DIY Lanes on Fletcher Bridge Already a Memory

Apparently, It’s a Lot Easier to Remove Bike Lanes Than to Add Them

Last week, MetBlogs reported that some enterprising souls took it upon themselves to improve the city’s bike network by adding their own lanes to the Fletcher Bridge that runs over the Los Angeles River.  The Do It Yourself, aka DIY, Lanes lasted less than half a week as the DOT saw to their quick removal.  Apparently, in Los Angeles it takes well over a decade to construct the projects in a Bike Master Plan, but a couple of days to remove vigilante bike lanes.

While I wasn’t able to witness the DIY lanes personally, I did confirm with Streetsblog reader and commenter Ingrid Peterson that the lanes were real.  She noticed them on her bike last week and managed to take a couple of pictures before the lanes were removed.  In other words, these aren’t altered photos.  The unofficial lanes did exist for a short period of time.

Of course, vigilante street markings such as this wouldn’t be necessary in the eyes of any if Los Angeles would finally get serious about funding bicycle projects.  We know that Metro missed an opportunity to fund bicycle and pedestrian projects last week.  Hopefully Mayor Villaraigosa isn’t planning on reneging on his promise that some of the city’s sales tax funds will get spent on "non-motorized transportation" projects.

  • The surprising speed that several city blocks of guerrilla sharrows in Highland Park were covered up last year is a testament to how efficient this City is at maintaining its facade of power and control over our affairs.

  • I think if they had made the bike lanes look like bike lanes (the exact specifications of a bike lane) they may have been able to stay up for sometime. I think this is a GREAT idea, but I think you have to do the gov’t like you do did your parents when you showed them that you deserved to stay up that extra hour. That you have the right to stay up an extra hour.

    I’m pro DIY, but you have to be anal when you are DIY. It can’t be just about politics it has to prove your point (unless your point is to mock, which is often my point.)

    You prove your point by doing it just like them. You shouldn’t talking about it. You just do it and show them that it worked for a few months and then showing them going, “Hey look at this.” I like to think of Richard Ankrom and the artist who did the i5 freeway sign. He spent two years planning it and it looked just like a real sign, in fact it was a real sign.

    I think of ‘zines, the nice ones, they looked just like magazines, once the technology was there to do it.

    People should make their own bike lanes, but they have to make them look just like the city would make them and keep it a secret, hopefully that kind of DIY political action is happening right now.

    Change is possible if you work with the force or throw the force out of office and find a force you can work with.

    When you do something you always have to remember what the end goal is.

    Is the end goal showing the gov’t that their dumbasses (which we all know) and setting yourself up for a fight (and we all know Americans don’t like losing a fight, they will kill thousands of people just to go “I was right!!!”) or is your end goal to get bike lanes, so that people can ride their bicycles safely. Your tactics have to coexist with your end goal, if not, you may have to rethink your tactics or rethink your end goal.

  • Lucky Pierre

    @browne: It’s a hell of a lot easier to make a freeway sign project – totally executed within a private studio, but for the final stage – than a bike lane painted over a long stretch of a public thoroughfare between a pair of freeway off ramps.

    Here’s hoping we’ll see more Dept of DIY projects in both neat and sloppy glory. There’s a place – and symbolism – for both.


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