Eyes On the Street: New Counterflow Bike Lanes at UCLA

New counterflow bike lane on xxx on the UCLA campus. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
New counterflow bike lane on Dixon Court on the UCLA campus. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

The UCLA campus now has what I am pretty sure is L.A. County’s first counter-flow bike lanes.* The one-block bike lane is on Dixon Court, formerly just a one-way street.

Alta’s Ryan Johnson mentions:

This was a major gap in the campus bike route network, leading from a popular commuter bike route to the Urban Planning department and a satellite student union. It was previously one-way only, and campus police sometimes gave students tickets for bicycling against traffic. Urban Planning students pushed for a solution like this for years, and the campus finally came through!

Now if there were only a safer way to get through Westwood to the UCLA campus… hmmm.

Drivers cannot go northbound on Dixon Court, but cyclists now can
Drivers cannot go northbound on Dixon Court, but cyclists now can

* Are we wrong? Tell us in the comments.

  • Asher Of LA

    So what happens to those parking spaces :)?

  • j1998

    Check out some of the bike routes that run north south in Pasadena. I believe Marengo or Los Robles has several block long contraflow bike lanes at major intersections

  • Sirinya Matute

    Those spaces are still accessible to people who are traveling south. They’re loading only or for motorists with wheelchair placards.

  • Alex Brideau III

    Seems unusual that car drivers will be required to cross the double-yellow line to park. I think it would make more sense to move the contra-/counter-flow bike lane next to the curb in this case.

    Of course, that dumpster has got to go.

  • User_1

    Not familiar with the section of road mentioned above, but this explains everything to me!

    “Urban Planning students pushed for a solution like this for years, and the campus finally came through!”

  • Motor vehicles crossing a contra-flow bike lane? Bad news for everyone involved. This is a mis-design.

  • Steven White

    I was in Paris in March… their one-way streets almost all have counterflow bike markings on them. So I searched for how exactly they handled the parking, thinking “It must be better than this!” But of course, here’s the first photo I found.

  • Steven White

    Granted – generally the cars are smaller, streets tighter, speeds much slower, so the danger is lower as well.

  • It would seem that way, but then almost every car would be guaranteed to open a door into the bikeway whereas the current situation greatly lowers that probability.

  • The signage is all wrong. As presented above, it’s illegal for bicyclists to actually make use of the bikeway. The sign that’s necessary to make it lawful doesn’t even officially have a number yet [Word document] (currently identified R5-xxP), but they need to find a way to order some anyway and add them to the poles.

  • The cars can be smaller, but remember that Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are all German and their big models (i.e. 7-series, S-Class, A7, etc.) are sold and driven all over Europe. The biggest difference is the built environment period. A road in Europe as wide as this one would likely be two-way.

  • Michael Cahn
  • It should have had a striped, not solid double yellow

  • Great idea, bad execution.
    The double yellow should be dashed, not solid
    Need a bike exception sign on the do not enter, or bikes can still be ticketed
    Although to be fair, Washington DC has the same issues

  • No, has worked fine in Washington DC. Ive used them myself, zero issue


  • Vincent Busam

    In Hermosa Beach, the two-way bike lane on Hermosa Ave is unprotected and counter-flow between 24th & 27th streets.

  • rickrise

    Marengo does indeed have a contraflow bike lane; here is a picture:


  • mcas

    Yes — you are wrong. UCLA already had a green, contraflow law on the western side of campus on De Neve Drive for a few years — A ‘One Way’ street where cars + bikes have shared lane in northbound and only a bike lane with a double yellow line in the southbound. https://www.google.com/maps/@34.0730578,-118.4529849,3a,75y,347.2h,66.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sAHxqEOV7mFrMMsIfpgZBZQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!5m1!1e3


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