This morning, a crowd of about 200 celebrated the completion of the 7th Street bike lanes. These are among the first projects implemented under the city’s new bike plan. They’re also the city’s first bike lanes in the population-dense central Los Angeles neighborhoods of Koreatown and Westlake. And they’re the first bike lanes to reach downtown Los Angeles.
Today’s press conference included a ceremonial melting of the thermoplastic on the final bicycle lane icon for the project. Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes, assisted by city staff, wielded a blowtorch and melted in the bike symbol. Also taking turns at thermoplastic installation were Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition executive director Jennifer Klausner, and city Department of Transportation bikeway staffers Michelle Mowery and Tim Fremaux.
City crews were literally greening Los Angeles streets over the past weekend. Stretches of Boyle Height’s First Street and Downtown’s Spring Street received bright green pavement coloring. Though pavement color has been used in Europe, and various U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Long Beach, these two projects represent the city of L.A.’s […]
Los Angeles’ first two-way protected bike lane is expected to open this weekend on Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Currently, a southbound protected bike lane runs on the east side of Spring Street. The project will also include new bike signals and bike boxes for safe turns. The project is part of Councilmember José […]
L.A. Streetsblog has covered some of the “best practices” in bicycle and pedestrian planning in Long Beach and Santa Monica in an effort to expand the horizons of LADOT and local advocates. Apparently, the Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks needs to be added to the list. In a recent visit, Streetsblog San Francisco editor […]
The city of Los Angeles is updating its Bicycle Plan. The city staff report (p.20) states that this plan will “springboard the city of Los Angeles into the forefront of bicycle planning and establish the steps needed to ensure that Los Angeles become a world-class city for bicycling.” That’s an actual quote. Really. Perhaps it’s some sort of […]