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Bicyclists get new lane in busy downtown LA

November 21, 2011 12:47:48 AM PST
Starting Monday, cyclists can enjoy a snazzy new six-foot-wide bike lane on a busy downtown Los Angeles street.

Contractors working for the city transformed one-and-a-half miles of Spring Street into an emerald green bike lane. It stretches along Spring Street from Cesar Chavez Avenue to 9th Street.

City council members plan a small ceremony at the corner of Spring and Second streets at 1 p.m. to mark the opening of the bike lane.

The lane has a layer of green paint on it and reflective glass sand that makes it sparkle in car headlights and provides traction on wet days.

The highly visible bike lane, which has a four-foot buffer from the nearest traffic lane, is one of several that was installed in downtown Los Angeles this year after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the city council dedicated $3.2 million in transportation sales tax revenue to pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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