New Bike Lanes Coming To South L.A. And The Valley

New bike lanes are coming the Valley, Central L.A., and South L.A. Urbanize LA reports LADOT has filed several cases with the Department of City Planning in the past week, in an effort to bring miles of new bike lanes to Los Angeles. Bike lanes, in tandem with improved pedestrian walkways, curb extensions, and street reorganizing, are meant to improve pedestrian safety and decrease traffic injuries and fatalities. L.A. is implementing these changes through "Vision Zero," a plan to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025. The first year had disappointing results, however, with a 43% rise in traffic deaths, but City Council has decided to continue financing the project, regardless.

The lanes, tallying around 19.3 miles, will involve removing one lane of traffic in either direction of the specified streets to install the bike lanes. In the Valley, the three-mile stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard between Nordhoff and Rinaldi Streets is set to receive lanes. This section is a Vision Zero priority, according to Streetsblog. In Pico-Union, the 1.9-mile stretch of Pico between Union and Western Avenues will reduce to one lane in either direction in order to accommodate new bike lanes.

In South L.A., four major boulevards will receive bike lanes. These include three miles of Hoover Street between Vernon and Manchester Avenues, one mile of Broadway between Manchester and Century Boulevards, 6.4 miles of Avalon Boulevard between Jefferson Boulevard and 120th Street, and four miles of Main Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and West 92nd Street.

LAist reached out to LADOT for additional information but did not receive immediate comment.

[h/t Curbed]