4th Street Bicycle Boulevard UpdateOctober 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Bike News | 1 Comment
Tags: 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard, LADOT, sharrows
Time for some updates on the 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard campaign!
This past Wednesday, LACBC, Carolyn Ramsay from Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s office, Heidi Sickler from the Mayor’s office, and LADOT staff including Michelle Mowery and engineer Tim Fremaux rode 4th Street from Hoover to Wilton to begin measuring and discussing what kind of treatments are possible on 4th Street. Building off of the work the 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard committee has done, we identified multiple intersections where roundabouts could be installed, stop signs should be removed, and where diverters would be ideal.
Within the next few weeks, loop detectors along 4th Street will be recalibrated to recognize when a cyclist arrives at an intersection. There are loop detectors at all of the signalized intersections on 4th Street, however they currently only trigger the light to change when a car arrives, forcing cyclists to either wait for a car or to get off their bikes and push the pedestrian crossing button. Plans are also in the works to install markings on the street where the loop detectors are. The on-street marking, called Bicycle Signal Actuation signs, mark where cyclists should position themselves to activate the loop detectors.
Once the sharrows pilot study is wrapped up LADOT plans on installing sharrows along the rest of 4th Street. Currently the sharrows run for one mile from Virgil to Western. When the rest of the sharrows are installed, the bicycle signal actuation signs will also be installed, in early to mid-spring.
Finally, we’d like to get more folks involved with the 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard Campaign! We’d especially love to have folks who live along 4th Street come out and get involved. We’ll be having our next meeting this coming Thursday, Nov. 4th at 7pm at Halal Tandoori Restaurant (401 S. Vermont Ave) on the corner of 4th and Vermont. If you can’t make it, feel free to contact us by phone, email or leave a comment on our blog!