Downtown LA Bike Network
The DLANC Complete Streets Working Group has been integrally involved with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) on outreach to the public, as well as planning and design, for Downtown’s bike network. We conducted a public information campaign, coordinated outreach and facilitated stakeholder feedback on Downtown's first bike lane, installed on Spring Street from Cesar Chavez to 9th Street in November, 2011, which is painted green for heightened visibility and enjoys a 4-foot painted, striped buffer to further improve usability and comfort for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. The Group sees this facility as a placeholder, colonizing space on the roadway for future implementation of a fully separated cycltrack, and is advocating for this result along with our friends at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). Plans are in the works to implement bike lanes on Main Street south of 9th to Venice Boulevard by January 2012, and Main Street from Cesar Chavez to 9th Street by Summer, 2012. DLANC is providing assistance with outreach and public information materials for the Main Street bike lanes, as well, and is currently working with the Fashion District BID to spread the word.

Members of the DLANC Complete Streets Working Group were also recently invited to participate in the ThinkBike LA Workshop in September, 2011, which brought together a group of local stakeholders, LADOT staff, and Dutch mobility experts for an intensive 2-day charette to explore a vision for world-class bicycle facilities in Downtown LA and other high-priority project areas across the City. The success of the workshop can be seen in the current implementation the green buffered bike lane on Spring Street, installed in November, 2011, and accelerated planning for implementation of a larger Downtown bike network. For more information please visit: http://ladotbikeblog.wordpress.com/thinkbike-l-a/

If you'd like to get in touch or become involved with the DLANC Complete Streets Working Group, please email us at completestreets@dlanc.com

Update: The number of bicyclists on Spring Street has increased 40% between 2012 and 2013.
Counts conducted by Parklet Studies as part of the Spring Street Public Life Survey indicate a marked increase (40%) in bicycle ridership in the Spring Street corridor during the year subsequent to bike lane installation. This increase in bicycling on Spring Street continues the trend of increased bicycling documented by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) pre- and post-installation of the green, buffered bike lane (2011-2012). In addition to bicyclist volumes, the report by Parklet Studies also documents bicyclist/pedestrian ratios, bicycling behavior, bicyclist gender, bicycle parking, and other detailed measures. This report is being presented to LACBC, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bicycle Program (LADOT), and the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC). For more information see the full report by Parklet Studies.