As the fiscal year draws to a close, and we head into the next, the LADOT Active Transportation Division would like to take a moment to celebrate all the new bikeways that were put into the ground in FY 2018-2019. In the last 12 months, LADOT installed or upgraded 13 lane-miles of Los Angeles’ on-street bike network in locations ranging from the San Fernando Valley to Downtown, Hollywood, Boyle Heights, and San Pedro.
This year’s major accomplishments included the completion of the City’s first two-way protected bike lane on Spring St in Downtown LA as part of the Main & Spring Forward project. Since it first opened in October 2018, downtown residents, employees, and visitors have been enjoying the new smooth ride down the east side of Spring, free of conflicts with buses and protected by vertical delineators and a lane of parked cars.
In the North Valley, a one-mile long Class II bike lane on Balboa Blvd was upgraded to Class IV (protected) bike lane, helping to address problems with vehicles encroaching into the bike lane and making it a much more comfortable ride.
And in the West Valley, the first phase of the Winnetka Ave Street Improvements project extended the Winnetka Ave bike lanes for a short but critical half mile to connect them to the LA River Greenway, Metro Orange Line busway and bike path, and Pierce College.
Other recently completed projects include brand new new bike lanes on Chatsworth St, Parthenia St, and Oxnard St in the San Fernando Valley; Mateo St in the Arts District; Cesar Chavez Ave in Boyle Heights; and Hoover St in South LA. As part of the City’s Safe Routes to School program, Hawthorn Ave and Selma Ave in Hollywood were transformed into bike-friendly streets with features that facilitate a calmer street and less stressful experience for people biking and walking. Down in San Pedro, 25th St’s previously existing bike lanes were enhanced with a new buffer and vertical delineators.
Looking ahead to fiscal year 2019-2020, we are anticipating adding even more miles to the City’s bike network. One major project you can look forward to seeing is the 12.6 lane miles of buffered and protected bike lanes along Avalon Blvd between Jefferson Blvd and 120th St in South LA, which are among many other major safety improvements being installed on Avalon as part of the Vision Zero initiative. Other upcoming improvements include a critical gap closure on Santa Monica Boulevard to link up with Beverly Hills, completion of the Winnetka Avenue bike lanes to connect with Oxnard St., new protected bike lanes on Anaheim St. in Wilmington, and the completion of Main & Spring Forward through the implementation of another two-way protected bike lane on Main St from Cesar Chavez Ave to 9th Street to complement the one on Spring.
Of course, we are also actively working on several other more long-term projects, many of which are in the design phase or (in the case of the LA River Headwaters and San Fernando Road bike path projects) are heading into construction this summer. You can check out our regularly-updated project list here.
As a complement to new and existing bike lanes, LADOT’s Active Transportation division installed nearly 300 new sidewalk bike racks in FY 2018-2019, increasing access to safe bike parking around the city. We are always accepting new requests through our Bike Rack Request form.
Thank you to all who supported these projects and all the work that we do!