City officials and residents recently celebrated the latest addition of L.A. river bike path in the city, in the West San Fernando Valley. The new 1 mile portion of bicycle path between Winnetka Ave. and Vanalden Ave. was officially opened to the public on November 16th. The official ribbon cutting ceremony drew over 60 supporters, including Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilman Dennis Zine, and Friends of the Los Angeles River founder Lewis MacAdams, among others. Phase 2 of this project is currently under construction and expected to be completed soon. It will extend the path 1 mile further, from Winnetka Ave. to Mason Ave. Read more
The Bike Program was recently notified by Caltrans that a northern portion of the Los Angeles River Bike Path will be closed for approximately four months. This closure is occurring due to the Interstate 5 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane widening project. The detour will cover the Bike Path from just north of the Autry National Center to where Riverside Dr crosses over Hwy 134. There may also be additional closures in other portions of the bike path as needed for construction.
As the start date for construction has yet to be determined, the bike path closure date has not been set. Official closure dates, as well as updates to construction and other possible closures, will be updated here. The first update will occur one week prior to the initial closure.
Recently a field visit was made to scope potential locations for a couple new bronze plaques that will be placed on the Baum Bicycle Bridge. The plaque will be installed as part of a re-dedication of the bridge to better call attention to the accomplishments and legacy of longtime bicycle advocate Alex Baum. A replica of the plaque was presented at the Blessing of the Bicycles during Bike Week L.A. back in May. We’ll keep you posted on the plaque and re-dedication ceremony as more information becomes available.
The LADOT Bike Blog hasn’t done a projects update in quite a while, so we figured it was about time to take stock of which new projects are on the pavement and which projects we can expect to see in the near future. Quite a few bike lanes have been laid down in the last few months, and we’ve got plenty more lined up for construction. As always, LADOT relies on the support of the public and the council offices to build new bicycle infrastructure. If any of the pending projects are in your neighborhood, please contact your council member and let them know you support bike lanes.
Come below the fold, and we’ll cover a few of our newest developments. This update by no means covers all the projects we’re working on (some haven’t progressed to the next step on the road to construction), so feel free to check out our Bike Lane Projects page, our Bike Path Projects page, and our Year Zero/2010-2011 Projects Map to see everything we’re working on.
Just a quick heads-up for the LA bicycle community: a section of the LA River Bike Path will be closed tomorrow for repairs. The northernmost part of the LA River Bike Path, from Zoo Drive in the north to Los Feliz Boulevard in the south, will be closed all day on Wednesday May 25th and scheduled to re-open Thursday May 26th.
Pavement & Railing Repair
The all-day closure is being done to repair breaks in the railing along the river and to repair pavement on the bike path in poor condition. While no one likes having the LA River Bike Path closed, I think we can all agree that a smoother and safer ride is worth a single day of closure.
We are happy to be able to give an update on the installation of new lights along the L.A. River Bike Path. As many of you probably already know, this segment has been hit hard by copper wire thieves (whose actions have left it, and the many folks who use it, stranded in the dark). The LADOT Bikeways team has been working with the City’s Bureau of Street Lighting to replace these dormant lights along the L.A. River Bike Path. The first of those replacements have very recently been installed.
Many of us celebrated the opening of the Elysian Valley segment of the LA River Bike Path last year with a good amount of hoopla and ceremony. This newest section of the bike path runs through Elysian Valley, going 2.58 miles from Fletcher Drive to Barclay Street – near where the 5 Freeway connects with the 110. In engineer-speak, this section of the bike path was labeled “1-C”. The next section on the LA River, which will connect all the way to Downtown with bike path and bike lanes (Phase 3) , is currently in early design stages.
LADOT Bike Blog was certainly guilty of being overly optimistic about the opening date of Phase 1C. Back in the salad days of LADOT Bike Blog, we predicted 1C opening in late April of 2010. Oops. That predicted opening itself was a delay of the original opening date set for January 2010.
This wasn’t, however, the first delay for Phase 1C. The Elysian Valley section of the LA River Bike Path seems to have been born under an unlucky star. Come with us as we go through the history of Phase 1C.
One of the goals for the LADOT Bike Blog has been bringing a greater degree of departmental communication to the LADOT Bike Program. We think it’s extremely important for you to know what we are doing to improve conditions for bicyclists in Los Angeles.
Towards that end, we’re proud to publicly unveil 8 project applications that the LADOT Bike Program is submitting to Metro for their Call For Projects. While you could probably find all the project titles by searching through LADOT and Metro records, LADOT Bike Blog wants to go a little more in-depth on our applications and give a deeper explanation of the application process and our process for applying.