Eyes on the Street: Every Lane Is a Bus Lane

Photo: Justin Resnick

A picture of a Metro bus, adorned with their most recent ad campaign reminding drivers that “every lane is a bike lane” straddling the Spring Street Green Buffered Bike Lane, has been making the rounds with stops in Reddit and LAist. When pictures such as this one pop up, there is generally a cry from Metro defenders or people that hate bikes arguing that the vehicle in question is not breaking the law in any way and we should just chill out. Maybe there was a bus stop, or maybe the driver was avoiding some sort of road hazard.

Looking to avoid that sort of commentary, we talked to Justin Resnick, the photographer who grabbed that particular shot. Take it away Justin.

It was the only vehicle in the bike lane and definitely not there for any legitimate reason. Once it got past the traffic in one lane and parked cars in the other, it cruised down the parking lane (a traffic lane during peak) and the bike lane as shown in the second photo.

The other picture he mentioned? You can see it after the jump.

Photo: Justin Resnick

Happy bike month!

  • calwatch

    Of course, the right lane on Spring Street was a bus lane for years to begin with. It, and the bus lane on Main, were restriped to bike lanes less than two years ago.

  • Anonymous

    True. I have to say I’m not sure it’s a good idea to create bike lanes at the expense of bus lanes. Take the space from general purpose lanes or parking instead.

    Question: since they were converted from bus lanes, the bike lanes on Main and Spring are obviously still wide enough for buses. Is anyone aware if this has been tried as a legal arrangement (combined bike/bus lane) anywhere? And if so, results?

  • patrick

    LADOT just announced their intention to install combination bus/bike lanes on Sunset from Fig to Dodger Stadium.

  • J. Ryan

    I take this lane every afternoon and I’ve never seen a bus do this other than to move over for a stop. So with that in mind, I say chill out.

  • It’s been tried on Figueroa St, and it will be on Vermont, and on Sunset/Cesar Chavez some time in the next couple months too. Unfortunately, all of those projects are rush hour only. The times I’ve used the Figueroa shared lane on bike have all been really good though.

  • The buffered bike lanes on Spring and Main did not “replace” a bus-only lane. It was just a regular ol’ travel lane that was repurposed as a bike lane as part of the bike lane implementation. (The 10′ travel lane became a 6′ bike lane + 4′ buffer). Buses still swing in to the curb to pick up passengers like they did before.

  • calwatch
  • Wanderer

    Of course buses are by far the primary violators of bike lanes. The patient, bike-loving auto drivers of Los Angeles would never, ever do such a thing. Right? Right?

    Highlighting this is an “interesting” approach to building bicyclist/transit solidarity. Maybe you can complement it with some photos of bicyclists racing by buses coming into bus stops on the right, putting themselves in position to get squashed.

  • It was a transit lane

  • San Francisco has that I think. Philly has a ton of them, Boston one.

  • calwatch

    The former Spring Street lane had “bikes OK” on it as shown in the Google Street View link.

  • If I had such pictures, I would.

  • It was the parking that was a bus lane for two hours in the morning and two at night during weekdays. It wouldn’t impact this particular situation, as the pic was taken at night.

  • Anonymous

    This needs be added to the Spring Street Bike Lane photo contest and immediately named the winner.

  • Mike

    Bikes are not currently allowed in transit lanes in SF, but that will hopefully one day change.