Eyes On the Street: Painted Curb Extensions On Vermont Ave In Pico-Union

LADOT has installed new painted curb extensions along Vermont Avenue in Pico-Union. The above extension is at Venice Blvd. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
LADOT has installed new painted curb extensions along Vermont Avenue in Pico-Union. The above extension is at Venice Blvd. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Earlier today Streetsblog spotted a few more painted curb extensions on Vermont Avenue in L.A.’s Pico-Union neighborhood.

Thermoplastic-paint extensions are in place at the Vermont Avenue intersections with Pico, Venice, and Washington Boulevards. The one-mile stretch of Vermont from Pico to Adams Boulevard is on the list of the top 40 Vision Zero priority corridors identified in the January Vision Zero Action Plan.

Priority corridors from L.A.'s Vision Zero Action Plan
Priority corridors from L.A.’s Vision Zero Action Plan

They are fairly similar to other Vision Zero painted extensions on Third Street and further south on Vermont Avenue.

Painted curb extension on Vermont Ave at Pico Blvd
Painted curb extension on Vermont Ave at Pico Blvd
Another view of a painted curb extension on Vermont at Venice
Another view of a painted curb extension on Vermont at Venice
Painted curb extension on Vermont Ave at Washington Blvd
Painted curb extension on Vermont Ave at Washington Blvd

 

  • Dennis_Hindman

    Red painted curbs and white thermoplastic striped curb extensions are a great way to obtain space for future bike lanes. Less objections when these curb extensions are in place first compared to putting in bike lanes first.

  • Joe Commuter

    Except that likely won’t happen since there is still parking. At best this infrastructure is a placeholder for curb extensions, which will actually make it more difficult to install bike lanes than the current situation. Streetsblog is giving too much credit by saying this is any kind of safety improvement. Nobody is going to be fooled into thinking that Vermont is now a safe street to bike, or walk.

  • Richard

    But both of these improvements are right next to far better bicycle corridors that are lacking funding.

    3rd street is a mess for cyclists, but 4th street 1 block south already has some cycling improvements but could really do with a protected lane and some interchange enhancements.

    Pico is just a little north of Venice, which is wider and has a bike lane again in need of more protection and interchange enhancements.

    I would rather put aside money and space for a really nice network of protected bike lanes on less trafficked streets like 4th and Venice, than have painted bike lanes scattered all over the city.
    Investment needs to be focused into a use-able network.

  • Richard

    Vermont isn’t even a safe street to drive. I suspect there arent too many fatalities on the bus, but that is painfully slow. It fails every mode.