It’s hard to believe but the image you see above (with the smudged and missing green paint) is a completely brand new bike lane on Spring Street that is a little more than a week old. The bike lane, which stretches from Cesar Chavez to the north to 9th Street to the south, was painted green over the weekend before Thanksgiving, but because of two reasons (explained below), the bike lane ended up a tattered version from something we all envisioned with much higher expectations. It really just broke my heart when I saw how destroyed the bike lane looked only after one day.
One reason the green paint is missing through many parts along the extent of the bike lane was out of our control due to mother nature pouring rain down that weekend, which never allowed the paint to dry and washed a lot of it away. Another reason was technically within our control, but according to some eye witnesses in the neighborhood, film crews and other motorist chose to ignore the orange cones that signaled “Wet Paint,” driving their vehicles over and leaving green tire tracks trailing from the lane. Frustrating to say the least.
With that being said, I am glad to learn that the Spring Street bike lane project will get a second chance. According to Christopher Rider, the media contact for the LADOT Bike Program, the lane will be repainted this Sunday and extra precautions will be taken to hopefully ensure that vehicles do not drive over the wet paint this time, such as putting up “No Stopping” signs along the curb restricting parking so cars won’t be tempted to drive over the bike lane and setting up more orange cones. I’m hoping to see a near-perfect green bike lane by this time next week.