse landscape rank high among the numerous benefits! In fact, this Program offers one of the few opportunities available that allow the public to help maintain the public amenities in their community. Everyone benefits from your efforts. But, there's more! We commit to the following incentives.
Are there some bike paths that cannot be adopted?
Yes. While many bike paths may be adopted through this program, certain stretches may be excluded due to safety or other considerations. Certain sites may also be unsuitable for your group's age level, or experience, or require more frequent cleanup efforts. However, if you are planning to participate in the County's Adopt-A-Bike Path program by hiring a professional contractor, nearly any bike path stretch can be adopted.
Where are the County's Bike Paths?
http://dpw.lacounty.gov/bike/ provides you interactive maps and other resources regarding the County's various Bike Paths and bikeways.
Do I have to sign an Agreement to participate?
Yes. A designated representative from your group must sign the Adopt-A-Bike Path Agreement. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the group acknowledges the safety risks of the work and accepts responsibility for their activities. The agreement also outlines the commitments made by the participants and Public Works to help guarantee the program's success.
Is a Permit necessary?
Yes. Approved permits are necessary for all activities conducted on the County's bike paths. We issue permits to all participants free of charge because we appreciate your contribution to our communities.

The permit issued to each group participating in the County's Adopt-A-Bike Path Program is valid for two years and outlines the type of work that will be done and the specific location adopted. The permit may not be transferred to another group. Participants must read and understand the permit and the permit must be carried with a group member each time your group works on the bike path.
Is a One-Day Permit available?
Yes. While we wish everyone could be actively involved in our Adopt-A-Bike Path Program, we realize that a two-year commitment may not be possible for some. We make it possible, therefore, for interested groups to apply for and receive a special one-day permit to carry out work at a specific location.
How do I get started in the Program?
It's EASY! All you have to do is fill out and submit a completed application.

The County's Bikeway Coordinator reviews applications and if the bike path section you want to adopt is not available, the Bikeway Coordinator can offer alternative locations available for adoption.

After a completed application for a suitable bike path segment is submitted, your representative will be invited by the Bikeway Coordinator to attend a meeting to finalize your participation in the Program and answer all your questions. At that time, you will then sign the Adopt-A-Bike Path Agreement go over the safety rules and regulations and make arrangements to receive the free permit and necessary supplies.

After that, you're ready to begin!
Who do I contact?
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Works Bikeways Coordinator:
Mateusz Suska, msuska@dpw.lacounty.gov or (626) 458-3960



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