BPIT’s “Top 10”: How Would You Build Bike Lanes Around NBC/Universal?

The BPIT (Bike Plan Implementation Team) has been quite the focal point of bike community controversy lately. Despite any disagreements over CEQA reivew, however, work still must be done; projects are moving forward even as we speak. In past months, projects like 7th Street and Venice Boulevard have come before the BPIT, had preliminary conceptual design work done, and were featured on the LADOT Bike Blog to get opinions of the public.

3 BPIT "Top 10" projects, spanning the Cahuenga Pass

Three more of the BPIT’s “Top 10” projects have conceptual designs, and we’d like to present them to you for your comments and opinions. How would you build bike lanes on Cahuenga Boulevard, Barham Boulevard, and Lankershim Boulevard? These three streets surround the NBC/Universal project area and can serve as a vital link of bicycle infrastructure between the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. In fact, these projects were moved up to the BPIT’s “Top 10” to make sure the NBC/Universal project, once completed, wouldn’t preclude implementation of bike infrastructure.

Below the fold we’ll cover the particulars for each street and some preliminary design concepts for new bike lanes. As always, all of your comments here go straight to City Planning and our Bikeways Engineers.

Powerpoint

First of all, we’d like to share with you a powerpoint put together by one of our Bikeways engineers. It gives visuals for all the details we’re describing below. It also gives you a good idea of what kind of road widths we’re dealing with and what is possible for these streets.

Cahuenga Boulevard

Cahuenga Boulevard is one of the iconic Boulevards of Los Angeles, reaching over the pass of the same name to connect Hollywood to North Hollywood. In total, 3.25 miles of Cahuenga Boulevard (from Yucca Street in Hollywood to Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood) has received preliminary analysis and design for possible bike lanes. Here are the results:

Pilgrimage bridge over the 101 in Cahuenga Pass

Yucca Street to Odin Street (0.6 miles)

  • The current road is 64 feet wide with 2 lanes of traffic in either direction, street parking, and a two-way left turn lane in the center.
  • The design proposal stripes a clearly defined parking lane and narrows the lanes of travel to accommodate bike lanes without removing a travel lane.

Odin Street to Pilgrimage Bridge (0.3 miles)

  • The current road is 40 feet wide with 3 northbound lanes, 1 southbound lane, and no parking.
  • The design proposal removes one northbound lane and installs bike lanes.

Pilgrimage Bridge

  • Installed Sharrows would link the bike lanes on the two Cahuenga roadways on each respective side of the 101.

Pilgrimage Bridge to Barham Boulevard (1.2 miles)

  • The current road is 34 feet wide with 1 northbound lane, 2 southbound lanes, and no parking.
  • The design proposal removes one southbound lane and installs bike lanes.

Barham Boulevard to Lankershim Boulevard (1.1 miles)

  • The current road is 64 feet wide, with the same configuration as Cahuenga from Yucca to Odin.
  • The design proposal also establishes a defined parking lane and narrows lanes of travel to accommodate bike lanes without removing travel lanes.
  • The design proposal would also require some parking removal on this stretch near freeway ramps.

Barham Boulevard

Proposed street improvements as part of the NBC/Universal project (via Streetsblog)

This 1 mile stretch of street has garnered quite a bit of attention amongst the bike community. The NBC/Universal project calls for widening this street to mitigate traffic impacts, but without any bike lanes. As a compromise, NBC/Universal proposed building a bike lane through their property, reconnecting with Barham near Forest Lawn Drive. Bicycle advocates have pointed out that the proposed bike lane goes up a steep hill and is a needless detour from what should be a straightforward bicycle connection on Barham.

Cahuenga Boulevard to Craig Drive (0.5 miles)

  • The current road is 56 feet wide with two travel lanes in each direction, no parking, and a two-way left turn lane.
  • The design proposal removes on southbound lane to install bike lanes.

Craig Drive to Forest Lawn Drive (0.5 miles)

  • The current road is 68 feet wide with two travel lanes in each direction, no parking, and a two-way left turn lane.  There is a significant shoulder on the northbound side of the street, which has a steep uphill grade in this section.
  • The design proposal is to install bike lanes without removing travel lanes.

Lankershim Boulevard

bike lanes on Lankershim would connect to the North Hollywood Metro Station (via Streetsblog)

Preliminary analysis has considered 2.4 miles of bike lanes on Lankershim Boulevard between Cahuenga Boulevard and the Orange Line & Red Line Metro stations at Chandler Boulevard. Were bike lanes built on Lankershim and Cahuenga, there would be uninterrupted bicycle infrastructure from Hollywood to the end of the Orange Line in the West San Fernando Valley – over 18 miles of continuous bike lanes and bike paths.

Cahuenga Boulevard (W) to Cahuenga Boulevard (0.4 miles)

Though it sounds confusing, this is the 0.4 mile stretch of Lankershim that crosses under the 101 and over the LA River. Cahuenga Boulevard ends at Lankershim south of the LA River and starts back up on the north side of the LA River.

  • The current road is 92 feet wide with four lanes of travel in each direction, a two-way left turn lane, and no street parking.
  • The design proposal removes one lane in one direction to install bike lanes.

Cahuenga Boulevard to Magnolia Boulevard (1.7 miles)

  • The current road is 70 feet wide with two travel lanes in each direction, a two-way left turn lane, and street parking.  There are 3 proposed design options:
  • Option 1 removes street parking on one side to install bike lanes without changing the number of travel lanes.
  • Option 2 removes a travel lane in one direction to install bike lanes without removing street parking.
  • Option 3 installs Sharrows to keep both travel lanes and street parking.

Magnolia Boulevard to Chandler Boulevard (0.2 miles)

  • The current road is 78 feet wide with three northbound travel lanes, 2 southbound travel lanes, a two-way left turn lane, and street parking.  This section also has 3 design options:
  • Option 1 removes a travel lane in one direction to install bike lanes without removing any street parking.
  • Option 2 removes street parking on one side to install bike lanes without removing travel lanes.
  • Option 3 installs Sharrows to keep both travel lanes and street parking.

Your Suggestions Welcome!

So what are your thoughts on bringing bike lanes to the streets around NBC/Universal? How would you improve it? What are some problem intersections that we should be taking a closer look at? Progress made on these three bike lane projects will be reported to the BPIT at their June meeting, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated here at the LADOT Bike Blog as well.

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