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Wednesday: Public Forum at Oxy on Colorado Boulevard Bike Lanes

Make your voice heard about how the City of Los Angeles Bike Plan might impact Eagle Rock.

The office of Councilman José Huizar is hosting a community meeting Wednesday at Occidental College to discuss the issue of proposed bicycle lanes along the Eagle Rock stretch of Colorado Boulevard, which is part of the 2010 City of Los Angeles Bicycle Plan.

Scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Mosher 1 auditorium near the Norris Hall of Chemistry (see attached map), the public forum is a joint effort that includes the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council , the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, TERA (The Eagle Rock Association), and Take Back the Boulevard, the homegrown initiative to make Colorado Boulevard more amenable to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The community forum is aimed at gauging the extent of public support as well as opposition to bicycle lanes on Colorado, Eagle Rock’s busiest thoroughfare that runs roughly parallel to the 134 freeway and is considered by many to be the neighborhood’s main street.

Representatives of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Department of City Planning are scheduled to discuss the proposed lanes and their impact on the community at the meeting.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting and make their views about bike lanes on Colorado known to the two city departments.

Click here for details about how bike lanes would impact the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists as well as vehicular traffic in Eagle Rock.

Earlier this month, the ERNC deferred a vote on a motion by Treasurer Ashley Atkinson to support the City of Los Angeles’ proposal to introduce bicycle lanes on Colorado Boulevard.

The ERNC, which postponed the vote to accommodate public input about bike lanes in its discussions, is likely to take up the issue again on April 2 at the monthly meeting of its board at Eagle Rock City Hall. (The ERNC generally meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., except on public holidays.)

Questions? Contact Eagle Rock City Hall at (323) 254-5295 or email CD 14 Field Deputy Nate Hayward at nate.hayward@lacity.org.

Mark Charles March 27, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Thank you for the update! See you all tonight.
Tim Ryder March 27, 2013 at 04:51 PM
'Outsiders' will be in abundance at Huizar's bike lane forum tonight trying to influence our local politics. Wonder if Michael Larsen will raise any objection or just prove what hyprocrites he and our corrupt overpaid councilman are on the issue of 'outsiders'. The Boulevard Sentinel exposes Huizar's hypocrisy quite clearly here http://www.boulevardsentinel.com/dailyBS/2013/03/25/is-jose-huizar-now-for-outside-interests-or-against/
pbgoddard March 27, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Come on, bikes are good, walking is even better. There is no sane argument here. The more bike lanes we have, the less cars we have, the better for the community, the country and the planet. So this is everybody's issue whether we live in Eagle Rock or not.
rebecca niederlander March 27, 2013 at 08:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Lax4zFFoA This video shows the inspiring story of brothers Conner and Cayden Long, who were the recipients of Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year award. Although Cayden has cerebral palsy it hasn't stopped him from competing in triathlons with his older brother Conner...via bicycling. Bicycling brings us all together in new and creative ways. Without bikes we could not have the 2012 Sportskid of the year. Here is another article about this womderful family: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/17/cayden-long-cerebral-palsy-triathlons-brother-conner-sports-illustrated-award_n_2494370.html Large bike lanes have lasting repercussions for many of those who don't speak up on forums like this one.
Manijeh Nava March 27, 2013 at 08:55 PM
I've seen 2 bikes on Colorado in the past 3 weeks --- I would support the "green" shared lane OR just posting many signs that say "share the road" -- I've seen these elsewhere. Oh, and I've noticed that there are bike racks all along Colorado now -- again, haven't seen one bike on them!! I really would like to be there tonight, but unfortunately I'll be on the other side of town :( I hope there are many others like me out there to talk some sense into those of you not thinking this through. Hill will have so much more traffic (I know I'll be using it more). Whatever -- my 2 cents.
Tip Tipping March 28, 2013 at 06:03 PM
When I come to Eagle Rock to buy weed or get a massage I need to get in and out as fast as possible. Bike lanes slow me down.
Marcus March 28, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I see people on bikes, everyday in Eagle Rock.
Tip Tipping March 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
People like speed and convenience. All these old buildings on Colorado that don't have parking up front, what a waste of time. You have to drive around forever to find parking. Let's put some shopping centers there so we can be in and out. Also all these restaurants and coffee shops without drive thru windows... c'mon it's 2013. Who has the time to get out of their car find a table, wait for their order, my lunch break is over. Only the trust fund hipsters have time for sit down restaurants and bicycles. Let them move to Santa Monica. Here we have to work for a living. Thank you very much. God Bless.
Marjorie Balce March 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Bike riding is fun, but when people like myself have to get from A to B and it requires driving a far distance, then riding a bike is not something I would decide on. It's more for leisure. If anyone else rides their bike to work without a problem, then Great! If there's no issue now regarding getting to and from where you need to go, then why do we need to vote on this issue? I don't really see a lot of people riding their bikes around here, except for the ones at the Rose Bowl. Plus if we have to spend again on something like this...I think it's a waste of money...that's my opinion.
bbkong March 29, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Bike riding is great, no doubt. Again, I was on Colorado today and saw zero bikes. None. Nada. Zip. I'm just not seeing the bike traffic to justify the expense of bike lanes. Cut Colorado back to two lanes? Sure. Good idea. Why do we need three lanes on that half mile stretch when they choke back to two at the top of the hill, then one at the ramp?
bbkong March 29, 2013 at 05:24 AM
"Wonder if Michael Larsen will raise any objection " Probably not. Word on the street is that he's in D.C. supporting DOMA this week. Priorities I guess.
S.M. March 29, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Funny, I was also on Colorado Blvd today and saw 6+ bikes parked outside businesses and about 10 people actually cycling (some on the sidewalk)– I even took pictures after a while to document their presence on Colorado Blvd. I just walked from Eagle Rock Blvd to Trader Joe's and back. Oh, and I arrived at ER/Colorado Blvd by bike but didn't count myself. I'm not saying those are big numbers, but I suspect bicyclists are the "invisible other" to most people and they simply don't notice any cyclists even if they passed by some people cycling. I also saw many distracted drivers
bbkong March 29, 2013 at 06:44 PM
@S " I also saw many distracted drivers" This is the main reason I don't ride a bike myself. I'd rather be swapping targets on a gun range for blind people. I'll be going up to Colorado again today and counting the bikes I see. I'll drive the speed limit and get honked at as usual. Promise, I'll take a pic of every bike I don't see.
S.M. March 30, 2013 at 04:56 AM
So how many did you see? I walked to Target then grabbed lunch at Oinkster before heading home. I saw a total of 19 cyclists– a few were sporty cyclists but most were just getting around (including a dad and daughter cycling on the sidewalk right in front of Oinkster) during my time on Colorado Blvd. I only saw 2 bikes parked– 1 outside of Swork and 1 parked outside of Starbucks. I know, it sucks to get honked at on Colorado Blvd, especially when you get honked at simply because you are on a bicycle traveling in the rightmost lane.

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