New Solar Lighting on L.A. River Bikeway
December 2, 2011 § 6 Comments
In mid-November, I spotted some new lights being installed along L.A. City’s stretch of L.A. River bike path. With the help of the city Department of Transportation’s Tim Fremaux and Department of Public Works’ Richard Lee, I have some background on the new lighting.
The new lighting is being installed from just upstream of Fletcher Drive all the way to Riverside Drive (near the Zoo and Bette Davis Picnic Area), which is a total distance of about four and a half miles. The bike path in this stretch has been open for a while. Above Los Feliz, it opened in 1996. Below Los Feliz, I think it opened around 2000-2001, give or take a year. Those projects opened with lighting to help make the path more useful for commuting, but the copper wiring connecting the lighting was stolen three times, so there’s been no lighting there for a couple years.
The new lights are fully off-the-grid solar (like on Elmer Avenue) with no copper connecting them to each other. The solar panels are quite a bit bigger than the actual lighting element. The total project cost is about $900,000.