At one point in the protracted Bike Plan processes, the city of Los Angeles labeled the Virgil Avenue bike lanes as “infeasible.” Thanks to persistence from local cyclists, including Eco-Villagers, and leadership from then-Councilmember now-Mayor Eric Garcetti (special thanks to Garcetti’s deputy Marcel Porras), the city is now striping new bike lanes on Virgil Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue – just northeast of L.A. Eco-Village.
The new bike lanes are a road diet – reducing four car lanes to three – adding bike lanes and making the street safer for driving, walking and bicycling. They are beginning to build the East Hollywood portion of the city’s bicycle network by connecting to recent bike lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard and are very close to bike lanes on Myra and Sunset. You can ride the new Virgil lanes nearly from the Bicycle District to the new home of the Bicycle Kitchen. Woooot! Woooooooot!
Join now-Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell in celebrating the new bike lanes at their grand opening this Saturday January 18th at 9am at Sqirl, 720 N. Virgil.
Here’s the official announcement from City Councilmember O’Farrel’s office:
Please join Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell as we celebrate the newest bike lane project in the City of Los Angeles!
The new Virgil Village bike lane project stretches from Santa Monica Blvd. to Melrose Ave. and includes all new pavement and crosswalk striping, as well as removal of peak hour parking restrictions.
Saturday, Jan. 18
720 N. Virgil Ave.
East Hollywood, LA 90029
Ride your bike, enjoy a great cup of coffee or brunch, and meet Councilmember O’Farrell on Saturday morning. We look forward to seeing (and riding with) you!
If you have any questions, please call or email:
Gary Benjamin, Planning Deputy
gary.benjamin [at] lacity [dot] org
LA City Council District 13