The bold white lines and demarcations that form the new traffic lanes along Cordova, which was redrawn as part of a road diet project described in an earlier post, are now fully implemented along the eastern section of Cordova between South Lake Avenue and Pasadena City College (PCC).
The new lanes separating vehicles from bikes as well as pedestrians are easy to see, and the ultimate goal is to help create a more welcoming path for bikers and pedestrians going between PCC and the rest of Downtown Pasadena (mainly to South Lake Avenue).
As part of a new trial, if the road diet project turns out to be a success in both traffic calming and enhanced biker and pedestrian safety, the road diet may be continued down Cordova all the way to the Del Mar Gold Line station, which will be a substantial connection for bike users that may need access to the metro Gold Line station.
In addition, all intersections have clearly marked “bump outs” that give pedestrians a new sense of safety (and empowerment) by separating traffic further from the sidewalk for crossing the street. As someone who used it today, I can attest that it definitely makes a difference in how safe I felt crossing the street, and I hope that the road diet continues all the way down Cordova and becomes a model for other streets that may benefit from a similar “diet.”