Sharrows Installed on Reseda Boulevard

Sharrows were installed this week on Reseda Boulevard in the Valley as the third of six locations this summer(listed by the LA Eco Village Blog). The Sharrows extend .8 miles from Vanowen Street to Valerio Street.   LADOT Bikeways hopes to install bike lanes on Reseda to the north of the pilot site, as Reseda Boulevard north of Valerio Street has a curb lane width that would support bike lane installation.

New Sharrows on Reseda Boulevard

Bikeways staff went out Tuesday afternoon to mark down the locations for future Sharrows.

Measuring out to twelve feet

The Sharrows pilot project on Reseda is a great example of “gap closure”, the practice of utilizing alternative bicycle infrastructure to connect existing bike lanes. Below Vanowen, bicycle lanes extend south along Reseda to the Orange Line Bike Path and from there up into Topanga State Park. To the north on Reseda, from Valerio to Devonshire, two separate bike lane projects are in different planning stages

  • Devonshire to Parthenia is approved but is in final design stages before installation, and
  • Parthenia to Valerio is in early design stages, awaiting approval.  Interestingly, LADOT Bikeways proposes to use Sharrows in this bike lane project as well.  Sharrows will be used to pass through a small section of the roadway that cannot currently support bike lanes.

The section of Reseda between Vanowen and Valerio, however, is too narrow to allow for installation of bicycle lanes without the removal of traffic lanes or parking spaces. By installing sharrows to connect these bicycle lane segments, LADOT Bikeways can provide infrastructure for bicyclists while waiting for the support needed to remove parking or traffic lanes so bike lanes can be extended.

While doing pre-installation studies along Reseda, almost every single bicyclist we saw was on the sidewalk. Hopefully, the installation of Sharrows will encourage these sidewalk riders to take their rightful place on the street while educating drivers to share the road with these bicyclists.

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  1. Herbie Huff
    Herbie Huff says:

    “By installing sharrows to connect these bicycle lane segments, LADOT Bikeways can provide infrastructure for bicyclists while waiting for the support needed to remove parking or traffic lanes so bike lanes can be extended.”

    I think I can help shorten your wait.

    Here.

    I support removing parking so that bike lanes can be extended through this section of Reseda!

    I support removing a travel lane so that bike lanes can be extended through this section of Reseda!

    Sharrows on Reseda from Vanowen to Valerio help indicate where cyclists can safely ride and communicate to motorists that cyclists can and should take the travel lane, but they are a second-best solution to a complete bike lane.

    If anyone out there agrees, copy the above and send it to Councilmember Zine who represents district 3, where this project is located.

    councilmember.zine@lacity.org

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  2. joe
    joe says:

    You know that corner you took the photo is the corner of Reseda and Hart.

    I use Hart st. to travel from White oak to corbin to take my child to daycare a few times a week.

    That intersection is very unfriendly to bikes and the sensors do not notice a bike on it. In addition the light at the intersection is a 3 way signal that will skip on of the directions if there is no car detected.

    In other words unless there is a car waiting at hart st. The light will not change unless you press a walk button witch is very unsafely far out of the way on the sidewalks.

    Just had to tell someone somewhere.

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    • ladotbikeblog
      ladotbikeblog says:

      That is frustrating, Joe.

      It sadly doesn’t apply to Reseda, but a treatment listed in the 2010 LA Bike Plan for “Bicycle Friendly Streets” is installation of loop-detectors that would sense bicycle tires.

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  3. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    This weekend I rode my bicycle up and down Reseda Blvd around 11 pm on Saturday and about 10 am Sunday morning where the sharrows are located. I found that the light colored asphalt agragate was causing the image of the sharrows to blend in to the street too much from the light reflecting off the asphalt and thereby increasing the odds the image will not be noticed or understood. This light background makes little difference for indicating to motorists where to drive when its a easily understood long painted line down the street but a small image of a sharrow must quickly be noticed and have a clear meaning to a motorist.

    For a demonstration of what I mean in terms of contrast compare the above pictures of the newly painted sharrows on Reseda Blvd to the recently painted sharrows on a resurfaced street in your sharrows 101 blog. The sharrows in the picture on the sharrows 101 blog look much more sharp and and have a greater visual impact on what they are trying to convey due partially to the much darker newly resurfaced street. A sharper image caused by this greater contrast would be have a clearer meaning at a greater distance to drivers.

    On my first trip on Reseda Blvd on Saturday, after the sharrows were applied, I noticed that a perhaps misplaced sharrow had been painted over with black paint. This made me wonder if it would be possible, for the sake of safety, to improve the visibility of the sharrows by increasing the contrast of the sharrows to the street background by first painting a black rectangle slightly larger than the sharrow image and then painting or applying the thermoplastic white sharrow over it. This should cause the image to sharpen with a greater visual impact and meaning for drivers. I could find no example of a sharrow having been applied on a street with a black painted background like this yet it makes sense for increasing safety and there seems to be no rule against painting the street black before applying the sharrows image.

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