Eyes on the Street: Bike Lane Closure Signage Gives Wrong Sign?

Is the city giving cyclists the wrong sign? Photo by Nathan Lucero
Is the city giving cyclists the wrong sign? Photo by Nathan Lucero

Streetsie winner Nathan Lucero encountered some irritating signage when bicycling north on the Main Street bike lanes near El Pueblo downtown. From his @onmybikeinla Instagram post: (lightly edited)

After the bike lane on Main was closed twice, and blocked several times by multiple cars, these awful signs were at Arcadia. The left sign should read “[bike] may use full lane” and the other should be thrown away. The guard said the city provided the signs. I’m asking @lamayorsoffice @ladotbikeprog @ladotofficial to replace all of the ambiguous “share the road” signs with “[bike] may use full lane” and never use a sign with a bike crossed off when it’s perfectly legal for bikes to use the full lanes.

What do you think SBLA readers? Personally,I remember being a tiny bit encouraged that these film-shoot lane closures would actually acknowledge that bikes exist. This was not the case ten years ago in Los Angeles, though there were far fewer bike lanes then. I agree with Lucero, though, that the circle-slash-bike sign is inappropriate and signage indicating cyclists are allowed full use of the lane would be a big improvement. What signs do you think the city should be providing for these situations?

  • Melanie Curry

    He’s right! “Share the Road” is often misinterpreted to mean “Bicyclists, Get Out of My Way!” And the combination of these two signs is incomprehensible. What’s a bicyclist to do?

  • MaxUtil

    The sign combination might have made sense if the “no bikes” sign was located at the point of closure next to the “Lane Closed” sign and the “share the road” sign was paired with the “”bike lane closed” sign in the background.

    But generally, it just looks like someone flipped through the pile of ‘FU Cyclists’ signs they keep back at the office, handed them to a guy and said ‘stick these up somewhere’.

  • rickrise

    Yes…once again, LA can carry on its proud tradition of ignoring the successes of others so it can re-invent the square wheel. Here’s a snap of how San Francisco does it:


    From my article on “Out of the Fog: San Francisco after the Injunction”:

  • Joe Linton

    I wonder if there’s a standard sign “bike lane closed ahead”

  • User_1

    The signage says; drivers, share the road with other drivers. Also, bicycles aren’t allow here.

    Seems rather simple to me.

  • ubrayj02

    Entry level advocacy: “This is SPARTA!!!” [kick signs over]

    Management level advocacy: pick up signs and drop them onto the shoulder of the freeway below.

    Boss level: drag signs in front of production crew and deposit them two blocks away in the gutter.

    Super Saiyan Over 9000: throw signs towards city hall and have them land in the Hall of Mayors.

  • I’d almost give this the benefit of the doubt. Someone here, was doing their best to close the bike lane, but really, has never biked, nor really thought about bikes. This is why people involved in these situations must *USE* the infrastructure, by every mode. Its a good suggestion that people who do this type of work, should have to try and use the given infrastructure while blindfolded.

  • ubrayj02

    I think I found it. It is in an appendix to the MUTCD. I assume the BoE and LADOT and FilmLA all know about this.

  • 1976boy

    Considering this is for a film shoot, we can just assume that they take the same ‘fuck off” attitude toward bikes as they do towards residents, cars, pedestrians, dogs, children, and just about anyone. They have their own special agency to assist them in getting permits expedited to allow all kinds of behaviors that ordinary people and businesses cannot get. They are also the only industry allowed to hire cops to enforce their monopoly on public spaces once they are secured.

    So don’t take it personally, most of these guys live in Palmdale and consider you and I no better than roaches for living and breathing in downtown LA.



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