Plans filed Wednesday with the city planning department show that a stretch of Temple Street through Historic Filipinotown and other parts of Westlake could get 2.3 miles of new bike lanes.
The city’s transportation department wants to rejigger existing lanes on Temple between Beverly Boulevard and Beaudry Avenue to make room for bicyclists.
Right now, there are two lanes for cars in both directions, but those would be reduced to one lane for cars in each direction with “a 2-way center turn lane”—and one bike lane on either side of the street.
A rep for LADOT tells Curbed that there’s no installation date yet, because the department plans to do public outreach for the project first.
The changes are geared toward making Temple safer.
This same stretch of the street is the site of the Temple Street Slow Jam, a multi-day series of events that is part of the Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025.
According to organizers, five people were killed and 21 people were severely injured while walking or biking on Temple Street between 2009 and 2015. The website has a map noting where those incidents occurred along the thoroughfare.
So excited about the @VisionZeroLA improvements in HiFi that will turn Temple Street into an art corridor https://t.co/i2cLtnjhhw pic.twitter.com/rfbzNzskUk— Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) June 19, 2017
- Temple Street Slow Jams [Official site]