Project Status: Implementation Complete
Street Plans was hired by the City of Culver City Transportation Department to develop and implement the MOVE Culver City Tactical Mobility Lane. The project implemented the guiding principles set forth in the City’s Transit Oriented Development Visioning Plan and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan to design and construct holistic transportation options for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders.
The Tactical Mobility Lane created dedicated bus and bike lanes in both directions on a 1.3 mile stretch of Culver Blvd. and Washington Blvd. between Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave. and Washington Blvd. and La Cienega Ave. The mobility lane added new transportation options to connect the downtown Culver City area with both the Arts District and the E-Line station and other transportation options – including Culver CityBus, Big Blue Bus, LA Metro and LADOT (Los Angeles Department of Transportation) bus lines.
Street Plans led the branding, and public outreach of the project by creating a project website that was continuously updated with the project’s progress. The website held information about community meetings and invited the public to become involved in the design of the project.
Street Plans held over 20 public workshops as the design was developed and worked closely with the Sam Schwartz Engineering and T.Y. Lin to develop striping plans for the mobility lane construction.
In addition to enhancing the infrastructure for transit, bikes and scooters, Street Plans also created pedestrian amenities with asphalt art designs inspired by the local flora and fauna of the Ballona Creek on various locations across the corridor. The 1.3 mile project (installed on November 2021) included dedicated bus lanes, bus priority signals, custom bus and bike boarding platforms, protected bike lanes, new bike signals, micro-mobility parking hubs, the launch of City Ride, a free battery-powered electric minibus to supplement other transit services, and over 30,000 sq. ft. of asphalt art murals.
In November 2022, Street Plans and Sam Schwartz Engineering published the project’s Mid-Pilot Report, a six-month summary of the its performance. Since installation, bus ridership has increased by 52%, cycling activity has increased by 32%, and pedestrian activity has increased by 18%. Minimal delay for motor vehicles was recorded using GRIDSMART detection cameras and Waze mobile application data, with the maximum increase in travel times at 2 minutes during the PM peak hour.