SEPARATED BIKE LANES | With a barrier separating bicyclists from traffic for more than 2 miles, the new “cycle track” lanes create a safer passageway encouraging new riders and inspiring new customers for area businesses.
In 2011, Long Beach completed the first separated bikeways in Southern California by converting Broadway and 3rd Streets in downtown, between Alamitos Avenue and Golden Avenue. The project aims to make bicyclists more comfortable, as studies show that people are more likely to ride bikes if they do not have to mix with automobile traffic.
Bicyclists traveling on either of the 2 one-way downtown thoroughfares are set apart from vehicle traffic by a painted median island and an asphalt curb adjacent to on-street parking. The treatment transformed 3 one-way lanes into a dedicated bike lane, a parking lane and 2 lanes. One of the most significant improvements is the installation of exclusive traffic signals for both drivers and bicyclists. Drivers may only turn left on specific green turn lights while bicyclists have their own traffic lights at some intersections.
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