Over the past week, LADOT work crews began striping new bicycle lanes on York Blvd. This project extends existing bicycle lanes on York east towards South Pasadena, adding an additional 0.7 miles from Figueroa St. over the York Bridge which traverses the Arroyo Seco Parkway. The lanes have been installed in conjunction with a street resurfacing project between the same limits.
The extension of the bicycle lanes on York Blvd. strengthen an important east-west route in our bikeway network. 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 travelling in both directions, establishing access through Northeast L.A. and towards the City of South Pasadena.
“This extension on York Boulevard to the City of South Pasadena vastly improves our bike lane network in Northeast Los Angeles and represents an important step in our efforts to encourage and support more bicycle use in the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Along with the street resurfacing on York Boulevard, which hasn’t been updated since 1954, we are improving the safety of our roadways for cyclists and motorists.”
During the design process, LADOT worked closely with CD14 and the City of South Pasadena. Several design options were evaluated including one lane in each direction over the bridge with buffered bike lanes. During implementation of the project, LADOT took to the field to get up close and personal with the project. It was a beautiful morning and we were happy to see a number of bicyclists already using the freshly striped York Blvd. bicycle lanes. Read on for more information about the project including some sweet pictures of it’s many features.
The project begins at the intersection of York Blvd. and Figueroa St. The image below shows the preliminary markings for the striping of a new continental crosswalk. The broad stripes featured in this type of crosswalk design help to draw drivers’ attention to pedestrians as they travel the length of the crosswalk.
Preliminary marking for striping a future continental crosswalk at York Blvd. and Figueroa St and a DASH bus!
The mark-out for a future continental crosswalk and the start of the York Blvd. heading east.
Immediately east, the bicycle lane begins. The Bike Blog saw a number of people already utilizing the new bicycle lanes.
Just one of the many bicyclists we saw using the freshly paved York Blvd. bicycle lane.
Another bicyclist heading east via the freshly striped bicycle lane.
Where space was available a buffer was installed alongside the bicycle lane. The image below shows the bicycle lane and partially completed buffer. LADOT crews will later cover the thinner line with a wider thermoplastic stripe.
Further along the bicycle lane heads east over the York Blvd. bridge towards South Pasadena.
The York Blvd. bicycle lane at the start of the York Bridge heading east towards South Pasadena.
Here’s one user biking in from the east across the York Blvd. bridge and another bicyclist approaching the York Bridge from the west.
A bicyclist uses the York Blvd. bicycle lane to access the York Bridge towards South Pasadena.
Finally, we’ll leave you with one last shot of the bicycle lane facing east over the York Blvd. bridge. With it’s freshly paved street and awesome connections to the east and west, we highly encourage you to get out there and check this project out for yourself!
The York Blvd. bicycle lane, looking west over the York Bridge towards the Highland Park and Garvanza neighborhoods.