A plan to install bike lanes on a busy thoroughfare connecting the beach cities has received an initial endorsement from Redondo Beach leaders.
Still in the study stage, the project would add bicycle lanes to Aviation Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway to Rosecrans Avenue, and along Marine Avenue from Aviation Boulevard to the Redondo Beach Metro Green Line Station.
"The car has been king for so many years in Southern California, we've stopped accommodating all other modes of transport," said Lenore Bloss, a Redondo Beach harbor commissioner who spoke in favor of the bike lane project during Tuesday's City Council meeting.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday to sign off on a preliminary engineering study by a private transportation consultant, allowing for further review to be conducted on the feasibility of installing bike lanes on the busy stretch of road.
The decision also allows representatives from the Blue Zones Project, a nonprofit community health initiative sponsored by the Beach Cities Health District, to apply for grant funding on the city's behalf.
"I think we ought to move forward with this," said Julian Katz, a member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition, which has endorsed the plan. "Aviation with more safety would be ideal for commuters to get to work."
The Manhattan Beach City Council in September signed off on the preliminary engineering study.
The Aviation Boulevard Bike Lane project is part of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan, a comprehensive strategy aimed at adding more than 200 miles of bikeways in the South Bay, a region dominated by the car.
The plan was adopted in 2011 by seven South Bay cities, including Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach.
But the project has received opposition from owners of businesses along Aviation, who have voiced concerns about safety and reduced parking. The study found that an estimated 36 parking spaces would be removed along Aviation to make way for the bike lanes, and the street is among the most heavily traveled in the South Bay.
"I'm really against the whole thing," said William Chaney, owner of the Chaney Electronics store on Aviation Boulevard, adding that bicyclists already buzz past his business at high speeds. "If you're going to do it, find a way to do it safely."
The Aviation Boulevard Bike Lane Project also hit a road block last week from the Hermosa Beach City Council, which voted 3-2 against continuing to study the project because of limited city resources.
Redondo Beach allocated $5,000 in funding for the engineering study, according to a city staff report.
The preliminary engineering study issued to the Redondo Beach City Council on Tuesday stated the estimated cost to install bike lanes on Aviation Boulevard would be $706,306.
Katie McClure, manager of community programs for the Blue Zones Project said further work on the Aviation Boulevard bike lanes would likely be funded through grants.