Celebrating our New Bikeways and Looking Ahead

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.

New Two-Way Parking-Protected Bike Lanes on Spring St

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.

New Bike Lanes on Winnetka Ave

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.

New Bike Lanes on Mateo St

 

New Safe Routes to School Features on Selma Ave

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!

Ride The Wave to CicLAvia!

What’s “The Wave”?

LADOT Active Transportation Division is excited to announce the arrival of the Wave Pop-Up Bikeway Delineator aka “The Wave”. LADOT collaborated with Saris Infrastructure and a team of Gensler interns to design this innovative pop-up bike lane protection.  It is a more attractive and easily portable alternative to other pop-up tools such as cones and barricades. The Wave provides a comfortable, visually interesting experience. It has unique advantages, like easy installation and durability for short- or medium-term installations. It also provides consistent separation from vehicle traffic.

How is this pop-up bikeway delineator funded?

Through a grant from the City of Los Angeles Innovation and Performance Commission, LADOT acquired our own delineators to use in project demonstrations, pop-ups, and to inspire creative thinking and excitement around bikeways.

Test it out this Sunday!

We will roll out the delineators for public testing for the first time in Los Angeles this Sunday, June 30, 2019. Bring your bike or scooter and take a test ride during the “Mid City Meets Pico Union” CicLAvia (9am-4pm). This pop-up protected bikeway will run along Venice Blvd between Bronson Ave and 7th Ave, connecting directly with the CicLAvia route.

Pop-up Bikeway Delineator Route Map During CicLAvia This Sunday 6/30/19

Where you’ll find our pop-up wave delineator demonstration on Sunday 6/30/19 during CicLAvia.

Winnetka Ave Public Comments Summary

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on all aspects of the Winnetka Avenue Street Improvement project throughout the outreach process. We appreciate the comments from community members and other stakeholders on this important effort.

Approximately 33 people attended the open house and public hearing held on January 29th, 2019, where City staff provided community members an opportunity to review the project’s conceptual design as well as the results of the traffic impact analysis. (For reference, the materials from this meeting can be found here). Attendees were encouraged to provide their thoughts on the project through written comments and/or oral testimony to a hearing officer. The 30-day comment period for this phase of the project closed on February 3rd.

We received a total of 63 comments (50 written and 13 oral) from a total of 50 commenters. More than one third of the commenters (35%) fully supported the project, noting that the project would be a much-needed safety improvement for those who already bicycle on Winnetka Ave, Supporters also saw potential for the project to calm the often fast-moving traffic on the street, and to provide important access to the existing high-quality bike facility along the Metro Orange Line. About a quarter of the commenters (26%) were generally opposed to the project. The remaining (39%) had concerns about the project, with the primary issues being the potential for overnight/RV parking and general requests that the project not be implemented south of Victory Blvd. 

 

 

 

Below is a discussion of some of the recurring themes among the comments received.

 

On-Street Parking:

The project proposes to remove existing peak-hour restrictions where they exist between Vanowen St. and Calvert St., restoring these lanes to full-time parking for residents and Pierce College. Several people supported the project because they want to see full-time parking restored in front of homes along Winnetka Ave.

However, many specifically requested that the City impose overnight parking restrictions on Winnetka Ave. and surrounding streets, noting their experience with RVs parking for extended periods of time, and worries about safety of students and residents walking at night in the area. LA Municipal Code (LAMC 85.02) currently prohibits overnight vehicle dwelling (9 PM to 6 AM) in residential areas and all day and night within one block of schools (more info). The project does not propose any changes to this rule, and does not preclude the ability of the City to install signage to help enforce LAMC 85.02, similar to signs currently placed along the Victory Blvd perimeter of Pierce College, which prohibit overnight parking.

 

Traffic Congestion:

Half of the commenters shared their thoughts on traffic congestion, with many raising concerns about conditions south of Victory Blvd. and around the Hwy 101 ramps, future growth in the nearby Warner Center, and concern about “cut through” traffic through the residential neighborhoods of Carlton Terrace and College Acres adjacent to Winnetka Ave.

The proposed project would remove peak-hour parking restrictions where they currently exist, which is between Vanowen St and Victory Blvd (southbound in AM peak hours and northbound in PM peak hours) and between Victory Blvd. and Calvert St. (southbound in AM peak hours only). This would eliminate the ability to use these parking lanes as travel lanes during the peak hours. No other travel lanes are proposed to be removed. LADOT prepared a traffic impact analysis report (link), which looks at impacts across all four signalized intersections in the project area and discusses the topics of related development and the potential for traffic diversion. Congestion further south was not analyzed as it is outside of the project study area.

 

Project Limits:

Many of comments we received specifically requested that the project scope be limited to the segment between Vanowen St. and Victory Blvd., and not extend further south to Oxnard St. due to concerns about traffic impacts. The project was originally planned to end at Victory Blvd., but early feedback received led to adding an additional segment to link the project to provide bicyclists access into the Pierce College campus Brahma entrance and link to the existing east/west bike lanes on Oxnard St., which lead straight into the heart of Warner Center. Extending the project would have limited impacts to the roadway configuration between Victory Blvd. and Calvert St., and no impacts to the roadway configuration between Calvert St. and Oxnard St (no lanes removed.)

Some people noted that bicycle ridership is low or non-existent on the Oxnard St. bike lanes, especially due to the steep grade. However, others did comment that they use Oxnard St. and see the benefit of making this linkage and completing more of the bike network in this part of the Valley.

 

Bicyclists/Pedestrian Safety:

Among those that commented on the topic of bicyclist safety, they either noted how unsafe the current street is for bicycling, or how the proposed design for standard bike lanes could be made safer. Numerous suggestions were made regarding the design, in an effort to avoid potential “dooring” and other conflicts between bikes and cars.

Unfortunately, north of Victory Blvd. there is no room within the current roadway width to incorporate buffered or protected bike lanes. The proposed design for this segment reflects the same layout and dimensions that are currently found north of Vanowen St. South of Victory Blvd., where there is a bit more width, there may be a possibility of incorporating “protected” bike lanes (buffered area with vertical delineators) that can make for a safer more comfortable ride. The design team is exploring this potential.

In addition to bicycling, many expressed concern about pedestrian safety in the area, with a few people explicitly expressing support for the project’s proposed pedestrian crossing on Winnetka near the LA River. The team is continuing to study this potential crossing.

Thank you once again to everyone who came to the January open house and shared their thoughts with us! As we move forward in the design process, we will be considering the comments and suggestions we heard. Keep checking the blog for updates, or sign up for project notifications by contacting lameese.chang@lacity.org.

 

Winnetka Ave. Street Improvements Workshop Summary

Thanks to everyone who attended our public workshop on the Winnetka Ave. street improvements! We appreciate all the constructive feedback and important local knowledge you shared with us. If you couldn’t make it, you can view the presentation boards here.

The Winnetka Ave. street improvements project aims to increase safety, connectivity, and mobility options by closing a critical gap in the West San Fernando Valley’s bicycle network. The project team is considering a minor roadway reconfiguration between Vanowen St. and Victory Blvd. that would replace peak-hour traffic lanes with bike lanes and full-time parking. The team is also considering adding a new controlled crossing on Winnetka at Gilmore St.; currently there is no safe opportunity to cross for a half mile. This project would help connect key destinations and regional transportation facilities, including Pierce College, the Metro Orange Line busway, the Metro Orange Line bike path, and the L.A. River Greenway. The new roadway configuration could also help calm traffic speeds and create a buffer between pedestrians on the sidewalk and fast-moving traffic lanes.

In response to requests from the Winnetka Neighborhood Council and other organizations within the area, the Office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield directed LADOT to begin studying this project. The need for safety improvements along Winnetka became even more apparent in May 2017, when a hit-and-run driver killed Ignacio Sanchez Navarro as he was cycling home from his job at a restaurant on Ventura Blvd.

The public workshop, held on August 29th, 2018 provided an opportunity for Winnetka community members to review LADOT’s existing conditions assessment and preliminary concepts for the project, and to share their feedback and ideas with city staff. Comments from attendees were unanimously in support of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements in this area, with many expressing the desire for an expanded project scope. The following themes emerged from attendee feedback:

Safety & Maintenance: As the street width does not allow for protected bike lanes, the project should include additional safety measures such as speed limit reduction, signage, and brightly colored bike lanes for visibility. Bike lanes must also be well maintained and kept clean of glass and other debris.

Project Area: Ideally, bike lanes should extend south to Ventura Blvd., providing access to Taft High School and the Ventura Blvd. commercial area.

Moving forward, the project team will be developing the conceptual design, with consideration for the feedback received so far. In addition, LADOT will be performing a traffic impact analysis to assess the impacts of the project on nearby intersections. The conceptual design and results of the traffic analysis will be presented at an open house and public hearing on the project later this year. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to be added to the mailing list for this project to be notified of upcoming public events, please email lameese.chang@lacity.org.

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A Safer Van Nuys Blvd for All

On Friday, December 16, a press conference took place to welcome the Van Nuys Blvd Great Street project in Pacoima. In attendance were the multiple partners that made this project possible, including: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative; Council District 7; LADOT, Bureau of Street Services; business owners; and community members.

Photo courtesy of Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative

Photo courtesy of Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative

Max Podemski of Pacoima Beautiful speaks on how the safety-driven improvements to Van Nuys Blvd address environmental justice issues within the Pacoima Community.

Max Podemski of Pacoima Beautiful speaks on how the safety-driven improvements to Van Nuys Blvd address environmental justice issues within the Pacoima Community.

The Van Nuys Great Street is a safety-driven project that addresses a history of high collision rates along the corridor. Van Nuys Blvd is designated as a Vision Zero High Injury Network (HIN) street and is the site of 57 collisions involving injuries to people walking and bicycling since 2011. Studies conducted by LADOT found that 19% of motorists on Van Nuys Blvd speed while driving. The street has been reorganized to improve safety, access and mobility for all road users, especially children and older adults.

The Van Nuys Great Street project stretches from San Fernando Rd to the north, close to the Bradley Ave People St Plaza and connecting to the San Fernando Rd Bike Path, to Laurel Canyon Blvd to the south. This stretch of Van Nuys Blvd includes many important community-serving destinations, including Pacoima City Hall (housing a field office for Council District 7 and community partners like Pacoima Beautiful) and the Pacoima Branch Library, and is part of Pacoima’s “Mural Mile,” a unique concentration of hand-painted murals that grace the sides of buildings and business storefronts. Improvements made to the street include parking-protected and buffered bicycle lanes, 16 high-visibility crosswalk legs, signal modifications, marked parking stalls, and 4.82 lanes miles of street resurfacing.

Community residents look at before and after photographs of Van Nuys Blvd.

Community residents look at before and after photographs of Van Nuys Blvd.

Photo courtesy of Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative

Photo courtesy of Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative

For more information on this Great Streets project in Pacoima, visit http://lagreatstreets.org/van-nuys-n/.

For information on the City’s Great Streets Initiative and projects in development around the City, visit: lagreatstreets.org

LA River Path Closure Update

Last month, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Los Angeles District began removing non-native plants along the LA River path between Fletcher Drive and Riverside Drive. This work is part of an LA County Drainage Area Project to remove non-native vegetation and improve capacity of the channel.

In order to complete this flood risk management project, USACE has closed the access path from 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday, while the path remains open on evenings and weekends. USACE has placed closure signs and barriers along the path, and LADOT has coordinated the detour route.

USACE organized a public workshop on November 7 at Friendship Auditorium to address concerns related to the closure and the detour. Approximately 100 people attended, including users of the LA River path, people who live near the path, and community members. Also in attendance were representatives from Council District 13, Friends of the LA River, USACE Specific Divisions, LAPD Northeast Division, City of LA Engineering Divison, and LADOT Bike Program.

The Public Workshop at Friendship Auditorium was well attended and informative. Photo: Phil Serpa

The workshop at Friendship Auditorium was well attended and informative. Photo: Phil Serpa

The purpose of the workshop was to bring stakeholders together in order to address concerns and complaints. The workshop was a poster and table session in which people from the community could ask participants questions about path closure, detour route, the LA River, and the plant removal project.

Over the course of the evening, we recorded an exhaustive list of comments from attendees. We have compiled the key concerns below.

Comments from attendees

  1. Closure signage along the path looks unofficial and has too little information about the USACE project
  2. Detour signage does not provide information about the closure schedule
  3. Detour route feels unsafe for people on bikes and is disproportionately long compared to the closed segment of the path
  4. Closure time of 7am-4pm overlaps with commute hours
  5. Daily updates have not been shared on social media

Our team is in the process of reviewing these concerns internally as well as with Council District 13 and USACE.

For more information about the LA River, you may visit www.spl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Operations/

If you have questions or comments regarding the path closure, you may contact AMoperations.Branch@usace.army.mil

If you have questions or comments regarding the detour route, send us an email at bike.program@lacity.org

 

Safety Remains Top Priority of LA River Path

Shared bicycle and pedestrian paths are a great way to encourage exercise and active transportation. Our shared-use paths attract people with a wide range of bicycle skill levels, including young children, as well as people who walk, jog, skate, and roll. Special care must be taken in the planning, design, and maintenance of these paths to provide safe sharing of the facility with a variety of users of differing speeds and abilities

The LA River Path is a favorite transportation facility and recreation corridor for many Angelenos. Tragically, a recent collision on the LA River Path caused injuries to an elderly person who was walking. The person who hit them may have been bicycling too fast and unable to see the pedestrian or stop in time. LADOT will be working with LAPD and Council District 13 to initiate improvements that will support the enforcement of reckless and illegal riding (per LAMC 56.16)  on the Los Angeles River Path.

Cyclists should refrain from excessive speed, particularly in neighborhood areas of the path when people are walking and biking at slower speeds, and children are present. Pedestrians, as slower users of the path, should walk to the right as slow moving vehicles are required to do on roadways. We urge people to use caution while enjoying the path by keeping your head up, not wearing headphones in both ears, and maintaining a slow speed.

As we advocate for and implement new paths throughout Los Angeles, it is essential that we also educate people about local and state laws to ensure safety for all users.

California Vehicle Code

CVC 21207.5.  Notwithstanding Sections 21207 and 23127 of this code, or any other provision of law, no motorized bicycle may be operated on a bicycle path or trail, bikeway, bicycle lane established pursuant to Section 21207, equestrian trail, or hiking or recreational trail, unless it is within or adjacent to a roadway or unless the local authority or the governing body of a public agency having jurisdiction over such path or trail permits, by ordinance, such operation.

No motorized bicycles are allowed on the path unless allowed by Code.

CVC 21211.  (a) No person may stop, stand, sit, or loiter upon any class I bikeway, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public or private bicycle path or trail, if the stopping, standing, sitting, or loitering impedes or blocks the normal and reasonable movement of any bicyclist. (b) No person may place or park any bicycle, vehicle, or any other object upon any bikeway or bicycle path or trail, as specified in subdivision (a), which impedes or blocks the normal and reasonable movement of any bicyclist unless the placement or parking is necessary for safe operation or is otherwise in compliance with the law. (c) This section does not apply to drivers or owners of utility or public utility vehicles, as provided in Section 22512.

It is illegal to loiter on or block a bike path except maintenance or utility vehicles.

CVC 21966. No pedestrian shall proceed along a bicycle path or lane where there is an adjacent adequate pedestrian facility.

Due to inadequate available width, no separate pedestrian path is available (like the Orange Line Bike Path) thus pedestrians are legal, and welcome, users of the Los Angeles River Bike Path.

CVC 23127.  No person shall operate an unauthorized motor vehicle on any state, county, city, private, or district hiking or horseback riding trail or bicycle path that is clearly marked by an authorized agent or owner with signs at all entrances and exits and at intervals of not more than one mile indicating no unauthorized motor vehicles are permitted on the hiking or horseback riding trail or bicycle path, except bicycle paths which are contiguous or adjacent to a roadway dedicated solely to motor vehicle use.

No cars, motorcycles, mopeds or other motorized vehicles are allowed on the path except maintenance or emergency vehicles.

California Streets and Highways Code

S&H Code 890.4. As used in this article, “bikeway” means all facilities that provide primarily for, and promote, bicycle travel. For purposes of this article, bikeways shall be categorized as follows:

(a) Bike paths or shared use paths, also referred to as “Class I Bikeways” which provide a completely separated right-of-way designated for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with crossflows by motorists minimized.

Bicycle Paths are designed for the use of people on bicycles and on foot.

S&H Code 890.9. The department shall establish uniform specifications and symbols for signs, markers, and traffic control devices to designate bikeways, regulate traffic, improve safety and convenience for bicyclists, and alert pedestrians and motorists of the presence of bicyclists on bikeways and on roadways where bicycle travel is permitted.

Bicycle Path design is overseen by Caltrans (State department) and various strategies may be utilized to make all users aware of each other on bike paths.

Los Angeles Municipal Code

LAMC 56.16 – 1. No person shall ride, operate or use a bicycle, unicycle, skateboard, cart, wagon, wheelchair, rollers skates, or any other device moved exclusively by human power, on a sidewalk, bikeway or boardwalk in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

Users of bicycle paths, or bikeways, are not allowed to use bicycles, skates, etc., in a way that endangers other users of the path.

If you are a competitive cyclist in training, please consider using training options such as the Rose Bowl training ride, various criterium training loops, or the Encino or Carson Velodromes.

The LA River path is for everyone.

In the coming months, treatments will be made near the entryways of the path in Atwater Village/Elysian Valley to notify bicyclists of areas where they might expect pedestrians and where to slow down to avoid conflicts. Efforts will be made to better support behavior that best suits a shared-use path that was built for active transportation as well as the recreational enjoyment of the Path-adjacent communities. Enforcement of the corridor by LAPD will be ramped up to enforce these laws in the problem areas.

Again, please remember that the path is a wonderful resource for all users. We thank Council District 13, LAPD, LADOT, LACBC, LA River Revitalization Corporation, Friends of the LA River, and local neighborhood organizations for their continued efforts to help keep the LA River Path a safe, enjoyable resource for all Angelenos.

Getting ready to bike on the new Los Angeles Street

We have great news for everyone who cycles in Downtown Los Angeles– the construction of a protected bike lane on Los Angeles Street (from 1st Street to Alameda Street) has been completed. Woo-hoo!

On June 16, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Los Angeles Street Improvement Project was hosted by CD 14 Councilmember Jose Huizar, LA Public Works Commissioner Kevin James, Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero, and LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. During the ceremony, a group of people rode Metro Bike Share bicycles on the newly enhanced Los Angeles Street.

Ceremony Photo

The protected bike lane, featuring the city’s first side boarding islands and bicycle signals, will make bicycling safer and more comfortable from the city’s civic core to Union Station. The following image slider show the “Before and After” scenarios of the project area.

 

Special Design Features of the new Los Angeles Street

As the first street in Los Angeles to implement design elements from the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Los Angeles Street brings several unique roadway design features that are new to the city:

Side Boarding Islands

Bus platforms that “float” in the middle of roadway are named side boarding islands. Those who bike in urban environments know how frustrating it is to navigate the bike lane while buses weave in and out to reach their bus stops. According to NACTO , side boarding islands eliminate “conflicts between transit vehicles and bikes at stops.” Like the sound of that? Well, these bus platforms will also be implemented on Figueroa Street after the construction of MyFigueroa Project .

Bus Platform

Bicycle Signal Heads

Two bicycle signal heads are now installed, with one at the Temple Street intersection and another at the Aliso Street intersection. These signals dedicate a separate signal phase to bicycles, which will reduce conflicts between right-turning vehicles and bicycles that travel through the intersection.

Bike Signal Head

Bike Box (Two-Stage Turn Queue Box)

At the intersection of Los Angeles Street & 1st Street, and the intersection of Los Angeles Street & Temple Street, there are Two-Stage Turn Queue Boxes . This street treatment allows people on bikes to make safer left turns. As the name suggests, when trying to make left turns, bicycles should proceed to the bike box area first and then wait for another green signal to bike to the left leg of the intersection.

Two-Stage Turn Queue Boxes Diagram

Image Source: NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Upcoming active transportation projects will continue to make DTLA more bicycle-friendly

The Los Angeles Street Improvements Project is only one part of the larger scheme to improve the connectivity of Union Station and Civic Center. Metro finalized the Connect US Action Plan in 2015, which provides guidance to implement better pedestrian and bicycle facilities connecting Civic Center, Union Station, and neighborhoods such as Little Tokyo and Chinatown.

And, there are a lot of active transportation projects to be implemented this summer. The Metro Regional Bike Share Project  has begun to install its stations and will formally launch on July 7. The long-expected MyFigueroa Project,  which features similar roadway improvements to Los Angeles Street (bus platforms, bike signal heads, etc), is beginning construction this summer as well.

As more and more active transportation enhancements get implemented, DTLA will become a better place for people to enjoy walking and cycling!

 

Starting in Summer 2016: MyFigueroa Construction

The complete streets movement continues to gain momentum around the world and here at home in Los Angeles. Alongside People StGreat Streets Initiative, and Vision Zero, the Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project, aka MyFigueroa, aims to create vibrant, safe streets across our city.

After 6 years of careful planning and overcoming obstacles, MyFigueroa will transform the car-centric Figueroa Corridor into a complete street that serves people who walk, ride bicycles, take public transit, and drive. MyFigueroa will improve safety and encourage access to multimodal transportation options through a number of streetscape elements:

Render of Figueroa and 11th. Courtesy of MyFigueroa

Render of Figueroa and 11th. Courtesy of MyFigueroa

The project area covers four miles of streets from downtown to LA Memorial Coliseum. Improvements will be different along the corridor, depending on the transportation needs of the area.

Figueroa Street from 7th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

  • On-street protected bike lanes
  • Separate bike signal heads
  • Bike boxes at intersections
  • Demarcated on-street protected bicycle lanes in conflict zones
  • Bicycle Wrong Way signs to discourage travel in the non-intended direction
  • Bus platforms to accommodate transit service, including Metro and LADOT DASH F Line
  • Curb ramps from the sidewalk to ADA accessible bus platforms
  • Protected, painted on-street buffered bicycle lanes
  • Relocated parking between the bicycle lane and first lane of traffic
  • Diamond lane for on-peak Silver Line
  • Center turn lane and right turn pockets as needed

11th Street from Figueroa Street to Broadway

  • On-street parking that is protected with curb extensions at intersections
  • One-way westbound bicycle facility, separated from moving traffic by a painted buffer
  • Expanded sidewalks
  • Seating and planting on sidewalks
  • Pedestrian and bicycle connections to downtown, neighborhoods, and local businesses

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Figueroa Street to Vermont Avenue

  • Repaired sidewalk paving
  • Street lighting
  • Improved transit waiting areas
  • Highly visible crosswalk striping

The $20 million Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project is managed by LADOT and funded by a Proposition 1C grant. Proposition 1c funding aims to make streets, sidewalks, and transit more accessible for affordable housing residents.

During construction, which is set to begin in Summer 2016, there are many alternative ways for people to get around. Check out this great map showing where construction will take place and alternate ways to get around in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MyFigueroa’s Let’s Fig it Out! campaign educates Figueroa users how to figure out (get it?) how to get around during construction. You can become familiar with the alternate routes and public transit lines now so that the transition is easier when the construction begins.

Alternative routes are available for public transit, cars, and bicycles during construction. Courtesy of MyFigueroa

Let’s Fig it Out! offers alternate routes for people who walk, bike, drive, and take public transit during MyFigueroa construction. Courtesy of MyFigueroa

To communicate the upcoming construction and improvements to the public, MyFigueroa has worked with LADOT, Figueroa Corridor BID, USC AthleticsUSC Transportation, and Metro. Promotional stored-value Metro TAP cards that display Let’s Fig it Out! and MyFigueroa logos will be given out for free and for sale at special events in the corridor area. Street pole banners along Figueroa advertise the upcoming construction and improvements in order to provide visibility of the project to people who travel the corridor.

A number of innovative partners have collaborated on the Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project, and from the start, community members, organizations, and business improvement districts have shaped the planning and design process.

Courtesy of MyFigueroa

Project design team. Courtesy of MyFigueroa

As a project designed to encourage access to multimodal transportation, MyFigueroa will continue to refine how we conceptualize streets in Los Angeles. The completion date of March 2017 can’t come soon enough!