We previously introduced our draft Transit-Enhanced Network and plans for pedestrian enhancements. Here’s our proposal for the draft Bicycle-Enhanced Network. We are asking you to tell us if the candidate streets should receive enhancements or if a different street should be chosen for enhancements. Take our draft Bicycle-Enhanced Network Survey here.
Our outreach participants consistently cited safety concerns as the primary deterrent to bicycling in Los Angeles. Although our city has a climate and topography suited for bicycle trips, many worry about compromising their safety due to high vehicle speeds and the lack of protected bicycle lanes and connecting routes. High vehicle speed is not only a major deterrent for bicyclists of all abilities, but also increases the likelihood of more severe injury or fatality during collisions.
In order to fulfill our Mobility Element goals and achieve complete streets, we recognize that the City needs to create a network of comfortable, safe on-street bicycle facilities that will reach local and regional destinations for all types of bicyclists. The City’s 2010 Bicycle Plan set the groundwork for creating a bicycle-friendly Los Angeles and improving safety for all roadway users. The update of the Mobility Element provides an opportunity to further identify facilities for implementing buffered or protected bicycle facilities that could encourage Angelenos aged 8 to 80 to cycle to their destinations.
We took a stab at a first draft of a more robust bicycle network by building off of the City’s Bicycle Plan. What’s available now for review and discussion is what we’re calling the draft Bicycle-Enhanced Network, a 120-mile subset of the streets on the 2010 Plan’s Backbone and Neighborhood Bikeway Networks. The new bicycle-enhanced streets will work in conjunction with existing paths and lanes to provide a network of bikeways for all types of riders. The rest of the facilities designated on the Networks will be implemented as envisioned by the Plan, but the enhanced streets will receive treatments beyond a regular bicycle lane or shared lane marking (sharrow). The majority of the bicycle-enhanced streets are major streets on the Backbone Network, but in some locations, streets on the Neighborhood Network were chosen as better candidates when there was a conflict with other modes that could not be resolved.
Similarly to the Transit-Enhanced Network, improvements along the Bicycle-Enhanced Network would primarily consist of:
- Right-of-way infrastructure improvements: Bicycle-Enhanced Network streets may receive treatments within the rights-of-way of major streets to allow for exclusive traveling space for bicyclists. Neighborhood streets that are enhanced may receive traffic diversion treatments, which are not only safer for bicyclists but also achieves traffic calming goals and reduces cut-through traffic. The type of considerations, such as buffered or protected bicycle facilities, will be determined upon further community outreach and analysis.
- Signal timing infrastructure improvements: Bicycle-Enhanced Network streets may also receive signal timing features that benefit bicyclists, such as bicycle signals, bike detectors, or separate signal phases.
- End of trip facilities: Regional, community, and neighborhood centers and destinations along the Bicycle-Enhanced Network may receive end-of-trip facilities to improve travel for new and experienced bicyclists. Examples of these facilities include long-term and short-term bicycle parking, showers, lockers, mobility hubs and repair stations.
CANDIDATE STREET SELECTION
The streets of the Bicycle-Enhanced Network were selected based upon the following criteria:
- Connectivity between regional centers and major destinations
- Higher presence of bicyclists through bicycle counts
- Higher presence of collisions involving bicyclists
- Designation within the Backbone or Neighborhood Networks in the 2010 Bicycle Plan.
Sample Enhancements on the Bicycle Enhanced Network:
In addition to standard wayfinding and street markings, the Backbone Network streets selected for enhancements may receive a selection of treatments listed below. These treatments are explained in further detail in the 2010 Bicycle Plan’s Technical Design Handbook (TDH), except where noted.
- Wide Bicycle Lane with Additional Pavement Markings (9.1 TDH);
- Raised Bicycle Lanes (9.12 TDH);
- Cycle Tracks-Protected Bicycle Lanes (9.13 TDH); or
- Dedicated Bicycle Lane w/Bus Lane (3.5 TDH may be modified to have a curb-adjacent bicycle lane with passenger crossing markings and boarding platform).
In addition, an assortment of additional treatments could include:
- Colored Bicycle Lanes in Conflict Areas (9.6 TDH);
- Colored Bicycle Lanes at Interchanges (9.7 TDH);
- Bicycle Box (9.8 or 9.11 TDH);
- Two Stage Turn Queue Boxes (NACTO).
The Neighborhood Network streets selected for enhancements would be designed to a “Bicycle Friendly Street Level 5” designation, which could include:
- Mini-roundabouts (4.6 TDH);
- Stop Signs on Cross-Streets (4.7 TDH);
- Curb Bulbouts and High-Visibility Crosswalks (4.8 TDH);
- Diagonal Diverter (4.9 TDH);
- Bicycle Signals at Major Intersection Crossings (4.10 TDH);
- Crossing Islands (4.11 TDH); or
- Bicycle Only Left Turn Pocket (9.4 TDH).
Here’s the complete list of streets we want you to consider. Each corridor is envisioned to provide local and regional connections between neighborhoods. Launch a map of the network here (PDF, Google) and take our survey here.
Atwater Village to Downtown, via Fletcher Dr, Glendale Blvd, and Second St
Brentwood to Venice, via San Vicente Blvd and Barrington Ave
Coastal Bike Path to Marina Bike Path, via Washington Blvd
Downtown LA, via Figueroa St & Flower St Couplet, Spring St & Main St Couplet, Seventh St
Hollywood to El Sereno, via Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd, Cesar Chavez Ave, Mission Rd, and Huntington Dr
Hollywood to West Adams, via La Brea Blvd and Redondo Blvd
Los Feliz to Harbor Gateway, via Edgemont Ave, Melrose Ave, Heliotrope Dr, Rosewood Ave, New Hampshire Ave, James M Wood Blvd, Catalina St, San Marino St, Berendo St, Twelfth St, Catalina St, Fifteenth St, Berendo St, Catalina St, Budlong Ave, 36th Pl, Catalina St, Budlong Ave, 60th Pl, Vermont Ave
Mid City Connection, via San Vicente Blvd
Northeast LA, via Colorado Blvd, Figueroa St, Cypress Ave, and Eagle Rock Blvd
Northeast Valley to Sherman Oaks, via Van Nuys Blvd
Sun Valley to North Hollywood, via Lankershim Blvd
Venice to Downtown, via Venice Blvd, 4th Ave, Country Club Drive, St Andrews Pl and Eleventh St
West Adams to Vernon Central, via Rodeo Rd and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Westchester to South LA, via Manchester Ave
Westwood to West LA, via Westwood Blvd