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Pasadena Wants Your Opinion on Quick-Build ‘Activate Allen Avenue’

The transit connectivity improvements on Allen connect existing bike facilities on the city’s north side to the Allen Avenue Metro A Line station

A cyclist on an e-bike rides along a new buffered bike lane on Allen Avenue at the intersection of Maple Street in Pasadena. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA

The city of Pasadena is in the process of adding quick-build Complete Streets improvements along Allen Avenue to bolster pedestrian and cyclist access to the Metro A Line Station. The Activate Allen Avenue project is funded by a $164,000 Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) grant.

From Villa Street in the north to Colorado Boulevard in the south, there were 17 bicycle-involved and 10 pedestrian-involved collisions from 2007 to 2016, according to the city of Pasadena. The funding for the quick-build limited the project area to these boundaries.

The city has also characterized sidewalk conditions in this area as “uneven” with “varied widths,” while some intersections are “extremely wide, creating an unfriendly environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

Pre-installation conditions and road widths on Allen Avenue in the project area.
An aerial drone video of pre-installation conditions along the project area for Activate Allen Avenue.

Though more facilities are needed, this stretch of Allen is off to a hopeful start. When SBLA visited, crews were on-site working on crosswalk signals. 

Installations thus far include: buffered bike lanes, high visibility crosswalks, plastic bollards, and a few painted curb extensions.

The new bike lanes connect Allen Station to the nearby bike lanes on Villa Street. Currently though, only the northbound side of the 210 Freeway underpass has a bike lane. The southbound side, where the Allen Station drop off zone is located, has sharrows.

Allen Avenue, looking south from near Villa Street. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Allen Avenue at Maple Street in Pasadena, facing north. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Allen Avenue approaching Walnut Street, southbound. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Allen Avenue and Walnut Street in Pasadena, facing southwest. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Allen Avenue and Corson Street in Pasadena, facing north. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Allen Avenue at Locust Street in Pasadena, facing east. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Allen Avenue between Walnut Street and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, southbound. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA

There are more improvements still to come (per the project overview): improved street lighting, wayfinding signage, leading pedestrian intervals, and a more delineated pick-up/drop-off zone in front of Allen Station. More curb extensions would be good at the ends of the project area too (Villa and Colorado). Presently, there are no facilities installed at Colorado.

To give input on the Activate Allen Avenue installations, take the survey, or send an email to 

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