A proposal to make room for bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock and Figueroa Street in Highland Park and Cypress Park will encourage bike riding and bike safety but will also lead to more delays and congestion for anyone riding in a car, truck or bus. Those are some of the findings in a draft Environmental Impact Report that looks at the fallout from the city’s effort to add nearly 40 miles of bike lanes under the first year of a five-year bike plan. “The proposed projects would create significant and unavoidable impacts related to transportation – traffic and circulation,” according to the study.
In the case of a five mile stretch of North Figueroa and a three mile length of Colorado Boulevard, adding a bike lane would mean giving up a traffic lane. Here, according to the report, is how the streets would change when lanes are restriped to include room for bikes:
Colorado Boulevard – Eagle Rock
The proposed project would eliminate one lane in each direction from Sierra Villa Drive to Avenue 64.
Figueroa Street – Cypress Park
The proposed project would involve the reduction of motor vehicle lanes on North Figueroa Street; from San Fernando Road to the State Route (SR) 110 ramps, the two northbound lanes would be reduced to a single northbound lane.
From the SR-110 ramps to Pasadena Avenue, though the existing lane configuration could be retained with bare minimum widths to allow for bike lanes, the proposed project would remove one southbound lane to allow for buffered bike lanes.
Figueroa Street – Highland Park
From Pasadena Avenue to York Boulevard, the two southbound lanes would be reduced to a single southbound lane, still allowing for buffered bike lanes.
Figueroa Street – Garvanza/Eagle Rock
From York Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard, both northbound and southbound lanes would be reduced from two to one, allowing for standard bike lanes. This will effectuate the implementation of continuous parking on both sides of the street, which under existing conditions, alternates from one side to the other. A center left turn lane would be retained along the full length of the corridor.
The report, conducted under the direction of the city’s Planning Department, warned that the bike plan would result in “potentially significant impacts” and increased delays at several major intersections along Colorado and Figueroa. With fewer lanes devoted to cars and trucks, the study suggested that the Department of Transportation monitor residential side streets to deal with any increase in traffic coming off major boulevards.
Click here for a street-by-street review of the impact caused by the bike plan.