Lanes inspired by San Fran, NYC

LONG BEACH (CBS) — Construction began Monday on an allocated bicycle lane in downtown Long Beach that is part of the city’s 2001 Bicycle Master Plan.

The construction operation, scheduled for completion March 11, will be the final phase of the Broadway and Third Street Separated Bikeways project, the Long Beach Press Telegram reported.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports the goal is to help bicyclists navigate downtown, reduce conflicts between bicyclists and motor vehicles, and encourage bicycle riding.

In the past three years, the city has received more than $11 million in grants to provide new bicycle lanes, new bicycle racks, training and education to the public and staff to implement the city’s 2001 Bicycle Master Plan.

City crews already have outfitted one-way streets from Alamitos to Golden avenues with dedicated bicycle lanes and traffic signals. Along those streets, a bicycle lane will be on the far left side of the roadways, and will be separated from vehicular traffic by a painted media island and an asphalt curb adjacent to on-street parking.

The new lanes are inspired by similar ones in New York City and San Francisco, and are part of a yearlong pilot program funded by $639,594 in local transportation funds.

The Separated Bikeways Project was approved by the Federal Highway Administration and the California Traffic Control Devices Committee. After six months, the city will study the safety and efficiency of the new design. That study will be repeated at the end of 12 months.

If the Federal Highway Administration and the California Traffic Control Devices Committee approve the findings, the city might make the bikeways more permanent by installing landscaped medians.

But if the two groups reject the findings, the city will remove the separated bikeways and return the streets to their original configuration.

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Comments (6)
  1. PL says:

    That money could have helped a lot of school programs, womens shelter
    Feed homeless

  2. So what!! says:

    How do you spend 11 million on a bycicle lane!!!!!! Something is wrong here!!!!

  3. MissM says:

    These lanes will make it a lot safer for all the kids and commuters to get to school, work and other activities. Hopefully there will be some specific thought put to lanes around the high schools and parks.

  4. Ken says:

    Unbelievable. The state is bankrupt, yet we have $11 million to waste on a bile lane! We should have prisoners on chain gangs building these projects, instead of having them working out in jail gyms so they can commit more violent crimes when they get out.

  5. Daniel says:

    The $11 million figure refers the amount of grants given to Long Beach for bicycle infrastructure. The actual estimated cost of this project is $700,000. The money could not have gone to anything else but the specific project for which it was awarded.

  6. cris says:

    $11mil or $700,000 they should have not awarded it, this is purely absurd. No need for it, nice that they got the idea from back east but we are not anything close to being NYC! Safety for kids? Where are these small kids riding their bikes with out a parent? I rarely even see kids ride a bike nowdays. In our area where they are “revamping” we rarely even see a bike maybe 6 on the weekends! They are forcing the issue with “bike ride meetings” on Saturdays, thats great and all but other than about 15-20 bikes in a group go by ONCE on a “Saturday meeting ride” not many bikes in the area to even warrent a bike lane, or round abouts that dont do anything because cars drive around them without yielding and now another steet signal on Redondo!
    Purely a waste of money and inconvenience for drivers. Makes me want to move out of my neighborhood.

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