Santa Monica will install an additional 20 miles of protected bike lanes as part of an updated plan. Courtesy image. Nearly 20 miles of new protected bike lanes are planned for Santa Monica streets after local City Councilmembers approved an update to the city’s Bike Action Plan earlier this week.
Originally passed 2011, Santa Monica’s Bike Action Plan allowed the creation of more than 100 miles of bike lanes and bike-friendly corridors throughout the city. At the time of its passing, city leaders said the plan would position the city as a leader in multi-modal transportation, and the plan can be considered a success since the majority of the original 5-year plan has been implemented. Staff noted the number of people taking to cycling has increased to now represent more than six percent of all functional trips, which is well above regional bike mode share.
This week’s amendment calls on the city to add a total of 19 more miles of protected bike lanes as part of the City’s 20-year Bike Action Plan Vision. The new lanes will add 15 new miles over the next five years and 4 miles are programmed for construction in the next year.
Using data, 17 corridors were identified for protected bike lanes, which add separation between people bicycling and people driving, staff said, stating studies show a 45 percent to 90 percent reduction in collisions where protected bike lanes have been implemented.
Earlier this year, Santa Monica launched a pilot on Broadway from 16th to 20th Street […]