(So with that bike path fatality on Alameda yesterday, will the council tonight be enthusiastically endorsing more bike paths in high-traffic areas? Go, Safe Streets!)
And with no traffic barriers.
The nuttiness continues. Hey, let’s converge brand new bike paths directly into the exact same spot that we’re installing extra traffic lanes!
From an item on Tuesday night’s council agenda about a planned reconfiguration of the San Fernando/Burbank Blvds intersection.
The project will add geometrical improvements including:
Addition of a second dedicated right turn lane to the southbound approach of San Fernando Boulevard at Burbank Boulevard for a total of two right turn lanes, one through lane, and one left turn lane.
Widening of the west leg of the intersection to provide three westbound through lanes on Burbank Boulevard between San Fernando Boulevard and Interstate 5.
Addition of a through lane will better align with the lanes immediately west of the intersection as part of the Caltrans Interstate 5 High Occupancy Vehicle / Empire Interchange Project currently under construction.
Additional turning lanes on SF, and a third lane down Burbank.
That’s a lot of anticipated traffic in the area rushing to the freeway or the Flatlands/Empire Center.
And so … let’s put some bicycle lanes smack dab in the middle!
Along with providing vehicle circulation improvements, this is also a Complete Streets project that makes improvements to other travel modes as well. This project will provide the following improvements:
– an expanded bus passenger waiting area for an existing Metro/Burbank Bus stop on the north side of Burbank Boulevard west of San Fernando Boulevard
– various traffic signal improvements necessary to accommodate the new intersection geometry.
– the addition of bicycle lanes on San Fernando Boulevard between Walnut Street and Grinnell Drive, providing a continuous bicycle connection from Downtown Burbank to the Empire Center via the new Empire Interchange. Bicycle lanes are also planned on Burbank Boulevard between San Fernando Boulevard and Third Street to connect to existing lanes on Third Street.
All that approaching traffic in one of the busiest intersections in town. All those new traffic lanes. And then all those anticipated bikes on all those new bike lanes directly crossing all that fun.
What could go wrong?
Imagine trying to go on a bike from Zankou to Barnes and Noble or beyond after those two SF right-turn lanes get put in. How’s that going to be done?