With council vote, Skid Row one step closer to getting bike lanes

A neighborhood movement to install bike lanes through a portion of Skid Row picked up steam today, with the Los Angeles City Council voting unanimously in favor of considering adding bike lanes on Fifth and Sixth streets, from Broadway to Central Avenue.

The vote came at the request of councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents Downtown. He said today that he’s thankful that neighborhood and bike advocates brought to his attention that the street is dangerous.

Right now there are bike lanes in several Downtown neighborhoods, including on Seventh Street—but those cut off right at Main Street, which is the western boundary of Skid Row.

Councilmember Herb Wesson called it “a tricky stretch” of the neighborhood to navigate.

“I had to hustle to get across the street,” he said.

In the coming years, the city plans to add more bike lanes to the area, including throughout the Arts District and on Skid Row’s borders, but none are planned directly in Skid Row.

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