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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:01 pm

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - It’s getting better and easier to be a cyclist in Downtown.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation last week striped new bikeways on Olive Street and Grand Avenue, adding to the network of dedicated corridors.

The 1.2-mile lanes stretch from Seventh Street to Washington Boulevard, connecting key points such as California Hospital Medical Center, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the Jewelry District.

Like the lanes created earlier this year on Spring and Main streets, the ones on Grand Avenue and Olive Street are separated from traffic by a painted buffer zone. Curb-adjacent parking lanes remain.

The DOT expands on the two-wheeled momentum with a Bicycle Plan Implementation Team meeting from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The session will include the city’s plans for bike infrastructure, including proposed Seventh Street lanes in both directions through Downtown. The meeting is at Caltrans, at 100 S. Main St.

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  • Terry Molloy posted at 3:27 pm on Mon, Jan 21, 2013.

    TerryM Posts: 1

    It has been 4 months since the bike lanes were added, and so far I have seen 2 bicyclists on Grand. One had the entire 1.2 mile lane dedicated to his travels at evening rush hour, and the other (on a different day) cruising along in the left traffic lane, causing back-up and sudden lane changes behind him.

    As a bonus, we now have more chaos at the Grand/Venice intersection, where you have a bunch of drivers vying for the same spot on the road: buses leaving the bus stop, southbound drivers on Grand waiting to turn right for the 10 freeway, drivers using the bike lanes to bypass the vehicles waiting in the proper traffic lane for the right turn to the 10 freeway, drivers making the right-turn-on-red from eastbound Venice onto southbound Grand, and drivers that use the bike lane south of Venice as the second right turn lane onto 17th Street for access to the 10 freeway.

    The designers of this plan should go back to the drawing board.

  • Morgan T posted at 10:48 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    central squared Posts: 25

    I agree about riding on the sidewalks. It's ridiculous and dangerous. And I say that as someone who rides around town. I would never ride on the sidewalk. I'm not sure what the laws are about it, but if there aren't laws there should be. And they should be enforced.

  • Stan Fujimoto posted at 4:01 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    mE Posts: 2

    The Green Zone bike lane on Spring is a good, first attempt. But the paint debacle needs to be addressed. Do you ride? Notice where the severe wear is. It is where vehicles pull in and out of parking lots, pull over for a right-hander, and more severely, where buses transition from the curb, causing a scrubbing action. When the tires are turning briefly to merge either way, the wear is there. Compounded hourly, daily, weekly, to what you see today.

    Was there talk of a more, "safer paint"? When you make your turn from the Green Zone, do you look over your shoulder to start your turn? Are you not off the Green Zone by then? (And if not, what is the angle of your wheel? Is it any degree of suffficieny that can cause a wash out? )

    City needs to lay down the glossiest paint possible, epoxy paint, even powder coated, if technology allows. Flat paint is out - it cannot be built up in layers.


  • Christopher Petryk posted at 3:48 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    CowboyCochise Posts: 7

    It would be nice if people would stop riding their bikes super fast down crowded sidewalks. Saw a guy swerving in & out of pedestrians the other day, going very fast, almost ride straight into a baby stroller. Bikes shouldn't be on sidewalks, period, but the police officers and the Downtown safety officers need to start doing something about this problem. Cops seem to be more inclined to stop good people for jaywalking than actually addressing real problems Downtown, one of the many being people riding bikes too fast and unsafely on sidewalks.