Cruising the Coast: A Two-Wheeled Tour of San Pedro

Bicycle tourism has been well observed and practiced as a recreational activity across the United States, but often we fail to remember the multitude of sightseeing opportunities right here within our city’s diverse neighborhoods.  As Los Angeles’ bicycle network and multi-modal connectivity expands, we have more and more opportunities get out of our cars and explore new areas by bicycle. There’s no better way to spend a sunny Sunday than exploring Los Angeles’ hidden gems. We thought we would share our favorite bicycle routes and points of interest in and around San Pedro, one of L.A.’s most scenic and bikeable neighborhoods.

Cruising the Waterfront 1

Clockwise from top left: The Corner Store, view from Paseo Del Mar looking north; bike lane signage; Metro Bus 246; palms at Point Fermin Park; Point Fermin Lighthouse; and buffered bike lanes on Paseo Del Mar.

Located 25 miles south of Downtown L.A., San Pedro is home to some of the city’s most breathtaking vistas and historical sights, not to mention bike lanes and paths that even novice riders will enjoy. Our journey begins on San Pedro’s Paseo Del Mar, accessible via the terminus of Metro Bus 246 at Paseo and Parker St. Cruise Paseo’s bike lanes and check out the breathtaking cliff-side views of the Pacific and Catalina Island. Stop by local haunt, the Corner Store to refuel with coffee and snacks before making your way east to Point Fermin Park, home of legendary Walker’s Café and the Point Fermin Lighthouse, built in 1874.

Cruising the Waterfront 2

Taking in the view on Paseo Del Mar.

From Point Fermin, it is a quick 5 minute ride down Shepherd and Pacific Avenues to Cabrillo Beach, where you can check out the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the nearby tide pools. If squids and urchins aren’t your thing, enjoy the views along the beachfront bike path and fishing pier. Head north on sharrowed Shoshean Road toward 22nd Street where twenty-second Street Park’s scenic bike path will lead you straight to Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro’s new artisan marketplace located in a beautifully restored warehouse.

After picking up some homemade marmalade, head up the hill to Beacon St. to check out the Muller House Museum (open Sundays only), a cherished jewel of San Pedro’s past. Other great sights in the vicinity include: the WPA murals in the San Pedro Post Office on Beacon St,  recently constructed Cabrillo Way Marina and Warehouse No. 1 at the south end of Signal St, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cruising the Waterfront 3

Clockwise from top left: Warehouse No. 1; view from Signal St., bike parking at the Red Car Downtown Station, bike lane on Harbor Blvd., a glimpse of the Bike Palace on Pacific Ave., the Merchant Marine Memorial and Maritime Museum off Harbor Blvd. Center: A brand new boardwalk just north of the Maritime Museum.

Take a well-deserved break at Utro’s Cafe right off of Sampson Way, home to arguably the best burger in town. Peruse Utro’s extensive collection of memorabilia to learn a bit about the history of longshore workers in San Pedro. If you’re still up for more San Pedro sights after lunch, take a stroll around the quaint shops at Ports O’Call. From here you can also take the short trip north to the fantastic Battleship USS Iowa and Los Angeles Maritime Museum both accessible via the bike lanes on Harbor Blvd.

If you want to give your legs a rest, hop on the Historic Waterfront Red Car Line, one of the last remaining vestiges of Los Angeles’ railcar past or enjoy the water show at Gateway Plaza, featuring two Fanfare fountains by WET Design. When you’re ready to catch the 246 back north, take bike-friendly 9th, 13th, or 14th Streets 4 blocks west to Pacific Ave.

[googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=zaHzTGRzimt0.k8-loRkvu2pU&w=640&h=480]

Since there’s so much more to see in San Pedro – like the Warner Grand Theater and Korean Bell, just to name a few- feel free to leave us your suggestions for other great bike-friendly sights in town! Also, let us know if you have any suggestions for other bikeable L.A. neighborhoods you would like to see us explore on the blog.

More great resources for your trip: Bike Palace (located on Pacific Ave. and 16th St.); bicyclela.org (for bike maps and parking info)

Sharing the road with Sharrows

Sharrows on Westholme Dr. in Los Angeles

A pair of sharrows on Westholme Dr. in Los Angeles

We’re excited to announce that LADOT crews will be installing approximately 20 miles of new shared-lane markings — or “sharrows” — in neighborhoods across the city.  Sharrows are intended to supplement the bicycle lane network in Los Angeles by:

  • Providing gap closures in the Class II (Bike Lane) network
  • Enhancing Class III (Bike Route) Bikeways- This includes future BFS facilities
  • Improving bicycling conditions on two-lane roadways with dashed centerlines

[googleapps domain=”docs” dir=”spreadsheet/pub” query=”key=0Ajc6_TCtpElwdDBySml1VlRVUlJCNE1DNThsUnVmUHc&single=true&gid=0&output=html&widget=true” width=”500″ height=”700″ /]
Click here to access or download the original spreadsheet

Read more

Highlighted SLM Experiment Approved by CTCDC

Update: Minutes from the CTCDC Meeting are now available.

[scribd id=104528340 key=key-15y1gurzeno1b1138957 mode=scroll]

Yesterday the LADOT bikeways team presented a proposal to experiment with green highlighted shared lane markings (HSLM) at the California Traffic Control Devices (CTCDC) board meeting in Santa Ana. According to the 2012 CA MUTCD, Shared lane markings (or sharrows) are intended to:

  • Reduce the chance of bicyclists impacting open doors of parked vehicles on a shared roadway with on-street parallel parking.
  • Alert road users within a narrow traveled way of the lateral location where bicyclists ride.
  • Be used only on roadways without marked bicycle lanes or shoulders.

Our proposed HSLM experiment will be conducted along a stretch of Gayley Ave. (between Weyburn Ave. and Lindbrook Dr.) out in Westwood Village.

Read more

Riverside Dr. Bridge Construction Area: Signage for Bicyclists

Sharrows

Sharrow on North Figuera St. approaching intersection with San Fernando Rd.

Northeast L.A. based bicyclists may have noticed the sharrows that have appeared in the vicinity of the on-going Riverside Dr. bridge construction. The sharrows help accommodate the particularly high volume of bicyclists that traverse the Class III route, now a construction zone, to access the L.A. River Bike Path or travel towards Downtown. Read more

New Bikeway Projects Page

L.A. River Bike Path – Elysian Valley section – a Class I Bike Path in the City of Los Angeles

We are proud to introduce our new, simplified Bikeway Projects page that displays our most up-to-date project listings, fiscal year summaries, environmental impact report (EIR) package list (coming soon), and total bikeway summary. This new format will allow us to update the information more regularly than in our previous Bike Lane and Bike Path project pages (both pages are still available for your viewing pleasure). We have also included a handy link to our regularly updated City of L.A. Bikeways Map that displays existing and planned facilities, and includes a council district layer.

Read more

Yucca St. Bicycle Friendly Street

Hollywood and Highland

Just one block away from the hustle and bustle on Hollywood Blvd.

Update: Added link to our flickr stream that contains more pictures of Yucca St.

A few weeks ago, we posted a bikeway project update that provided a list of projects that our department is currently working on. That list included bike lanes,  bike paths, and Bicycle Friendly Streets (BFS) that are currently in design. One of those BFS facilities is Yucca St, a local street that parallels one of the busiest, and perhaps most iconic boulevards in the  city – Hollywood Blvd. Since Yucca St. is slated to become one of the city’s first BFS facilities, we thought it would be good to do a post exploring the existing facilities and detail what’s to come in the not too distant future. Read more

Updated 2012 CA MUTCD now adopted

California at long last has adopted its revised Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices ( CA MUTCD). The latest 2012 iteration has some welcomed new tools that will further expand our transportation engineer’s toolbox to implement bikeway facilities in the City of Los Angeles. We’ll detail just a few of those new changes below the fold.

Read more

CicLAvia This Sunday!!!

The LADOT Bike Program is excited to announce that we have created some fun and educational posters to display at this October’s CicLAvia event. There are three different poster designs with concepts that are informative, celebratory, and forward looking. Be on the look out for them at select locations along the route. Also, the LADOT Bike Program will be at CicLAvia pulling a trailer full of goodies that include (but are not limited to) bike maps, LADOT water bottles, bike lights, pencils, and pins; so don’t be shy, pull us over and get some swag. More on the posters below the fold.

CicLAvia!

Assistant Bicycle Coordinator Emily Dwyer with the LADOT bike trailer emptied of bike maps, pins, pencils, water bottles, at the last CicLAvia

Read more

20 miles of sharrows installed

4th St. sharrows in action at dusk last week. Over the weekend, 20 more miles of sharrows were installed.

About a month ago, we announced that sharrows were good, and discussed LADOT’s plans to install them on select streets citywide before the year’s end. We are happy to report that this past weekend, LADOT work crews installed approximately 20 miles worth of these bicycle facilities on L.A. streets. All told, 797 sharrows were laid down, adding 20.61 miles of bicycle infrastructure to L.A. streets. A majority of those sharrows were installed using HOT TAPE thermoplastic – a highly durable, visible, and skid resistant road marking material. However, some sharrows on Motor Ave. and Heliotrope Dr. were installed using paint. Rest assured, the paint is a temporary treatment as segments of these two respective streets are set to be resurfaced in the near future. Once the streets are resurfaced, more permanent thermoplastic sharrows will be installed.

The sharrow installations fulfill a mayoral commitment towards 40 miles of new bicycle infrastructure this fiscal year. Some of the sharrows are an interim measure preceding future bicycle lanes as called for in the Bike Plan (but which weren’t prioritized in the 5 year Implementation Plan), and may require environmental review or roadway widening. Others are a first step towards implementing Bicycle Friendly Streets. Join us below the fold to find out what streets just got “sharrowed.”

Read more

ThinkBike Los Angeles: an eye opening experience

This past Thursday and Friday, city staff, advocates and local stakeholders got the opportunity to learn from Dutch bicycle experts on how to design streets for bicyclists and pedestrians the Dutch way. Late Friday afternoon, at a well attended Closing Session at LAPD Headquarters, the public got a chance to see what the working groups came up with. The workshops focused on maintaining an open mind towards facility design, which was exemplified by our Dutch guest Hillie Talens’ admonition to say to each other “okay, and” instead of “okay, but”. The teams did a wonderful job with their presentations and designs. You can view them for yourself under our “Resources” tab or by clicking here. (And this evening, ThinkBikeLA will be on Channel 35, at 7pm and midnight.)

ThinkBikeLA - discussing options for Van Nuys Blvd.

ThinkBikeLA - discussing options for Van Nuys Blvd.

Read more