Eyes on the Street: Protected Bike Lane Becomes Sign Lane for a Day?
— LA Street Services (@BSSLosAngeles) April 4, 2017
Eagle-Eyed reader, and former Streetsie winner, Colin Bogart sends the above picture of the Los Angeles Street protected bike lane in Downtown Los Angeles from earlier this morning. Perhaps most infuriating part of the bike lane sign blockage? It looks as though there is plenty of room in the protected portion of the road configuration for the signs to be safely outside of the bike lane.
As Bogart writes, “Nothing says, ‘You bicyclists don’t matter and we’re not serious about bike lanes’ quite like this. Someone at the city has to review traffic control plans for construction projects.”
While the signs in the lane are something of a twist, it’s not uncommon for workers for the City of Los Angeles to block a bike lane or crosswalk with a vehicle or some other obstruction. It would be a noticeable and real step forward if a directive went out to change this sort of behavior as the city strives for its commitment to Vision Zero to be taken seriously.