Arizona Ave. until just recently was like many bike lanes, in Southern California there for a while and than disappears before it gets to a destination. Now the last few blocks connecting to Ocean Ave. have been included, bridging an important connection toward having a more complete grid of bike routes. Since these last few blocks have a much higher turn over than the residential area, be on the look out for doors. I always ride on the far left of the bike lane on streets adjacent parking. One new design treatment I like and would love to see a lot more of, is the diagonal street markings to discourage people from driving through when parked cars are not present. On streets like 11th where the bike lane is much wider than necessary and poorly marked, I'd love to see diagonal markings to more visually indicate the extra space is not for driving through.
Arizona also has some more modern signal detection using cameras in a few places like the intersection of Lincoln Blvd., a higher priority street that may not change without a trigger. The camera is calibrated to the spot they place the bike marking, so if you see that, wait there for signal to change. More signal detection work is also on the way to start addressing what has long been a gripe of mine on this blog. This can't come soon enough.
(Photo from Santa Monica press release. I'll be around to shoot my own photos of them soon.)
Originally this post was just going to be on my observations of the new Arizona work, but I also just got word from a city press release, that sharrows have been put in on 14th St. for a few blocks south of Montana Ave. along with routine maintenance. The intention is for these to connect to future plans for a bike lane on 14th St. south of Washington. Santa Monica is a little late to the sharrow party, but better late than never, and this further cements the use of the sharrow as a tool to educate and change road behavior in the Southern California region. Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Santa Monica all have sharrows (FAQ) on the ground. I have yet to ride on these new sharrows having just heard about them, but I can't wait to check them out.