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Action Alert: Hyperion Bridge Sidewalk at Risk for Removal
The long saga of the Hyperion Avenue Viaduct, connecting Silver Lake and Atwater Village over the Los Angeles River, continues. As Streetsblog reported earlier this month, the city's traffic studies show that the most progressive option (two sidewalks, buffered bike lanes and a three-lane road diet) move cars just as effectively as the current four-lane configuration. This option is safer for everyone, maintains pedestrian access and dramatically improves conditions for bicyclists. The Hyperion Citizens Advisory Committee, including representatives from LACBC and Los Angeles Walks, voted 6 to 3 in support of this option.
Yet a vocal contingent in Atwater refuses to let the facts carry the day, potentially derailing the best option for the bridge. Councilmember Tom LaBonge has already announced his opposition to a livable bridge, citing disproved claims about traffic delays and truck routes.
Now is the time for biking, walking and traffic safety advocates to be heard. Please send emails in support of Option 3 to Councilmembers LaBonge and O'Farrell, Mayor Garcetti and the Board of Public Works. A sample message is below:
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
CC: email@example.com, Kevin.James@lacity.org, Monica.Rodriguez@lacity.org, Matt.Szabo@lacity.org, Mike.Davis@lacity.org, Barbara.Romero@lacity.org
Subject: Save the Hyperion Bridge Sidewalk: Support Option 3
Dear Councilmembers LaBonge and O'Farrell,
I support Option 3 for the Hyperion Viaduct, which preserves sidewalks on both sides of the bridge and adds buffered bike lanes so that people can walk and bike between Silver Lake and Atwater Village in safety and comfort. Even though this option reduces a downhill traffic lane, city studies show that this road diet will not have any impact on traffic. Option 3 is the safest alternative, provides the most mobility for all residents and will let people walk and bike to a revitalized Los Angeles River that is currently inaccessible for many Angelenos. No other option provides all of these benefits for a more livable Los Angeles.
Please support Option 3 to have buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of Hyperion.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
LACBC has grown as an organization to 11 regional chapters throughout the county and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in Los Angeles City. With so much going on, headquarters wants to help empower YOU to advocate in your local capacity. Meet fellow advocates, learn the strategies, and ask questions. Refreshments provided - see you there!
Outreach - March 20th
Membership - April 29th
Winning Campaigns Training - May 31st
Stair speech exercise
Ride Marshal Training - July 12th
Fundraising - Thursday, August 21st
Yesterday, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, hit-and-run survivor Damian Kevitt and LACBC's Eric Bruins announced a new partnership between City and State governments to bring an end to hit-and-run in California. Assemblymember Gatto is carrying two bills this year to both increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers (AB 1532) and create a new "yellow alert" (AB 47) that would use existing electronic signs to disseminate vehicle descriptions along state highways. The latter bill was introduced late in the legislative session at the urging of the Los Angeles City Council.
Hit-and-runs continue to plague Los Angeles, with over 20,000 incidents every year, including 4,000 injuries. Pedestrians and bicyclists are most at risk of being killed or seriously injured, which is why LACBC continues to work with partners like Assemblyman Gatto and the California Bicycle Coalition to put an end to these crimes. Thank you to Assemblyman Gatto for his leadership, and to Damian Kevitt and Finish the Ride for his courage and perseverance.
For more, see coverage in the Los Angeles Times.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:15pm
Update! - July 24, 2014
Metro Moves to Develop Long-Term Walk/Bike Funding Strategy, Makes Down Payment from ExpressLanes Revenue
This morning, the Metro Board of Directors voted to develop an Active Transportation Finance Strategy in response to concerns from LACBC, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and others that the Short Range Transportation Plan under-invests in walking and biking. In a separate but related action, Metro also approved $8.9 million in grants for walking and biking projects funded by the Metro ExpressLanes net toll revenues from the I-110 and I-10 freeways, including bikeshare in Downtown L.A., a bike hub at Union Station, an extension of the Dominguez Channel bike path to connect to the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and--our favorite--LACBC's pilot Active Streets project along Budlong Avenue in South L.A.
Last week, about 60 people from partner organizations, LACBC chapters and individual supporters came out for a Wednesday afternoon Metro committee meeting to support increased funding for walking and biking. This strong showing made an impression on the Metro board as they begin to consider what a future transportation sales tax measure might include. Today's motion lays out a path forward for the agency to set performance goals for active transportation and identify how much investment it would take to make Los Angeles County truly walkable and bikeable for people of all ages and abilities. We greatly appreciate Director Mike Bonin's leadership and the support from his colleagues on the board.
LACBC takes seriously our duty to defend bicyclists' rights to the road. Today, we called on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to stop improperly ticketing bicyclists who are legally controlling the lane and establish a Bicycle Task Force responsible for improving deputy training. Read our letter below. If you have been improperly pulled over and/or cited for CVC 21202, please get in touch with planning & policy director Eric Bruins at firstname.lastname@example.org.