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Eyes on the Street: The Spring Street Bypass Lane
Posted By Damien Newton On April 23, 2012 @ 1:39 pm In bcycle lanes,Downtown LA,LADOT,LAPD | 23 Comments
Avid Streetsblog reader Simon Hartigan is tired of drivers driving down the Spring Street Green Buffered Bike Lanes. After catching drivers using the bike lane as bypass, he sent the video to Streetsblog. This raises the question of what should the city’s next step to protect the bike lane be? Is it time for grade separation, or would a little LAPD enforcement be the best effort?
A portion of Hartigan’s email that accompanied the above video is below. Added emphasis is mine:
Bike lane or bypass lane? I was filming before and caught many culprits using the Spring Street bike lane as a bypass lane. The average might be as high as 1 per minute or two. I even took a phone call before while on the lane just hanging out for a bit not blocking any bike traffic, and got yelled and screamed at by motorists for blocking their bypass lane, so the car drivers also feel entitled to it as their space. This happens every time there’s heavy traffic on Spring Street…
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