In Downtown's Historic Core, work is now underway for a project that will create just the second two-way protected bike lane in the City of Los Angeles.

According to a notice distributed last week by the Department of Transportation, the new bicycle lane will run along the west side of Main Street between 9th Street in the south and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in the north.  It replaces an existing buffered bicycle lane along the east side of Main.

The improvements - which include new bollards and curbs - began work on October 26, and are expected to be completed by mid-November.

The Main Street bike lane is part of the Main & Spring Forward project, a joint effort between the Department of Transportation and Councilmember Jose Huizar's DTLA Forward Initiative.  The partnership has already brought the city's first two-way protected bicycle lane to Spring Street one block west.

In addition to bicycle lanes, the Main & Spring Forward project also includes upgrades to several pedestrian crossings in Downtown's Historic Core.

The project follows in the wake of the MyFigueroa streetscape improvement project, which brought bicycle lanes and pedestrian enhancements to Figueroa Street.  A similar slate of upgrades is planned for 7th Street.