Thursday, October 27, 2016

New York Boulevard bike lane provides an alternative route across NELA

Bike Lane, Highland Park

York Boulevard bike lane now extends across the 110 Freeway to connect to South Pasadena. | LADOT Bike Blog

By Marni Epstein

HIGHLAND PARK — NELA, which is already home to one of Los Angeles’ pilot Bike Friendly Business Districts, has now gotten even a bit more bike-friendly. New bike lanes have opened up on the eastern edge of York Boulevard,  adding 0.7 miles of bikeway between Highland Park and  South Pasadena, says LADOT Bike Blog.

“This project connects the York Blvd. bicycle lanes directly with existing bicycle lanes on Avenue 66, San Pascual Ave and on the west, to north-south bicycle lanes on Eagle Rock Blvd. thereby providing bicyclists with a significant network of lanes for traveling in both directions, establishing access through Northeast L.A. and towards the City of South Pasadena.”

The bike lane addition, which crosses the York Bridge over the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway, was part of a larger project that saw the area’s streets updated for the first time since the 1950s. Motorists can now enjoy resurfaced streets while cyclists get their own lanes. Will these improvements help encourage camaraderie between bicyclists and motorists?

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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  1. According to CA law, if there is no bike lane … and the lane is too narrow to hold both a bike and a car safely (leaving room on the right to avoid doors, and a three foot gap between bike and car) then the biker is allowed to ride smack-dab in the middle of the lane.

    If motorists knew this law and it didn’t incite road rage, I would say we could do without bike lanes. Unfortunately, most motorist’s blood starts to boil when they encounter a cyclist in a lane. Because of this, I really like bike lanes. It shows the auto drivers that bikes are, indeed, allowed to be on the road.. and it gives the cyclists their own space.

    Thumbs up to bike lanes.

  2. I like how the picture shows the York bike lane in its natural state, empty.

    • I don’t see any pedestrians in the photo either. Maybe we should get rid of the sidewalk too… that way we could probably squeeze another lane for cars in there. That’ll fix traffic!

    • I use that lane and bridge on my bike at least 3 times a week. So do many many many other cyclist. I’ve had to fight for my right to use that lane many times by cars that want to rush by, just so I can catch them at the next light.

    • Amen to that! I’ve noticed that too in East L.A on 8th street, they took away a whole lane and converted it into a bike lane, it’s been a couple of years and i drive on that street daily, in the morning and after work, and i’ve seen maybe 5 bikers use that lane since it was put in. It’s ridiculous, they just created more traffic and inconvenienced hundreds if not thousands of people so that 5 bikers can have a lane.

      • So if I go snap a picture of a street and it has no cars, you will surely support removing those car lanes right? By your logic we should also probably stop investing in anything that isn’t used by a majority of people – like curb ramps for the disabled or fitness equipment at parks, or any parks at all for that matter.

        “I’m so inconvenienced because instead of pushing on this pedal to go 35 mph, I can only go 30 mph, please someone do something about these people who would dare bicycle and ever so slightly impact my commute” There is plenty of evidence and research showing that these conversions, on average, do not significantly negatively impact travel volumes, times, or speeds. Get over it. Driving is a privelege, and nowhere does it say that privilege includes congestion free pricing. Don’t like it, try riding a bike or the bus, because we aren’t going back.

        I’m going to guess that you only seeing five bikers is an indication you aren’t paying very good attention when you are in your car. Now there’s a damn good case for bike lanes, if you ask me.

  3. Just last week I was riding my bike from my home in Highland Park to South Pas and I got off my bike and carefully walked on that tiny “sidewalk” across the bridge. I am sooo happy to see these bike lanes go in for safer crossings! The more bike friendly thus city is, the better. Better for relieving traffic, better for our bodies, and better for the environment. I’m almost 50 and I love riding my bike around! Anybody can do it. Get out and ride!!!

    • You would know the opposite sidewalk is wider if you paid any attention. Too many empty bike lanes, more car traffic all because bike riders can’t seem to ride in a straight line, or want to ride side by side. Laughable.

      • What I see in this picture is three lanes for cars, one of which is entirely empty, and two of which could easily carry three times as many cars without any congestion. This suggests that you could easily cut out many more car lanes in this area without causing congestion, except for maybe 30 minutes in the morning or evening.

  4. I WAS on the “larger” sidewalk. You would know it actually isn’t that LARGE if you got out of your car and walked or rode a bike. Get over it. I would much rather be inconvenienced as a car driver by loads of folks on bikes rather keep on moving forward with the selfish car culture we all take part in. I own a car, I drive, I don’t ride my bike as much as I should, but more power to the folks that do. I hope they take over this city!!!

    • I applaud those who ride their bikes, however topography alone will prevent cycling from becoming a major means of transportation in NELA. This isn’t Amsterdam and you can bike up 20% grade hill in a suit…..

      • You might notice that they haven’t been installing bike lanes on streets with 20% grade. It’s important to have a good bike network on the streets that are quite gently sloped so that people can get around. Cars do just fine on the steeper slopes, and there’s no need for them to hog all the space on the bigger streets.

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