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November 24, 2020

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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sharrow Lanes Coming to San Pedro

Sharrow lane markings will be painted on nearly five miles of roadways in San Pedro in coming months. (Photo: LADOT Bike Blog)

Last week, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced it will be painting 21 miles of sharrow lanes across the city over the course of the next year. Almost five of these miles will be in San Pedro along portions of Ninth, 13th, 19th, 26th and Alma Streets, as well as Patton and Cabrillo Avenues (for a map of the specific areas, see the image put out by Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office below. Streetsblog Los Angeles also outlined the lanes on Google Maps).

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Unlike separate bike lanes, sharrow lanes are just regular street lanes marked with sharrows — a term derived from “shared” and “arrow” — that indicate they are shared by both motorists and bicyclists who can ride down the center of the lane. In Los Angeles, they’re intended for streets with speed limits below 35 miles per hour that are wide enough for an at least 11-foot buffer from the curb (and the reach of parked car doors). Sharrows were first tested in the state ten years ago in San Francisco.

Unlike the new bike lanes on Capitol and Westmont Drives that sparked controversy last spring, the sharrow lanes won’t change the streets, says Buscaino’s Communications Director Branimir Kvartuc.

“They’re not new lanes, nothing changes,” he says. “Parking doesn’t change, the street infrastructure doesn’t change — the only new thing is the painted sharrow symbol, which is a reminder to motorists that they don’t own the road. If there’s a bicycle in front of them, it has just as much a right to be there.”

The new sharrow lanes come several years after the Department of Transportation conducted a pilot study on six streets in the city which found that they improved safety and interactions between drivers and bicyclists.

“They’re basically a reminder to motorists to share the road with bicycles,” Kvartuc says.

Some residents have already raised questions and concerns about the sharrows, including whether or not they allow bicyclists to impede traffic, or how the specific streets across town were selected.

Corner Store owner Peggy Lindquist is worried about the potential impact of bus traffic in the area connecting the Alma Street sharrows to the Paseo del Mar bike lane.

“They’re directing bicyclists [coming from Paseo del Mar] to go up Emily Street, come to a stop at 37th, and then go on to Alma, which is right in the bus path,” she says. “It’s hard for the buses to see at that turn that there are bicyclists coming across; it’s just a really tight turn. It seems to me it would have been wiser to go one more street up to Almeria [instead of Emily Street].”

Lindquist brought the issue to the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council last week, where board member Dan Malstrom also raised questions.

“Do you really think that with 27 school buses coming down Alma each day and all the traffic we see in the mornings, that it’s a very good idea to put sharrows in?” he said. “I ride a bike, I’m all for bike lanes everywhere, but frankly this is stupid. You’re putting these bikes in a seriously dangerous situation.”

It has yet to be announced when work will begin on the sharrow markings, but the citywide project is expected to be completed over the course of the next year.