The LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) currently maintains 46 miles of bike lanes in unincorporated areas throughout the County and is in the design phase for 34 additional miles. However, studies have shown that protective vertical barriers can provide a much safer environment for bicyclists and e-scooter riders. To protect rider safety and curb congestion, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis that directs DPW to study the feasibility of adding protective vertical barriers to existing and future bikeways.
“Vision Zero is a promise to our residents who live in unincorporated communities that we can and will end traffic deaths,” said Supervisor Solis, who also serves on the Metro Board of Directors. “Adding protective vertical barriers to bikeways, which can be done relatively quickly, is a fiscally responsible and safety conscious decision. As we continue to expand our region’s transportation infrastructure and explore creative solutions to traffic and congestion, ensuring the safety of bicycle and e-scooter riders will go a long way to addressing the first and last mile problem. I hope more of our residents can enjoy the fresh air, exercise, and security that comes with these upgraded bike lanes.”