LADOT Plans for Bike Lanes, Improved Crossings and Road Diet on Virgil Avenue

The new plan for Virgil Avenue will be presented at a community meeting tonight. For more on the meeting, click ##http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/08/23/community-meeting-virgil-village-bicycle-lane-proposal/##here.## To see how the new design stacks up with the current design, visit ##http://lastreetsblog.tumblr.com/post/60862731031/a-look-at-the-current-and-future-virgil-ave##Streetsblog LITE.##

Tonight, the LADOT will present a proposal for a half mile of bike lanes and road diet on Virgil Avenue between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. Currently, Virgil Avenue has four mixed-use travel lanes, two parking lanes, and sidewalks. After the diet, there will be two mixed-use lanes, a turn lane, two 5 foot bike lanes and the sidewalk area.

The proposal will be formally unveiled at a community meeting tonight. To see the advertisement for the community meeting, click here.

The proposal comes after a unique community outreach program led by Long Beach’s Studio 111 where community workshops were held outside in temporary parklets and right on the street. The American Planning Association awarded Studio 111 and the rest of the project team for the outstanding community outreach plan. To read more about the outreach plan, head over to the Studio 111 Blog.

The proposal appears to have community support, with most attendees at outreach process expressing interest in bike lanes, road diets, and even bike boxes. Council Member Mitch O’Farrell signals support for bike lanes in this area of the city from both a transportation stand point and economic development standpoint.

O’Farrell promises to attend all of tonight’s meeting personally to hear feedback from cyclists, community residents and businesses.

The project is part of the 2010 Los Angeles Bike Plan, and was slated for implementation in the first five years. While LADOT provided the above sketch off Streetmix, this Streetmix sketch doesn’t count as final design. There is no timeline set for final design and implementation, and this could be the first of several community outreach meetings.

  • Jake Bloo

    I’ve never been to one of these community meetings. What should I expect if I wanted to go?

  • michael macdonald

    A presentation from city staff outlining what is being proposed with graphics like the one above, along with benefits and potential concerns should the project move ahead.

    Usually there are comment cards for people to state whether they are for, against, or ambivalent to the project. Depending on the turnout, there might be a chorus of excited residents, or a group of furious NIMBYs explaining how bike lanes will be the end of civilization as we know it. If you have an opinion on the project either way, tonight is your opportunity to lend your voice.

  • Chris

    i wish bike lanes were to the right of the parking lane to prevent dooming

  • Anonymous

    Was at Tuesday night’s meeting…just about 50 people in attendance, mostly cyclists, judging by the bikes leaned against the walls of the school auditorium, and most lived within a half-mile of Virgil (myself included). Everyone was in support of the bike lanes, even the non-cyclist locals who are overall concerned about vehicular/pedestrian safety and excessive automobile traffic speeds, and see the bike lanes as part of a way to slow down the cars in this heavily-pedestrian oriented section of East Hollywood.

    What the LADOT staff forgot to mention, was the timeline for the project. Best-case scenario is “Fall” (which is 10 days from now, technically speaking :)), but most likely around November, or at least before the end of the year.

    I did expect small but vocal opposition, but there was none at the meeting. O’Farrell, though personally supportive of the lanes, wanted to do this meeting as a way to gauge community input. When I left the meeting to go on my short half-mile ride home I recalled the horror stories from the Northeast Los Angeles communities centered around the Figueroa bike lanes. Granted, Virgil’s project is much, much smaller in scope, but the public sentiment at Tuesday’s meeting was validation that East Hollywood really is a bike-friendly community.

  • Aaron

    The old lane markings have been scraped up, and preliminary markings are in! I think the new road diet & bike lanes will be going in any day now!

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