Looking at the renderings of My Figueroa — the city’s first “complete street” designed to equally accommodate drivers, bikers, bus riders and pedestrians — I think, “Now that would be a great walk.”
The sidewalk would be wide and lined with trees and planters. There would be new streetlights and benches. The new cycle tracks and transit islands would create a wide buffer from the rush of cars and buses, making the stroll a bit more quiet and peaceful. The four-mile stretch from Exposition Park to 7th Street would make a fine hike, taking in the sights of USC and L.A. Live.
The debate over My Figueroa has been framed as cars versus bikes. The project would remove car lanes to install about three miles of cycle tracks and a mile of buffered bike lanes — lanes separated from vehicle traffic by painted striping. Opponents are concerned the “road diet” will make traffic unbearable, and they want the Department of Transportation to redesign the project to preserve more car lanes, even if that means moving bike lanes from Figueroa.