Downtown Spring Street’s bike lane to go from bright to dark green

Production equipment is set up for a television shoot as cyclists pass by in the bright green bike lane in the 400 block of Spring Street in March. The city is now in the process of repainting the strip a darker green to appease Hollywood reps who said the brighter color interfered with filming.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

First it was bright green. Now it’s darker.

City officials said this week that crews were in the middle of reapplying the green paint that once boldly defined the 1.5-mile long bike lane that runs down Spring Street from Cesar Chavez Avenue to 9th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Bicyclists claimed the bright-green lane was helpful in defining the path to motorists. But after a prolonged bout with some in Hollywood who claimed the lane’s bright color made location filming difficult, and with new marching orders from the Los Angeles City Council, the lane is now being painted a bit differently and in a darker shade of green, a type of forest green.

“In terms of whether it appeases all the folks ... I certainly hope so,” said Tim Fremaux of the city’s Department of Transportation.

The repainting work began last week and it was unclear when it would be finished, Fremaux said.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will have a chance to see the lane’s progress themselves during Sunday’s CicLAvia, which will close 7.5 miles of streets in the heart of L.A. to motor vehicles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Instead, pedestrians and bicyclists will have dominion over large swaths of road from Chinatown to the African American Firefighter Museum and from MacArthur Park to Mariachi Plaza.

Planners have posted a map of Sunday’s route and a detailed list of road closures online.

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