Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar, 14th District, recently joined Los Angeles Department of transportation (LADOT) general manager Seleta Reynolds, representatives of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and the Los Angeles Public Works Commission for a ribbon-cutting to highlight newly installed Los Angeles Street Safety Improvements in downtown Los Angeles.
The project, which cost approximately $775,000 was funded with California Transportation Development Act funds. It includes protected bike lanes along Los Angeles Street from Alameda to First Street, four of the city’s first “bicycle-only traffic signals,” new transit platforms for bus riders, and street resurfacing and re-striping, including new crosswalks.
Huizar, Reynolds, deputy mayor Barbara Romero, Public Works Commission president Kevin James, and Bureau of Street Services Director Nazario Saucedo ended the ribbon cutting with a “ride-off” on official Metro Bike Share bicycles on the newly installed bike lanes.
The project is part of Garcetti’s Vision Zero Plan and Huizar’s DTLA Forward initiative. Vision Zero aims to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety as part of a larger initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025. DTLA Forward is focused on adding and improving public spaces, as well as pedestrian and bicycle access in downtown Los Angeles.
“L.A.’s transportation future depends on providing new options for getting around our region, and making our streets safer and more appealing for everyone who uses them,” Garcetti said. “The new improvements to Los Angeles Street hit all those marks, and they’re an example of the kind of upgrades we are bringing citywide.”
The Los Angeles Street Bicycle improvements include bicyclist traffic signals at Arcadia, Aliso and Temple Streets. They follow the installation of the city’s first pedestrian “Head Start Signals” in downtown Los Angeles, which give pedestrians a four-second head start as they enter 16 crosswalks.
“To meet the multimodal transportation needs of the future, the city of Los Angeles needs to be innovative and creative in its approach,” Huizar said. “This program meets that standard and is one of many Council District 14 pilot projects that allow us to prioritize bicycle, pedestrian and public-transit users as much as automobiles. At their core, Vision Zero and DTLA Forward are about improving safe access to the public realm for all Angelenos.”
As part of the upgrades, transit bus station platforms are now located in the street between the protected bike lane and first lane of traffic. The slightly elevated concrete bus station platforms give transit riders direct access to buses. They are ADA compliant and enable buses to pick-up and drop-off passengers without blocking the protected bike lanes on both sides of Los Angeles Street.
“The Department of Public Works is committed to designing, building and maintaining projects that improve quality of life for all L.A. residents,” James added.
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