Yesterday I began photographing inaccurate "Bike Lane" signs on my commute. I will be photographing these for 1 month and posting them here. If you would like to add your own photos of innaccurate signs, please feel free, I am only focused on "Bike Lane" signs for now. The following codes are from the California Streets and Highways Code. I believe the portion I am focusing on is 890.4.(b), and how a "bike lane" is "restricted right-of-way" versus "bike route" is "shared with pedestrians or motorists." After the codes are my first examples of innacurate "Bike Lane" signage. I will include a correct "Bike Lane" shortly (Sunset Blvd West of Downtown, Venice Blvd west of Crenshaw, Santa Monica Blvd in W. Hollywood, etc).
890.4. As used in this article, "bikeway" means all facilities that provide primarily for bicycle travel. For purposes of this article, bikeways shall be categorized as follows:
(a) Class I bikeways, such as a "bike path," which provide a completely separated right-of-way designated for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with crossflows by motorists minimized.
(b) Class II bikeways, such as a "bike lane," which provide a restricted right-of-way designated for the exclusive or semiexclusive use of bicycles with through travel by motor vehicles or pedestrians prohibited, but with vehicle parking and crossflows by pedestrians and motorists permitted.
(c) Class III bikeways, such as an onstreet or offstreet "bike route," which provide a right-of-way designated by signs or permanent markings and shared with pedestrians or motorists.
890.6. The department, in cooperation with county and city governments, shall establish minimum safety design criteria for the planning and construction of bikeways and roadways where bicycle travel is permitted. The criteria shall include, but not be limited to, the design speed of the facility, minimum widths and clearances, grade, radius of curvature, pavement surface, actuation of automatic traffic control devices, drainage, and general safety. The criteria shall be updated biennially, or more often, as needed.
890.8. The department shall establish uniform specifications and symbols for signs, markers, and traffic control devices to designate bikeways, regulate traffic, improve safety and convenience for bicyclists, and alert pedestrians and motorists of the presence of bicyclists on bikeways and on roadways where bicycle travel is permitted.
891. All city, county, regional, and other local agencies responsible for the development or operation of bikeways or roadways where bicycle travel is permitted shall utilize all minimum safety design criteria and uniform specifications and symbols for signs, markers, and traffic control devices established pursuant to Sections 890.6 and 890.8.
Redondo North of Jefferson
Redondo South of Washington
Redondo at Pico
La Brea at 6th
4th 1 block West of Highland (I included this to show how one sign say "Bike Route" and the next is "Bike Lane"
4th East of Highland
4th and Rimpau
3rd and Arden
More coming in the month ahead...Thanks for looking.