Project Updates: Bike Lanes Moving Forward

The LADOT Bike Blog hasn’t done a full review of all the bike lane projects in the queue in quite a while. Sure, we covered the Woodman Avenue bike lanes and the latest on the Metro Orange Line extension bike path, but that hardly represents a comprehensive update.  At the April BPIT meeting, Planning and Bikeways engineering promised to provide a full update on all ongoing bike lane projects.

Well the wait is now over: LADOT Bike Blog is presenting a full update on all of our projects’ progress since our last update in January. As always, you can check out the full list of current projects on our Bike Lane Projects page, our Bike Path Projects page, our Projects map, and our BPIT map.  There’s also the matter of the remaining, and mysteriously named, “Year Zero” projects.  We’ll provide an explanation of what “Year Zero” is, and what projects are left, below the fold.  But first, the current projects update.

Woodman Bike Lane

New Bike Lanes on Woodman Avenue

Project Updates

York Boulevard Bike Lanes – Avenue 55 to Figueroa Street

Staff is nearing completion of the design stage for this project.  The current design plans will require the removal of a westbound travel lane in a road diet to accommodate new bike lanes. LADOT is working closely with the CD 14 Council Office to secure their approval, and the approval of the community, before moving forward.

Main Street Bike Lanes (Venice) – Windward Circle to Santa Monica City Limits

The LADOT Bike Program has been working closely with Council Member Bill Rosendahl’s staff on this project, which will also require a road diet as a part of implementation.  The LADOT Bike Program presented this project to the Venice Neighborhood Council back at the end of January.  The project won’t move forward without approval of the Venice NC, and LADOT has agreed to present the bike lane plan to the VNC’s Transportation Committee for their approval.

Reseda Boulevard Bike Lanes – Roscoe Boulevard to Parthenia Street

This is the last stretch of Reseda needing bike lanes to complete a continuous corridor of north-south bike infrastructure between the Ronald Reagan Freeway and the Santa Monica Mountains.  This half mile section of bike lanes has 90% of its design plans completed and is almost ready to go into construction phase.

There is a one-block section, between Napa and Chase, that needs parking removal on the east side of the street to fit in bike lanes.  This street parking removal would have a very minimal effect on parking availability, as most of the block in question is taken up by surface parking lots.  LADOT is working with the local NCs and with CD 12 to secure approval for this parking removal.  Recently, the Northridge South NC gave their unanimous approval for removing parking in favor of extending the bike lanes on Reseda.  Staff is awaiting support from CD 12 before proceeding.

Riverside Drive Bike Lanes – Fulton Avenue to Coldwater Canyon Avenue

This project will bridge a half-mile gap of bike lanes on Riverside Drive, creating 1.75 miles of uninterrupted infrastructure.  The project design is completed and work orders are being prepared right now.

Paseo Del Mar Bike Lanes – Western Avenue to Roxbury Street

This project is different, in that Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro already has bike lanes installed on it.  This 1.4 mile section of roadway is getting resurfaced, and the LADOT Bike Program has prepared work orders for re-striping the bike lanes as part of the resurfacing project.

Wilbur Avenue Bike Lanes – Nordhoff Street to Chatsworth Street

LADOT presented a proposed alternative design to the current configuration of bike lanes to a joint meeting of the Porter Ranch and Northridge West Neighborhood Councils earlier this month.  The NC voted not to adopt the proposed configuration and keep the current bike lane configuration as it stands today.  LADOT will continue to work with the CD 12 Council Office and NCs to arrive at an acceptable outcome.

Foothill Boulevard Bike Lanes – Osbourne Street to Wentworth Street

This bike lane project is in preliminary design phase and is being done in tandem with the Wentworth Street bike lanes project – which is pending work orders presently.  The project will extend 3.97 miles.

7th Street Bike Lanes – Catalina Street to Figueroa Street

You can read all about this project, which is the first priority of the Bike Plan Implementation Team, on our BPIT page.  Preliminary designs have been drafted for this project, and LADOT is working with CD 1 on public outreach in the community for the project.  Project designs will not be deemed complete until issues identified during public outreach have been addressed.  LADOT will also continue to work with the BPIT to improve the 7th Street project.

Venice Boulevard Bike Lanes – Crenshaw Boulevard to Main Street

Preliminary analysis for bike lanes along Venice Boulevard have been completed by LADOT staff and they will be presented to the BPIT at its April meeting.  These bike lanes will extend the current Venice Boulevard bike lanes all the way to downtown, creating an uninterrupted bicycle corridor from downtown to the beach.  Following the April BPIT meeting, LADOT will work with the council offices and NCs along the route to gain approval for the project.  We’ll have more information on the Venice Boulevard Bike Lanes in a few days.

4th Street Bike Boulevard – Cochran Avenue to Hoover Street

While it wasn’t the most visible improvement, 4th Street has taken one more step towards being the City’s first truly Bicycle Friendly Street.  Loop detectors on 4th Street from Cochran to Hoover have been replaced and calibrated properly to pick up bicyclists waiting at a stoplight.  No more will a frustrated bicyclist have to roll up onto the sidewalk to hit the “walk button” at a major intersection on 4th Street.  LADOT will continue to work with CD 4 staff, LACBC, the community, and the BPIT on future projects for 4th Street.

Remaining “Year Zero” Projects

The recently passed LA Bike Plan has a 5 year implementation strategy which includes 200 miles of new bike infrastructure.  Instead of starting with Year One, however, the 5 year implementation strategy starts with Year Zero.

Year Zero?

This odd category stems from the City beginning its fiscal year on July 1st.  Every bike project the LADOT Bike Program has started (or was in design) since July 1st last year (or scheduled to start before July 1st of this year) falls into this odd category of “Year Zero”.

50 Miles of Projects

Year Zero projects make up 51.7 miles of facilities across Los Angeles (which are not counted towards the 5 year implementation plan’s goal of 200 miles of facilities).  But what projects is Year Zero made up of specifically?  What types of infrastructure are they?  What are their statuses?

Some Year Zero projects have already been completed and some are in the midst of design.  You can always view these projects on the LADOT Bike Blog Bike Lane Projects page and Sharrows page.  But there’s a few more projects that need to go into design before the end of the fiscal year.

Year Zero – Awaiting Design

Winnetka Avenue – Plummer Street to Devonshire Street, 1.00 miles.  Gap closure between two bikes lanes, part of backbone network.

Sheldon Street – Glenoaks Boulevard to Wentworth Street, .17 miles.  Gap closure between two bike lanes, part of backbone network.

Sepulveda Boulevard – Skirball Center Drive to Bel Air Crest Road, 1.20 miles.  This would extend bike lanes that exist on Sepulveda Boulevard north of Skirball Center Drive southwards.  It is also part of the backbone network.  This project is contingent upon the work being done for the I-405 widening project jointly carried out by Metro and Caltrans.  Though this project design is complete, there is no established date for when the project will be installed.

Devonshire Street – I-405 to Woodman Avenue, 1.00 miles.  This project will connect to a bike path to the east and will leave a very small gap between the 405 and bike lanes on Devonshire Street west of Haskell Avenue.

North Figueroa Street – US 101 to Cesar Chavez/Sunset Boulevard, .10 miles.

1st Street – Boyle Avenue to Lorena Avenue, 1.60 miles.  This project, stretching through much of Boyle Heights, is in preliminary design phase.

Get Involved

If you want to do more than just read about new bike lane projects, there are plenty of ways to get involved.  Next week alone will see the meeting of the Bike Plan Implementation Team and a meeting of the Bicycle Advisory Committee.  These are both great venues to learn more about bike projects in Los Angeles as well as great places to get involved in setting policy and priorities for future projects in LA.

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