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Downtown Getting More Bikeways Over Next Few Months

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Bicyclists, the streets of Downtown Los Angeles are about to get much more accommodating over the next few months, as the LADOT plans to install several more bikeways.

Announced earlier this month, but officially touted at a press event held yesterday, the current bikeways will be added to in three phases.

First, as outlined by the LADOT's Bike Blog, "within the next three months, LADOT will be installing the highly anticipated complimentary northbound lane to Spring St. on Main St. from 9th to Cesar Chavez, giving Downtown L.A. a true north-south backbone for its burgeoning bicycle network."

Additionally, in the same phase, LADOT will also put in the following bikeways, explains LABIKAS:
* 0.6 mile on First Street - from Grand Avenue to San Pedro Street (Disney Hall to Little Tokyo’s Toriumi Plaza)
* 0.5 mile on Los Angeles Street - from First Street to Alameda Street (City Hall East to Union Station)
* 1.2 miles on Olive Street - from 7th Street to Washington (one-way southbound lane forming couplet with the northbound Grand Avenue lane)
* 1.2 miles on Grand Avenue - from 7th Street to Washington (one-way northbound lane forming couplet with the southbound Olive Street bike lane)

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Then there's a phase of lanes and connections to be added within 7-12 months, as described by the LADOT:

Seven to 12 months out, projects covered under the scope of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Package One list will proceed through the review process. Projects included in this list include the ever popular 7th St. bike lanes that would continue existing facilities eastward through downtown from their current terminus at Figueroa St. to Soto St. out in Boyle Heights. Figueroa St. east of 7th would also get bike lanes to Cesar Chavez Ave. Cesar Chavez would get bike lanes from Figueroa St. to Mission Rd. A very exciting connection for communities to the north of downtown will be on 2nd Street, which would stretch from Glendale Blvd. to Broadway and utilize the 2nd Street Tunnel to get bicyclists directly into downtown. The 2nd Street facility wouldl also connect with bike lanes on Main St. and Spring St. Venice Blvd. would also be getting 4.5 miles of bike lanes from Main St. to San Vicente Blvd, creating a nearly 13 mile long bikeway that stretches from Venice to Downtown L.A. (Be sure to express your support for these projects to your council member).

Beyond that, in the next 13-plus months, there's more in the works:
13+ months from now, we can look forward to the MyFigueroa project along the Figueroa corridor, stretching from west of 7th St. in Downtown L.A. through South Park and onto Exposition Park. Projects on 11th St. and Flower St. (awaiting construction to finish on the Regional Connector Project) will further build out the downtown bikeway network.

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