The BLB Blog Biannual Built Bikeway Bulletin


Posted on June 28th, by admin in infrastructure. 3 comments

2014 is halfway gone, and Long Beach Public Works has been busy in the first 6 months adding to the city’s bicycle network. Four projects have added new infrastructure – bringing connections to existing bikeways, schools, and parks.

Carson Street Bike Lanes

Long Beach recently made headlines for having one of the three densest networks of bikeways in the country. That network was created at minimal cost thanks to coordination between resurfacing projects and traffic engineering plans. Each time a street in poor condition is slated for resurfacing, the Traffic Engineering Division assesses whether the road could incorporate bike lanes or any other treatments that make better use of the public’s right of way.

While plans were being drawn up for a resurfacing project on Carson Street, bike lanes were added into the new striping for the refreshed roadway. Engineers made room to add a Class II facility (bike lanes) for the length of the resurfacing project between Atlantic Avenue and Orange Avenue. The new project connects existing lanes on Carson west of Atlantic, to the existing lanes on Orange Avenue.

Carson Bike Lane at Orange

Sharrows guide cyclists through the intersection, keeping to the left of a de-facto right turn lane.

Carson Street Bike Lane, East of California

Infrastructure on Seaside Way

Seaside Way received a hybrid treatment this year, with standard bike lanes, sharrow lanes, and a buffered bike lane between Pine Avenue and Golden Shore Avenue. The street now provides an alternative route for cyclists riding through downtown who would rather not share a lane with vehicle traffic on Ocean Boulevard. The new bikeway connects riders to the LA River trail, office buildings on Ocean Boulevard, shops at the Pike, and the Long Beach Convention Center.

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A buffered lane leads east towards the Pike

Seaside & Chestnut Bike Lane

A sharrow reminds vehicles to check for bikes as they prepare for a right turn

Seaside & Pine Bike Lane

Parking Stalls were updated to make space for bike lanes

Spring Sharrows

Spring Street was given sharrow markings between Golden Avenue and Pacific Avenue. This new route (Bikeway 50) connects bike facilities on Pacific Avenue to Birney Elementary School

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New Signs remind motorists and cyclists to be courteous and share the road with one another

New Signs remind motorists and cyclists to be courteous and share the road with one another

Sharrow markings provide students with a bike route to and from school

Sharrow markings provide students with a bike route to and from school

Willow Street

For years, there has been a sign on Willow Street, welcoming visitors to the City of Long Beach, the “Bike Friendly City.” That sign stood there warmly greeting cyclists, but was missing something very important – a bike lane. A previous project had brought bike lanes as far east as the San Gabriel Riverbed, but stopped a half-mile short of Long Beach’s border with Orange County at Coyote Creek. In partnership with the City of Los Alamitos, bike lanes were extended across the county line connecting the Coyote Creek Bike Path to Long Beach’s bikeway network. Riders from the cities of Cerritos, La Palma, Cypress, and Los Alamitos can now safely and easily access East Long Beach destinations like El Dorado Park and Cal State Long Beach.

Willow at Coyote Creek

The new bike lanes on Willow Street extend to the Coyote Creek Bike Path

 

As a Gateway City into Los Angeles County, the City of Long Beach continues to team up with our neighbor cities and work to improve connectivity across the “Orange Curtain” that forms our city’s eastern boundary.

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The old sign proudly announces hospitality to cyclists in a new bike lane

 

Stay tuned for more updates to Long Beach’s expanding network of paths and bikeways!





3 responses to “The BLB Blog Biannual Built Bikeway Bulletin”

  1. Joseph E says:

    How far east of Pine do the new bike lanes extend on E Seaside Way?
    Why is there no westbound bike lane on the westernmost part of Seaside Way (in the photo), despite the buffered bike lane on the other side?
    The plans show a bike lane on each side for the whole length of the street.

    Did Cypress extend the bike lanes east of Coyote Creek, or do they end right there?

    Is anyone else updating Google Maps with these changes?

  2. admin says:

    Hello Joseph –

    The bike lanes end at Pine Avenue. New bicycle infrastructure on Seaside Way east of Pine will likely be part of a future project.

    To keep Seaside Way a complete street that serves the needs of all users, a sharrow lane was installed in the westbound direction to allow delivery trucks to serve the towers north of the street. A buffered bike lane would require “No Stopping Any Time” signs and leave no space for the unloading/loading of delivery trucks. The curvature of the road, existing speeds, and traffic volumes on Seaside Way make this an appropriate area for sharrows, allowing trucks to park against the curb and guiding people (including cyclists) to use the left lane to pass slower moving, or stopped, vehicles.

    The City of Los Alamitos Plan directs cyclists north on the Coyote Creek Trail and encourages riders to continue eastbound through their residential streets instead of riding on Katella Avenue. Signage at the end of Long Beach’s lanes reflect that plan and inform riders that the bike lane ends in advance of the I-605 on-ramps.

    City staff routinely check various mapping sites and make corrections and additions when necessary.

  3. Michael Sullivan says:

    It’s great that you added some bike infrastructure to Carson, but I’m disappointed that it is just a traditional bike lane. There are no driveways along that section and very few cross streets. I believe NACTO presents that scenario as the ideal environment for a parking protected bike lane. I realize that you would need some extra space for a “door zone buffer,” but does Carson really warrant 4 lanes in that stretch? Does there have to be a center turn lane with the sole purpose of facilitating u-turns?

    I am glad that you are continuing to add to the bicycle network, but I want to see you be a little more aggressive. I am getting worried that Long Beach is falling into a sharrow and bike lane rut. I’d like to see more protected lanes and bicycle boulevards please.

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