The Bicycle Lane Plan on a Dead-End Street



Column: A $2-million ‘bike lane to nowhere’ symbolizes L.A.’s outrageous dysfunction

The bike lanes in the L.A. County Transportation Authority’s (LADOT) bike lane plan don’t go anywhere. They are on a street that dead-ends in an alley, where cars routinely block the lane.

The bike lanes in the L.A. County Transportation Authority’s (LADOT) bike lane plan don’t go anywhere. They are on a street that dead-ends in an alley, where cars routinely block the lane. (Photo by Jim Wilson, The Associated Press)

A bicycle on a road that dead-ends in an alley. Cars routinely block the lane.

It was like an alley for bicycles.

It was like a parking space for cars.

It was like the lane for bicyclists the LADOT said it was building when it announced a plan to redesignulate streets across the county. It was so, so, so, so wrong.

It was like a bike lane for bicycles.

The bike lanes in the L.A. County Transportation Authority’s (LADOT) bike lane plan don’t go anywhere. They are on a street that dead-ends in an alley, where cars routinely block the lane.

Cars do block the bike lane. Cyclists do ride and wait. But this bike lane on a dead-end street remains nothing but a symbol of LADOT’s dysfunctional, self-inflicted gridlock and the absurd idea that biking has become a political issue in L.A.

And it represents the dysfunction of the transportation issue, as the bicycle industry works aggressively to persuade the City of L.A. to pass its own new Bicycle Plan, one that includes a plan to reduce L.A.’s car ownership and car deaths. The plan also offers other options to fix L.A.’s street grid.

But this bike lane on a dead-end streets remains nothing but a symbol of LADOT’s dysfunctional, self-inflicted gridlock and the absurd idea that biking has become a political issue in L.A.

And it represents the dysfunction of the transportation issue, as the bicycle industry works aggressively to persuade the City of L.A. to pass its own new Bicycle Plan, one that includes a plan to reduce

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