The Downtown thoroughfare has long been one of the City’s standard bearers for bike and pedestrian innovation – including once hosting the City’s first green bike lanes – two-way bike lanes, which will be on the east side of the street, part of LADOT and Councilmember Huizar’s Main & Spring Forward improvements
LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2019) — The City of Los Angeles’ first two-way bike lane is expected to be operational on Downtown’s Spring Street, between 3rd Street and 9th Street, by Monday, April 29, 2019. The street has a history of innovative bike programs – with Spring Street, along with First Street in Boyle Heights, once being home to the City’s first green bike lanes.
The newest improvement on Spring Street will convert the current southbound bike lane on the east side of Spring Street into a south/northbound bike lane, as part of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Councilmember José Huizar’s $2.3 million Main & Spring Forward project. The initiative is bringing updates, such as better crossings for pedestrians, protected bike lanes, improved bus-bicycle traffic flow and safety, and maximized parking and loading zones to two of the Downtown Historic Core’s most popular streets.
A celebration was held in October for work on Main & Spring Forward on Spring Street with Huizar, LADOT and Bureau of Street Services joining bicycle and pedestrian advocates and local residents.
Phase I improvements for the Main Street installation are expected to be completed by fall 2019. That section is also slated for two-way bike lanes.
“Our bicycle community needs improved access wherever we can implement it and in Downtown these two-way bike lanes will allow for a safer and more convenient experience that we hope leads to more being installed throughout the City,” said Councilmember Huizar. “We are proud to bring the first two-way bike lanes in the City to Spring and Main in Downtown and I want to thank our partners at LADOT for adding the lanes.”
Improvements on Main Street run from Cesar Chavez Ave to 9th Street, and will include shifting the existing buffered bike lane from the east side to the west side of Main, creating a two-way parking protected bike lane, similar to the one on Spring Street.
The complete streets project is a collaboration with LADOT through Huizar’s DTLA Forward initiative and the City’s Vision Zero.
DTLA Forward aims to make traffic flow better, increase multi-modal and pedestrian use and safety, public spaces, as well as better connect adjacent neighborhoods in one of the fastest growing downtowns in the United States.