Westwood Plaza has brand new bike lanes. The first thing I noticed about riding along was not the sense of ease and safety, but the concentrated number of different bicycle markings and street treatments within essentially one street block (just .2 miles).
Along Westwood Plaza, from Le Conte Avenue to Charles E. Young Drive S., I counted seven different types of markings and three bonus facilities. These markings were squeezed within just one block (or, three mini-blocks divided by driveways and parking structure entrances). UCLA Transportation had these markings painted (below, left to right):
1. Parallel solid white lines with diagonal markings & green paint (west side of Westwood Plaza , south of Charles E. Young Dr.)
2. Parallel white dashes, with access to the Bruin Bus stop (west side of Westwood Plaza, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center entrance)
3. Solid parallel white lines (west side of Westwood Plaza, south of Medical Plaza Dwy)
4. Single solid white line (bicycle lane) with green paint (east side of Westwood Plaza, north of Le Conte Avenue)
5. Sharrow (east side of Westwood Plaza, north of Stein Plaza Dwy)
6. Bus Bike Only markings (east side of Westwood Plaza, north side of Stein Plaza Dwy).
7. Parallel solid white lines with diagonal markings (east side of Westwood Plaza in front of the Semel Institute).
BONUS: DIY Bike Repair Station on Westwood Plaza at the entrance to Structure 8
BONUS: Green bike box on Strathmore (at the end of the block, just west of Westwood Plaza
BONUS: Pedestrian scramble crosswalk (at the intersection of Le Conte Avenue and Westwood Plaza)
The different markings are not haphazard, although it may be somewhat confusing in some situations... Like this taxi driver.
The markings are specific to each traffic situation. The different treatments show the extent to which markings can be applied throughout the City, in creative and effective ways to create safer, more complete streets for all users.
Next steps don't include even more types of markings, but more extensive markings, that connect to key routes, as well as developing more extensive signage. And potentially, one day, more substantive change, including physical barriers, like protected bicycle lanes.