Buffered Green-Painted Bike Lane Coming Soon to Spring Street in DTLA

A conceptual rendering of what the buffered bike lane down Spring St may look like as the design is being close to finalized with a ground breaking planned for early December 2011 (Photo: DLANC)

(I was on the road yesterday and missed the big announcement of L.A.’s first buffered bike lane coming this December.  Streetsblog contributor Brigham Yen caught the news first and announced it on his personal blog at BrighamYen.com – DN)

Valerie Watson, the At-Large Director of DLANC (Downtown LA Neighborhood Council), who has been heavily involved with making the Historic Core in Downtown LA a much more pedestrian and bike friendly community, sends me this rendering (and more info) of a fully separated bike lane down Spring St that will also be painted green (like those coveted ones in bike-friendly Portland or New York).

With a ground breaking coming as soon as December (as in this year 2011!), the 1.5 mile bike lane will stretch from Cesar Chavez to 9th Street and be 6 feet wide with green paint to mark very clearly for motorists to see, and there will also be a 4-foot stripe buffer zone between the bike lane and car lane for further cyclist protection. Full time loading and parking will be available on the west side of the street next to the bike lane (as you can see in the rendering).

Here are some benefits of having the bike lane down Spring St:

  • Better access to businesses along Spring St by patrons walking, biking, using transit, and driving
  • Full time parking and loading will be added on west side of Spring St
  • Increased crossing safety for pedestrians

The design of this project can still be tweaked and refined by the community’s input and feedback is encouraged.

And even more good news.

After further studies, a second phase with another bike lane on Main St (parallel to Spring St) may be implemented from Cesar Chavez to Venice Blvd.

For more information you can contact:

Paul Habib, Planning Deputy
Councilman Jose Huizar, CD14
213-473-7014 | Paul.Habib@lacity.org

Marie Rumsey, Senior Deputy
Councilwoman Jan Perry, CD9
213-473-7009 | Marie.Rumsey@lacity.org

  • This looks like an awesome project! But as far as I can tell, the parking is between the lane and the sidewalk, so it’s not quite a “protected” bike lane – it’s a buffered bike lane – which is great, and something to be celebrated!

    Don’t these people watch Streetfilms? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMecwmlpC-0Even the city of LA bike plan (which I don’t recommend as a reference authority) gets this correct (see page 124 section 9 here: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-2385-S2_MISC_07-11-11.pdf )

  • Thanks Joe, I’ve made the correction.  Valerie had emailed me asking to make the change as well, so the goof is on our end…

  • Dan W.

    Painted bike lanes are a GREAT idea.  I saw them in Berlin and they seemed to work really well.

  • Aaron

    Great news! One question, though: is this just going to be a “one way” lane on one side of the street (North-to-South, as it appears in the rendering)? Is the planned lane on Main supposed to eventually fill the South-to-North gap in infrastructure?

  • I just took an overview look of the route and that is GREAT! I can’t wait to take my bike out on it – on a non-CicLAvia weekend!

  • Cool – sorry that I think I sound grumpy about this … I think it’s a great project whatever folks want to call it!!! I am looking forward to riding these!!

  • A bus lane is being removed for this? I wouldnt call that progress.

  • Aaron

    Disappointing if it’s only one way. More disappointing if they’re removing a bus lane.
    Very very disappointing if they’re adding more parking at the expense of a bus lane.

  • Dennis Hindman

    Having a buffer for the bike lane is going to be a much more comfortable compared to a lane only. The Netherlands puts in buffers for cycle tracks or bike paths to increase the comfort for bicyclists. It’s a very noticeable increase in comfort along the Orange Line path due to the buffer alone, compared to say a wide six foot bike lane on Fallbrook Ave, with cars moving right next to you at 50+ miles an hour.

    A protected bike lane would be a step up in comfort from this design and that in turn would attract more riders. Making it a bike path or cycle track would increase the comfort and use even more.

    A downside to this design is that it is wide enough for cars or trucks to move or park there. Some sort of design element should be incorporated to discourage car or truck use, other than curb parking.

  • guest

    The parked cars and loading areas should protect the lane.  The lane should be sidewalk side…. NOT traffic side.  Wait until someone double parks and that little girl on the scooter (in the fake picture above) ends up at LAC+USC pediatric ICU and needs trauma surgery

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