Bikas brings news from San Pedro: new bike lanes on Weymouth Avenue and on 13th Street. 13th turns into Weymouth, so it’s all one continuous 0.8-mile project. The Weymouth bike lanes go 0.2-mile from 9th Street to 13th Street. The lanes continue 0.6-mile on 13th from Weymouth to Alma Street.
The city bike plan designates Weymouth, 1.08 miles from Western Avenue to 19th Street, to become a Bicycle-Friendly Street (aka Bicycle Boulevard.) For, at least, the three blocks from 9th to 13th, there was easily space for lanes, so it makes sense to do them instead of (or, later, in conjunction with) Bike Boulevard treatments. 13th Street doesn’t appear in the bike plan. Neither 13th nor Weymouth are in the city’s 5-Year Implementation Strategy. According to the city website, the lanes were striped early May 2012.
The new Weymouth/13th bike lanes run through a sloped residential neighborhood. I didn’t see any folks bicycling there mid-day on a Monday. The lanes connect with (and mostly parallel) existing bike lanes on 9th Street. They go by the very charming Averill Park. Hopefully, at some point they will also extend to commercial areas and schools just beyond their current end points.
I am glad to see that the city Transportation Department (LADOT) is moving forward with these sorts of straightforward opportunistic bike lane projects. There are plenty of streets in San Pedro, and throughout L.A., where bike lanes can be added easily.