On Wednesday evening, I received a phone call from my sister-in-law. She was calling because she noticed that the road right outside her driveway was re-striped and she thought the outline could change the road from a four-lane arterial street with left hand turn lanes to a two-lane street with bike lanes on either side and a bus-only lane down the middle.
For those not familiar with the area, let me paint a picture. Victory Boulevard is basically a four lane highway that cuts Woodland Hills into two pieces. Near Shoup Boulevard is a gigantic, and expanding mall surrounded by acres of parking lots. Treatments for the road that are on the book include pedestrian over passes, a sure sign that the road is inhospitable to pedestrians. Remaking Victory Boulevard into a complete street would be a major victory for Livable Streets.
Not shockingly, the LADOT confirmed my suspicion that the new paint isn't an indicator of a new and better design for Victory. Instead of slowed traffic, bike lanes and better pedestrian accommodations we'll have the same speeded-up traffic we see today. There's no bus-only lane planned for Victory Boulevard, unless we're talking about the one in Staten Island.