Lots of Bike Lanes to Come in the New Year

LADOT Bike Blog is back from our winter hibernation to let you know about all the new projects that the Bike Program will bring you in the coming months.  Bike lane projects all over the City are making their way closer to construction, and you can look at everything we’ve worked on since Jan. 1 of 2010 at our Bike Lane Projects page.  Below the fold, we’ll brief you on the particulars of which projects have made what kind of progress.

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As a side note, these projects don’t even include all the new projects we’ll be taking on once the new Bike Plan is adopted.  The implementation plan for the Bike Plan will come on top of what we’re working on right now.  We’ve got projects coming out of our ears right now.

Nearing Construction

Rinaldi Street

Rinaldi has been in the status of “Pending Work Orders” -meaning a project is in the queue for installation-  for some time now, but construction crews should have 1.3 miles of  bike lanes installed there (from Mason Avenue to Tampa Avenue) in the next few weeks.

Woodman Avenue

Woodman is one of those projects that just flew through the design and work order process.  This 1.0 mile stretch of bike lanes, from Oxnard Street to Vanowen Street, should be completed before the end of the month.  This project will connect the existing bike lanes on Woodman to the Orange Line Bikeway.

Reseda Boulevard

The next segment of Reseda Boulevard will also get bike lanes within the month.  Connecting to the Sharrows on Reseda completed last year, this new stretch will run 1.1 miles from Valerio Street to Roscoe Street.

Plummer Street

This project is a BSS street resurfacing project, and only goes a quarter mile (from Reseda to Etiwanda), but talk about bang for your buck.  This project, scheduled to be striped when BSS completes their repaving, will connect 3 miles of bike lanes on Reseda Boulevard with Cal State Northridge.  Creating these types of connections are what passes for high excitement at the Bike Program.

Design Complete

York Boulevard

Ably reported last month by Mr. Bike Lane Scoop himself Joe Linton, York Boulevard saw over half of its length clad in bike lanes last month.  Now the balance of York Boulevard, from Avenue 55 to North Figueroa Street, has completed its Design phase.  Some of York Boulevard may require removal of a traffic lane to move this project forward.

Main Street

No, not Main Street in downtown, but Main Street in Venice.  Just under a mile, from Grand Boulevard to the Santa Monica City Limits, this bike lane would connect with the Main Street bike lanes in Santa Monica AND connect with the Abbot Kinney Sharrows.  This project is a bit more difficult, as it would require a road diet to complete.  That being said, Santa Monica already did a road diet on Main Street to build their bike lanes.  So really, we’re just continuing the road configuration through Venice.  The project is currently pending community outreach efforts.

Reseda Boulevard

No, not the section of Reseda mentioned above, but the last section of Reseda needed to connect over 10 miles of continuous bicycle facilities along Reseda.  This half-mile section, from Roscoe Street to Parthenia Street, is the last piece of the puzzle because it may require some parking removal to compelte, and is thus the most difficult part.

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

MLK is a much needed addition in South LA.  Stretching a mile from Marlton Avenue to Rodeo road, this project is being moved into the “Pending Work Orders” phase.

Riverside Drive

Our last project update, this half mile project from Fulton to Coldwater Canyon will replace the existing bicycle route with shiny new bike lanes.

Rumors and Rumblings

It hasn’t been sorted out yet, but the Bike Program may also in the near future move quickly on a joint project along Wentworth Street and Foothill Boulevard.  The idea is to build bike lanes for the remaining length of Wentworth (which goes out to Foothill), then keep going on Foothill for as long as we can.  When more information is available on this, or any other project, we’ll be here to let you know.

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