Angelenos could soon see more bike lanes in downtown along Spring and Main streets, according to part of a new initiative spearheaded by L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar.
Launched Wednesday, the plan aims to increase the number of pedestrians and cyclists in the area and spur public transit ridership.
It would also establish protected bike lanes along Spring and Main streets between Cesar Chavez Avenue and Olympic Boulevard. The bike lanes would run behind street-parked cars, allowing for a barrier between vehicles and bike riders.
“Spring and Main as primary north and south artery-ways present a great opportunity to not only encourage more bicycle usage, but we saw that in the streets themselves there’s opportunities to put in these buffered bike lanes,” Huizar told KPCC.
There is no timeline for when the new lanes might arrive, but Huizar said there are funds for the project and plans are in the works.
Along with the new protected bike lane project, Huizar said the City Council passed a pilot program to renovate several downtown L.A.'s alleyways, Huizar said.
“We want to encourage more pedestrians activities around these alleyways, and create more plazas and public spaces where people feel more comfortable walking,” Huizar said.
The first project completed under the umbrella of DTLA Forward was the installation of 15 new 'head start' crosswalks at the beginning of this month that give more visibility to walkers.
Check out this map to see exactly where the new bike lanes will be: