California Traffic Control Devices Committee Approves New Design for Spring Street Green Buffered Bike Lane

It looks more certain than ever that the Spring Street Green Buffered Bike Lane will receive a new paint treatment. How can the L.A. City Council and Mayor make it up to us?

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Last week, the California Traffic Control Devices Committee approved the “compromise” design for the Spring Street Green Buffered Bike Lane. The CTCD was the last body that needed to approve the design.

As you may recall, the new design will maintain the buffer, change the shade of green from bright green to forest green, and drastically reduce the amount of green paint on Spring Street. Instead of a green band filling the lane, there will now be four inches of green inside the lane borders and green paint in the conflict zones similar to the green lane on 1st Street in Boyle Heights.

The bike lane in Boyle Heights will not be changed, it will continue to have bright green paint. Both lanes are in Council District 14, represented by Jose Huizar who fought for the installation and preservation of both lanes.

After the City Council bowed to the nonsensical demands of the Film and Television Industry to make existing infrastructure in Downtown Los Angeles less safe and attractive despite the objections of the people who live work and recreate on Spring Street, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition managed to find a silver lining in the debacle. The new design is considerably less expensive so the city can (and should) not just repaint Spring Street, but also paint four or five new green lanes with this less expensive design.

If this new design is such an improvement, the least the city could do would be to apply the same treatment to Main Street, which runs parallel to Spring with traffic moving in the opposite direction. Main Street was supposed to get the full green bike lane treatment that Spring did until it was killed in a “compromise” with the Film and Television Industry.

Because this design is so much better. Photo:##http://ladotbikeblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/spring-street-final.png##LADOT Bike Blog##

My feelings were a little different. Because Council Members Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti were the members who pushed the issue at City Council, they should show their bike friendliness by pushing for full green bike lanes in their districts, I reasoned. This suggestion is already outdated as Garcetti is now the Mayor of Los Angeles and the whole city is his district. As for  LaBonge, he still believes that nobody else has ever painted a bike lane green anywhere in the world.

Instead of focusing on the green paint, Streetsblog offers a different challenge for Mayor Garcetti and Council Member LaBonge. The 7th Street Bike Lanes are some of the most important ones in the city, are widely used, and provide a crucial connection between Koreatown and points west to Downtown Los Angeles. If you really want to make up for the Spring Street debacle, where you clearly stated that the convenience of the Film and Television Industry is more important than the safety of cyclists, turn these 7th Street Bike Lanes into L.A.’s first protected bike lanes.

It just so happens this lane is partially in Council Member LaBonge’s Council District.

The Council Member’s Office points out that the district begins at Western and 7th. The bike lanes end just east of there. Streetsblog regrets this error. 

  • Urban Reason

    Worth noting, so far readers would prefer a SINGLE protected bike lane to FIVE painted lanes. Discuss…

  • Was Harry Reid involved? It seems like the kind of “compromise” hed jump head first into.

  • Soylent Green Lanes

    The whole premise of the poll is noteworthy in it’s lack of any critical thinking. Certainly the city council should deliver on the bike plan and provide the lanes they agreed to, but making this some sofie’s choice for bike nerds is just silly. The correct answer is more paint on the streets now.

  • John Lloyd

    Where’s the “all of the above” option?

  • james

    I have always preferred a design that employs solid paint only in conflict zones, including driveways and intersections, along with bicycle boxes, stencils on the other side of the crosswalk and LOOK reminders for motorists at driveways. This compromise design, much like the original, relies too much on paint and not enough on engineering where it matters most. It is not even up to the standards of a below average Candian city.

  • That’s a good point. I was thinking something that could be done today, also it’s enlightening for me (and them) to see what people would say if they were given choices. If we had an all of the above, then everyone would just choose that.

  • El Sharto

    Filmical Mass. Just find out when these film industry a-holes are filming. Ride and disrupt. Paint the streets pink with home depot $5 botch buckets.

  • Austin

    Please Please protected bike lane on 7th street. Got into an accident a couple days ago while riding westbound on 7th near Hope. D: Way too many cars and buses to be able to ride safety.

  • Erik Griswold

    Cycletracks
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  • rickrise

    Bike lanes on Fountain/Hyperion from Virgil east and north to the new lanes on Glendale in Atwater; extend the Santa Monica Blvd. bike lane stub from Virgil west at least to Western Ave. Right away!

  • rickrise

    Bike lanes on Fountain/Hyperion from Virgil east and north to the new lanes on Glendale in Atwater; extend the Santa Monica Blvd. bike lane stub from Virgil west at least to Western Ave. Right away!

  • rickrise

    Bike lanes on Fountain/Hyperion from Virgil east and north to the new lanes on Glendale in Atwater; extend the Santa Monica Blvd. bike lane stub from Virgil west at least to Western Ave. Right away!

  • VG

    I said exactly about this multiple times, if 7th str gets this (and some others, like Main) then we can be ok For Now