The City of Los Angeles has completed the first phase of the $2.3-million Main and Spring Forward project, which adds protected bike lanes two of Downtown's most densely-populated thoroughfares.
The project, which affects Spring Street between 1st and 9th Streets and Main Street between Cesar Chavez Avenue and 9th Street, reconfigures both corridors to upgrade existing buffered bike lanes and reduce conflicts between cyclists and buses.
“Main and Spring Forward represents the cutting edge of street design in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Jose Huizar in a release. “This complete streets project helps us meet our goal of prioritizing pedestrian, bicycle and public transit use as much as automobiles. Today, we celebrate a more accessible and livable Spring Street and look forward to improving this model as we begin work on Main Street and continue to push DTLA forward.”The Main and Spring Forward project is the result of a collaboration between the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the City's Vision Zero initiative, and Huizar's DTLA Forward initiative. The project area saw multiple traffic accidents between 2009 and 2013, including three fatalities and nine serious injuries to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Construction of the project began on Spring Street in January 2018. The alterations to Main Street are expected to be finished by fall 2019.