A few weeks ago, we posted a bikeway project update that provided a list of projects that our department is currently working on. That list included bike lanes, bike paths, and Bicycle Friendly Streets (BFS) that are currently in design. One of those BFS facilities is Yucca St, a local street that parallels one of the busiest, and perhaps most iconic boulevards in the city – Hollywood Blvd. Since Yucca St. is slated to become one of the city’s first BFS facilities, we thought it would be good to do a post exploring the existing facilities and detail what’s to come in the not too distant future.
An Ideal Bicycle Friendly Street
Yucca is a calm, primarily residential street for 2/3 of a mile between Highland Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. The street abuts high density residential (lots of apartment buildings and condos), a public park (with soccer field, playground, and basketball court), and some ancillary commercial at its eastern end towards Cahuenga Blvd.
One of the reasons why Yucca St. has such low vehicle traffic volumes (a big plus for Bicycle Friendly Streets) is because of three existing and strategically placed traffic diverters at Las Palmas Ave, Cherokee Ave, Whitley Ave. Because of the existing diverters, Yucca was an ideal candidate to test our new diverter design that allows for bicycles to pass through, while prohibiting vehicle through movements. Yucca St. BFS will also connect with existing facilities including the Yucca St. sharrowed bike route (continuing eastward towards Vine) and Cahuenga Blvd. bike lanes (continuing northwards towards the Hollywood Bowl).
Bicycle Crossing Islands
Our engineers have sought to improve the aforementioned intersections by reconstructing the existing diverters to allow for bicycles to pass through. The concept intersections are based on designs from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide, and from our very own L.A. City Bike Plan’s Technical Design Handbook (TDH). The treatments will include central concrete islands to prohibit through vehicle traffic and may include ladder crosswalks (to improve pedestrian crossings).
Sharrows, Wayfinding, and more!
In addition to the bicycle crossing islands, Yucca will also be getting sharrows (shared lane markings – SLM), wayfinding signage, as well as new street signs that will identify the street as a BFS facility.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on Yucca St. BFS. What destinations would you like to see listed on wayfinding signs? Let us know in the comments section below!