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LADOT to Complete York Boulevard Bike Lane

When completed, the York Boulevard bicycle lane will extend from Eagle Rock Boulevard to North Figueroa Street.

Traveling along York Boulevard is about to become a far less harrowing proposition for Highland Park cyclists, with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) confirming on Tuesday that they will be extending the bike lane that terminates at Avenue 55. 

LADOT Senior Bicycle Coordinator Michelle Mowery told Patch on Tuesday that the lane should be painted as soon as the sewer rehabilitation project being conducted by the Department of Public Works (DPW) at the intersection of York Boulevard and North Figueroa Street is completed.

According to DPW Spokesperson Olga Morales,

esign is done, we're just waiting for the resurfacing to be completed," said Mowery.

The lane will extend .89 miles from Avenue 55 to the intersection of York Boulevard and North Figueroa Street.

While she was unable to provide an exact price tag, Mowery said the project should cost less than $50,000.

"Typically, we spend about $50,000 per mile of bike lane, including staffing and design," she said. "This project is less than a mile long."

The extension of the York Boulevard bike lane is called for in LADOT's Bicycle Plan,

Scott August 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I'm assuming York will be reduced to one lane when they extend the bicycle lanes (like it is where they currently exist)?
Ish August 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM
It sucks. The traffic builds up really bad on York during rush hour, due to the single lane change. I never saw this before. I'm not sure why they even changed it to a single lane after they repaired the street. The bike lanes weren't the original intention.
El Cid August 07, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I do not believe so...since York Blvd from Avenue 55 widens easterly. And, narrows westerly from York/Avenue 55. I believe it was done to help the local merchants between Avenue 50-52; which has improved immensely. People slow down and stop - now! In addition, more pedestrians are walking the boulevard. Personally, I like watching the bicyclists riding through HP. Many are enjoying the wonderful eateries on the boulevard.
HippyLuv August 07, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Perfect. This will help with the gentrification on Highland Park.
ezio giraldo August 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
nice. now if they would only extend that arroyo seco to the rose bowl
Scott August 08, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Because the working class don't ride bikes?
El Cid August 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Yikes!!! What working class don't ride bikes! So -- I've been riding my bike and I shouldn't be???
frank van neutra lautner August 08, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I'm all for it.
Ish August 08, 2012 at 05:19 AM
How was it done to help the local merchants? There used to be 2 lines per side along with plenty of street parking. Most of these current "Local Merchants" on ave 50-52 weren't here before the gentrification started.
ezio giraldo August 08, 2012 at 05:23 AM
is there a working class any more?
Ish August 08, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against bike lanes. I've biked before and after they were there. I prefer to bike on smaller streets with less traffic. I've ridden the bike lanes plenty of times and had many close encounters with cars. They cut you off and slam on the brakes to make a right turn. It forces you on to the street if you're going too fast to brake. Also, I've had morons swing open their car doors without looking, again, forcing me to go on the street. I'd would have rather had side street closed off to cars and dedicated to bikes, skateboards, pedestrians, etc.
corner soul August 08, 2012 at 06:44 AM
@Ish: Foot traffic increases when you slow cars to a more urban appropriate speed. Good or bad, gentrification is a product of this upgrade in community planning... no one wants to live on a thoroughfare, so making a commercial area more pedestrian friendly raises property values.
HLPSUCKS August 08, 2012 at 09:23 AM
i agree
HLPSUCKS August 08, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Well in my opinion,this bike lane is one of the best things.I dont care about traffic,Id rather be stuck in traffic for 5 minutes than to be dodging a bike when I'm walking on the sidewalk.I hate it with a passion!I hate it when theyre right behind me and I move one way and theyre moving the same direction,especially when i'm walking with my kids or carrying groceries and they pass you missing you by an inch and going really fast to top it off.Then,they get mad if you made them slow down.I can care less and if they say something
Hooper Humperdink August 09, 2012 at 01:24 AM
The road was switched to a single lane after a lot of hard work fighting a two-lane no-parking proposal by the LADOT about a decade ago. Since that time, York's commercial units have crawled back some diversity and we now sport some great cafes, bars, restuarants, shops and stores side by side the old neighborhood standbys. Better to have a little car delay than to have a shuttered business district! Guess which one pays more money into city coffers to cover maintenance on roads, etc.?
Tim Dahlia September 28, 2012 at 03:34 AM
In the last 6 years traffic Congestion has doubled on York Blvd. because of the unwanted reduction to one lane each way. Congratulations LADOT you increased smog production.
Mike Johnson October 31, 2012 at 08:31 AM
i agree, one lane is not enough for York blvd,
Mike Johnson October 31, 2012 at 08:37 AM
i agree
Mike Johnson October 31, 2012 at 08:43 AM
will, most of the shops on York blvd don't have parking lots, for that it is hard to stop or leave when the traffic is bad, especiely if you want to make left or right against the traffic, from small streets with no traffic lights, it is too hard to do that, i think one lane on York blvd is not anough.

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