Two Projects Moving Forward on 4th Street!November 29, 2011 at 9:35 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 6 Comments
The 4th Street Bicycle Blvd. will be another step closer to reality as two mini-roundabouts are projected for installation on 4th Street by the summer of 2012. One will be located at 4th Street and Norton, the other will be at 4th Street and New Hampshire. Recent meetings with the Windsor Square Homeowner’s Association and the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council resulted in support for the mini-roundabouts. LACBC is reaching out to the community through additional local organizations in an effort to further build support for the roundabouts and 4th Street as a whole. We’ve had a roundabout at 4th and New Hampshire in mind for a long time and LADOT chose the two locations because they are the intersections of “Bicycle Friendly Streets” in the LA Bike Plan. Each mini-roundabout will benefit two “Bicycle Friendly Streets” since 4th, Norton, and New Hampshire are all designated BFSs.
Mini-roundabouts will improve the safety of everyone passing through the two intersections. They will slow motor vehicle traffic, reduce the potential for collisions, and will enable people on bicycles to maintain forward momentum since the roundabouts will be 4-way yield instead of 4-way stop. You can read more about mini-roundabouts thanks to a recent blog post by Richard Risemberg here, and there’s additional information on the FHWA website here.
The 4th Street Bicycle Blvd. campaign calls for multiple improvements on 4th Street and the roundabouts are two steps in the right direction. We’re working to build additional support for the roundabouts to help ensure implementation and that the roundabouts include attractive, appropriate landscaping.
There’s plenty more to do on 4th Street to make it a neighborhood greenway that will benefit people on bicycles, people who walk, and people who live in the area. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Colin Bogart at firstname.lastname@example.org.