New Bike Lanes on Washington Place

New bike lanes on Washington Place in Mar Vista

Thanks, Vicki Karlan, for taking some great photos of folks riding the new Washington Place bike lanes. The lanes, which were explained in detail at this earlier post, were striped by the Los Angeles Transportation Department (LADOT) last weekend, Saturday December 10th 2011. They extend 0.77 miles – from Albright Avenue to Grand View Boulevard – in L.A.’s Mar Vista neighborhood, adjacent to Culver City. 

Rider on the new Washington Place bike lanes

Southwest end of the bike new lanes on Washington Place

As far as I can tell, since July 1st 2011, this brings the city of L.A.’s total bikeway mileage completed to 9.74 miles. That’s about half a year to complete about a quarter of the mayor’s pledged 40 miles for this fiscal year. Here’s hoping that the city is able to finish the other 30 miles in the next six months.

L.A. bikeway mileage completed so far in FY11-12, listed roughly by completion date oldest to newest: (I think that this is right, but let me know if I missed anything)

  • Wentworth (Wheatland – Foothill) 1.30 miles
  • Woodley (Saticoy – Sherman) 0.28 mile
  • Jefferson (La Brea – La Cienega) 0.99 mile
  • 7th Street (Catalina – Figueroa) 2.20 miles
  • 1st Street (Boyle – Lorena) 1.60 miles
  • Cahuenga (Odin – Yucca) 0.60 mile
  • Reseda Blvd (Roscoe – Parthenia) 0.50 mile
  • Spring Street (Chavez – 9th) 1.50 miles
  • Washington Place (Albright – Grand View) 0.77 mile
  • TOTAL 9.74miles
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9 thoughts on “New Bike Lanes on Washington Place

  1. Hmm, that’s true. I know Jojo is trying to create new way to show progress on bike lane projects, so the current list may be lagging? Not sure.

    At least on the Transpo Commission report, they list Tuxford as installed on 9/23/11, and Vermont from Del Amo to Knox as installed on 11/13/11.

    The Tuxford one really excites me because it connects the Glenoaks/Wentworth/Foothill bike lane network to the Roscoe/Laurel Canyon/Strathern/Sherman Way bike lane network. If LADOT can close another 1/2 mile gap on Laurel Canyon, it would connect both networks to the Orange Line bike network. A real east valley backbone, as it were.

  2. Here’s a link to the Planning Department report that was made for the City Council Transportation Committee:

    http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-2385_RPT_PLAN_12-14-11.pdf

    I got a total of 43.59 miles for design complete or in design that were not listed for FY12, and are therefore within the means of possibility for FY11. LADOT has got to pick up the pace of lane complettion considerably in order to reach 40 miles of lanes for FY11 though.

    LACBC has released information about their 2011 bike count report and they state that there were 17 intersections with complete bike counts on both the 2009 and 2011 counts.

    http://lacbc.wordpress.com/

    On the the graph with the 17 intersections, only three of those intersections got bike lanes between the first and second bike counts, with jumps in bicycling far exceeding the percent of increase of the other 14 intersections, and all three were in distinctly different parts of the city.

    One was Woodman Ave/Orange Line with the new bike lane connecting to the Orange Line Path. That looks like it had an increase of about 135%.

    Another is York Ave/Ave 50, which connects to the new bike lane on York Ave to the one on Eagle Rock Blvd. This percentage of increase was a little better than Woodman at perhaps 140%.

    The intersection that is very interesting is 7th St and Alvarado with perhaps a 160% increase in bicycling from the 2009 to 2011 counts. It’s usually tough to completely isolate how a bike lane or path installation effects the rate of bicycling on a corridor as there could be some other bike infrastructure or encouragement in the area. There is no other bike infrastructure in the 7th St area when the count was done, and the only other added influence for biking I can think of for the area would be CicLAvia.

    I don’t notice any outstanding increase in bicycling from adding sharrows on 4th or Fountain. I can’t see any added attraction to bicycle from suggesting people to ride in front of cars on busy streets.

    Compare those increases to results from three cities after protected bike lanes were installed from this City of Chicago report:

    http://www.chicagobikes.org/pdf/Cycle_Tracks_Overview.pdf

    Looking at this Chicago report makes the increase in bicycling from adding lanes to Woodman, York and 7th look fantastic. Although the rate of bicycling on bike paths in L.A. seem to far exceed what you could expect from adding a bike lane in the area. I notice a higher percentage of female to male riders on the Orange Line path and a wider range of ages compared to anywhere on the streets surrounding it.

    Having a wider range of demographics riding on a bike infrastructure makes it much more likely to get a higher volume of cyclists than one that has a smaller range of demographics like a unprotected bike lane, even if it is out of the way, mostly recreational, and rather isolated. Just look at the bike count for the Washington/Admiralty compared to 7th St. count to see what I mean. Admiralty Way has a bike path, with most of the biking probably recreational. 7th St has perhaps half the amount of cycling of Admiralty, yet it goes towards downtown L.A. and is much more practical to use for utility bicycling. Granted Admiralty Way is at the beach, but I notice a big drop off in cycling at the beach when not on a path.

    Chicao’s new mayor has promised 100 miles of protected bike lanes in the next four years. Is the up to 10 times higher cost for protected lanes ,compared to unprotected bike lanes, going to be worth the extra cost for the city of Chicago? We’ll be able to make some comparisons on any increases of female to male bike ratios from the annual Census transportation survey and the LACBC bike counts in 2013 should provide a good comparison to the Chicago before and after protected lane bike counts.

    Oh, and another likely increase for cycling in Chicago is going to come from a bicycle sharing program that the city hopes to have running by the summer of 2012. They just got a Tiger III grant for $10 million to jump start it. By the way L.A. did not get a Tiger III grant for any bicycle project, including the L.A. river. It looks like the grants were going towards utitarian projects instead of mostly recreational uses. To me, L.A. could have been more likely to get a grant if they had a application for bicycling that tied into transportation on the street. Perhaps we could have also started a bicycle sharing program from a grant.

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