At its meeting on Monday, September 11th, 2023, the Culver City City Council voted 3-2 to ratify plans to modify the MOVE Culver City pilot project, including a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption. MOVE Culver City is a city-led effort that reimagines city streets as public spaces and prioritizes moving people more efficiently and safely in the design of the street.
Since MOVE’s implementation in 2021, the City has monitored and evaluated the project and gathered public feedback. Updated plans for the pilot project approved by the City Council on Monday will incorporate a shared bus and bicycle lane in both directions and reallocate on-street parking. The goal of the pilot program is to improve the infrastructure and services for mobility alternatives and to offer the community equitable, convenient, and sustainable mobility options.
New features include bike boxes that will be added at seven locations along the corridor. 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 stopped traffic. Another addition is human-scale traffic lights, named “bike buddy” signals, for enhanced visibility, as well as continental crosswalks, which are longitudinal stripes designating where to walk across the road, in strategic locations and downtown.
The City Council will award the construction contract at its October 9th meeting. The western segment of the project, Culver Boulevard between Duquesne Avenue and Canfield Avenue, and Washington Boulevard between Ince Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard, is slated to be completed in December. The eastern segment, Washington Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to Fairfax Avenue and Adams Boulevard from Washington Boulevard to Fairfax Avenue, will go into the final design and procurement to start in 2024, with a completion target date of August 2024.
Culver City Communications & Public Information Manager