LADOT Stripes Half-Mile of Reseda Bike Lanes

9_28_09_reseda_bike_lane.jpgPhoto: Joe Linton

New bike lanes are in use on Reseda Boulevard. L.A. StreetsBlog readers will remember that these lanes were
approved in the city of Los Angeles’ 1996 bike plan,
but weren’t implemented due to conflicting Department of Transportation
(LADOT) plans for additional peak-hour car lanes. When the peak-hour lanes plan faced opposition, LADOT pledged to implement a mile of bike lanes on Reseda Blvd from Devonshire Street to San Fernando Mission Road.

On Sunday September 20th, LADOT striped
the northern half of their 1-mile project. New bike lanes were striped
on Reseda Boulevard from Chatsworth Street to San Fernando
Mission Road. In addition, the LADOT took this opportunity to stripe
some of the stretch north of SF Mission Rd, most of the way up to the
118 Freeway. Unfortunately, they left a short gap at the 118 Freeway
on-ramps and bridge, so the new lanes don’t quite connect with the
existing bike lanes on Rinaldi Street or the Reseda Blvd lanes north of
Rinaldi.

The second (southern) half of the promised lanes – on Reseda Blvd
from Chatsworth Street to Devonshire Street – are scheduled to be
completed this Sunday October 3rd.

These new lanes are a great step
forward for the community and for safer more complete streets, but
there’s still a lot of work to do. Even after the new mile is done,
there will still be an approximately 4-mile gap, between Devonshire and
Vanowen
Street, remaining before the project is complete.

7 thoughts on LADOT Stripes Half-Mile of Reseda Bike Lanes

  1. Looking at the draft bike plan which was released after these lanes were already striped on the ground… This part of Reseda Boulevard is still proposed to be designated a “Potential Bike Lane.” This is the designation formerly known as “Proposed but Currently Infeasible.”

    I guess that this can be interpreted hopefully in that there are so many bicyclists out there pushing, so the situation on the ground is actually starting to change… and that it’s just difficult for the city to keep up with what the city is doing.

  2. This victory may seem small… but it is not. This is HUGE. We now have a blue print method of finally getting bicycle infrastructure into place.

    1. Scope out all streets that are scheduled for repaving.
    2. Approach area neighborhood councils in advance of repaving and explain the benefits of cycling infrastructure for their neighborhoods. NOT many homeowners out there are excited to have rush hour traffic milling through their neighborhoods. The bicycle lane works beautifully as a “political line in the sand” against the creeping in of peak hour lanes. This point MUST BE STRESSED.
    3. Introduce motions at the NC meetings to compel the LADOT to install bicycle lanes with every re-pavement effort in the area. As we can see with the dramatic 180 degree turn on Reseda BLVD, IT’s NOT THAT HARD.

  3. I see more cars than bikes on most of these bike lane photos. I am thinking about publishing the statistics. What is the probability that a typical bicycle advocate would choose a day with no bikes to take a photo?

  4. @Mattyoung – Let us know your statistics! I’d like to see them. (Be sure to count my photos from the new Myra lanes – posted here: http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/08/21/bike-lanes-appear-on-myra-avenue/ )

    I hoped to take a photo of another cyclist there, but during my 20-minute visit on a hot Saturday afternoon, I didn’t see any other cyclists using them. Most cyclists probably aren’t aware of them yet. I did see three bicyclists in the stretch just south of this photo (the area which is planned to be striped this weekend.) All three of them were all riding on the sidewalk.

    Today this is an isolated half-mile… as it extends further it becomes more useful. I expect that we’ll see more and more people using the lanes over time. I don’t expect dramatic change overnight.

    @ayla – I don’t know… but perhaps it’s a matter of asking the Bureau of Street Services… and asking them to put their upcoming work schedule on-line somewhere.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

LADOT: A Mile of New Reseda Boulevard Bike Lanes in September

|
At last night's meeting of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council (NENC,) the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) announced their plans to install nearly a mile of new bike lanes on Reseda Boulevard in September 2009. The announcement was made by LADOT's Principal Transportation Engineer for Valley Traffic Operations, Alan Willis. The new bikeway will extend from Devonshire Street to San Fernando Mission Road.

Reseda Boulevard Bike Lanes: One Mile Done, Four to Go

|
One down…Photo: Joe Linton Yesterday, the city of L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) made good on their pledge to stripe the first new mile of Reseda Boulevard bike lanes. The lanes were approved in 1996, but languished for various reasons detailed earlier, until bicyclists and community members rallied. It’s one mile of a five mile […]

Reseda Boulevard Bike Lanes Extended, Wilbur Avenue Lanes Questioned

|
Brand new bike lanes implemented on Reseda Boulevard. Photo by Joe Linton This past weekend, the city of Los Angeles striped two additional miles of bike lanes on Reseda Boulevard. The new 2-mile stretch of lane, reported in-progress here last week, extends from Devonshire Street to Parthenia Street. This stretch is nearly complete with lines fully […]