Infrastructure & Policy Updates 7/14/22
Caltrans plan could add bike lanes, eliminate parking
along PCH in Malibu
Caltrans officials on Tuesday, June 28, revealed plans to paint bike lanes along 16 miles of Pacific Coast Highway — from Malibu Lagoon to the Ventura County Line — and said they might remove up to 2,171 parking spaces along the highway to wedge the bike lanes in.
LAX, LB Airports to Receive Infrastructure Grants
The grants are to be used to expand airport terminals, increase energy efficiency, promote competition and provide greater accessibility for individuals with disabilities, according to a release from the White House Press Office.
Arroyo Verdugo (Burbank, Glendale)
Los Angeles to Test Road Closure Through Scenic Griffith Park
Los Angeles recently closed a road in Griffith Park to automobiles, according to an article by Jonah Valdez in the Los Angeles Times.
“The pilot program marks a major effort by Los Angeles — a place known as the capital of car culture — to reclaim some public roadways for bikes and pedestrians. The experiment comes amid a time of growing traffic deaths caused by cars on city streets,” writes Valdez.
Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)
LA Metro Breaks Ground On Bike And Pedestrian Path
Through South LA
L.A. Metro’s Rail to Rail Active Transportation Project will create dedicated walking and two-way cycling lanes separated from street traffic. The path is being built on top of an old freight rail line owned by Metro.
New Sixth Street Bridge is Open
Hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians experienced the 6th Street Viaduct car-free on Sunday which was an absolute joy. The designated bike lanes in each direction is something to celebrate, but the plastic bollards perched on low rubber dividers was disappointing to say the least considering the potential of the space provided.
Most concerning however, was the total lack of bike infrastructure for the 200 feet or so leading onto the bridge from Boyle Heights. It’s not a matter of if a cyclist is going to get hurt or worse on this stretch it's a matter of when. Our City Leaders and LADOT must improve on what has every potential to be a world class multimodal bridge for everyone.
Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2
The Draft EIR for the Metro Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project is now available for review. Join a public hearing and submit your comments via mail, online or phone by
Aug. 29. metro.net/eastside2022
South Bay (Carson, Long Beach)
City begins unveiling updated rainbow crosswalks at Broadway Corridor
The city first introduced the rainbow-striped continental crosswalks in 2016 to the Broadway Corridor as a way to symbolize pride for the LGBTQIA+ community while creating safer intersections for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Crosswalks on the Broadway Corridor at Junipero, Cherry, Falcon and Orange avenues were all painted as part of a vision by then-Councilmember Suja Lowenthal.