DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The enduring squabble over the bright green paint on Spring Street’s dedicated bike lane has officially come to an end: The city scrubbed the color off the asphalt on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Several film production groups had complained that the lime-green lane was a visual disruption on shoots. Cycling advocates, including the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, opposed getting rid of the colored lane, saying doing so would represent a step back for two-wheeled safety.
A compromise, which was unanimously approved by the City Council in June, will repaint the lanes with four-inch-wide strips of forest green inside the two white lane stripes. Additionally, full chunks of green will fill potential conflict zones such as right-turn merges.
The new treatment is 75% less expensive than the original design, but Bicycle Coalition Planning and Policy Director Eric Bruins thinks the untested custom design could turn off riders. “The old one was a red carpet — it invited riders to come and use the lane and feel safe. The compromise is fairly utilitarian and doesn’t look special,” he said.
The painting is slated to be complete before the next CicLAvia event on Oct. 6.
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