Northeast L.A. based bicyclists may have noticed the sharrows that have appeared in the vicinity of the on-going Riverside Dr. bridge construction. The sharrows help accommodate the particularly high volume of bicyclists that traverse the Class III route, now a construction zone, to access the L.A. River Bike Path or travel towards Downtown.
How Did They Get There?
The sharrows were installed Friday, June 22nd, as the result of a temporary work zone construction plan and in coordination with Council-member Reyes’ office. Jill Sourial, Environmental Projects Manager for Council District 1, explains that the district office received several calls from constituents concerned about the need to maintain Riverside Dr. Bridge as a key bicycle route even during construction. Staff from the LADOT Bike Program met with staff from the LADOT Bridge Design group to work through the best alternatives for bicyclists. Sharrows and accompanying signage were then paid for through the bridge replacement project’s budget.
“Bicyclists May Use Full Lane”
The sharrows were installed alongside newly approved (by the California MUTCD) “Bicyclists May Use Full Lane” signs. Our group recently received an order of these signs and those accompanying the sharrows along the Riverside Dr. Bridge construction site were an ideal place to try them out first. While these signs have been erected as a temporary measure, the city also will soon be complimenting existing sharrowed routes throughout the city with the same “Bicyclists May Use Full Lane” signs.
Sharrows and signage will also soon appear on Avenue 19 due to ongoing construction on that street as well. Going forward, the city hopes to better coordinate necessary departments to accommodate cyclists at future construction sites, especially where existing bicycle facilities are affected.