The city of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has striped new bike lanes in Sun Valley. They’re 1.6 miles long, on Vineland Avenue extending from Vanowen Street to Sunland Boulevard.
These new Vineland Avenue bike lanes are what I call a “Myra” – an opportunistic, unplanned and unapproved, bike facility. These Vineland bike lanes are absent from the city’s approved Bike Plan and the city’s approved 5-Year Implementation Strategy.
Nonetheless, I think this is a great project! It’s a relatively population-dense, predominantly working class Latino neighborhood, with plenty of bicycling both in the street and on the sidewalk.
I reported on earlier Vineland Avenue bike lanes, just east of the Metro Red Line North Hollywood Station, which were completed in March 2012. The even newer Vineland lanes begin 1.5 miles north of the earlier ones. The new Vineland lanes go along the back side of Burbank Airport, across the railroad tracks. They connect with existing bike lanes on Sherman Way, then extend all the way to Sun Valley Park, where the street veers right/east and becomes Sunland Blvd.
Thanks, Mayor Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Tony Cardenas and Paul Krekorian, and the LADOT for getting this important bike facilitity implemented!
(These Vineland lanes were first announced via a list on the LADOT website, which states that they were completed on May 21st 2012.)