A Transforming Colorado Boulevard

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Colorado Blvd now has bike lanes to improve the safety and comfort of people bicycling

Colorado Boulevard has long held a reputation as an unfriendly street with a notorious traffic safety record. Fortunately, thanks to local leadership from Councilmember Huizar, Take Back The Boulevard, and Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, changes have been made to the street within the past few months to improve safety and make the street more pleasant for walking and bicycling.

Today, Huizar and the community celebrated the latest safety improvement to the street– rectangular rapid flash beacons (RRFB) at all crosswalks on Colorado Boulevard to increase driver awareness of pedestrians crossing.

For those unaware, RRFB’s are the flashing lights pedestrians can activate before crossing the street to draw extra attention from drivers to ensure they notice pedestrians and yield properly. Studies conducted nationally have demonstrated that RRFB’s are an effective way to get drivers to yield to pedestrians, welcomed news to anyone who has ever tried crossing Colorado Boulevard.

In honor of this improvement and other improvements made last year, here are are some “before-and-after” pictures of Colorado Boulevard as it continues to transform into a safer and more sustainable street:

(Feel free to click on any of the pictures below for better quality versions)

Colorado Blvd/Glen Iris Crosswalk

Colorado Blvd/Glen Iris Crosswalk

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A big thank you Councilmember Huizar and everyone else who has helped bring these safety improvements to the neighborhood!

12 thoughts on “A Transforming Colorado Boulevard

  1. You have also been a big part of this ongoing transformation, particularly in the way you’ve articulated the need for it and documented its progress on this blog. As Bob Gotham and Councilmember Huizar said today, there’s more work to do, but it’s good to celebrate what’s been accomplished so far.

  2. I have driven my car on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock at least 40 times at different times and on different days since the bike lanes have been installed on it. So far, I have seen exactly one bicyclist using the lanes. However, driving on Colorado is harder–you need to make a wide turn to get into the B of A parking lot, crossing the bike lane; you have to make a quick lane change at Colorado Blvd. and Figueroa going north before the light if you want to enter the Chevron station; and you have to remember to be in the right lane going north so that you aren’t in the exit-only freeway lane, while at the same time watching out for the cars crossing in front of you that realized they were in the wrong lane. Maybe bicyclists don’t consider the bike lanes to be safe so they are not riding on them or maybe all those who pushed for the bike lanes really didn’t mean that they would be making use of them. A couple of days ago, I saw a vehicle using the bike lane illegally. It had a City of Los Angeles seal on it. I’ve seen other vehicles also driving in the bike lanes. I think the situation would improve if the bike lanes were painted a bright color, easily indicating that cars are supposed to stay out of them except for crossing over them to enter a parking lot.

    • The bike lanes really don’t go far enough. The parking and bike lanes should be flipped and car drivers shouldn’t have to worry about merging into a bike rider. We’re not there yet but as someone who has had the opportunity to ride Colorado before and after the lanes went in – the street is a lot mellower and safer to ride on. Car traffic looks the same as it always has – a little bunching at lights and people flooring it to the next red light.

    • You don’t expect a bike lane to reach full use within a few weeks of it’s coming into existence. It takes time for people to learn that they’re there, and it takes more time for people who don’t currently bike to realize that there’s a whole network that can now get them more safely where they’re going. It also means that over the years, more of the new people who move into the neighborhood will be the type that already choose to bike, as opposed to the past several decades when many people who would prefer not to drive that often would overlook the neighborhood.

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  4. I meant “going east” in my above post, that is, toward Pasadena, not “going north.” The bike lanes on Colorado have been in place probably since October so not only a few weeks. People have safely biked in my neighborhood for the last 40 years because it is off the main roads, but I don’t think anyone moved into it because it was a good place to ride bikes. But you are right, maybe people will move into neighborhoods that have nearby bike lanes on major roads to get them to where they want to go. However, I think that they are “safe” to ride on is what they will be looking for. Maybe the lack of riders on Colorado’s bike lanes means that adjustments will have to made to the lanes. I would think that painting them would be a good first step.

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