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DOT Official: LAFD Has ‘No Concerns’ About Bike Lanes

Paramedic Ruben Terrazas of Eagle Rock Fire Station 42 cautions traffic in the third lane of westbound Colorado Boulevard to slow down as a fire truck enters the fire station. Credit: Ajay Singh
Paramedic Ruben Terrazas of Eagle Rock Fire Station 42 cautions traffic in the third lane of westbound Colorado Boulevard to slow down as a fire truck enters the fire station. Credit: Ajay Singh
Tim Fremaux, a Los Angeles Department of Transportation bikeways engineer who has been going around local neighborhood councils giving presentations about the planned installation of bike lanes along Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street, has some news for Eagle Rock residents and stakeholders on both sides of the contentious bike lanes debate: The Los Angeles Fire Department has “no concerns” about the transformation of auto traffic lanes to bicycle passageways.

In an e-mail from Fremaux forwarded to Eagle Rock Patch by an Eagle Rock resident close to the bike lanes discussions, the bikeways engineer says he spoke with Luke Milick, a Los Angeles Fire Department captain, about the possible impact of bike lanes on the LAFD’s response operations.

“Captain Milick has no concerns associated with re-striping of roadways to include bike lanes, regardless of whether these projects involve removing traffic lanes,” Fremaux wrote in his e-mail.

Milick is the commander of the LAFD’s Hydrant and Access Unit, which partly oversees issues related to the right of Fire vehicles, Fremaux said in a phone conversation with Patch.

“He basically said that the bicycle striping on the street does not interfere with either Fire vehicles or bicycles having to pull over out of the way” for Fire trucks,” Fremaux told Patch.

In Milick’s own words, the captain is “the only person anyone should talk to [at] LAFD with respect to fire access and roadways,” Fremaux wrote, adding: “Captain Milick mentioned that we can reference his name and the discussion we had with him whenever this issue comes up Citywide.”

Many people believe that the installation of bike lanes will slow down traffic, causing congestions that will be an impediment to fire trucks during emergencies.

Earlier this month, for example, Ron Sanfilippo, captain of Eagle Rock Fire Station 42, expressed his personal concern about the adverse impact of bike lanes on traffic congestion. Filippo clarified, however, that his professional point of view bike lanes would not hinder the LAFD's responses to emergencies.

Tim Ryder May 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM
According to recent surveys by the Chamber of Commerce and the local newspaper (Boulevard Sentinel), most business and residents in Eagle Rock are all for sharing the auto lanes with the bike activists but are decidedly against giving up their auto lanes entirely to accommodate a few bicycle riders. The purported goal of the DOT bureaucrats to 'get drivers out of their cars' is an admirable one yet they still have not explained how to transport three bags of groceries and two young children on the back seat of a bike without anyone on the road getting killed?
eaglerocker May 24, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Tim Ryder: That Chamber of Commerce "survey" you're flogging never listed the businesses that took it, so it's totally bogus. It probably didn't even happen! And your assertion that most businesses and residents are against the bike lanes is patently, laughably, totally false. According to Patch, every single business you or I have ever heard of on Colorado has signed a letter 100% in support of bike lanes. Camilo's? Check. Swork? Yup. Colorado Wine? You bet. There is no debate: everyone in Eagle Rock wants the bike lanes, except you and your business partner Tom Topping. What's up with this pathetic campaign of lies you two are waging? Why is it worth destroying what little credibility you two had in this town?
EagleRockMom May 24, 2013 at 05:34 AM
@eaglerocker Your assertion that "everyone" in Eagle Rock is pro-bike lanes is incorrect. I think dedicating an entire traffic lane in either direction for a handful of cyclists is silly. While I do believe that something should be done to slow the flow of traffic on Colorado, I think the elimination of driving lanes will only add to motorists' commute times through Eagle Rock.
EagleRockMom May 24, 2013 at 05:38 AM
@ eaglerocker Also, not all businesses on Colorado support the bike lanes. The stained glass shop sports a sign in its window stating it is against this proposition. I applaud the owners for having the guts to be honest when everyone else is bending to the will of a few.
Jon Leibowitz May 24, 2013 at 06:02 AM
EagleRockMom: Removing a lane minimizes lane changes, which is a factor in slowing traffic. Smoothing out the flow can make it faster than having more lanes to error in. counterintuitive, but that's something to take into account.
eaglerocker May 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM
@Eaglerockmom: You believe that "something should be done to slow the flow of traffic on Colorado." Bike lanes will do that -- just a little, and not enough in my estimation, but it's a start. There are a few people in this town who are trying to cloud the issue by talking about "bike activists" and other silly nonsense. Bike lanes will - hopefully - make Colorado a calmer, friendlier, safer main street. I'm on the side of hope - and it sounds like you just might be, too.
eaglerocker May 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM
And @Eaglerockmom: There is nothing gutsy or honest about putting a sign in your window with a picture of a bicyclist with a big red slash through it. It's aggressive, unfriendly, and it's an embarrassment to those of us who want Eagle Rock to be a friendly place for businesses and visitors. I walk by that glass shop every week with my kid, and every week he asks me the same question: "Why does this store hate bicycles?" I try to tell him the truth -- that a few people in town are afraid of change, and the signs may not be a great idea, but they're free speech and we should respect it -- but all he sees is a place that hates bike riders like him. We used to stop in that store and look around, now we don't. (Same with Casa Bianca.) I'm all for expressing your opinion on an issue, but not at the expense of my neighborhood. Have you noticed how none of the other stores on Colorado -- you know, the 90% of them that support bike lanes -- don't have pro-bike signs in their windows? They know that everyone is a potential customer, whether they're on a bike or not.
John Wayne's Honda May 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM
bicycle lanes yes, removing car lanes no
Marcus May 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I am in favor of the bike lanes, but want to know what measures will work for buses in our town? How does the DOT seem them integrating? Can anyone from TBTB share their thoughts on this, since I'm keen to see access for all -car, bike, bus, and pedestrian.
heywood May 24, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I have attended two meetings about the bike lanes. I enjoyed the presentations and listening to both sides of the issue present their comments about the bike lanes. After giving some thought to the bike lanes, I have some comments and questions about the bike lanes that I would like answers and facts so that I can make an educated decision about the bike lanes. 1. Since an environmental impact study is not required to install the bike lanes, is there any official written documentation from the Los Angeles Fire and Police Departments or other local governmental agencies located in Northeast LA regarding the design and safety of the bike lanes? The recent comments reportedly from LAFD Fire Captains are just personal comments and are not an official endorsement of the proposed bike lanes by the LAFD. You can refer any questions on this matter to the LAFD’s Community Service Liaison at 213-978-3820. 2. The Los Angeles Times published a study that shows the average resident of Southern California drives 16 miles each way to work. Would this indicate that the bike lanes will be primarily used during non-working days? (http://articles.latimes.com/1993-07-25/local/me-16754_1_orange-county) 3. Have there been any counts of the actual amount of bicycle traffic done in Northeast LA? 4. Who designed the bike lane system in Glendale? Was this person(s) consulted for performance reports of the bike lanes and on the design of the bike lanes in Glendale? 5. The road design and conditions in Northeast LA can’t be compared to downtown LA, as Northeast LA is a bedroom community versus downtown being a business district. 6. What would be the financial costs attached to time lost for the additional amount of time it will take each vehicle to commute through the San Fernando to York Blvd corridor? I believe that the presentation estimated about an additional 5 minutes) to traverse from point to point. There should be a dollar amount attached to this loss of both personal and business productivity. 7. What would be the additional amount of carbon monoxide and other pollutants that would be added to the air above our city due to the extra amount of time it will take for commuting? Would this be offset by the number of commuters that would be riding their bicycles to work rather than driving their cars? 8. Why would the LADOT proceed with such a project that doesn’t have all of the bases covered such as ADA access or traffic delays at the Gold Line crossings? There seem to be many unanswered questions and unsubstantiated facts. 9. Results of the latest Los Angeles County Health Survey indicate that over half (55%) of the county’s adult population are either overweight or obese (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ha/reports/habriefs/lahealth073003_obes.pdf). What percentage of adults has been estimated to use the new bicycle lanes? 10. Shouldn’t the designers of the bike lanes route us and our children on their bikes through safer thoroughfares that parallel the main arteries? I do understand the design concept of the bike lanes/bike routes. The bike map on www.bicyclela.org plots Colorado Blvd as being a bike route like Meridian and Stratford? I assume that this map is not up to date. 11. Why can’t NELA incorporate the sharrows like the City of Glendale is using?
eaglerocker May 24, 2013 at 03:14 PM
@Heywood: Either you didn't really attend those bike lane meetings, or you weren't listening. Every one of your legitimate questions was answered, over and over and over again. All of the information you seek is publicly available. "It needs more study" is a right-wing tactic that Republicans and Tea Partiers have been using to prevent everything from gun control to women's rights. Sorry, it won't work here. (As for your question about the LAFD: Try reading the article you're commenting on!)
John Wayne's Honda May 24, 2013 at 03:54 PM
wow you must really hate tea...
heywood May 24, 2013 at 04:02 PM
@eaglerocker - Thank you for your response. I don't believe that I mentioned that more studies need to be done. Quite the contrary, I am asking for facts. I would be happy to research any links to public sources of information that will answer any of my questions. The spokesman from the LADOT told the last meeting that no studies have been done on the area surrounding the Gold Line crossing on Figueroa in Highland Park. I wish to discuss this matter based on facts. As for today's comment from a LAFD Captain. You should call the LAFD yourself so that you can also be told that these are the personal opinions of these City employees and not an endorsement from the LAFD. Call 213-978-3820. I bicycle around Eagle Rock nearly every day. I love a leisurely ride down Hill Drive. Much safer than Colorado Blvd. I take any of the streets connecting Hill Drive and Colorado Blvd to visit any of the stores. Same with Eagle Rock Blvd and Ellenwood. I ride the sidewalk on Figueroa St because there is too much traffic and it is too dangerous. Enjoy your day!
eaglerocker May 24, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I like tea fine, and I love dissent. But it's liars I can't stand.
eaglerocker May 24, 2013 at 04:15 PM
@Heywood: Thanks for your response, too, we're all in this together, amigo. I was at those same meetings, and I heard all of your questions answered. The DOT doesn't need approval from every agency in LA to put down bike lanes, which is why the LAFD doesn't "endorse" bike lanes. (Neither does the DWP or the LAUSD, for that matter.) The best you'll get is what Patch has printed above, which is a rebuke to the crew of local liars who are trying to trick people into thinking that the LAFD is against the lanes. I'm glad to hear you enjoy your bike rides around town, but I'm sorry that you find Colorado and Fig to be too dangerous to bike on. Perhaps when the bike lanes are down, you'll give them a try!
Hooper Humperdink May 24, 2013 at 04:26 PM
heywood, The statement that these bike lanes will not impact LAFD firetrucks is the professional opinion of the Captain at the LAFD in charge of making such determinations. As regards our local captains dislike of the lanes - that has only to do with the amount of motorist delay the lanes are projected to add. He has also stated that the lanes will not impact the LAFD's ability to respond to emergencies. You sound a lot like Tom Topping as regards the need to study the intersection of the Gold Line and N. Figueroa. N. Figueroa has been measured for over 10 years by the LADOT at the following intersections doing manual and automated traffic counts: San Fernando Road, Avenue 26, Loreto Street, Marmion Way, Avenue 41, Avenue 45, Avenue 54, Avenue 60, York Boulevard, Hillandale Drive, Annan Way, Buena Vista Terrace, Colorado Boulevard. These traffic intersections are not the same that are used in the EIR, but they do represent over 10 years of data collection along N. Figueroa St. What new facts have come to light that will change the traffic in NELA that are not present currently at the train tracks? Motorist delay is not the end-all be-all of road design. Our streets should also help reduce crashes and injuries and help make the area a desirable place to live for people walking to local shops (who make up the vast majority of customers in the area). Bike lane projects like the one proposed for N. Figueroa have been shown in LA and in other cities to do all of the above. Do you think that the dozens of traffic counts from over a decade are somehow not catching the reality of the situation?
AviationMetalSmith May 24, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I practice Defensive Driving when I Bike. I yield to Trucks , buses ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, etc. I was taught to yield to fire trucks , even when driving my car.
aladyofyork May 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena all have bike lanes and routes but none of the "bike streets" inhibit Brand Ave, Colorado Blvd in Old Pasadena, or on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena. Each of these cities is less than 100 years old with streets designed to accommodate cars from 1940 to 1970. Since then, most of these cities have traffic problems. Highland Park and Eagle Rock are more than 100 years with most of the streets much narrower than the other cities. Yes, we can have all the bikes we want, but not on the heaviest travel streets in the northeast. Thirty thousand cars an hour are a lot of cars on Figueroa and/or York between 7:00 to 10:00 am and 3:00 to 7:00 pm. And worse if bike commuter caravans start...might as well take a van or a bus...
Marcus May 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Thirty thousand cars an hour? What is the source of your statistic? It certainly doesn't feel like it. Perhaps anecdotal?
Hooper Humperdink May 25, 2013 at 06:31 PM
N. Figueroa is designated a Major Highway Class II, which means it is designed to handle 30,000 to 50,000 average daily trips. The actual traffic counts on N. Figueroa show that it only gets 28,000 average daily trips (ADT) at two or three intersections. The rest of the street does between 12,000 to 18,000 ADT. The roadway is way too wide considering how it is being used by motorists. Additionally, the portion of N. Figueroa that passes through "downtown" Highland Park is designated the Avenue 57 Pedestrian Oriented District - yet few things other than expensive traffic signals and decorative asphalt crosswalks distinguish this area as being "pedestrian oriented" when cars driving through are getting up to 35 mph.
Hart Fisher May 25, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Are you kidding me? So I'm supposed to believe the guy who doesn't work in Eagle Rock over the captain of the Eagle Rock Fire Station House that's actually on Colorado blvd.? Are you kidding me? You know, the captain who signed the petition AGAINST removing vehicle lanes to install bike lanes (for the 2% who actually ride bikes on the streets vs. the rest). How much did you get paid for this article as it's full of holes & leaves out vital information, like the simple fact that the men of the Fire Station on Figueroa have come out against removing vehicle lanes on Figueroa and I can personally attest to the delay caused by the vehicle stripping on York. You see, fire trucks pass my home every week, last week 4 days in a row. I watch them get caught trying to get through traffic caused by the vehicle lane removal on York. Things I've seen with my own eyes. I caught LA Citydot lying about this at a Highland Park Neighborhood council meeting. When they said they had talked to someone, but had not. It was funny seeing them look at each other with blank stares, then I did it again over their lies about the road diet of Figueroa & manipulation of data to suit their $$$ agenda. So now they've found a dupe who rides a desk in the fire department so they can blackmail with political backlash, someone who doesn't even work in the neighborhood in question, and he's going to know better than the people who live & work here? I have to say, the Eagle Rock Patch has showed extreme bias in covering this issue & it makes me wonder what kind of payola the city is forking over to you for your blatant disregard for the safety of our neighborhood. Because we've found that a non-profit has hired professional bloggers to attack anyone who opposes removal of vehicle lanes to install bike lanes, that's right, you can't trust what's being presented to you by the Patch. Are you one of the paid mercenary bloggers put on this issue to ram it through? This is all about the state & city hungry for the federal bike lane $$$, millions of dollars here, instead of focusing on safety, a proper bike lane that does not endanger it's riders nor destroy functioning neighborhoods with gridlock, pollution & injured bicyclists. Way to cloud a simple issue with outsiders trying to destroy a wonderful neighbor hood with their meddling. Here's some actual truth to listen to, no one paid me for this post either. Remember that folks, people are being paid to get this agenda passed, hired guns who use fake names to attack residents of Eagle Rock, outsiders who want to screw up YOUR neighborhood for a fast buck & a false flag. http://1201beyond.com/archives/hart-attack/hart-attack-003.mp3
Hooper Humperdink May 25, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Hart, if you don't like bike lanes because they will slow down car speeds I think we all can understand that. It makes sense that many people wouldn't like that one aspect of this project. However, when you repeatedly misinterpret what officials have said about emergency response times and bike lanes you are moving into "crazy dude" territory.
Hart Fisher May 25, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Hey Joey, how's it going selling bikes? You own a bike store. Anything you say is biased. So... How much you gettin' paid to blog & harass Eagle Rock & Highland Park residents? How much are you getting from the city or is this all about your own selfish concerns? I tell the truth because it's the truth, no massaging, no political spin, and oh yeah, I back up what I say with facts. So Joey... You sell any bikes today?
Hooper Humperdink May 25, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Hart, ad hominem attacks don't help prove your point one way or another. You are not responding to the substance of what I've written and have only ratcheted up the nonsense with you reply. You'll notice that nobody has jumped up and called the auto body, repair, and paint shops Tom Topping convinced to be photographed with "Save the Auto Lanes" signs as "selfish" for their stance. John Nese is not accused of being "selfish" for his stance against bike lanes. It is reasonable that local business owners would voice their opinion about changes made to the public right of way - both in support and against bike lanes. The LAFD captains who've communicated with the Ajay have both made it clear that bike lanes will not affect emergency response times. If the crux of your problem is that car drivers will be moving slower and be held up more - I think we can all acknowledge that is likely to happen and weigh that cost against the modest benefits this project will bestow on the community.
heywood May 25, 2013 at 11:34 PM
5/25/2013 Thank you Josef and S. Martinez for your replies to my questions and statements. I greatly appreciate your rational responses. I realize what an EIR is, but according to the Notice of Public Hearing (CPC-2009-871-GPA) dated December 13, 2012, in order to be eligible for the exemption in AB 2245, the City must prepare an assessment of traffic and safety impacts of the project. Perhaps I am wrong in thinking that the LAPD and LAFD would submit any concerns they might have about the redesigning of our roadways. What would the LAPD and the LAFD know about our roadways and traffic problems? I do not have any questions regarding the assessment of traffic. I do have questions about the safety impacts. I am still trying to locate the findings of the required safety assessment. I did not see or hear this being discussed in either of the two meetings that I did attend. The AQMD claims that there are 9 million passenger vehicles in SoCal and they are projecting our population to grow by 6 million more by 2035. This will only add to the estimated delays that were reported in the presentations about the bike lanes. As S. Martinez stated, I enjoy Sunday rides now through Eagle Rock. Five generations of my family dating back to late 1930’s have enjoyed the small town feel of Eagle Rock. I enjoy pedaling through the neighborhoods and looking at the beautiful old Craftsman homes and landscaping here in Eagle Rock. I don’t now nor would I ever put myself in the line of fire from 3,000 pound missiles coming at me from behind while they are just driving the speed limit whether there are protected bike lanes on Colorado Blvd or not. We have never allowed our children to ride their bikes on Colorado. My children can cross at the traffic lights and use the less traveled parallel arteries. If you want to slow down the traffic on Colorado Blvd, simply install a couple more traffic lights and put the traffic lights on timers that will control the flow of traffic to the desired speed. I absolutely agree that making bicycling more attractive is a terrific investment for the future of NELA in safely designed manner. In my opinion, putting children on bicycles on Colorado Blvd is not as safe as having them ride on Hill Drive, Las Flores, Chickasaw, Yosemite, Ellenwood, College View, etc. I was surprised to learn that the average age for bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the US in 2011 was 43 years. I agree to disagree with S. Martinez about whether Eagle Rock is a bedroom community or not. Eagle Rock is more residential than business
heywood May 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM
It is unfortunate that SoCal has waited so long in the redevelopment of its light rail system. Los Angeles is a long way from making the necessity of not owning a car like many of the residents of New York City. With such a large geographical area like Los Angeles, the thought of selling off my car will never happen. The AQMD has stated that automobile emissions are relatively well-controlled compared,…., but, by sheer numbers are responsible for much of our pollution. It would appear on the surface that AQMD and the LADOT don’t have the same outlook on the amount of pollution that will be created by more congestion and energy use. I only mentioned the Gold Line crossing on Figueroa because the people making the presentation that I attended informed the audience that this intersection had not been studied yet. I do care about the environment and air quality. I never said that I am against bike lanes or routes. I asked for answers to questions so that I can make an educated decision about the bike lanes. I did say that I would never use them. I don’t relish the thought of more vehicle traffic in my neighborhood by people who will be trying to avoid the congestion on the main arteries. Marmion Way through Highland Park is already seeing an increase in vehicular traffic due to the traffic congestion at Gold Line crossing. Does the use of protected bike lanes by let’s say a 1,000 people a day warrant the congestion created by 20,000 or more vehicles? I did not say that Glendale exclusively uses sharrows. I did say why can’t NELA incorporate there use. Chevy Chase has sharrows and supports up to 15,000 vehicles per day with only two lanes. So, shouldn’t Colorado Blvd be able to support the use of sharrows and vehicle traffic with three lanes? Sharrows only cost $2,000 per mile versus $20,000 per mile for a protected bike lane. Traffic congestion steals millions of hours of productivity. We need to transition from traditional combustion of fossil fuels in our vehicles to the use of clean energy. But that is not one of the questions here. One of the questions here is the thousands of people that currently use our roads that will have to pay for lost productivity so that a few hundred people can have a protected bike lane? I would like to point out that I do support bike lanes/routes. I am just not convinced that reducing the number of traffic lanes and spending $20,000 per mile for protected bike lanes is the answer. “We can only wonder how Southern California would be different today if the Pacific Electric Railway had been retained and expanded” I assume that we have the LA Department of Traffic to thank for scraping the Red Cars. The Department of Traffic was the Grandfather of the LADOT. Lord knows they didn't make any mistakes. It is too bad that we weren't able to vote on this matter during the election last Tuesday. Thank God that we don’t get as much Government as we pay for. Thanks you all for your time. Happy Memorial Day!
Jon Leibowitz May 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM
An aside, but Memorial Day is to remember those who died, and their families. The appropriate tone to refer to the day would be reflective, somber, serious, anything but happy.
eaglerocker May 26, 2013 at 01:20 AM
@Hart Fisher: Can you please explain further the difficulty you say you've seen fire trucks have on York? I'm on York quite a bit, and I see Paramedics and Fire get through perfectly fine, or at least no different than they used to. The road is the exact same width it's always been, and now with one lane of car traffic in each direction, it appears it's actually easier for emergency vehicles to get through, since they don't have to fight 4 lanes of clueless drivers. I'm wondering if there's some confirmation bias going on, since you're paying more attention now that the bike lane issue has got you all hot and bothered. I'm also really interested in your comments about the City of LA paying people to blog and comment. Do you have any proof of this? What are the names of the people doing the paying, and who is being paid?
EagleRockMom May 26, 2013 at 07:31 AM
I can live with the implementation of Sharrows and the orchestration of signal lights to help mellow out the Colorado Speedway. I would also like for the City to install more stop signs and speed bumps on Hill Drive in order to discourage motorists from making this street the tertiary freeway through Eagle Rock.
heywood May 31, 2013 at 02:58 AM
@S. Matinez Thanks again for your response. I spent more than an hour trying to find the chart that I saw online reporting the cost of Sharrows to be only $2,000 a mile. I could not find it. I will not forget to bookmark future claims. I did find sharrows in Portland at $229 each (http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2010/07/02/sharrow-the-road), Massachusetts at $2,000 per mile (8 sharrows per mile http://www.srpedd.org/transportation/bike/Cost%20Estimates%20for%20Bikeways.pdf). I believe California requires one sharrow every 250 feet, which according to Table H-5 on http://dpw.lacounty.gov/pdd/bike/docs/bmp/Appendix%20H.pdf would cost $25,000 per mile here in Eagle Rock. Go figure? I also learned that my claim of $20,000 a mile for a protected bike lane is apparently way off as well. I am estimating from the data presented on Table H-6 at the link above to cost approx. $150,000. Well above the $20,000 or more per mile for a protected bike lane I posted. I really wish I could find that chart. I have done a considerable amount of reading in the past month on this subject. Please take a look at Master Comment #34 on the Department of City Planning dated May 20, 2013. (http://planning.lacity.org/cwd/gnlpln/transelt/NewBikePlan/Txt/DCPStaffRecReport_FirstYear_NE.pdf) MTA has operational concerns regarding the removal of any travel lane where bus service operates. The prior removal of a travel lane on Main Street south of Pico Boulevard to install a bike lane has caused PM rush hour backups from Pico Boulevard to 17th Street. This in turn has resulted in bus delays and has increased Metro’s operating cost. Also in this report, Page 4.5-32 of the EIR acknowledges, that the Proposed Project would result in a potentially significant impact related to transit operations along N. Figueroa Street and Colorado Boulevard due to increases in transit travel time and transit delay. I did watch the video on YouTube “Lessons in Long Beach “that you linked to twice. The only statement I will present on this is that we are comparing a tourist/resident/commercial district (apples) to Eagle Rock (oranges) which still in my opinion is a bedroom community with Vendors that serve the community. I find it interesting that the center of the bicycle movement in Long Beach is at a bicycle store. If I was a short term resident looking to move in and sell in a few years and make a fortune when this area is overpriced like Silver Lake and Echo Park, count me in. If I am the fifth generation of a family residing in Eagle Rock with more generations to follow, I really don’t relish this as being the future of an Eagle Rock that most of us love. My car was broken into for the first time in 19 years after last year’s Music Festival in October. The festival has gone from a home grown family night out on the boulevard to a give me your money commercial operated street full of strangers that have no business here. But, hey! That is another whole different subject. Show me a person that can spend 2 hours pedaling a bicycle or a combination of other public transportation systems twice a day to work and back, and I will show you a person that is not dedicating enough time to their children and their family. However, if you are interested in starting up a rickshaw service in Eagle Rock, I would be happy to be your partner. I will take the westbound leg from Eagle Vista to the Eagle Rock Mall and you can have the eastbound leg! Thanks for engaging me on this topic.

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