As reported on Eagle Rock Patch two weeks ago, local business owners are still very much split on the subject of bike lanes along Colorado Boulevard.
Some, like Dave Evans, owner of Dave's Chillin & Grillin, told Eagle Rock Patch that he supports the implementation of bike lanes along the boulevard, as it would calm traffic and potentially lead to new customers discovering his restaurant.
Others, like Swork owner Patricia Neale Vuagniaux, said it was unlikely that cyclists would slow down to eat.
On Tuesday evening, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council will have their opportunity to weigh-in on the debate. The board will consider a motion supported by Ashley Atkinson to submit a letter of support for the proposed bike lanes.
The motion reads as follows:
DISCUSSION/ACTION: Letter of support to LADOT for bike lanes on Colorado and Figueroa as part of the LADOT’s 2010 Bicycle Plan - Ashley Atkinson, with
presentations by representatives of the LADOT Bicycle Program (5 min.)
A draft environmental impact report/traffic study regarding the city's 2010 Master Bicycle Plan was released in January. According to that report, the implementation of bike lanes would lead to longer wait times at intersections along the boulevard.
However, slower moving traffic might be seen as a positive thing for some Eagle Rock residents.
Jeff Jacobberger of Civic Enterprise Associates, the Mount Washington based consulting agency that has been working on the 'Take Back the Boulevard' Initiative, said at last week's State of the Town address that many residents list speeding cars on Colorado Boulevard as a major concern.
"Bike lanes weren't the most important things mentioned in our meetings, the most important thing was calming and slowing down traffic. Speeding cars were a major concern," he said. "Even if you don't care about bike lanes, they'll accomplish the goal of calming traffic."
The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council will meet on Tuesday, March 5 from 7-9 p.m. at Eagle Rock City Hall, located at 2035 Colorado Boulevard.
The full agenda can be downloaded from the media box above.
The original headline of this story announced that the meeting would be held on Thursday. We regret the error.