This past Friday, in order to address community safety concerns over the Expo Line bikeway’s Exposition/Gramercy crossing (expressed on our blog and elsewhere), LADOT crews began the work of re-striping the bike lane at its eastbound approach to the railroad tracks, squeezing the adjacent travel lane by a couple of feet to allow bicyclists more room to maneuver across safely. The re-striping reduces the vehicle travel lane width to 11 ft (from 13 ft), and allows the bike lane to cross the tracks at more of a right angle. At a later date, the re-striping will be made complete by grinding away the old striping (temporarily painted over black) and installing new thermoplastic striping over the mark out paint striping seen above. Here are some tips for crossing train tracks from Metro’s The Source:
Always ride across tracks as close to a 90 degree angle as possible, and cyclists should take extra caution if it’s raining, slick or if their tires are of the extremely skinny variety. Cyclists should always obey all traffic signs and signals, including roadway lane markings. Ride predictably, and always in the same direction as traffic. And of course, never ever cross tracks when crossing lights and arms are activated.