Later this year, the City of Los Angeles is scheduled to resurface a portion of San Vicente Boulevard in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. And with that new pavement, the Department of Transportation (LADOT) is poised to also implement an element of its 2015 Mobility Plan: bike lanes.
The improvements, which are proposed under the banner of the San Vicente Safety & Mobility Project, would pertain to the 1.2-mile stretch of San Vicente between Olympic Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. The corridor currently consists of three travel lanes and one parking lane in both directions, bisected by a landscaped median that is a vestige of a former Pacific Electric Railroad right-of-way. LADOT proposes to restripe the street to repurpose one of the general vehicle travel lanes as a bike lane - either buffered or parking-protected.
According to a project website, LADOT hopes that restriping San Vicente will reduce speeding on San Vicente - where an estimated 30 percent of drivers exceed the posted limit of 40 miles per hour. Additionally, the proposed bike lanes would provide a convenient pathway to two major corridors - Olympic and La Brea - with future stations on the D Line subway located a short north on Wilshire Boulevard.
Streetsblog described San Vicente as an ideal candidate for protected bike lanes, due to the relative lack of driveways and bus lines along the corridor. Additionally, multiple neighborhood councils and community organizations have already expressed support for the project.
Repaving of San Vicente is currently scheduled to occur in June. A final design concept for the bike lanes is expected to be released in April, according to Streetsblog.
- Mid-Wilshire (Urbanize LA)