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Transportation Transformations: New Bike Paths & Subway Extension Details

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LADOT announced two new bike lane projects yesterday which is welcome news after the PR problems of April 2009 when it was believed LADOT planned to remove bike lanes - not add to them - to allow for more car traffic. LA Streetsblog is pleased to see that not only is the Valley getting a better bike network, but "it's also good to see the LADOT keeping its promise to paint the lanes on Reseda and Rinaldi." In practical terms, the two completed projects will add bike lanes for 8 consecutive miles from Laurel Canyon Road to Mason Avenue and will add a 1.1 mile lane from Valerio Street to Roscoe Boulevard.

In other transportation newsiness, steady progress is underway on the Westside Subway Extension (a.k.a. The Purple Line) and the latest community presentation is now online for planning geeks that want to pore over the ins and outs. The Source highlights a few key points from the plan including a station location at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards and the formation of station area advisory groups for the four stations in L.A. and the two in Beverly Hills.

We have a long way to go, but progress is...progress.