Downtown L.A. Celebrates New Protected Bike Lanes On Los Angeles Street

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Downtown L.A. now has protected bike lanes! Woooot! Wooooot! Not just a block-long tunnel, but full-on grown-up Euro-style protected bike lanes. The newly opened half-mile-long Los Angeles Street protected bike lanes feature bicycle signals, floating bus stop islands, neon-green merge zones and two-phase left turn markings, not to mention freshly resurfaced pavement. All just in time for the launch of Metro bike-share on July 7.

Councilmember Jose Huizar and other city leaders officially opened the new facility yesterday afternoon. Huizar connected the low-stress bikeway with his DTLA Forward campaign, which will include additional protected lanes on Spring and Main Streets. Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds spoke of the symbolic importance of these lanes connecting with early Los Angeles’s focal plaza, plus Union Station, City Hall, and even Caltrans’ Southern California headquarters. The ribbon-cutting event even featured a small fleet of Metro bike-share bikes available to test ride.

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L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar addressing the crowd assembled at El Pueblo

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Dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new bike lanes. Left to right are: Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero, Board of Public Works President Kevin James, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Councilmember Jose Huizar, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument General Manager Chris Espinosa

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Councilmember Jose Huizar riding in the newly opened Los Angeles Streets protected bike lane

For more details on the facility’s great features, see SBLA’s earlier preview articles from this week, and from when construction started.

Learn more at la.streetsblog.org