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Bike Lanes: Community Voices That Oppose the Plan on Colorado

Why a minority of speakers at Wednesday's public forum are against L.A.'s Bicycle Master Plan.

Wednesday night's community forum at Occidental College prompted the overwhelming majority of speakers, estimated at more than 40, to support the Department of Transportation's proposal to create bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard as part of the 2010 City of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan. About a third of the speakers opposed the project, however, offering arguments such as the ones that can be viewed in the short video clips attached here.

Click here to see another set of short videos in which proponents of the proposed bike lanes back the DOT's plans to install bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard.

And click here to read more about public forum and see photos of the impressive turnout of about 120 community members.

Hooper Humperdink March 29, 2013 at 06:22 PM
It takes a mind bent on seeing the world only through a windshield to look at York Blvd as it is today and thinking that it is worse off than it was 6 years ago. There is more life, more business, more tax revenue, and less danger and noise than before. Car drivers are moving at appropriate speeds most of the time, and crash rates have been falling. This is a success! This is what bike lanes can help do: they can help make an area feel safer for the people who spend money locally - pedestrians from the surrounding community. We can make it easier to drive quite simply by closing down the new businesses that opened, by removing crosswalks, ripping out bike lanes - and what do we get?! Is that really "better"? Is that the direction this community needs to head in? I can't see how making it easier to drive too fast on York Blvd. is of a benefit to this community. We see real money saved by the city in emergency calls that aren't getting made for crashes. We see real money for the city being paid in new business licenses and revenue. We see real money being made by property values going up. If someone cane drive through here going 35 mph vs. todays 15 to 20 mph - who is that benefiting? Are property owners going to have more valuable real estate? Will the city have more businesses opening up on York? Nope and nope. Sincerely, Someone pissed off at the anti-bike signs at the last meeting.
kablaamo March 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM
While I am a supporter of the proposed buffered bike lanes (though not without concerns), it is difficult to argue with the first community speaker who asked those in attendance, "...have any of you driven on York Blvd lately, please, it's a joke". I'm not really sure what these claims of more business, tax revenue, less danger, noise and the like are based on. While I can respect those who may feel I am looking at it through a car windshield, I know for a fact that while there are many shops I like to frequent on York, I find myself more often that not avoiding York Blvd. entirely or at least the section with the the bike lane and one lane each direction simply because the traffic is ridiculous all day long. Im not looking around discovering new places to visit while I'm moving at a crawl, I'm thinking about how to get out of there and not come back. That being said, I think it would help alleviate opposing concerns to realize that there are no such plans to make Colorado Blvd. a single lane street. It would still have two lanes in each direction plus a buffered bike lane. I stated at the meeting that creating dedicated left turn lanes on Colorado onto residential streets would alleviate vehicles getting backed up by cars making a left or u-turns through the breaks in the island dividers. This is one of the bigger traffic causing problems and I believe that if they would address it and create some kind of compromise, more people would come on board.
rebecca niederlander March 30, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Just heard the sounds of another accident on Colorado. Car horns and a crunch. Wonder if the cars in question were just speeding or were also weaving through lanes. Wonder if anyone was hurt. Not going to check this time. I've seen too much blood on this street already. When will those of you who don't want to slow the cars on the boulevard be willing to hand over your precious few minutes in favor of something obviously good for everyone? Will you only be converted when something terrible happens to you or someone in your family? Colorado Blvd. as it exists is a dangerous street. We all know this. Why you would dig in your heels when lives really are at risk here?
Leigh March 30, 2013 at 07:50 AM
I'm pretty sure Hart Fisher is supporting the bike lanes, right? He's talking about how dangerous it currently is to ride a bike on Colorado, how he's been hit three times, how a dumb kid or a texting driver is going to mow you down. Clearly he supports buffered bike lanes. Right on!

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