To the Editor:

The Main Street bike lanes in Venice are here! Another rider and I went for a bicycle ride and victory lap up and down the freshly painted Venice Main Street bike lanes on Jan. 29. They came out pretty good after all this time.

The lanes appear to be a bit wider than the Santa Monica section. There’s less chance of being “doored” by cars with a space on the right of the lane for much of the route. And the car traffic seemed calmed by the lane re-configuration.

There’s a section northbound from Rose Avenue to the Santa Monica border which has long had lane confusion, with awkward last second merges into the left lane. That’s been completely fixed and is much safer and smoother now.

The south end of the bikelane is at the Windward Circle, allowing for an easy merge around the circle. Connecting to the “sharrows” on Abbot Kinney Boulevard is easy too, making a good route over to Venice Boulevard’s bike lanes to Culver City and even downtown Los Angeles.

This is a great new place for bicyclists. Now there’s a safe, easy route from downtown Santa Monica to the Windward Circle. And the new lanes make this an easy trip on flat ground that anyone can pedal.

We should all be taking thisroute for a test spin on the next sunny day.

Like all things, there’s room for small improvement, which will make a big difference. The one I’d really like so see would be some wayfinding signage, with one or two signs at the south terminus pointing to the beach path and an alternate route avoiding Washington Boulevard to the Marina del Rey section of the path.

Eric Weinstein, Santa Monica

Wishes Marina thoroughfare was how it used to be

To the Editor:

Aware that I am not qualified to speak about either the genius of county politics or the high science of asphalt paving, I beg you to let me make a few suggestions to our exalted leaders. My concern is with the new condition of Admiralty Way, or in popular parlance, the “Mother’s Freeway Project” in Marina del Rey.

As we enjoy the fruits of a well-executed commercial expansion (i.e. the freedom of no speed limit penalties or patrols, the screeching of dead-stops as the left-turn lane on Mindanao backs up to Bali Way, the hundreds of unusable “compact only” parking places in front of a fading post office, the identical gridlock at the identical Ralphs markets), let me say that the cost of new tires, shock absorbers, and re-alignment services (all taxed, by the way), has made safe arrival at my overly-taxed home here in Shangri La prohibitive.

I know that in Iraq, certain roads are rendered impassable and returned to the terrorists. If we cannot call on federal military intervention, perhaps we can renegotiate with the lover/grandchild/kickback-contracting people who destroyed our street, and demand they restore the boulevard to its previous usability.

Evan Davis, Los Angeles

Concerned about cyclists using pedestrian path along Marina channel

To the Editor:

Bicycle courtesy has been replaced by headsets and complete indifference to pedestrians. Many of us who are “older” are concerned about being knocked down.

In England, bells are reportedly required for cyclists and must be used to warn pedestrians. In the U.S. bikers used to say, “On your right,” etc.

Furthermore, in Marina del Rey many bikers are flaunting the signs that prohibit riding along the main channel and especially down by the breakwater, where the path is narrow and used mostly by the elderly, toddlers and parents with strollers.

If we are not to have law enforcement (signs warning of $1,000 fines are ignored), the least we can ask is courtesy and a warning.

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey