Eyes on the Street: Film Team Blocks the Buffered Bike Lane

Following last week’s controversy about whether or not film crews can block bike lanes, specifically the green buffered bike lane in Downtown Los Angeles, you would think the film industry would have paid enough attention to try to actually follow the law.  You would be wrong.

Photo: Carlos Morales

Streetsblog contributor Carlos Morales snapped this picture earlier this morning at Spring and 6th Street. While he was shooting, film crew security asked him what he was doing. When he told them, they stationed LAPD officers assigned to the shoot to stand in front of their film set up to direct cyclists in to the buffered zone.

(Update: With more LAPD showing up, along with L.A. Times reporters, and representatives of Film L.A. on the scene, it looks like discussions are beginning on a longer term resolution.  We’ll update this piece as more information comes in.)

(Note: Carlos did the photographing and research, Damien did the editorializing.)

16 thoughts on Eyes on the Street: Film Team Blocks the Buffered Bike Lane

  1. Must be a slow day for the Streetsblog team to sensationalize on such a non-important and yet familiar issue. Hey Damien, film crews are notorious for blocking not just bike lanes, but whole streets and sometimes sidewalks! Every true Angeleno knows this by now…

    Stop getting all rallied up over some film crews parked on bike lanes through granted permission by the city. Your rants are doing more bad than good for the cycling communities image.

  2. A couple of months ago a film crew tried to block the bike path along the beach in Playa Del Rey. Their efforts consisted of a thug holding a clipboard standing in the path with his arms out. Luckily he was easy to get around.

  3. Bike Man or FAILblog….either of you watch TV?  Go to the movies?  Netflix?

    Where do you think a good deal of the films and TV shows are made?  Here!!! Downtown!!!  Or did you really think CSI NY was shot in the Big Apple?  Dexter was shot in Miami.  Get a clue!!!  Huge industry that is a major factor in LA’s economy. 

    Why aren’t you concerned about perfectly able individuals using bogus handicap placards to park anywhere for free.   That’s an issue, not the frigging bike lanes!!!

  4. What? they still shoot movies in Los Angeles!? I thought we’d run those hooligans and all those lousy jobs out of town!

  5. Film crews, with proper permitting, can close an entire street.  However, they can’t block a bike lane anymore than they can any other through travel lane without a permit.  The film crew themselves seemed to understand that as they worked with Carlos to try and come up with solutions, once he made his point and the rules of the city clear.  We’ll have another update as the day goes on.

  6. @ Bike Man: Both the City and Film L.A. claim to have a policy about bike lanes.  It’s just that the people doing the filming never seem to know about it.

  7.  Notakisass:  a simple search on the lastreetsblog site of “disabled placard” immediately turns up several articles on this site dealing with that subject.  You can take your comments on that topic to those stories, otherwise we are talking about the obstruction of bicycle facilities – a discussion to which your comment adds absolutely nothing.  And while this issue might not concern you, it is an issue that concerns people in this city (to respond in your mold, I might add something like there are people in this city who aren’t as concerned with hollywood as much as you are, or at all for that matter)

  8. Hi CalRobert.   Film Crews are allowed to permit bike paths, sidewalks, streets and other public rights of way for filming.  In the case of streets, full closures are allowed with approval from the businesses and residents that reside within.  Sidewalks and bike paths usually cannot be closed except under extraordinary circumstances such as safety to the public if a stunt or other dangerous filming is planned.  In these instances the company is working closely with the City, DOT, LAFD and LAPD as well as local community leaders, HOAs and businesses.  In other words, a lot of legwork and preparation happens before the cones and saw-horses go up.  

    What is quite ordinary and appears to be the case in this instance is IPD/ITC which stands for Intermittent Pedestrian Control and Intermittent Traffic Control.  Productions are allowed — with proper permitting and notification of authorities — to hold traffic for periods of up to 3 minutes at a time for purposes of filming.  That way, someone on their ten speed does end up in a 1920s period film.  Or hurt.  Or worse.   Also, the person on the ten speed will not endanger the crews and actors who are working on the bike path.It wasn’t a thug that tried to stop you.  It was a crew member doing his job and most likely enforcing the permit for which was applied, vetted and paid.  The only thug in this situation was riding the bike.  

  9. Hello All,

    I spoke to the location manager as well as the FILM LA folks on site…I also called their main office.  It appears there was some confusion as to permit requirements for blocking a bike lane.  It has been resolved and FILM LA top management understands that if the closure of a bike lane is required that it must be requested in the permit.  In the future if the filming crew is impeding a bike lane and does not have a permit that allows for a lane closure they will be cited.  Also, if they do have a permit and they are not doing the intermittent traffic control as required by code, training will be provided followed by citations if corrections are not made. 

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