The City of West Hollywood is working to create safe and walkable streets along Willoughby Avenue, Kings Road, and Vista/Gardner Streets. This project aims to enhance these streets to be more comfortable and inviting for people walking and biking of all ages and abilities.
The City currently has three types of on-street bike facilities: bike lanes, signed bike routes, and bike sharrows. However, there are gaps in this network – especially east/west connectors – that need to be addressed in order to provide an effective bicycle network. The City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan (2017) identified Willoughby Avenue, Kings Road and Vista/Gardner as streets that provide a missing link in the existing bike network.
Willoughby Avenue is a residential street that runs east/west parallel to Santa Monica Boulevard. Signalized intersections enable morning and evening commuter cut-through traffic, presenting potential points of conflicts for cyclists who use Willoughby Avenue as an alternative route to Santa Monica Boulevard.
Kings Road serves as a route for cyclists to connect from Willoughby Avenue to the west-bound bike lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard. The street is currently in good condition, and is highly trafficked by pedestrians and cyclists. Wayfinding signage is needed to direct people to safe bike routes that navigate them through the City.
Vista/Gardner Street provides a north/south connection from Willoughby Avenue to Fountain Avenue. This street experiences lower vehicle volumes and slower speeds than adjacent north/south connections like La Brea Avenue and Fairfax Avenue, and is already used by cyclists traveling through the City.
This Plan provides a vision and set of prioritized strategies and tools to enhance the City’s streets to be more comfortable, safe, and inviting too pedestrians and bicyclist of all ages and abilities. The Plan offers a balanced strategy for providing transportation alternatives in the public realm, by using a “Complete Network Approach”.
On July 27th from 10AM-12:30PM we invite you to join us to participate in the project’s first goal-setting workshop and help shape the future of the corridors. The workshop will start at Plummer Park, in Rooms 1+2, with some introductions, followed by a walk and bike audit. Bring your bike or put on your walking shoes!