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West Hollywood and L.A. Celebrate New Fairfax Avenue Bike Lanes

3:12 PM PDT on June 10, 2016

West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister cuts the ribbon on Fairfax Avenue's new bike lanes. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

The cities of West Hollywood and Los Angeles celebrated the grand opening of a collaborative project yesterday: 1.2 miles of bike lanes on Fairfax Avenue. The new bike lanes extend from Melrose Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard. The northern end of the lanes were striped by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in 2014. That facility was extended southward this year, through the cities of both L.A. and West Hollywood.

The lanes were championed by the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition, which lead a celebratory lap after yesterday's ribbon-cutting.

West Hollywood Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, a self proclaimed "car-free millennial," rides a West Hollywood bike-share bike on the celebratory tour of the new Fairfax Avenue bike lanes.
West Hollywood councilmember Linsey Horvath demonstrates a WeHo Pedals bike. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
West Hollywood Councilmember Horvath speaking to a crowd of around 60 assembled to celebrate the Fairfax bike lanes
L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz, a former West Hollywood City Councilmember, also celebrated the new bike lanes, despite opposing similar safety enhancements for Westwood Boulevard
Councilmember Koretz took a ride on the new bike lanes
In response to lawsuits mostly not in bike lanes, Councilmember Englander has proposed removing bike lanes. Photo of Councilmber Koretz riding a cracked-pavement Fairfax Avenue bike lane in 2016 - by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Unfortunately, even with an escort of County Sheriffs, this tow truck - license 51151F1 - was blocking the cyclists inaugural ride in the new lanes

Even with the excellent new lanes and with bike-share expected to open in West Hollywood in July, the relatively population-dense West Hollywood and Hollywood areas feature very few bicycling facilities.

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