Bike Lanes, Partially Green and Partially Buffered, Appear on Westwood North of Le Conte

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Photo: Juan Matute

Westwood and Le Conte is sort of a magical intersection for me.

In 2008, the city’s first Sharrows appeared just north of Le Conte on Westwood Blvd. In 2010, Westwood and Le Conte teamed up again as the home of “30 seconds of Awesome,” in its scramble crosswalk. Those were both big stories for early Streetsblog L.A.

So I was really excited when Streetsblog L.A. Steering Committee member Juan Matute posted pictures showing that those Sharrows, which were actually the first ones in Los Angeles, were replaced by bike lanes into and out of the UCLA campus. The lanes are occasionally buffered and occasionally green. Sometimes there are Sharrows.

But…wait a second? I thought that a bike lane on Westwood was a controversial topic for the local Councilmember?

The design and upkeep of LeConte and Westwood near and through the campus are the responsibility of UCLA. (More pictures of the lane can be found after the jump.)

But while UCLA is doing all that it can to assure safe commutes for all road users coming to and from campus, the dedication to safe streets ends when the city takes control of the streets again. The Daily Bruin reports that City Councilmember Paul Koretz is doubling down on his opposition to safe streets. Having previously killed even a study of bike lanes on Westwood Boulevard connecting to the Expo Line, Koretz has now removed the possibility of bike lanes in Westwood Village.

So, hats off to UCLA for doing the right thing for its commuters. It’s just too bad that that commitment ends where the City of Los Angeles takes over.

The City will take input on the Mobility Plan 2035, including the Westwood Blvd. bike lane, at a meeting of the City Planning Commission tomorrow, Thursday, May 28th, at 8:30 AM at the Van Nuys City Hall (14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys 91401).

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  • Daniel Berez

    Is that a bike/bus only lane I see in that last picture?!

  • Asher Of LA

    Maybe UCLA should host classes to teach vehicular cycling – so that local cyclists can commandeer a whole car lane with confidence, and make motorists *wish* there was a devoted bike lane. It would be a sit-in that never stops.

    Tactical urbanism…

  • ubrayj02

    This is great! Now cyclists can safely ride to the edge of UCLA’s campus. They should make an altar on the corner here so everyone can say their prayers on their way out of UCLA’s bubble and into Paul Koretz’s idea of a lowered carbon emitting city.

    I think Koretz has a green strategy that we’re not getting: kill enough people on bikes or on foot and you have less carbon emissions! Fewer people means less CO2. Brilliant!

  • Thinking_Ape

    Obviously this is a step in the right direction but it actually doesn’t help me in my commute at all. Let me explain. The bus/bike lane pictured above has a bus parked ~80% of the time. So if I am biking in that lane then I have to switch to the middle lane into traffic which is probably going faster than me. What I have done (and probably will continue to do) is to take the middle lane by default since buses are nearly always blocking that lane.

    Also, at the Westwood/Charles E Young intersection, the bike lane is on the right side and doesn’t continue on the north side of the intersection. If you’re approaching the intersection in the bike lane you will again have to make a tedious merge into traffic. So again, it still makes most sense for me to take the middle lane rather than the bike lane.

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