The facility includes a quarter mile of new protected bike lane, and upgrades a quarter mile of existing unprotected lane. It will close a gap in downtown L.A.'s bikeway network.
Twitter users have spotted some of the work underway on the one-block protected lane between Spring and Main Streets. To better connect to the new facility to the easts, this short stretch appears to be receiving an upgrade from one-way to two-way. (Which more or less acknowledges that cyclists already use it going both ways.)
More information on Third Street improvements at Urbanize.
More bike upgrades coming to Griffith Park
In a recent meeting, the Recreation and Parks Department (DRP) and L.A. Councilmember Nithya Raman presented proposed plans (presentation, boards) for Griffith Park safety upgrades. While they're not quite as visionary as what is called for, there are some decent upgrades proposed for the longer term. Will it take more deaths for Recreation and Parks to take Griffith Park cut-through traffic seriously?
In the short term, the park could add a stripe to an existing bike lane (on Zoo Drive west of Riverside Drive), do a road diet to just add buffers to existing bike lanes (potentially courting driver backlash, while offering no real improvements to cyclists - what could go wrong?), and add speed bumps.
In the medium term, the park could add new hilly unprotected bike lanes or protected bikeway.
In the long term, the park could finally add some all-ages protected bikeway in some flatter parts of the park.