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Case Study

Reseda Boulevard Bike Lanes and Sharrows, Los Angeles, CA

City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Associated Publication: Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Reseda Boulevard is a major north-south highway in Los Angeles which crosses the West San Fernando Valley. As part of continued efforts by the city of Los Angeles and local advocacy groups to create safer corridors for non-motorized transportation, bike lanes have been installed along nearly the entire length of the 11-mile roadway, though two short gaps remain. The first gap requires the removal of 10-15 parking spaces and is on hold, pending further coordination with the City Council Office representing the affected area. The second gap, which is 0.8 miles long, was deemed too narrow to allow for bike lanes without extensive parking or lane removal. A conventional bike lane was determined infeasible given existing traffic conditions and parking demand. In lieu of bike lanes, the city of Los Angeles decided to install shared lane markings along this segment of Reseda Boulevard. The markings are spaced approximately 250’ apart, and are 12’ from the curb face to the center of the markings. This treatment is part of the City’s pilot “Sharrows” program, which is currently under study before the program is expanded.