Main St. (Venice) Bike Lanes Video

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Interns Darren and Jose enjoying a ride on the Main St. bike lanes

About a month ago, Department of Transportation crews installed bike lanes on Main St. (in Venice) between Windward Circle and the City Limit. Main St. represents a successful implementation of what we’ve recently been calling a “road buffet”, many thanks to Roadblock for coining the term, which changed the street’s configuration from four vehicle lanes (two in each direction) to two lanes with an additional two way left turn lane and bicycle lanes in each direction. We like Don’s term for this type of street space reallocation better than “road diet” because these projects accommodate more modes after undergoing the switch, not less. Road diets/buffets are part of a growing trend in cities to create more complete streets that accommodate all users (bikes, transit, cars and pedestrians) to create a transportation network whose focus is on moving people and providing more choices. Below is a video from our recent ride on the Main St. bike lanes that shows how effectively a street that’s been treated to a road buffet can function. For some history on the project, check out our previous post here. Also, be sure tell us what you guys think about the video and “road buffets” in the comments section below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbFfhpynFYo&w=560&h=315]

Darren

Nice camera work, Darren

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  1. Roadblock
    Roadblock says:

    HA! AWESOME. Thanks for the hat tip! I hope that the LADOT and everyone else keeps calling them Road Buffets™ for a long time to come! Many yummy transit options to choose from. 🙂

    We need a catchy tune to make it a jingle on channel 35. 🙂

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  2. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    I’ve sent an e-mail to Metro in which I tried to convince them that if they decide that improving on-street bus service is the way to go for their Measure R Rapidway project for Van Nuys Blvd, then use part of that money to create traffic islands starting a hundred feet from the near side of the intersection to the beginning of the cross-street. This would be a bus stop that would have room to move the bus benches and shelters off of the sidewalk, creating more room for pedestrians and wheelchairs. There would be a 5-6 foot wide spacing behind the bus stop, along the length of the traffic island, that would enable the bike lane to continue all the way up to the intersection next to the original curb, even if there is a right-turn-only lane.

    Chicago is quickly becoming the new leader in terms of a large U.S. city putting in quality bicycle infrastructure.

    Here’s the list of new 2012 spring bikeways projects listed by the City of Chicago:

    http://www.chicagobikes.org/pdf/Year%20One%20Proposed%20Bikeways.pdf

    Funny, I don’t see any Sharrows on that list, nor any unbuffered bike lanes. Three quarters of the projects are protected bike lanes.

    On page 5, of another City of Chicago report, it shows two examples of what they have done in terms of buffered bike lanes in 2011:

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

    They put buffering on both sides of the bike lane. Creating more comfort by having a buffer between moving traffic and the bike, along with spacing between the bike lane and the parked cars.

    Here’s another reason why Chicago will likely lead the way in terms of quality of bicycle infrastructure: They sent several representatives to the Netherlands for a week to observe bike infrastructure, including at least one of their engineers that is working on bikeway projects:

    http://www.streetfilms.org/from-the-netherlands-to-america-translating-the-worlds-best-bikeway-designs/

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