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7th Street Bike Lanes Make It to Downtown's Edge

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at 08:00AM
7th Street Bike Lane Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

A pair of cyclists pedal west on 7th Street, making use of a new bike lane installed this week.

Bike lanes made their first incursion onto Downtown streets this week as the city's Department of Transportation finishing painting lanes on 7th west of Figueroa.

The lanes extend through City West and MacArthur Park to Catalina Street, where 7th is interrupted by the site of the former Ambassador Hotel.

During the evening commute hour on Tuesday, a handful of cyclists could be seen using the lane to head uphill to the 7th Street bridge heading west, though several could also be seen continuing to ride on the sidewalks instead of in the newly painted lanes.

The lanes are eventually planned to extend through Downtown to Boyle Heights, though traffic and narrower streets will make that a trickier proposition.

Still, Downtown is getting set for a serious jump in bike lanes. LADOT is currently doing planning for lanes on Figueroa, Flower, Spring and Main that should be installed within the next year.

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