Eyes on the Street: Venice Boulevard Resurfaced, Bike Lanes Soon?

Thanks to friend of the blog and L.A. City Bicycle Advisory Committee Chair Jeff Jacobberger for spotting this and bringing it to the attention of the city of L.A. Transportation Department (LADOT) and SBLA.

Pedestrian walking across the recently-resurfaced Venice Boulevard. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Pedestrian walking across the recently-resurfaced not-yet-striped Venice Boulevard. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Venice Boulevard was recently resurfaced between Western Avenue and Arlington Avenue. This portion of Venice Boulevard did not have bike lanes before the repaving, but it probably should get them very soon.

These blocks are designated for bike lanes on the city’s approved Bicycle Plan. The city already spent a lot of time and money to design and study extending Venice Boulevard bike lanes as part of its “Year One” bike lane projects list. The Venice Boulevard bike lanes would be extended 3.9 miles from their current terminus at Crenshaw Boulevard all the way to Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. When complete, this will create a 13 mile long bikeway. The existing 9.1-mile Venice Boulevard bike lanes are already the city’s longest.

Cyclist riding Venice Blvd yesterday
Cyclist riding Venice Blvd yesterday

The project would most likely be a road diet (or removing parking.) The road diet could convert four car lanes to three, and add continuous turn pockets and bike lanes. These road diet projects are, of course, safer for everybody – drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Yellow plastic temporary center line markers on Venice Boulevard yesterday
Yellow plastic temporary center line markers on Venice Boulevard yesterday

As of late yesterday, the new smooth surface is very bikeable. People in cars, on bikes, and on foot were all using the resurfaced street. The street has “gone black” (vernacular for resurfaced and not yet striped) and the only hint of any kind of lane markings were the temporary plastic markers delineating the center line.

Note: As this article was about to be published, SBLA received word indirectly that LADOT will extend the Venice Boulevard bike lanes very soon, but apparently not yet east of Arlington (where the above photos were taken.) We’ll update via comments below or a subsequent article as the picture becomes clearer.

  • michael macdonald

    Sigh. Been waiting for these bike lanes for 2 years now.

  • Rico

    You know it’s going to be the same striping configuration as before, and then in a year or two they’ll grind out the “old” striping and put in the bike lanes, leaving the whole thing a total mess. As usual.

  • ubrayj02

    It will be 2035 before we get a god damn thing out of this city.

    The icecaps are melting, the cartels will take over, we’ll be knee deep in water from DWP pipes breaking, and I can guarantee this town will never have bike lanes.

    So sick of it.

  • james

    Let me guess, bike lanes are only going to be installed from West to Arlington in areas where the space can be taken from narrowed lanes. Anything that requires a roaddiet will involve years of community meetings to give the councilman the opportunity to create a campaign against bike lanes. Can I also assume that nothing is going to be done to make the street less hostile to pedestrians? No traffic calming, bulb outs, new crosswalks etc. In other words OC style intermittent bike lanes on an urban highway.

  • michael macdonald

    Except that in this case, this project went through that process in 2013, along with a DEIR, as part of LADOT’s “Year 1” priority list of the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan. Community meetings have occurred, neighborhood council letters of support have been provided, and all that remains is implementation.

  • Ben

    I would hesitate to call the existing setup on Venice an actual bike lane. More like a right turn lane, waiting for parking lane, garbage bin pickup lane, or freeway shoulder. Is this something the city actively trumpets as an example of good bicycle infrastructure?

  • ubrayj02

    No, but it really is better than nothing.

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