Buffered Bike Lanes in Downtown Los Angeles and Regular Lanes Through Second Street Tunnel

Images: Ryan Johnson

Images: Ryan Johnson

Getting to Downtown Los Angeles from points west seems to be getting easier every day. For the past several weeks, Streetsblog covered the addition of new bike lanes on 7th Street that link up with existing lanes in the Downtown. This weekend, the city striped new lanes through the iconic 2nd Street Tunnel into the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

The new lanes will extend from North Spring Street, home of the famous sorta-green buffered bike lane, through the tunnel to Glendale Boulevard. The portion of the lanes in Downtown Los Angeles are buffered lanes, matching up with the Northbound buffered lanes on Main Street and Southbound ones on Spring. The project also connects with existing Sharrows on 2nd street from Alameda to Spring Street.

While the project isn’t quite completed yet, the early returns are good. Reader Brian Retchiess wrote on Friday, “I dunno about you, but my trips to Echo Park are about to get a lot nicer!”

Ryan Johnson wrote after his morning commute yesterday, “My ride through the 2nd Street tunnel this morning was excellent due to the newly striped bike lanes. Pavement markings are still missing, so there was a little driver confusion that I’m sure will interesting to watch during rush hour tomorrow.”

So how was your commute today? If you ride 2nd Street, did the new lanes make a difference? Let us know in the comments section.