UNDERSTANDING MOVE CULVER CITY
Welcome to Move Culver City, a website created to engage Culver City residents and businesses in the redesign of three mobility lanes on Culver and Washington Boulevard Downtown, Sepulveda Boulevard, and Jefferson Boulevard using the Quick-Build method.
The project envisions a reimagining of our streets as public spaces and prioritizes moving people over cars in the design of the street. Bus riders, cyclists, and emergency vehicles will all benefit from increased speeds, ease of travel, and reliability of connections to key destinations. The new street configurations will help Culver City reach its 2028 zero emissions goal.
Phase 1 is now live! Below are some useful tips and information about the project components along Washington and Culver Boulevards.
The new red paint along Washington and Culver Boulevards indicate dedicated bus-only lanes. Cars are not allowed to travel in the red bus-only lanes. The green painted lanes are for bikes and e-scooters. The green painted lanes are protected from traffic with curb stops and delineators.
Dedicated bus lanes make bus routes faster and more reliable and result in increases in ridership. Boosted ridership from better service can also help reduce carbon emissions and enhance access for everyone that travels in Culver City.
The separated bike lanes are meant to appeal to a broad cross-section of the population. Studies have shown that cities that implement separated bike lanes see increases in the number of people who bike for transportation and recreation.
The National Association of City Transit Officials (NACTO) estimates that one 10-foot lane at peak conditions can move between 600 and 1,600 people driving in private vehicles an hour. A dedicated transit lane, on the other hand, can move between 4,000 and 8,000 people an hour.
For example, a bus-only lane in Arlington, Massachusetts documented reductions in commute times by 10 minutes. New York City’s dedicated busway on 14th Street boosted weekday ridership by 24 percent.
Closer to home in downtown Los Angeles, a bus lane running two miles in Downtown through Flower Street is capable of moving 70 buses an hour during peak service times.
These new dedicated bus and bike lanes form the basis of the city’s connection to the E-Line Station, allowing for enhanced access for residents, employees and visitors.
RED OR GREEN STRIPES
The red stripes in the bus lane indicate areas where cars can enter the bus lane to make a turn. These treatments occur prior to intersections or driveways where drivers can merge into the bus lanes to make a right turn or enter a driveway. Green stripes indicate areas where the bike lane crosses driveways and major intersections. At these locations, drivers must yield to bike riders.
At certain locations along the corridor, you will see solid red shared bus-bike lanes. These are lanes where buses share the lane with bikes at low speeds and moderate headways. Buses are discouraged from passing, and bicyclists pass buses only at stops. Shared bus-bike lanes provide increased space and visibility for active street users while improving transit service reliability.
A bike box is a designated area at the head of a traffic lane at a signalized intersection that provides bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of queuing traffic during the red signal phase.
Bike boxes provide priority for bicyclists at signalized bicycle boulevard crossings of major streets and helps prevent ‘right-hook’ conflicts with turning vehicles at the start of the green indication.
White bollards and grey plastic curbs are used to physically separate the bus and bike lanes from car lanes. They are also placed around the curb extensions to protect pedestrians crossing the street. These raised elements also discourage turning vehicles from cutting across the bikeway when turning right.
The new wooden platforms allow for level boarding for buses while also allowing for the continuity of the bike lane. These platforms were designed to balance the needs of people with disabilities and general users with the desire to maintain an uninterrupted, protected bike lane.
These new signs along the corridor convey the proper lane assignment to drivers so that they can make a proper lane choice in advance of the intersection.
These multi-lane assignments clearly convey the different lane uses for vehicles, buses and bikes.
At a yield sign, drivers must slow down and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and vehicles that are approaching from another direction.
NO RIGHT TURN
The new LED signal communicates that turning right at the intersection or junction is not permitted.
SIGNALS FOR BUSES
The new bus-only traffic signal displays a vertical bar while all other signals at the intersection are red, indicating only buses can proceed. After three seconds, a flashing triangle indicates that the priority signal for buses is about to end. Finally, a horizontal bar indicates that buses no longer have priority and must obey normal traffic signals.
SIGNALS FOR BIKES
Bicycle signals are traditional three lens signal heads with green-yellow and red bicycle stenciled lenses that are employed at standard signalized intersections.
Bicycle signals are typically used to improve identified safety or operational problems involving bicycle facilities or to provide guidance for bicyclists at intersections where they may have different needs from other road users.
Asphalt art is community-inspired artwork that is located within curb extensions. Asphalt art has the power to transform cities and make their public spaces safer and more vibrant.
The painted curb extensions enhance pedestrian safety by reducing crossing distances, relieving sidewalk crowding, and providing space for functional elements such as bike share stations.
The collective mural is called “Scenes from Ballona Creek” and features wildlife from the Ballona Wetlands and relevant species found in Culver City.
Culver City has launched the country’s first electric, low-floor minibus that will run every 10 minutes at peak times and every 15 minutes at all other times.
The new Route 1C1 Culver City Downtown Circulator will offer free rides for all passengers up to June 30, 2022. This is a pilot service and pilot vehicle so the first six months will be an opportunity to observe service and the vehicle so improvements and adjustments can be made. The Circulator is part of the CityRide service: CityRide is a local public transit service operating only within Culver City and requires seatbelts for all riders.
These new spaces are street directories for transportation options whether on foot, bike or transit.
Wheels and Bird e-scooters have been deployed along the corridors for enhanced micro-mobility.
Culver City will also be introducing a new e-bike share with Bird in early 2022. All micro-mobility services operate under Culver City’s CityShare system, offering shared mobility services.
For more questions, please visit our FAQ page.
Phase 1: Washington Boulevard
The first phase of the project will start with the Culver and Washington Boulevards Downtown corridor, connecting Downtown Culver City, Metro E Line Station, and Arts District. The project will also include the redesign of the E-Line Culver City Station entrance and a Circulator service in the downtown corridor.
Click here for Version 1 Draft Design Plans (Excluding WB Culver Blvd in Downtown)
Click here for Version 2 Draft Design Plans (Excluding WB Culver Blvd in Downtown)
Click here for Version 3 Draft Design Plans (Excluding WB Culver Blvd in Downtown)
Click here for Version 4 Draft Design Plans (Excluding WB Culver Blvd in Downtown)
Click HERE for the combined 100% Permit Plans.