Protected Bike Lanes May Be Coming To Lankershim Blvd In 2017

Last Saturday's pop-up protected bike lane on Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Last Saturday's pop-up protected bike lane on Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

North Hollywood’s Lankershim Boulevard may be getting more and better bike lanes next year. This past weekend, the mayor of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative team partnered with City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the city Departments of Transportation (LADOT) and Planning (DCP), and community groups to host a pop-up event that previewed a possible protected bike lane design.

Saturday’s Lankershim Blvd Community Pop-Up featured a temporary protected bike lane (see video) and pocket-park, and a small street fair with food, music, art and more. Attendees gave input on possible future street configurations.

The designs for the street are expected to be finalized and publicized in early 2017. Improvements would be implemented in mid-2017 when Lankershim Blvd will be resurfaced after LADWP work there has been completed.

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The temporary Lankershim Blvd protected bike lane swaps the position of on-street parking, so parked cars protect the sidewalk-adjacent bike lane. Photo: greatstreetsLA Flickr
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Cyclists entering the temporary Lankershim Boulevard parking-protected bike lane
Attendees gave input on possible street reconfigurations for Lankershim. Photo: greatstreetsLA Flickr
Attendees gave input on possible street reconfigurations for Lankershim. Photo: greatstreetsLA Flickr

The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosted a ride that toured historic North Hollywood neighborhoods before ending at the pop-up event.

LACBC's tour of North Hollywood featured dramatic sycamore-lined streets
LACBC’s tour of North Hollywood featured dramatic sycamore-lined streets
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The ride was led by LACBC’s Hyeran Lee (left) and…
...Zachary Rynew (center) who blogs at CiclaValley
…Zachary Rynew (center) who blogs at CiclaValley
North Hollywood is full of Valley history, including the original Weddington ranch house (left)
North Hollywood is full of Valley history, including the original Weddington ranch house (left)

The city is currently studying Lankershim upgrades from Vanowen Street to Magnolia Boulevard. The northern portion of this already has conventional bike lanes. The cross section varies somewhat, so a final design may vary somewhat incorporating protected bike lanes only where width is most generous.

Protected bike lanes are also on the way for North Hollywood’s Chandler Boulevard. The Chandler protected lanes, already funded via Metro’s Call for Projects, could intersect with possible protected bike lanes on Lankershim to generate Los Angeles’ first fully-protected 4-way intersection. The intersection and bikeways there may take on a very different complexion as extensive Metro surface parking makes way for planned transit-oriented development.

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