November 19, 2011
The city of Los Angeles on Saturday continued its efforts to make the downtown area more bike-friendly with the installation of a 1.5-mile-long bike lane along Spring Street.
Workers from the city’s Department of Transportation painted a bright green 6-foot wide strip along Spring stretching from Cesar Chavez Boulevard to 9th Street. They said they would trim the green pathway with white paint by Sunday. A four-foot buffer zone will be between the bike lane and motor vehicle lanes, the workers said.
The new bike path is part of a master plan that calls for the laying of some 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways and more than 200 miles of new bicycle routes every five years.
Other bike lanes have already opened across the city, including a 2.2-mile stretch along 7th Street from Catalina Avenue in Koreatown to Figueroa Street downtown; a 1.6-mile stretch on First Street from Boyle Avenue to Lorena Street; and a 0.6-mile path on Cahuenga Boulevard between Odin and Yucca streets.
City transportation officials recently told the Times that other bike lanes were also set to open in the San Fernando Valley, on Reseda Boulevard and Tuxford Street, in addition to other locations.
The new pathways have gotten rave reviews from some cyclists.
“Thank you guys, I love you,” shouted Susanna Shick as she rode by workers installing the Spring Street bike path on Saturday. “You’re making my commute to work a lot safer. I’m so excited.”