How they did it: Angelinos win their first protected bike lane
April 15, 2014
Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer
An official rendering of the MyFigueroa project. Image: City of Los Angeles.
It’s a story that Tinseltown could probably make magical: a dense, diverse and car-obsessed city turns a corner and decides to redesign an eight-lane thoroughfare to be great for biking, walking and public transit.
But until a team of community activists stepped in, Los Angeles’ first protected bike lane project was at death’s door. The two-month turnaround they engineered is a lesson in shoe-leather advocacy and broad-based coalition-building — and a reminder that though villains make for good storytelling, life is more complicated.