Monterey Park Stripes Buffered Bike Lanes On Riggin Street

New buffered bike lanes on Riggin Street in the city of Monterey Park. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
New buffered bike lanes on Riggin Street in the city of Monterey Park. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

The city of Monterey Park recently installed new buffered bike lanes on Riggin Street.

The bikeway extends 0.6-miles on West Riggin Street from Gerhart Avenue to Ferdinand Avenue. Riggin is a fairly wide east-west street about four blocks north of the 60 Freeway. It is largely one- and two-story residential, with some retail at major intersections. The street has very few driveways, as residential parking is largely accessed via a parallel alley.

New buffered bike lanes on Riggin Street in Monterey Park
New buffered bike lanes on Riggin Street in Monterey Park

The buffered bike lanes were added without removing any through-traffic lanes, but the city did reallocate space from a striped median lane.

At both ends, the facility becomes a sharrowed bike route. The sharrows take the bikeway west a block to Atlantic Boulevard where Riggin becomes Avenida Cesar Chavez at East L.A. College. West of Ferdinand where Riggin narrows, the sharrowed bike route extends a half-mile to Wilcox Avenue. There is also a sharrowed bike route four blocks south on Gerhart to the city’s southern border where the bike route connects to the Gerhart bike lanes south of the 60 Freeway in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

Riggin has sharrows west of Gerhart to Atlantic Blvd
Riggin has sharrows west of Gerhart to Atlantic Blvd
Riggin has a sharrowed bike route east to Wilcox Avenue
Riggin has a sharrowed bike route east to Wilcox Avenue

The Riggin bike lanes are the beginning of the city of Monterey Park implementing its bicycle plan, adopted in 2014.

City of Monterey Park bike plan map
City of Monterey Park bike plan map

Thanks to BikeSGV for tweeting out a photo of the new lanes on January 2.

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  • Jason

    Pretty telling that the action shot is of a lycra/spandex-clad cyclist, tbh.

  • Joe Linton

    Are you suggesting that people wearing lycra/spandex don’t deserve to be safe? (And. as the person who took the photos, both of the cyclists are carrying cargo – one a backpack, one a back pannier – it looks to me like these are bike commuters who, gasp!, change their clothes before riding home.)

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