MAIN AND SPRING FORWARD
Project Limits: Spring Street from 1st Street to 9th Street; Main Street from Cesar Chavez Avenue to 9th Street
Project Intent: Improve intersections and crossings for people walking, upgrade the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency
In partnership with Councilmember José Huizar’s DTLA FORWARD Initiative, this Vision Zero project will better organize Main and Spring Streets to improve intersections and crossings for people walking, upgrade the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency.
The City has prioritized this project as part of its Vision Zero initiative. Portions of Main and Spring Streets fall along the Vision Zero High Injury Network, those streets in the city with higher numbers of severe and fatal traffic crashes affecting people walking and bicycling. From 2009-2013 in this project area, traffic crashes killed 2 people walking and 1 person driving, and severely injured 1 person walking, 3 bicycling, and 5 driving. Four of these crashes involved older adults and children.
Main and Spring Streets are also the heart of public life and vibrancy in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), connecting multiple neighborhoods. A more organized street will help all road users be more visible and predictable to one another, and allow buses and vehicles to travel more efficiently, improving the safety, comfort, and quality of the public realm.
People walking must cross long intersections while vehicles turn across their path. The bicycle lane is sometimes blocked with buses or vehicles and their doors. Parking and right turns are challenging.
Phase One will improve safety, comfort, and predictability for everyone, creating a healthier, more organized street. Upgrades include: crossing improvements for people walking; flexible, reflective posts; protected bicycle lanes; bicycle signals; dedicated left-turn pockets; and less conflicts for buses.
Phase Two will further enhance the street and provide more physical protection for people walking and bicycling. Proposed upgrades include: concrete islands at intersections; and concrete curbs for the length of the block.