Video of Cycling on Figueroa Street
The video includes both front and rear views of cycling northbound on Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles between Exposition Boulevard and 7th Street on Monday, March 3, 2014. This is where the $20M cycle track is planned.
It will be interesting to compare the traffic, cycling conditions and cycling travel time after the cycle track is installed (after condition) to this video (before condition)
Here is some information about the video and street:
1. Video starts Monday, March 3, 2014 at 11:06 am (Exposition Boulevard) and ends at 11:19 am (7th Street)
2. Distance is 2.5 miles
3. Google Maps shows 26 intersections northbound between Exposition Boulevard and 7th Street (including Exposition and 7th)
4. Viewing the video, I counted 49 driveways northbound between Exposition and 7th St.
5. Total elapsed time is 13 min 11 sec.
6. Overall cycling speed is 11.4 mph.
7. Total time waiting at four red traffic signals is 2 min 15 sec..
8. Average speed while moving is 13.7 mph. I made no attempt to keep up with motor traffic.
9. Of the 16 motor vehicle drivers who approached me in my lane from the rear, 10 changed lanes completely to pass me and 6 waited behind to make a right turn.
10. Traffic is light to moderate. Google traffic data indicates that there is not significantly more traffic other times of the day. From 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm the curb lane would be free of parked cars allowing continuous cycling in the curb lane without having to merge left to go around parked cars (as done several times in the video).
11. The posted speed limit is 35 mph with one or two school zone 25 mph signs.