Venice Blvd bike lanes campaign

Venice Boulevard Bike Lanes Campaign

Primary goal: New bike lanes on Venice Blvd from Crenshaw to Downtown Los Angeles. >Full Venice Blvd Campaign Goals
Volunteer lead: Julia Lippe-Klein
Get involved: email bikas.losangeles [at] gmail [dot] com or comment below

Background:

The existing Venice Boulevard bike lanes are the longest continuous bike lane facility in the city of Los Angeles, spanning 9 miles from Crenshaw Blvd in Mid-City all the way to Ocean Avenue/Venice Way in Venice. Extending the lanes east will create a safe and accessible route from the ocean into downtown.

The city’s 2010 bike plan approved extending the Venice lanes from Crenshaw to Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. As of Summer 2012, the city of Los Angeles is currently studying this project as part of its Environment Impact Report (EIR) for new bike lane projects that may displace some car capacity.

Because the street width narrows as Venice Boulevard approaches downtown Los Angeles, extending the Venice bike lanes is likely to require a road diet – ie: the removal of a car lane. Bikas’ Venice Campaign will inform Venice Blvd stakeholders and rally support for the city to extend the lanes eastward.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • express support to the area’s city council representatives (listed below)
  • outreach to stakeholders – including residents, community groups, businesses and others – along the Venice corridor.

Observations:

Below is some background information based on observations riding along Venice Blvd (starting near Crenshaw, riding east until Figueroa). Generally, there are lots of businesses and spaces that could benefit from increased ridership and multimodal accessibility. Peak-hour parking restrictions remain a challenge (restrictions are described below).

  • The existing westbound bike lane has worn away just west of Crenshaw. It starts goes west from La Fayette Road, a few short blocks west of Crenshaw. Between Crenshaw and La Fayette, there are “No Parking Any Time” signs (which provides extra space for lanes and cyclists would never have to compete with parked cars or swinging doors).
  • Heading east, there are “No Parking 7-9am” signs (peak hour parking restrictions) until 5th Ave. There aren’t any signs until Van Ness then more 7-9am parking/stopping restrictions.
  • The Bike Shop is located 2163 Venice Blvd (at Harvard) which can support cyclists along the route.
  • Continuing east, on the south side of Venice Blvd is the Rosedale Cemetery between Normandie and Catalina. There are no parking restrictions along the cemetery. Loyola High School is on the north side of Venice Blvd between Normandie and Catalina. On the north side, there are “No Stopping 4-7pm” signs. This stretch of Venice is super wide and could easily accommodate added bike lanes.
  • Continuing on from Normandie Ave to Hoover on the north side, there are “No Parking/Stopping 4-7pm” signs.
  • East of Hoover there is metered parking. There are no parking restrictions on the south side, only restrictions on north side.
  • There is another bike shop on Vermont (at 23rd, just south of the 10 freeway)
  • Magnolia Ave Elementary School is located along Venice between Orchard Ave and Magnolia Ave on the south side. Bike lanes slow down traffic which would create a safer environment for students going to school.
  • Continuing east, there are “No stopping any time” signs between Oak Street (Pico-Union) and Figueroa on the north side.
  • Extending the Venice Blvd bike lanes from La Fayette to Figueroa would perfectly link riders to the existing Figueroa bike route, and planned future MyFigueroa project bike lanes.
  • This strip of Venice has mixed businesses including lots of auto shops and oil change  garages, warehouses etc.
  • There are also lots of tiendas, bottegas, churches, small restaurants, and pupusarias (where there are lots of bikes propped up out front). All of these locations would be great to mobilize support with.

City Council District info:

  • From existing lanes at Crenshaw/Lafayette to Western Avenue: CD 10  Councilmember Herb Wesson
  • From Western Avenue to the 110 Freeway: CD1 Councilmember Ed Reyes
  • From the 110 to Central Avenue (Venice turns into E 16th Street around main street): CD9 Councilmember Jan Perry
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