34.9 miles of bike lanes and counting

Family bicycling

A family bicycles the green Spring Street bike lane in Los Angeles, by Walk Eagle Rock, via our Flickr group pool (please submit your own photos, too!)

The LA Times’ Nita Lelyveld has done a nice write-up of yesterday’s Blessing of the Bikes event at Good Samaritan Hospital (vote them best downtown hospital in the Los Angeles Downtown News’ Best Of competition here). In it, she makes brief mention of the number of miles of bike lanes that have been added this fiscal year (which began June 1st, 2011 and will conclude June 30th, 2012): 34.9. Here’s a brief accounting of those miles (as well as our sharrowed route miles), also downloadable as a PDF or an MS Excel file.

As the end of the fiscal year approaches we’ll be doing several more bike lane projects and we’ll be updating these totals regularly. We’ll also be publishing soon a list of all the bike lane miles in the city (viewable now in map form on our official website: bicyclela.org). As always, we appreciate your comments, thank you for reading!

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  1. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    Any estimate of when the Orange Line extension mixed use path will be finished?

    The mixed use path on the east/west Orange Line has a blind spot curve a few feet east of the Canoga Station. Is there any way to install a mirror so that people walking or cycling can know if anyone is approaching from the other direction? I posed the same question in a e-mail today to Anthony Jusay at Metro. This narrow corner is a accident waiting to happen. It was tough enough to try and avoid hitting someone when you rounded the corner on a bicycle, now its much more so since Metro narrowed it to accomodate widening the busway.

  2. Joe Linton
    Joe Linton says:

    Thanks for including the excel file!! It makes it much easier to total and check.

    Is there some reason you’re not including the Expo Line bike path segment that opened this year? The bike path total on the spreadsheet is zero.

    • Nate Baird
      Nate Baird says:

      Hey Joe,

      Glad you appreciated the excel file version. We’re not including the mileage from that segment in our yearly totals because it is entirely on Metro property and neither owned nor maintained by the City of L.A.

  3. Joe Linton
    Joe Linton says:

    The total number of bike lane miles is much greater than past years’ bike lane mileage. Two things I came across in reviewing your list (I think that these two more-or-less cancel each other out total-distance-wise):

    1 – According to LADOT comments here http://la.streetsblog.org/2011/07/05/l-a-bikeway-implementation-improved-but-short-of-stated-40-miles-annually/ the two Riverside Drive segments, and the Sheldon Street segments were implemented in FY10-11.

    2 – I think your mileage is under-reported on the Tuxford lanes. You have 0.58 miles, and the actual distance is 1.2 miles (per Google maps directions)

  4. Nate Baird
    Nate Baird says:

    Hey Joe,

    The LADOT comments you mention do mention that those Riverside Dr. and Sheldon St. miles had been completed at the time of the blog posting — July 5th, 2011, but say nothing about the fiscal year.

    Our records have them done as of that same day–which puts them in FY 11/12 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012), and probably explains why you missed them in your review of projects done in 2011 and why we needed to make sure you knew about them. Also, we did not include them in our final tally for FY 10/11 (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011), which we had to revise a couple times based on corrections you helped identify:


    As for the Tuxford lanes, I measure them as being 1.2 miles long, too. I apologize for the mistake.


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