The vision of a continuous North-South route traversing the San Fernando Valley is now close to becoming a reality. Council District 12 has recently given LADOT approval to install bike lanes on the stretch of Reseda Boulevard from Roscoe to Parthenia. This particular segment will close a half mile gap between existing facilities on Reseda. Many thanks to outgoing Council Member Smith and incoming Council Member Englander! Upon completion, Reseda Boulevard will have nearly 10 miles of continuous on-road bike facilities, about 9 miles of bike lanes and 3/4 mile of sharrows, that will connect the communities of Encino, Tarzana, Reseda, Northridge and Granada Hills. More about the project after the fold.
Making the Case
Reseda Boulevard is designated in the 2010 Bike Plan as being part of the Backbone Network. The network consists mostly of bike lanes along major corridors that provide citywide access to employment centers, transit stations and stops, schools, retail, entertainment, and other open space and recreational resources. While this gap closure project from Roscoe in the south to Parthenia in the north necessitated the removal of on-street parking (on the East side of the street between Chase St. and Napa St.) in order to accommodate the insertion of bike lanes, the removal should not adversely effect area businesses as ample off-street parking in the area is readily available.
The Makings of a Network
The 10 or so miles of continuous bike infrastructure on Reseda offers convenient connections to a number of other Valley bike facilities including east-west bike lanes on Rinaldi, Devonshire, and Plummer, as well as the Valley’s premier bike facility, the Orange Line Bike Path. Be sure to check out the Bike Program’s official website in the coming weeks for the latest, continuously updated maps of the City’s bicycle facilities.
Major destinations accessible along Reseda include California State University, Northridge, Reseda Park, the Northridge Recreation Center, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, in addition to shops and various other entertainment options along Ventura and along Sherman Way in Downtown Reseda. Keep an eye out for DOT crews beginning construction on these bike lanes in the near future!