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.
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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