Main St. (Downtown) Bike Lanes and Spring St. Material Testing

Alfred installs a bike lane sign

Bike lanes going in on Main St. 9th St. to Venice Blvd.

Main St. in Downtown Los Angeles will soon be getting bike lanes from 9th St. to Venice Blvd./16th St. Installation is scheduled to begin the weekend of February 11th and be completed by February 18th. These new bike lanes will pick up right where the Spring St. bike lane left off, extending the bikeway network south towards South Park. Design work has also begun for a northbound bike lane on Main St. (from 9th to Cesar Chavez) that will compliment the existing southbound Spring St. bike lane.

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LADOT will also be conducting green material testing along Spring St. on Sunday, February 12th. Six different material types will be tested along three blocks: 7th to 6th, 6th to 5th and Temple to Aliso. More information (and driving/parking restrictions for that day) can be found on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s website. We’ll have more on the material testing later this early next week.

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  1. JK
    JK says:

    Please pave all of Spring Street before putting down more “green material.” The bike lane should be on a paved street, not that broken concrete. Is that too much to ask?

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  2. Terry Reynolds
    Terry Reynolds says:

    This is fantastic! We’re getting closer and closer to having a real backbone network throughout all of Los Angeles. Job well done LADOT.

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  3. bikerdude
    bikerdude says:

    Little by little, step by step Los Angeles is getting better and better for bicyclist….good job to ALL (advocates, bicyclists, local communities, some council members, the mayor and LADOT) involved! Just keep those bike facilities coming!

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  4. Marcotico
    Marcotico says:

    On the one hand hearing about all the changes is kind of frustrating, but on the bright side, I’m glad LA DOT is experimenting as they go, rather than waiting and waiting for some kind of perfect standards. The old adage, “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” comes to mind.

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  5. James
    James says:

    Does “green material testing mean” trying out different types of paint? Have you found a new type paint that works on broken concrete?

    I assume the long range plans include repaving main and spring and installing better bicycle lanes or cycle tracks. Any progress being made on that front?

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  6. cerwing
    cerwing says:

    Great Job LADOT! Although, at first I thought this post was regarding the Main St in Venice.. curious you haven’t written about those lanes yet… hope to see something soon…

    Any way you can give an more precise update on the NB lanes north of 9th? How much longer after the design phase will it take to get paint (or thermoplastic) on the streets?

    Keep up the great work!

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    • JoJo Pewsawang
      JoJo Pewsawang says:

      Her cerwing,

      L.A. Streetsblog and LA Eco Village’s blog have written – and taken pictures of – the Venice Main St. project. We are planning on making a video sometime in the near future. As for Downtown, the northbound Main St. lane is currently in the design phase. It is a high priority project, so it is moving rather quickly. We’ll have posts in the future that will have a more accurate timeline for when the lane will go in. Thanks for commenting!

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  7. Dando Guerra
    Dando Guerra says:

    Good work– City and community teaming up to “get ‘er done.” That’s what good planning is all about. Maybe there is a chance in LA after all…

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  8. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    I did some volunteer work for LACBC at 6th St. and Spring St. from 4-6 Pm Thursday looking for violators of the green bike lane. The traffic flowed smoothly on Spring St with only 3 or 4 times when it backed up for a block. Traffic was moving slow enough for a skateboarder to feel comfortable manuevering down the green lane. After darkness, there was a person just learning to rollerblade and three people casually riding side-by-side without reflectors or lights. Most people were riding in the street, rather than the sidewalk, but there was probably only one female cyclist on Spring St. in the two hours. Then again, there was considerably less than a 50% mix of female to male pedestrians.

    Other than the green paint not sticking to the street and some rough patches of street surface, I’d say that the Spring St. bike lane is about as well done as you can expect for a completely unprotected bike lane. It would be better to have some barriers for protection from buses and cars, but the slowness of the traffic should reduce the frequency and severity of collisions.

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  9. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    On page 5 of this pdf, from the City of Chicago, there are two locations where the city has placed a buffer on both sides of the bike lane.

    http://www.chicagobikes.org/pdf/2011%20Year%20End%20Summary.pdf

    These would bring the cyclist further away from the parked car doors that swing open, but it would also make it less comfortable and noiser for the cyclist by reducing the distance between the moving vehicles and the bike lane. Since the moving vehicles are by far the greatest concern for the vast majority of people who would consider cycling, then I’d prefer the design of Spring St. with the entire buffer separating the moving vehicles from the cyclist.

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  10. Alec Mitchell
    Alec Mitchell says:

    Fantastic, now let’s extend the lane all the way up Main Street into the Civic Center, so that it’s not just a one way ride. Hopefully, they will place the northbound lane on the left side of the street to minimize conflicts with buses traveling along Main St. As it is on Spring, the buses have to cross the lane quite frequently, and occasionally appear to simply ignore it.

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