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Bike Lanes Community Meeting on June 3

DOT officials will present the latest Colorado Boulevard Bike and Traffic Improvement Plan at the Center for the Arts.

Community members signing in support or opposition of bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard at a March 2013 public forum on the issue held at Occidental College. Credit: Ajay Singh
Community members signing in support or opposition of bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard at a March 2013 public forum on the issue held at Occidental College. Credit: Ajay Singh
Few issues in Eagle Rock affect its residents and stakeholders as uniformly as bike lanes—and in a way that the debate over medical marijuana never did: Not all of us have debilitating illnesses for which cannabis may be therapeutic, but almost all of us need to get around as conveniently and safely as we possibly can.

The last time Eagle Rockers got a chance to voice their opinions about bike lanes was on March 27, when a public forum on the issue was held at Occidental College. In a meeting attended by about 120 people, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation presented its plan for installing bicycle lanes along Colorado Boulevard by reducing the number of auto traffic lanes on each side of the thoroughfare from three to two.

Next week, the community will get another chance to weigh in on the issue of bike lanes in a public forum similar to the one held at Oxy and sponsored by the same organizations.

On Monday, June 3, the CD 14 office of Councilmember José Huizar will team up with the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, The Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and TERA (The Eagle Rock Association) to host a second presentation on Colorado Boulevard bike lanes by DOT officials.

Titled “Colorado Boulevard Bike and Traffic Improvement Plan,” the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, and will be based on community feedback received by Huizar’s office and the DOT over the two months since the Oxy event.

“After listening to many comments and points of view, one of the biggest concerns of people from all perspectives is the safety of those who live, work and visit Eagle Rock,” Huizar was quoted as saying in his weekly Northeast Community e-newsletter Sunday.  

“For this reason, CD 14 asked LADOT to address some of the specific safety and traffic flow concerns community members have suggested to improve Colorado Boulevard for all those who use it.”

Department of Transportation officials are expected to present modified designs of the Colorado Boulevard bike lanes plan at the June 3 meeting. The DOT officials, along with Huizar, will be on hand to answer questions related to bike lanes from the public.

For further information, call Eagle Rock City Hall at (323) 254-5295.

Colorado Boulevard Bike and Traffic Improvement Plan, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Monday, June 3, 7 p.m.
Herb West May 28, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Nice pic, with symmetry!
Hooper Humperdink May 28, 2013 at 02:16 PM
When your "safety concern" is "I don't think bike lanes are ever safe, so we shouldn't ever build them", I don't think there's any number of meetings that could make you feel better. I can't wait to hear about how "We should be talking about putting in more care lanes, not taking them out. If you want to get around in LA, get a car!!" I am excited to hear that even though the captain in charge of clearing road treatments and designs for access by firetrucks said that bike lanes will have no impact that Hart Fisher and others think that bike lanes will have a negative impact on emergency response times. I also can't wait to see and my neighbors, friends, and people from the larger community in NELA come together in support of bike lanes - and a safer, saner, Colorado and N. Figueroa. LACBC's got over 1,400 signatures in favor of bike lanes. I don't know why Councilman Huizar wants to hear the same old thing over again (not that he ever attends these meetings), but we're going to bring a party, our kids, and our spirit of collectively moving forward to make our neighborhood a nicer place to live and work.
Michael Blanchard May 28, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Glad to see CD14 putting on another community forum, though the short notice is again likely to result in many feeling like they didn't hear in time to turn out.
Tim Ryder May 28, 2013 at 04:29 PM
At least medical marijuana collectives were generating much need revenue for the city whether you liked them or not. Personally I don't think bike lanes are safe or unsafe, most Eagle Rockers don't believe we need to give up one of our auto lanes just so a few bike activists can monopolize the lane for their Saturday morning bicycle outings. Colorado Boulevard is one of the safest streets in the city, regardless of the skewed statistics spouted by Huizar's paid lobbyists and you can be sure that Jose Huizar, his million dollar entourage and the City's bureaucrats will not be forsaking their government provided vehicles in order to bike to work even though they enthusiastically support getting YOU out of your cars in order to create a better world.
kelly thompson May 28, 2013 at 04:53 PM
If it were just a few bike advocates the city would surely not be backing it. Do your home work bike lanes are important for a successful, green infrastructure. It supports alternative transportation, public health and co2 emissions, local business just to name a few . It's been proven world wide to be an affective plan.
Marcus May 28, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I stopped cycling to work everyday because Colorado Blvd encourages speeding traffic. Bike Lanes seem just part of the solution to making ER a safer place to live, work, and play.
True Freedom May 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I think Colorado Blvd should have the speed limit reduced to 30mph, regardless of bike lanes.
Hart Fisher May 28, 2013 at 08:33 PM
So Joey, you sell any bikes today or have you been online all day like the other paid political bloggers who've been put on this. We know you have no concerns for public safety. You've shown that with these repeated posts ignoring safety concerns, or the facts of what has happened on York. Yeah Joey, my neighbors STILL keep their kids out of the bike lanes on York because they're little, buses & trucks can't see the little riders, but you don't seem to care about that. Your to busy trolling of opponents to this wreckless endangerment of our community. It seems people like Mr. Huizar, don't care about anything but a fast track to that federal $$$. They all want this big federal payday for painted down bike lanes. That's what this is about for you & the rest. You show it by opposing a safer route. Why? if the route goes somewhere safer, where you don't need all the extra paint Or vehicle lanes removed, then your masters lose their big multi-million dollar payday. And it seems so would YOU... How much of a kick back are you getting Joey? Is it enough to make up for all the business your losing by alienating potential customers? You know, I've got a bike, I ride it where it's safe. Unlike you, I do not demand anyone to give up any part of their day so I can ride my bike. I can already ride it where I like. So I'm on customer you've alienated, who else you drive away while you're working as a city dupe?
Michael Turmon May 28, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Hart Fisher told me that Barack Obama is writing Jose Huizar a check, but only if he gets the Colorado bike lanes through, and I believe it. Like Hart, I see through the surface facts to the TRUE STORY.
Hart Fisher May 28, 2013 at 08:46 PM
You a paid blogger like Joey, Michael or is it the trolling you love. I'm stating facts from actually doing my research... I mean, everything I state is public knowledge... So troll away Michael... Maybe you can spew your challenging vitriol at the town meeting... Try some facts... They go further...
Hart Fisher May 28, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Maybe you could help David Greenback throw away more signed petitions that do not suit his point of view... I mean, that's what you're about, the quiet backdoor deal... Not the loud public confrontation armed with facts...
Hooper Humperdink May 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Hart Fisher you really have nothing left. Bike lanes: LAFD approved. Crashes after bike lanes installed on York, Rowena, and other streets: down 35% or more. Economic impact of bike lanes: on York Blvd. no effect. I do appreciate your middle school-level attempts to hurt my widdle feelings, but you are not doing a good job of it. I make one comment about how much you probably want to make out with me due to some sort of strange man-crush and your sad attempts to insult me seem to always come to an abrupt end. That makes me think there really is something to this man-crush thing. You like greasy bike mechanic hands and guys who wear their work pants 5 days in a row? We should totally hook up! My wife doesn't want to get near me after day two in the shop.
Hooper Humperdink May 29, 2013 at 12:13 AM
An Tim Ryder - UC Berkeley has a team that compiled all the reported crashes in the State and made that data available online through a system they calls "TIMS". Severin Martinez spent his time going over crash records on Colorado and found, as did the LADOT, that the number of crashes per mile per year on Colorado was 16.5 while the national average was 6.6 (or something like that). More than double the rate of crashes on the average street in the U.S. Is there any data that would change your mind? After numerous presentations of these facts to anti-bike crowds it doesn't appear so.
Darren May 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Repetition of unsubstantiated claims are not facts, Hart. That some people will still avoid biking on York or Colorado with bike lanes is fairly obvious. So what? That does not negate at all the benefits of having the lanes. For the record, we're now going into the 7th public meeting in two years on this issue. At previous meetings, those opposed to bike lanes have whined a lot, but have failed to produce any convincing arguments against the lanes. Will the 7th meeting be any different? Seems unlikely. When all else fails, Hart wants you to believe there's big money behind this and people are getting rich. Reality check: it costs about $50K per mile for planning and implementation of bike lanes; money that has already been allocated via Measure R. Have you checked the cost of the 405 widening project lately? $1 billion and counting for a 10 mile project (yep, $100 million per mile). $150K to improve the quality of life in ER is an extremely sound investment in our community, and how anyone can construe this as an ill-intentioned get rich scheme is beyond me.
Tim Ryder May 29, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I pay my taxes to maintain auto lanes that autos can drive on, not for bicycle club members to monopolize on their Saturday morning outings. If the DOT bureaucrats really want to 'get drivers out if their cars', which is the the main reason behind their Bike Lane agenda, then they should shut down the car dealers and stop the selling of cars to the public. Taking away an auto lane to pacify the hysterical bike activists won't "improve the quality of life" in Eagle Rock, it will just remove an auto lane. I must admit I am all for taking away an auto lane and making it a 'dog-walking' lane so I can walk up and down Colorado boulevard unmolested by dangerous sidewalk bicyclists.
Marcus May 29, 2013 at 02:53 PM
If cyclists had their own bike lane, then you wouldn't be hassled while walking the dog. And the last I looked, the DOT is the Dept of Transportation and not the Dept of Cars. Transportation includes cars, buses, motorbikes, and that's right bicycles.
eaglerocker May 29, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Hart Fisher: I demand to know specifically who is being paid off, and by whom. (And for how much!) Either put up, or shut up. Tim Ryder: Are you saying that almost every business on Colorado is run by "hysterical bike activists"? Please, tell us: Are Tricia from Swork and Andre from Oinkster hysterical bike activists? Or maybe they're just small-brained sheeple who have fallen under the activists' sway. Which is it?
Raymond Gonzalez May 29, 2013 at 09:07 PM
http://www.metro.net/projects/measurer/ "In November 2008, Measure R was approved by an amazing two-thirds majority, committing a projected $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county over the next 30 years. These funds may be put to work by cities for projects such as pothole repairs, major street resurfacing, left-turn signals, BIKEWAYS, PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS, streetscapes, traffic signal synchronization and local transit services." $1,000,000,000 for 1.7 miles of one auto lane that's only going to induce congestion. Yet, we all want less congestion. http://www.economics.utoronto.ca/public/workingPapers/tecipa-370.pdf more roads = more congestion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2t6rYsWFgY bike lanes = more safety with same capacity maybe buffered bike lanes are a good thing????
Joanne Turner May 30, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Wow. I can't wait for the meeting.

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