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What's Your Take on Mission Street Bike Lanes?

What type of bike lanes do you think would best fit Mission Street?

Monday we shared South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce's Facebook status about bike lanes on Mission Street with our Patch Facebook followers:

Our Transportation Manager [Dennis Woods] informs me that on Mission Street the approved Bicycle Master Plan calls for painting a wide green stripe in the travel lane with sharrows [shared roadway bicycle markings].

There is insufficient width on Mission Street to install a Class II green [bike] lane without losing parking, so the alternative of a green stripe with sharrows was approved.

Sharrows are the symbol painted on the pavement that included the bicycle logo with chevrons as depicted in the YouTube video [attached].

The Public Works Department is currently looking at the costs and other related issues before installation.

Here's what our followers had to say. What do you think?

  • Ellen La Scola: Uh, that looks really, really bad.make the cars park somewhere else and put in a real bike lane! 
  • Adroit Primate: Can we enforce speed limits, too? 
  • South Pasadena Patch: ‎Ellen La Scola, Do you bike ride often in town? Do you think bike lanes are safer? 
  • Ellen La Scola: I do bike ride all the time in town - I am from Sacramento which is full of bike lanes on nearly every street, and yes they are safer. I was very surprised by the lack of bike lanes when I moved here.
  • Adroit Primate I am a new resident, too, and was very surprised by how bike unfriendly this town is. Which is pretty ridiculous considering South Pasadena is approx. 3 1/2 square miles.

For more information: 

Click here to read about Monterey Road bike lanes.

Click here to read about Grand Avenue bike lanes.

Click here for the Bicycle Master Plan

Ron Rosen March 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Did you see this article in the LA Times last week? It talks about how the green color of those bike lanes is a problem for the film industry. It would be a pity if the bike lanes drove movie companies out of South Pasadena. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-bikelane-20120214,0,3633276.story
Mindy B March 21, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Case in point: http://admin.longbeach.gov/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=22785
Mindy B March 21, 2012 at 04:01 AM
For once disagree with Ron on something. Green stripes up the street could save the lives of bicyclists, losing a film shoot from time to time cause they can't shoot the asphalt is a small price to pay. Word in the industry is that South Pasadena charges so little for film shoots that they don't make much anyway. If worse came to worse a bicycle painted every ten feet or so with good signage could suffice, I'm not sure the racing stripe up the entire road is the only solution. If it were I still think its worth the small cost to the film industry!
spidra March 21, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I think it's possible to look at the plan and make amendments to it as needed. I think South Pasadena should certainly learn from LA's experience with the green lane. They used a plastic application instead of paint so it's been peeling and will cost a lot of money to replace. I think that as long as film permit revenue fairly recompenses the city and South Pasadena citizens for the inconveniences that come with filming, it's good to have filming in the city. It certainly helps keep film/TV filming in town rather than filming in Vancouver. I'd like to see bike advocates and transportation planners meeting with people in the industry (especially industry people who bike) to come up with a reasonable compromise that accommodates industry needs while also accommodating the need for better multi-modal infrastructure in our town. The copious amount of Mexican fan palms in our town also keeps some film productions from being able to use us (South Pas can't double for the Midwest or Northeast if there are a bunch of palms in frame) yet it didn't stop more fan palms from being planted in front of Comerica Bank... But, please, check out the video link I posted above. I think it points the way to how making a town more bikeable and walkable can help local business and create a more neighborly neighborhood.
spidra April 09, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Another example of how encouraging bicycle and pedestrian traffic leads to a rise in business for small businesses. http://eecbglosangeles.org/2012/03/20/peddler-power/ "“Having just 100 people go by your shop on a bike or by foot is significantly better than 1,000 speeding by in their cars,” said Bolt Barbers founder Matt Berman, who is better known as Mohawk Matt. But that weekend, they got 100,000 people walking and biking on the street outside. “The exposure we get from events like CicLAvia is crucially important,” he said."

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