Winnetka Ave Street Improvements are Moving Forward!

After a year-long planning and public engagement process, LADOT has received approval from LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds and the Council Office of Bob Blumenfield (CD 3) to proceed with the final design and implementation of approximately 0.9 miles of new bike lanes on Winnetka Avenue from Vanowen Street and Oxnard Street, as well as a new signalized crossing (pedestrian hybrid beacon) at Winnetka Avenue and Gilmore Street. Earlier this year, LADOT evaluated the traffic and safety impacts of the proposed project and presented the findings at a noticed open house/public hearing,where meeting attendees were invited to submit oral and written comments. The project is exempt from CEQA per the statutory exemption for bike lanes consistent with an adopted bicycle plan, as well as categorical exemptions for minor alterations to existing streets and the installation of traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings. Click here to view the Notice of Exemption along with supporting documentation, including a summary of comments received and responses from LADOT.

Winnetka Avenue is designated on the Mobility Plan 2035 Bicycle Lane Network. Bike lanes currently exist on Winnetka Avenue from Devonshire Street to Vanowen Street to the north, and the Winnetka Avenue Street Improvements project closes a critical gap in the active transportation network by continuing these existing bike lanes southward to connect to the LA River Greenway, the Metro Orange Line busway and bike path, Pierce College, and existing bike lanes on Oxnard Street. Closing this gap results in an approximately 5.3-mile-long continuous bikeway through the West San Fernando Valley. In addition to enhancing connectivity, the project will create a safer environment for people riding bicycles along Winnetka Avenue through the addition of designated bike lanes.

The project involves reconfiguring travel lanes to accommodate new bike lanes (Class II) on Winnetka Avenue from Vanowen Street to Oxnard Street. Between Vanowen Street and Victory Boulevard, this will be accomplished by removing the existing peak-hour parking restrictions on both sides, replacing that lane with the bike lanes and all-day parking. This design mimics the street configuration on Winnetka Avenue north of the project area, and provides parking for the many residences fronting the street.

Future Peak Hour (7 AM to 9 AM) Configuration (Victory to Calvert/Brahma) - Facing South

Typical Future Lane Configuration (Vanowen St to Victory Blvd) – Facing South

On the block between Victory Boulevard and Calvert Street, LADOT received feedback from Council District 3 as well as the public that a southbound right turn lane into Pierce College’s Brahma Drive entrance should be maintained for the entire length of the block during the morning peak hours. LADOT responded to this feedback by modifying the design to retain the existing peak hour parking restriction on the west side of Winnetka Avenue from Victory Boulevard to Calvert Street/Brahma Drive. Within this segment (Victory to Calvert/Brahma), the southbound bike lane design has been updated from a striped bike lane (Class II) to a barrier-protected bike lane (Class IV) situated between the sidewalk and the parking lane/peak hour right turn lane.

Future Peak Hour (7 AM to 9 AM) Configuration (Victory to Calvert/Brahma) - Facing South

Future Peak Hour (7 AM to 9 AM) Configuration (Victory to Calvert/Brahma) – Facing South

 

Future Off-Peak Hour Configuration (Victory Blvd to Calvert St/Brahma Dr) - Facing South

Future Off-Peak Hour Configuration (Victory Blvd to Calvert St/Brahma Dr) – Facing South

 

Example of barrier-protected bike lane on Van Nuys Boulevard

Example of barrier-protected bike lane on Van Nuys Boulevard. Photo: LADOT

 

Finally, between Calvert Street and Oxnard Street, bike lanes will be added without the need to removal any travel lanes. (There is currently no on-street parking on this block.) The design team is exploring the potential for incorporating a buffer with vertical delineators alongside the bike lanes in this segment to enhance the comfort and safety for bike lane users.

Typical Future Lane Configuration (Calvert St to Oxnard St) - Facing South

Typical Future Lane Configuration (Calvert St to Oxnard St) – Facing South

 

To complement the new bike lanes, the Winnetka Avenue Street Improvements project also includes a new pedestrian hybrid beacon (controlled crossing) across Winnetka Avenue at Gilmore Street that will enhance access and safety for people who walk or bike to the Los Angeles River and other destinations on both sides of the street. Pedestrian hybrid beacons are not full traffic signals, but instead are activated through a push-button and require vehicles traveling on the major street (Winnetka Avenue) to come to a full stop and wait for pedestrians and people on bikes to clear the intersection before proceeding.

Implementation of the first segment of the project, Vanowen Street to Victory Boulevard, is anticipated to occur in early June 2019. The remaining segment (Victory Boulevard to Oxnard Street) will be installed later, based on the street resurfacing schedule. The new crossing at Gilmore Street will also follow. Stay tuned to our blog and twitter account (@ladotbikeprog) for updates on the project’s implementation schedule.

If you have any questions on the project, please contact LADOT at lameese.chang@lacity.org or the Office of Councilmember Blumenfield at (213) 473-7003.

 

Winnetka Avenue: Thank You for Participating

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the Open House and Public Hearing to talk about this important project. We had over 30 people come out to talk to staff and leave behind their feedback on the proposal to reconfigure Winnetka Avenue.

If you couldn’t make it, or want to review the materials again, you can view or download the presentation boards here. Remember that the deadline for submitting comments on the conceptual design and traffic impact analysis is this Sunday, February 3rd. Please e-mail them directly to lameese.chang@lacity.org. We look forward to hearing from you, and will be summarizing all the feedback in a subsequent post.

 

 

Winnetka Avenue Traffic Impact Analysis Report: Now Available

The Winnetka Avenue Street Improvements project proposes to close the gap in the bicycle network by extending existing bicycle lanes on Winnetka Ave. from Vanowen St. to Oxnard St. to connect to the LA River Greenway, Metro Orange Line busway and bike path, and Pierce College. The project aims to increase safety and improve mobility options for people accessing these destinations. Reorganizing the street by replacing existing peak-hour travel lanes with full-time parking and bike lanes would make the street more predictable, provide a buffer for pedestrians in the sidewalk, and can help calm speeds on this major arterial running through primarily residential areas. The project may also include a new controlled crossing across Winnetka Avenue near the Los Angeles River to enhance access and safety for people who walk or bike.

Per the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), LADOT has prepared a traffic study to assess the potential impacts of adding new bike lanes on Winnetka Avenue within the project area. This report is now available to review by clicking here: Winnetka Traffic Impact Analysis Report. The report includes the existing and proposed mid-block cross sections, as well as lane configurations and the level of service (LOS) at each of the four study intersections with and without the project. The comment period for this report will be open for 30 days, concluding on Feb 3, 2019. Comments may be submitted by email to lameese.chang@lacity.org (please include the case number ENV-2018-6406-SE in the subject line). Written comments may also be mailed to the address below:

Lameese Chang
Active Transportation Division
City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
100 S. Main Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

An Open House & Public Hearing will be held in late January 2019, during which the public will have an opportunity to view project materials, ask questions, and provide verbal comments to a hearing officer. An official notice for the Open House & Public Hearing will be posted on this website and e-mailed to stakeholders.

In the meantime, if you have questions about the project, or would like to be added to the email list for this project, please contact LADOT staff at lameese.chang@lacity.org or 213-972-4997. We also encourage you to attend the upcoming Winnetka Neighborhood Council meeting on January 8, and the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council meeting on January 9, where staff will be present to provide a project overview and answer general questions.

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The Engineer’s Corner: Oliver Hou, Transportation Engineering Associate II

Welcome to the Engineer’s Corner. This post is a special one, because we are spotlighting one of our program’s first interns: Oliver Hou. Lucky for us, his graduate school internship in the LADOT Bike Program inspired him to stick with transportation, and we’re grateful to say he’s become an integral part of the Bikeways Division. 

LeapLA Blog: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Oliver Hou: My undergraduate background is in civil engineering.  After college, I started at a pre-cast concrete contractor doing architectural pre-cast design and building for construction.  During this time I was able to learn how to use AutoCAD as well as manage projects.  After a few years, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree and serendipitously came across the field of urban planning, which helped to answer a question that I always had while constructing buildings – what are the drivers behind development projects?  During my time studying urban planning at USC, I was fortunate enough to intern with LADOT Bikeways, which helped to fuel my personal interests in all things transportation.

For fun, I enjoy exploring cities around the world, including Los Angeles, for their cultural diversity.  If I’m not out trying new places to eat, I’m at home with my wife cooking healthy dishes.

Oliver enjoying the new protected bike lane on Van Nuys Blvd

Oliver enjoying the new protected bike lane on Van Nuys Blvd

Can you describe your commute? What is it like getting to work?

I live in Koreatown and my daily commute typically consists of catching a Metro Local bus to the Red Line Vermont/Wilshire station.  After a few stops, I exit the Civic Center station and either walk or take an LADOT Dash bus to the office. On occasion I will ride my bike to commute the 3 miles between Ktown and downtown.

My commute time is consistent and takes about 30 minutes each way. That is the part I like the most. In addition, I enjoy using apps such as GoLA, Smartride, and LADOTbus to navigate and track my transit options.  The only downside to my commute are the multiple transfers, so on days I don’t feel like dealing with it I will drive or hail a rideshare.

So how did you become interested in becoming an engineer?

I have always enjoyed building things, starting with Legos and Simcity as a kid.  And although I’ve never particularly enjoyed taking math/science classes, I excelled in them and like the idea that there tends to be only one “right” answer. My undergraduate program offered a broad-based math/science curriculum and I ended up choosing civil engineering because of the possibility of fieldwork and the opportunity to create projects that you can see and have a lasting impact. At LADOT, I have an opportunity to work in an area where the fields of engineering and planning intersect.

How long have you worked at LADOT and in which divisions?

I have worked at LADOT for about 5 years and in addition to being in the Active Transportation division as an engineer, I have been in the Bicycle Outreach and Planning group as an intern, and the Specialized Transit and Grants division as a planner.

What do your day-to-day duties consist of?

Each day is unique because we always have bike lane projects that are in varying phases. These projects could be facilities that are part of the Mobility plan, facilities intended to close gaps in our existing network, or facilities that need maintenance and modification. Some days, I am out in the field checking installations or investigating conditions on the ground. Other days, I will be in the office working with our team to develop plans.  

Before coming up with a plan, I often seek the opinions of other engineers throughout our department and at our district offices so I can try to consider all the impacts. The size and breadth of our City is truly amazing, with DOT having a hand in anything transportation related – it seems that I am always learning about new functions and personnel!

Oliver Hou and Bryan Ochoa, Assistant Project Coordinator, hard at work in the Bikeways Division.

Oliver Hou and Bryan Ochoa, Assistant Project Coordinator, hard at work in the Bikeways Division.

Do you have a favorite part of your work or a favorite project?

My favorite part of my work is seeing projects come to fruition, and seeing these facilities be used. What begins as a concept or vision has much to go through before becoming reality, particularly when it comes to some of our more innovate facilities such as the protected bicycle lane on Los Angeles Street with bicycle signals.

What are the most important things to keep in mind when planning for Los Angeles’ transportation future?

(1) Safety is our primary concern. While this may not have been the case in the past, the driving force of our department is to get people where they need to go safely and comfortably. In fact, with the City’s adoption of a Vision Zero Policy, it really has become a citywide effort. Safety for pedestrians and bicyclists should be what guides our decision-making when it comes to street design.

(2) From a mobility standpoint, our City already has amazing infrastructure in place that has endless potential for evolution.  That is, we have lots of roads and lots of lanes. Therefore, we are able to reconfigure this space to meet our transportation objectives, often with some simple paint on the ground, as our GM and many. This makes me very excited for what our future holds – whether it is a network of bus-only lanes that can maximize our throughput, or groups of super-efficient autonomous vehicles that put an end to traffic as we know it.

When you’re not hard at work making the streets of LA more bike friendly, what do you like to do in your free time?

My free time is mostly taken up by following all types of sports. I enjoy playing basketball (although not as often as I use to) and golf (not as often as I like).

Thanks, Oliver! We’ll see you on the streets!

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.

What’s New with Metro Bike Share

It has been just over 2 months since bike share’s historic launch in Downtown Los Angeles. Ridership is through the roof! The program has already become an integral part of the urban landscape, which is increasing being designed in more people oriented fashion. What has led to this success? It might have to do with all the great partnerships, the excitement from the Downtown community, and the people who give their 120% to keep the program running at its best. Here’s a run down of what’s new and where we will be in the coming weeks. Schedule these into your calendar and stop by to say hi when you see us around Downtown LA!

First, some exciting updates!

You should know that September is the last month for half-off walk up rides. It now costs only $1.75 for a 30-minute ride. That’s half off the regular rate! Tell your friends and loved ones because this is their chance to try bike share at the reduced rate. Test it out and see if it’s for you. On October 1st, the walk-up ride price will be the regular $3.50. To get a bike as a walk-up user, find a bike share station by downloading the app or using the website map. When you arrive to the station, tap the screen, follow the prompts, swipe your credit or debit card, select a bike, and go! Don’t forget to bring a helmet.

Here’s the pricing chart with all the available options. Don’t miss your chance to try bike share for only $1.75 per half hour, until the end of September!

Here’s the pricing chart with all the available options. Don’t miss your chance to try bike share for only $1.75 per half hour, until the end of September!

If you are looking for the 3rd & Rose station, look no further than 1 block north. The station has been relocated to Traction & Rose . The move helped us install more docks – there are now 27 total spaces! We also made way for the expanded Arts District Farmer’s Market. You can now shop for your favorite groceries using the expandable clamshell basket at the front of the bikes. Feel free to splurge on that favorite dessert too because you will be burning it all off on Metro Bike.

Claire, the Operations Manager of Metro Bike Share, crossing all her T’s and dotting all her I’s during the station relocation to Traction & Rose

Claire, the Operations Manager of Metro Bike Share, crossing all her T’s and dotting all her I’s during the station relocation to Traction & Rose

The team was out at the DTLA Proud Festival assisting people in signing up and showing off the two festive rainbow bikes. The bikes were so popular that we decided to make them available to everyone. Look for them throughout the DTLA system in the month of September. When you find them, share your adventure with @ladotofficial and @metrolosangeles #metrobike. Every time you ride a rainbow bike in the month of September, you will be entered into the weekly contest. Winners will be contacted via text and/or email every Monday and will have the chance to win a super cute speckled Metro Bike Share shirt!

Find the rainbow bike in DTLA and share your adventures with @ladotofficial and @metrolosangeles #metrobike. One lucky rider each week will win a speckled Metro Bike Share shirt to always stay in style.

Find the rainbow bike in DTLA and share your adventures with @ladotofficial and @metrolosangeles #metrobike. One lucky rider each week will win a speckled Metro Bike Share shirt to always stay in style.

And now is the time to bring out that calendar and pencil us in!

Need a helping hand in signing up? You can stop by the LADOT Transit Customer Service Center every first and fourth Wednesday of the month from 11 am – 2 pm. The Metro Bike Share team will be available for questions and to assist customers signing up for two types of passes – the monthly and the flex pass. These passes can be purchased online or on a smartphone, whereas the walk up pass can literally be purchased by walking up to a kiosk and purchasing a one-way fare. Stop by to revel in the beautiful state of the art Transit Center that reopened in May 2016 after construction with a repainted palette and upgraded technology to get helpful information about all your transit options like DASH and more!

Celebrating the Grand opening of the Transit Center in May 2016! Strop by every first and last Wednesday of the month for help signing up to bike share. Photo Credit: Streetsblog

Celebrating the Grand opening of the Transit Center in May 2016! Strop by every first and last Wednesday of the month for help signing up to bike share. Photo Credit: Streetsblog

This Friday, September 16 find the Metro Bike Share team at Park(ing) Day. We will be located next to our station at 7th and Broadway in the heart of DTLA from 8 am – 3 pm. Come by to ask us your burning questions, get more familiar with bike share, and meet some of the folks who are working on this day in and day out. We are excited to participate in this worldwide event especially because every day is Park(ing) Day for bike share. Aside from connectivity and accessibility improvements, bike share stations also help to reimagine how city streets can accommodate more than just cars. Many of the bike share stations are located in repurposed parking spaces and allow access for on average 25 bikes instead of 3 cars. The added benefits also include the traffic calming and the creation of places for people! Don’t forget to bring a tote bag to Park(ing) Day to collect all the swag.

Bike share stations are opportunities for traffic calming and the creation of places for people, especially when coupled with the investments such as parklets and corrals, such as this station at 11th & Hope.

Bike share stations are opportunities for traffic calming and the creation of places for people, especially when coupled with the investments such as parklets and corrals, such as this station at 11th & Hope.

This Saturday, September 17 find us twice! First, we will join Cartwheel Art Tours and the Wheelhouse Bike and Coffee Shop for a Coffee by Bicycle Tour in the Arts District. The ride begins at The Wheelhosue where coffee and bicycling come together. From there there will be four or more stops at coffee shops in the neighborhood to get your caffeine fix for the nighttime activities. Blacktop, Blue Bottle, Bulletproog, and Shreebs will each prepare a small tasting of their favorite drink for us to enjoy.  After our last stop, we will pedal our way back to The Wheelhouse for a small parting gift including an individual container of a cold-brewed coffee from Califia Farms. During the tour, Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art Tours, based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, will provide insight on the art, history and developments of the neighborhood. Coffee played a part in the history in the Arts District as businesses such as Maxwell House, Hills Brothers, and Ben Hur Coffee & Spice Co., all operated in buildings here that were built between 1916 – 1929. The tour can be taken on personal bike or with bikes from the Metro Bike Share station outside the Wheelhouse.

Later in the evening, we will be at Grand Performances Benefit Concert. Lee DeLaria of Orange is the New Black will take the stage at DTLA’s California Plaza in a salute to the late, great David Bowie in a benefit concert for Grand Performances. To attend, purchase your tickets and arrive on bike share. When you ride Metro Bike Share to the Grand Performances Benefit Concert you get a free ride back! Ride from any station to the Grand & 3rd station just north of Grand Performances, visit the Metro Bike Share Street Team (look for the flag) at Grand Performances and receive a free ride to use after the show, because bike share and the arts support one another.

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On Wednesday, October 5 from 6 – 8 pm join de Lab on a tour of Making LA: Metro Bike Tour in Downtown LA. Program staff will be giving an overview of the technology, showcasing how the bikes are designed for city streets, and talking about planning for all Angelenos. Then, we will get on the bikes and go on a ride to check out some of the newest and greatest bike infrastructure in the City. We will see protected bike lanes, bike boxes to help people make turns, transit boarding islands, and the City’s first dedicated bike signals! The ride will take place after the sun sets, but not to fret, the bikes come with lights powered by your pedaling. All those wishing to participate in the event must purchase a ticket ahead of time. The ride is optional but those who wish to join can either purchase a pass online prior to the ride or do so at the kiosk on the day of.

We hope you are excited about all that Metro Bike brings to improve accessibility and connectivity in the City as well as to create great places for people! Let us know your thoughts and questions at any of the above events. If you can’t make it, not problem! The website FAQ is a great place to go for any common questions.  You can also call customer support to speak to someone by dialing (844) 857-BIKE or email support@bikeshare.metro.net. Happy riding LA!

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!

Just keeping you in the HOOP: Parking Meters are the New Bike Racks!

We got a #bikeLA SLAM DUNK! By mid-summer 2016, you will start to see meter post bike racks popping up in Westwood Village, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Great Streets corridors. Cycle Hoops will help to expand your bicycle parking options in some of our city’s most congested business districts and corridors. Meter post bike racks are just what they sound like: Bike racks on meter posts! I know what you’re thinking… I ALREADY park my bicycle on parking meters all the time! Well, let us do what we do best around here on #leapLA: we gonna get technical witchoo.

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Our new Cycle Hoop meter post bike rack being tested by Active Transportation Division Student Worker Severin Martinez.

Unfortunately, parking your bicycle on a parking meter is currently illegal, but City Council gave us the opportunity to test a meter bike parking program. As stated by Section 88.10. of Chapter VIII, Division U of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC), “It shall be unlawful for any person to attach anything or to allow a bicycle, newsrack or any other article or thing to lean against a parking meter or a parking meter standard.” After much internal work, in late 2015, the LA City Council allowed Ordinance  No. 183951 for a pilot program to provide an exemption for the use of parking meter posts for bicycle parking purposes. As a result, our division is already programming the implementation of the meter post bike rack pilot program for your bicycle parking enjoyment!

This new program will allow for the installation of new bike parking facilities on parking meter posts located along some of LA’s most crowded sidewalks. The pilot program’s implementation will make its first debut in Westwood Village some time in early summer 2016. Next, the program will travel to the stars, dotting the Hollywood Walk of Fame with brand new bike parking! Biking to the Oscars has never been easier!

Additional meter post parking districts will be identified as we evaluate the program’s overall success and report back to Council. During a series of field visits to Westwood Village, LADOT staff observed a high demand for bicycle parking. Recently we saw five bicycles locked to parking meter posts along a single block of Westwood Boulevard. Meter post bike racks are a convenient and secure solution for people to lock up their bikes where they need to and visit their favorite local businesses.

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We anticipate Westwood Blvd. will see great benefit from this program!

While we’re still testing and evaluating these new racks, the facilities will not be available for open requests like our standard inverted-U racks. That said, we encourage people to provide feedback about their experience using the new meter post bike racks once the program launches by tweeting us at @LADOTBikeProg.

We would also like to remind Angelenos that the Department’s Sidewalk Bike Parking Program (inverted-U racks) continues to grow and we’re upgrading our equipment along the way. To request an inverted-U bike rack, you can complete an online Bicycle Parking Request Form. To determine if your requested location qualifies for one of our program’s bike racks, please review our bicycle rack location criteria here. You can also email us at bike.program@lacity.org if you have additional questions or notice a rack has become loose or damaged.

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Testing of a bike ring rack on a City’s parking meter stand.

We’ve come a long way since our first U-racks, introducing meter hitch parking, bicycle corrals, and now… the Cycle Hoop. Thank you #bikeLA for continuing with us on our journey to better streets for people!