Separated Bike Lanes on South Fig? LADOT Presentation Hints at Future Project

Good Enough

In January 2011, consultants for the South Figueroa Corridor Project unveiled three different visions for the soon-to-be Living Street.  The visions were labeled “Good,” “Better,” and “Best.”  A recent presentation to Caltrans, made available on their website, shows current thinking on the legacy project from the project team and the new lead agency, LADOT.

There’s good news and bad news.  The bad news: it looks like “better” and “best” are off the table.  The good news?  “Good” still includes a transit only lane and a pair of bike only lanes.  The northbound bike only lane and separate transit only lane run the entire 3 mile route of the project from 7th and Figueroa to MLK Boulevard.  The Southbound bike only lane starts at 10th Street and goes all the way south.

The lane width varies in different sections of the street, after the jump we show what parts of Figueroa are going to see what types of lane configurations.

The South Figueroa Corridor Project was a project of the Community Redevelopment Agency.  Recently, the LADOT took over as lead agency for the project, and promised a quick environmental review.  The funding for the project comes from Prop. IC, and must be spent by the end of 2014.  Other parts of the corridor project, include improving connections to L.A. Live/Staples Center on 11th Street, and improvements to MLK Boulevard and Bill Robertson way to provide connections to the Expo Line.

In the section from Olympic Boulevard to 7th Street, every lane points north. There are three mixed-use lanes, a bus only lanes, a parking lane, a buffer and a bike only lane. Cyclists on the Cycletrack (yes, they use that word) are separated not only by a buffer and physical barrier, but also parked cars and a bus-only lane.
From Olympic Blvd. South to Pico Boulevard the street widens to 82 feet. A separated bike lane and parking lane appear going south. There are still three mixed-use travel lanes, although one is now southbound and the other is northbound. The rest of the street remains the same.
From Pico down to 21st street, the road shrinks to sixty seven feet. The parking on the southbound side of the street vanishes, the bike lanes each go from 7 feet to 6 feet and the buffers shrink from four feet to two feet. The mixed use turn lane also shrinks from 11 feet to 10 feet.
From 21st Street to Exposition Boulevard, the street configuration returns to what it was between Olympic and Pico Boulevards.
From Exposition Boulevard to MLK Boulevard, the road shrinks back to 67 feet. As we saw before, the buffers shrink to two feet and the bike lane to six feet. However, in this section all car parking disappears and a second southbound mixed-use travel lane appears.


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