On Monday, June 3rd, councilmember Huizar announced his support for the implementation of buffered bike lanes along Colorado Boulevard during a public meeting held at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. Staff at Council District 14 report over 200 people signed in at the entrance to the community event and about 80 stakeholders filled out speaker cards to voice their opinions regarding the specific design proposals. Feedback to the presented proposal was largely positive though some understandably expressed concerns over impact to peak-hour travel times. Several media outlets were in attendance, as well; the Eagle Rock Patch, Fox 11, LA Streetsblog, and The Eastsider LA have all provided coverage and commentary on the meeting.
Based on community input over the several past months, the current proposal for Colorado Boulevard includes more than mere bike lanes. At about 80% completion, the design for the street includes:
- buffered bike lanes from Lockhaven Avenue to Wiota Street
- additional crosswalks at Glen Iris Avenue and El Rio Avenue
- rectangular rapid flashing beacons at the existing marked crosswalk at Hermosa Avenue
- speed feedback signs on the approaches to Dahlia Heights Elementary
- reconfigured approaches to the 134 freeway entrance/exit and “the Y” (where Broadway splits off from Colorado Blvd. on the western end of the corridor) to simplify lane assignments and discourage weaving patterns
- upgrading existing signalized pedestrian crosswalks to continental crosswalks
- striping adjustments along the existing median to provide additional room for left turn movements
The proposed changes are expected to improve safety for all road users while encouraging more walking and bicycling. Once implemented, sometime in August, the re-striping will likely be the second completed bike lane project in the city under the recently passed A.B. 2245 (after the Sunset Blvd. bus bike lanes), which exempts bike lane projects with traffic impacts from many of the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (Notice of Exemption, LADOT decision letter), as long as public hearings are held and traffic and safety impact studies are performed (report). While Colorado Blvd. has now been approved for the installation of bike lanes, additional meetings and outreach need to happen before N. Figueroa St. can be similarly approved.
If you would like to review the presentation that was given on Monday, it is embedded below: