Leaving work the other night I shot up Main to circle around to Spring in order to see if anything was happening at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment. Turning on the Spring I immediately noticed a big bright neon green lane that I had never seen before. WTF? Soon I notice an “Approved Bike Lane Stencil” (i.e. an outline of a bike) on the green lane. Ha Ha, a bike lane.
Turns out that Spring Street is the site of a new 1.5 mile Spring Street bike lane. The things you don’t know about your city but can find out. Los Angeles has a 2010 Bicycle Plan which was approved by the City Council on March 1, 2011.
The plan‘s technical design handbook indicates:
Shared Lane Marking with Colored Pavement (section 9, page 118) Design Summary A standard “Shared Roadway Bicycle Marking” per CA MUTCD, is used in conjunction with colored pavement to indicate optimal lane position for bicyclists on an urban, multilane roadway with parallel on-street parking.
That night I had no idea as to how I am – as a car driver – supposed to engage with the neon green bike lane. Turns out the rules are the same: e.g., dashed lines are for a right turn merging area.
Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicle and motorcycle drivers. More information for car drivers and bike riders can be found here and here
Pingback: Spring Street has bike parking too! « LADOT Bike Blog
I think it’s a great idea for visibility!
Pingback: Spring Street has bike parking too! | Bicycle News
Pingback: BicycleLA | Spring Street has bike parking too!