New sections of protected bike lanes along Figueroa Street keep cyclists segregated from vehicle traffic — making portions of the street far safer and more pleasant for riders than traditional striped lanes.
An exclusive bus lane on Figueroa helps buses speed past traffic and stay on schedule, even during rush hour. Additionally, new, raised bus stop platforms provide riders with shelter from the elements, better lighting and signage, and allow more efficient rider pick-up and drop-off.
Despite MyFig’s improvements, its design still makes too many concessions to cars. Newly installed bicycle stoplights are intended to protect riders from right-turning cars. Instead, they force riders to slow or stop entirely while cars and pedestrians are free to proceed. Right-turning cars are also given a pass to ride in bus-only lanes, delaying hundreds of transit riders during heavy traffic. The obvious solution would be to synchronize the bike stoplights with pedestrian crossing signals and to restrict cars from turning right at more intersections.
New bike and bus lanes are great in theory, but they’re useless in practice when ride-share drivers, police, delivery drivers and construction workers use them as parking lots.