The Debut of the Main Street Road Diet

Crews with the City of Los Angeles completed the much anticipated Main Street Road Diet in Venice over the weekend.

PHOTO: Matt Kline via YoVenice.com

The project –from Windward Circle to the Santa Monica border — reduces travel lanes from four to two lanes and creates a bike lane in each direction (source). The road diet is meant to increase safety for all road users and encourage active modes of transportation.

Here’s the skinny from around the web:

LA Streetsblog:

By giving more space to bicyclists, diets don’t just benefit cyclists but also pedestrians who benefit from a better walking environment and car drivers who get to drive in a safer environment.

Daily Breeze:

The bike lanes will be a welcome addition to the already bike-friendly community, said Josh Harper, a manager at the Firehouse Restaurant and Bar on Main Street.

Curbed LA:

Main Street in Venice is being put on a road diet–it’s losing one car lane in each direction and gaining mile-long bike lanes and a center turn lane.

What do you think of the new road diet? Be sure to post your comment below.

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