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East L.A. cyclists await bikeway improvements

Faded markings on Simmons Avenue | By Aurelio Jose Barrera

East Los Angeles —  Last week The Eastsider published a photo and complaint by bike rider Aurelio Jose Barrera of the badly faded and deteriorated bikeway markings that had recently been installed on several streets. Now, officials say new markings  will be installed as part of a project to make the roadways smoother for cyclists and motorists.

Crews from the L.A. County Department of Public Works have scoured the roadway at Hubbard Street and Simmons Avenue where bikeway markings had begun to show excessive wear. Once the repaving is completed, new thermoplastic street markings will be reapplied to clearly identify the street as part of the East L.A. bike network, according to county officials.

Department spokesman Kerjon Lee said the resurfacing of Simmons and other streets had been in the planning stages for nearly a year when Barrera complained to the department about the bikeway markings. “We saw this as an opportunity to update readers on the nearly 13 miles of bikeway that are coming to East LA, as well as address the issue on Hubbard,” he said.

One project — the Eastside Light Rail Bike Interface, which began earlier this year — will result in six new miles of bikeways and pedestrian improvements designed to connect to mass transit lines. In addition, a future project will bring another three miles of bikeway improvements along 1st Street, Ford Boulevard 4th Street and Via Corona Street, according to Lee.

“Currently, our neighborhood streets in East Los Angeles are under construction with roadway improvements that include maintenance and new bike routes that improve safety for all commuters,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis in a statement.
“When complete, I’m excited to see even more East LA residents take advantage of these new bike paths.”

East L.A. street improvements will make for a smoother ride for cyclists and motorists | Courtesy LA County

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