Streetsblog’s Damien Newton recently highlighted a concern with the northbound Sepulveda Blvd. bicycle lane as it approaches National Blvd. During the evening rush hour period, parking along the east side of Sepulveda just south of National is permitted but frequently underutilized. Right-turning motorists have been driving in the bicycle and parking lanes – well before the legally permitted advance distance of 200 feet – to bypass the queue of through traffic.
Bicycle Program staff verified that motorists are regularly driving in the bicycle lane and will be implementing some measures to address the issue. In order to update the design to discourage motorists driving in the bicycle lane, LADOT will install diagonal white lines in the parking lane adjacent to the bicycle lane, as well as Botts’ dots along the diagonal lines. The striping aims to provide visual deterrence, while the dots, those white plastic bumps you may have seen dividing travel lanes on roadways in the region, should provide physical deterrence.
If you see motorists engaging in this activity, please don’t hesitate to call the LAPD. Sergent Christopher Kunz is the bicycle liaison for the West Traffic Division, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of any other bicycle lanes that motorists are illegally driving in, let us know so we can address the design issues.