Eyes on the Street: New 7th Street Protected Lane in DTLA

New protected bike lane on eastbound 7th Street in downtown L.A. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
New protected bike lane on eastbound 7th Street in downtown L.A. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Bit by bit, L.A. is slowly embracing protected bicycle infrastructure. Earlier this month, LADOT added another block of protected bike lane. It is located on 7th Street from Hope Street to Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles, in front of The Bloc. The location is directly across from Metro’s 7th Street Station.

Ryan Johnson of Alta Planning + Design alerted Streetsblog L.A. about the new facility, installed over the past couple weeks. It was also announced by City Councilmember José Huizar via Twitter.

The new 7th Street protected bike lane. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L..A.
The new 7th Street protected bike lane. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L..A.

The block-long facility is protected bike lane at each end, with a green-dashed merge zone at the middle where cars can cross the lane to drop people off at the curb.

LADOT crew installing green merge zone. Photo by Ryan Johnson
LADOT crew installing green merge zone. Photo by Ryan Johnson

Per signage at the site, a parklet is also planned there – at the corner of 7th and Hope – coming this summer.

Notice that parklet is coming. Photo by Ryan Johnson
Notice that parklet is coming. Photo by Ryan Johnson
  • com63

    umm, that’s not a protected lane. It’s a buffered bike lane. You would have to swap both the metro bike rack and the vehicle drop off area with the bike lane position to have a truly protected bike lane. Baby steps…

  • chairs missing

    That’s awesome!

  • J

    Yeah, this kind of word-redefining is pretty toxic. Reminds me of Chicago building “buffer-protected” bike lanes, in order to meet their goal for protected bike lanes. It erodes public trust and makes the term “protected bike lane” less meaningful.

  • John

    I love that the photos come complete with an LAPD cruiser in perfect position to do what it does best: try to kill me on my bike.

  • John

    I love that the photos come with an LAPD cruiser in position to do what it does best: try to kill me on my bike.

  • “The block-long facility is protected bike lane at each end, with a green-dashed merge zone at the middle where cars can cross the lane to drop people off at the curb.”

    Sounds like an opportunity for doorings to occur, especially from exiting passengers.

  • Jack Moreau

    one block?! That’s does nothing!

  • Joe Linton

    It’s protected by a row of plastic bollards. A buffered bike lane wouldn’t have bollards like this one does. (And yes – there are better, safer ways to protected lanes.)

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