Update: The Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council tabled their decision on the Porter Ranch Drive bike lanes until their next meeting on February 7th, 2012. DOT staff will be in attendance to field questions. More details to come.
Update: The Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council will be considering this proposed bike lane segment at their Neighborhood Council Meeting tonight (01/10/2012) at Shepherd Of The Hills Church 19700 Rinaldi St. Porter Ranch, CA from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Please come out tonight to show your support for this project. Also, added link to the NACTO website that details buffered bike lanes.
An approximately half mile stretch of Porter Ranch Drive between Rinaldi St. and Corbin Ave. will soon be getting buffered bike lanes. The designs were recently finalized and installation is slated for sometime this month, pending Neighborhood Council approval. With the new buffered bike lanes, Porter Ranch Drive will have a total of 1.2 miles of bike lanes stretching from Sesnon Blvd. to Rinaldi St.. The facility will connect predominantly residential neighborhoods to the north with recreational and shopping opportunities to the south. More on the bike lanes below the fold.
The Makings of a Network
The bike lanes will provide direct access to local destinations including recreational opportunities at Holleigh Bernson Memorial Park and retail and dining opportunities at Porter Ranch Town Center. The new facility will also connect with existing bike lanes on Rinaldi St., Corbin Ave., and Sesnon Blvd.
Bike to Transit and Beyond
The Rinaldi St. terminus of the Porter Ranch Dr. bike lanes offers connections to a major commercial corridor with 7.9 miles of continuous bike lanes. Rinaldi St.’s bike lanes stretch from De Soto Ave. in the west to Lauren Canyon Blvd. in the east. The bike lanes offer bicycle commuters an east-west route that runs roughly parallel with the Ronald Reagan Freeway (Hwy 118). Near the intersection of Rinaldi St. and De Soto Ave. – at the facility’s western terminus – bicyclists can also access the Browns Creek Bike Path – via Sierra Canyon School’s paved path – or a parallel dirt path if the Canyon School’s path is closed. Both routes will take you to the Independence Ave. bike route, which connects with the Browns Creek Bike Path.
The Browns Creek Bike Path can take you to the Chatsworth Amtrak/Metrolink Station – future home of the Chatsworth Orange Line station. Browns Creek will thus eventually connect bicyclists with the Orange Line extension bike path (scheduled to open sometime in 2012). Who knew a half mile of bike lanes could open up so many possibilities.