A Better City for Cyclists and Pedestrians
Bike lanes are doesn’t cyclists than using the road or the sidewalks, but Los Angeles has a bad reputation with bike lanes. Los Angeles is trying to work and make some improvements for bikers and pedestrians.
Here are some of the issues that LA is addressing to make it a better city for cyclists and pedestrians.
Adding Dedicated Lanes
Los Angeles no longer wanted to be tagged as one of the worst cities for cyclists. The city with 4 million people doesn’t have enough bike lanes. Some people argue that adding bike lanes will make the roadway too narrow.
A study found that bicycle lanes help reduce the risks of a cyclist being injured by 50% to 90%. The same research also shows that drivers feel safer if cyclists have their lane, rather than sharing the road with them.
Mobility Plan 2035 is a proposed solution to this problem. The plan includes having dedicated lanes for bikes and buses. With this, the road will be a place for everyone. The new street design in this plan also caters to the needs of vulnerable members of society – children, elderly, and those with special needs.
Bicycle lanes haven’t been planned out properly in Los Angeles. This is one of the dilemmas of cyclists. Mobility Plan 2035 also plans on addressing this concern because it is aligned with Vision Zero. Vision Zero is a road traffic safety project that aims to have zero traffic-related injuries or fatalities. To do this, they must create routes that protect cyclists throughout their travels.
Proposing New Infrastructure
This proposal can take longer to be implemented or even longer to be constructed compared to the other solutions. If more cyclists speak out, the government will likely hear them. An example of this is the recently opened two-way bike lane in downtown LA.