LADOT Following Up on 2009 Promise, More Bike Lanes on Reseda, Rinaldi in the Valley

New Bike Lanes on Reseda and Rinadli in the Valley.  Image: LADOT Bike Blog
New Bike Lanes on Reseda and Rinadli in the Valley. Image: LADOT Bike Blog

Yesterday, the LADOT Bike Blog announced two new bike lane projects that were completed in the Valley this weekend.

On Rinaldi Street 1.3 miles of bike lanes were added over the weeked that closed a gap between two existing sets of lanes were completed for a continuous eight miles from Laurel Canyon Road to Mason Avenue.  Reseda Boulevard still has a .9 mile gap in its bike lane, but that gap was over halved with the painting of a 1.1 mile stretch from Valerio Street in the south to Roscoe Boulevard in the north.

While its certainly good news that the Valley is getting a better bike network, it’s also good to see the LADOT keeping its promise to paint the lanes on Reseda and Rinaldi.  Back in April of 2009, the Department had a bit of a public relations problem when plans surfaced that existing bike lanes on Reseda Boulevard would be removed to create more peak hour car capacity.

LADOT complained they were victim of a rumor that was being spread and that they were never considering such a thing.  As the Bike Advisory Committee Chair, Glenn Bailey, and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition turned up the heat and the LADOT promised that in the next couple of years the gaps on Reseda Boulevard and Rinaldi Street would be completed.

Some of the lanes were completed almost immediately.  More were painted immediately before the Mayor’s Bike Summit.  And now a third set were painted and Rinaldi Street features an eight mile continuous Bike Lane.  Of course, any racer will tell you that the last miles is the hardest.  LADOT has .9 miles left.

  • roadblock

    Incredibly stoked. My 27 mile commute between Northridge and Los Feliz is now approximately 23 miles of bike facilities. Starting to love the LADOT more and more…

  • 27 miles? Wow, Roadblock, I wouldn’t want to DRIVE 27 miles in Los Angeles County, let alone ride that far; it would take me almost 2 hours each way. Recently I was commuting 11 miles each way between Ashland and Medford in Oregon, and that was a bit much for me. Do you ever take the Red Line and orange line if you are in a hurry, or at least the Red Line from North Hollywood, to cut down on the trip?

  • roadblock

    I definitely take the Redline and often, mostly on the way in to Hollywood to avoid the Los Feliz hill or if it’s late… I LOVE the ride along the river and the orangeline bike path. pure joy and calmness. I still can’t believe that someone managed to get that path put in. The trip takes about an hour and a half by bike and it’s not an everyday journey. Feels great to get the lungs going.

  • Good, and Let’s Push to Keep Bike Lanes Outside the Door Zone

    Yes, it’s good that LADOT is moving forward, and we don’t want to create a new reason for delay. That said, we need to push LADOT to place bike lanes outside the door zone or at least make the lane wide enough so that part of it is beyond the area where doors are likely to swing. We can all agree that as long as the bike lanes aren’t significantly delayed, it’s better to be outside the door zone, even if measurements that meet the minimum “standards” allow the lanes to be in the door zone.

  • roadblock

    yes. lanes outside the doorzone. all that good stuff. the more paint on the streets the better. sure, it’s not perfect but transforming mode share is a decades long effort… it has to start somewhere. The first freeway ever built (to my knowledge the 110) was no where near perfect or safe…. but they had to start somewhere and as time went on it improved. Same story with bike infrastructure. We just have to deal with it this generation and next generation it will get improved. Good thing the design standard ARE improving and we can see examples in other cities and countries to hope for. With a fledgling constituency this is all we get for now. Keep fighting for the good stuff, but not at a cost of getting nothing. Next generation will have it better.