Eyes on the Street: Dangerous Expo Bikeway Intersection Now Fixed

As cyclists eagerly await completion of the Expo Bikeway from Culver City to Santa Monica, some fixes are ongoing to the maligned-but-improving Phase I bike path.

All images:  Jon Weiss
LADOT has improved safety markings where the Expo bikeway crosses the railroad tracks, at the intersection of Exposition Blvd., Gramercy Pl., and Rodeo Rd. All images: Jonathan Weiss

Via Jonathan Weiss, a member of the city’s official Bicycle Advisory Committee, comes some pictures of an improved section of the Expo Phase I bike route at the dangerous intersection of Exposition Boulevard, Gramercy Place and Rodeo Road.

In 2012, before the Expo Bicycle Advisory Committee was even formed, L.A.’s Bicycle Advisory Committee noted major safety issues where the  Expo bikeway crosses the railroad tracks at the intersection of Exposition Boulevard, Gramercy Place, and Rodeo Road. Expo’s Phase 1 included signals and bicycle markings that were confusing to motorists and cyclists. The Bicycle Advisory Committee warned that it was only a matter of time until there was a tragic crash.

The Advisory Committee, pushed the City Council and Expo Construction Authority to make changes to the intersection. The city council passed a resolution, the LADOT got to work and two years later the intersection was improved. The new intersection includes clearly marked places for bicycles to wait for the signal, better signage, and, yes, bright green paint.

Weiss asked that we credit LADOT Bikeways, and the offices of Councilmember Herb Wesson and Mayor Eric Garcetti for their work on this project.

The Expo/Grammercy/Rodeo intersection has new markings, some green paint and better signage. For more images from Jon Weiss’ cell phone. click on after the jump.

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  • poopyman

    Well I give this .00001 feet of green lane about a week before FilmLA erases it.

  • Still looks poor to me, including the angle. And why does the asphalt/concrete transition have to be in the middle of the bike lane?

  • Joe B

    I, um, I don’t understand. That doesn’t look fixed to me.

    The bike lane still runs riders onto the tracks at a very sharp angle. And it still does a bizarre sharp right turn that is difficult for riders who lack expert bike handling skills. The problem isn’t fixed. It’s just painted. Barring a complete redesign of the intersection (why wasn’t it designed properly in the first place?),
    we need something like veloSTRAIL to fill the gaps and allow cyclists to continue straight next to the cars.

    When I negotiate that intersection, I move all the way to the left of the roadway, then do a safe, broad turn and approach the tracks straight-on.

    What were they thinking? (Were they thinking?)

  • Joe Linton

    I, too, wouldn’t call this “fixed” – I do think it’s slightly improved… and let’s keep pushing for more improvements

  • Tim Fremaux

    We were approached by a company that wanted us to evaluate their cement-based green bike lane infill product, and thought this would be a good location to do it. A special shout-out and thanks to Statewide Striping for providing the material and installation services!

  • James

    Had LADOT considered trying out one of the rubber rail inserts used elsewhere? Or is that out of the question because it wasn’t invented here? http://tinyurl.com/l25ts5o This is the manufacturer of the material in the article linked: http://www.strail.de/index.php?id=197&L=1 and the brochure: http://www.strail.de/uploads/media/Seehafer_gb_low.pdf

  • Tim Fremaux

    James: Metro has jurisdiction over the tracks themselves and any potential treatment to fill the gaps.

  • James

    The predictable response from the DOT. It is not our jurisdiction and it’s not our responsibility. Perhaps the LADOT could inform Metro of the problem and possible solutions. I’m not sure that anyone at Metro in any position of authority has ever ridden a bicycle over train tracks.

  • SS

    I had a nasty fall biking through this very intersection about three weeks ago. Scrambled up just in time to dodge an Expo Line train barreling my way. Unless you know to look for it, the turn here is too sharp and the bike lane too narrow. Consider it not fixed.

  • Eric W

    …had a carefully reasoned comment which Discus erased…here’s a shortened take two

    Not really much of a fix. How about moving the track crossing back a bit to the west to the intersection with the crossing arms and lights? This diagonal crossing doesn’t seem to have any way to become a reasonably safe intersection. I’ve been complaining about it for two years? Really is it that long? Any all we have to show is some green paint? Come on LADOT and Tim. Time for an alternate route.

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