Sometimes you don’t expect to just come across stuff, but today while riding through Los Feliz I came across the new bike lane on Griffith Park Blvd.
This is a short .4 mile extension of the lane that previously continued up to Los Feliz Blvd now connecting Silver Lake to Griffith Park (via a dirt path) and expanding the length to 2.1 miles.
In some sense, it’s a bit surprising to see the lane here as this is a residential street that is one lane in each direction.
Part of the reason for the update was replacing the decades old concrete surface with a new asphalt finish.
Still, thanks to Waze you’ll find drivers headed westbound on Los Feliz Blvd use this as a cut-through during rush hour traffic.
Many cyclists use this street to connect to the southern portion of Griffith Park to get to the Observatory, Helipad and Crystal Springs Drive among many options.
Last August, cyclist Jeff Jones lost his life in this section as he collided with a van making a u-turn.
With the help of Danny Gamboa of Ghost Bikes and Damian Kevitt of Streets are for Everyone, we placed a ghost bike with many friends and family in attendance.
Map of addition of the Griffith Park bike lane extension
This is the second recent improvement in Councilmember David Ryu’s district which also includes widening the bike lane on Forest Lawn Drive.
While both of these updates aren’t major additions, it does show the pressure being put on by mobility advocates Sarah Kate Levy and Nithya Raman running against Ryu in this spring’s election.
Update: Thanks to Sam Cohen for noting on the YouTube video that the repaving eliminated the previously installed speed bumps. I’ll check with LADOT to see if they will soon be replaced.