New Bike Lanes Underway in West Valley on Eve of Mayor’s Bike Summit

8_13_10_joe.jpgPreliminary bike lane markings on Reseda Boulevard at Nordhoff. The lines are somewhat less visible than the permanent markings will be, they’re visible in the center of the image, in front of the bus. Photo by Joe Linton

This past weekend, city of Los Angeles work crews were out scraping and putting down preliminary bike lane striping on Reseda Boulevard. The final thermoplastic striping isn’t there yet, but the preliminary lines are down. The lanes extend from Devonshire Street to Parthenia Street – a total of 2 miles. Streetsblog readers will recall that these lanes were
approved in 1996, but remained unimplemented until bicyclists caught city staff lying about planned peak-hour parking lanes, which would have precluded the approved bike lanes.

In other valley bike lane news, preliminary striping is also in place for new bike lanes on Wilbur Avenue from Nordhoff Street to Lassen Street. The new Wilbur lanes will be one mile long and were the result of a “road diet,” which reduced a 4-lane road to 3-lanes. Wilbur is an existing bike route, but was never designated for bike lanes in neither the 1996 plan, nor the 2009 or 2010 draft plans. The road diet, according to Glenn Bailey, the mayor’s representative on the City Bicycle Advisory Committee, is in response to unsafe crosswalks for accessing schools in the neighborhood.

Three new miles of bike lane (almost done) are good news going into tomorrow’s mayoral Bicycle Summit. The summit takes place tomorrow (Monday) morning from 9am-11am at the Metro Boardroom. The address is One Gateway Plaza, L.A. 90012. Metro is located at the east end of Union Station, with easy rail and bus access, including via the Red and Gold Lines. Attended bike parking is available on the plaza level.

  • Roadblock

    Good stuff. We need more. Keep going LADOT.

    Question. When the LADOT is discussing infrastructure, Is a mile of street equal to 1 mile of bike lane or 2 miles of bike lane (a mile in each direction).

  • Marcotico

    Looking at this picture you really see one of the problems with implementing bike lanes in LA. The bike lane is 50% concrete gutter, and 50% cracked roadway pavement. Its not wonder that people who are less confident in their skills want to ride on the sidewalk where the concrete is more even.

  • @Roadblock – 1 mile of street = 1 mile of bike lane (though it is a 2-way street with 2 miles of lanes)

    @Marcotico – the bike lane in the photo (hard to see in the photo, sorry) isn’t in the gutter – that area right next to the curb is actually parking (outside of the bus stop). The bike lane is two lines 5′ apart (and it starts 7′ from the curb.) On the photo, look for two solid white lines – the bike lane is between those two lines.

  • Erik G.

    Helmets?

    Eff You Tony.

  • Cory

    Opposition to a road diet on Wilbur in Northridge:

    http://beckfordparents.blogspot.com/

  • @cory – Thanks for the link. Bike Coalition has a sample letter for folks to send in regarding the Wilbur Avenue bike lanes. See http://lacbc.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/bike-lanes-on-wilbur-ave-in-svf-threatened-send-in-letters-today/

  • Correction: I wrote “Wilbur… [was] never designated for bike lanes in neither the 1996 plan, nor the 2009 or 2010 draft plans.” This is incorrect – thanks to the LADOT bike blog for pointing this out.

    I missed that the bike lanes were designated north of Plummer in the 1996 plan, currently in effect. (In a 2009 draft, Wilbur lanes were shown as “infeasible.” In the most recent 2010 draft maps, Wilbur is shown as a bike route.)

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