A closer look at the new Los Angeles St. bike lanes

close up of Los Angeles st

Geometric plans for Los Angeles St. in front of City Hall East

As we’ve reported earlier, 0.5 miles of Los Angeles St. between Alameda St. and 1st St. in downtown Los Angeles will be getting bike lanes within the next few weeks. Los Angeles St. is an important facility that will offer direct connections to Los Angeles Union Station (the region’s preeminent transit hub), attractions along Olvera Street, and other civic institutions. Los Angeles St. will connect with new bike lanes on 1st Street, which will facilitate bicycle travel between existing/future facilities on Spring St. (existing) and  Main St. (expected by early summer 2012), and other attractions including Little Tokyo and the Music Center.

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Exploring downtown Los Angeles from Union Station – whether you arrive via Metro Rail, municipal bus, or Metrolink Bike Car – will be much more comfortable thanks to the Los Angeles St. bike lanes. Biking from Union Station’s front entrance at Alameda St., bicyclist will be greeted with a buffered bike lane leading up to Arcadia St. The buffer picks up again after the 101 freeway off-ramp and continues to the lane’s terminus at 1st St.

Los Angeles St. bike lanes (Temple St. to 1st St.)

Design plans for Los Angeles St. between Temple St. and 1st St.

Between Temple St. and 1st St., one travel lane in each direction will be re-purposed in order to provide for a 6′ bike lane with a 4′ painted buffer. Portions of the Los Angeles St. bike lanes (where conditions permit) will have a 4′ painted buffer similar in design to the Spring St. bike lane. The buffer will be comprised of painted chevrons that designate visual separation between motor vehicle travel lanes and the bike lane. Expect the lanes to go in sometime within the next few weeks. As always, tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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