Northridge South Neighborhood Council Considers Reseda Boulevard Bike Lanes

The LADOT is proposing to install bike lanes on both sides of Reseda Boulevard for a half mile, between Roscoe Boulevard and Parthenia Street. This gap closure project will connect existing bicycle lanes to the north and south on Reseda and is the last remaining gap in bicycle infrastructure.

The two markers on the map is the designated project area for the new bike lanes. The Wilbur bike lanes begin at Nordoff and Wilbur.

The Northridge South Neighborhood Council will meet tomorrow, March 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to view and comment on this project  The meeting will be held at Northridge Middle School library, 17960 Chase Street, Northridge 91325.

The new lanes will not require any changes in existing vehicular travel lanes.  However, some car parking will be removed on the east side of Reseda Boulevard between Chase and Napa streets where the road narrows.

Bicycle lanes for the entire length of Reseda Boulevard were designated in the City of Los Angeles’ 1996 Bicycle Master Plan and remain in the current, newly approved plan.  These lanes serve the business districts of Northridge, Reseda, and Tarzana as well as California State University, Northridge.

Given the high tensions surrounding the debate on the Wilbur Avenue Bike Lanes by the Northridge West Neighborhood Council and the hostile tone of Councilman-Elect Mitch Englander, this relatively benign project could end up being a hot topic both in the community and the bike community.  We’ll keep you up to date on any news, and the result of the Northridge South Neighborhood Council vote.

  • Chris

    Practically the entire east side of Reseda between Napa and Chase are surface parking lots. Only two narrow buildings front the street along the entire block.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=chase+%26+reseda&aq=&sll=34.075458,-118.298672&sspn=0.012228,0.024462&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Reseda+Blvd+%26+Chase+St,+Los+Angeles,+California+91324&ll=34.22554,-118.535397&spn=0.002158,0.003058&t=h&z=19

    I’d hardly call that “losing parking”.

  • Scott Mercer

    I work on this block. These parking lots are almost never full. There are only a few small businesses that have no parking lots. The area is, at its most busy, only moderately crowded.

    The only business with a parking problem is the Vallarta Supermarket at Reseda and Chase, which has only two tiny parking lots behind it. If they lost curb parking, it would amount to only about two parking spots. And most of the time people don’t park on Reseda anyway, they park in the back parking lots, or along Chase Street, because the entrance to the supermarket is in the back of the building, away from Reseda.

    In summary, bike lines here and losing some street parking is not a huge, insurmountable problem.

    As far as potential complainers, the Wilbur Avenue road diet affected higher income people who live in gated communities north of Devonshire. This affected area is more along the lines of lower middle class people living in small apartment buildings. I don’t expect the kind of harumphing and expressions of entitlement seen in last week’s meeting.

  • thegodofthor@yahoo.com

    I am worried in this area that a backlash against bike lanes (from the Wilbur road diet) might sour the local communities on bike lanes. I will be interested to hear what those that do not live near this area, or work in this area or shop in this area but only drive through this area have to say about this.

  • I tend to agree that it appears that there’s probably sufficient offsteet parking to remove on-street parking asymmetrically – on the east side of the street. Just like with Wilbur, I think the devil may be in the PROCESS details… If I wasn’t so busy with CicLAvia, I’d bike up there and talk with the managers at those businesses. It’s important that they’re notified early and listened to…

    Has anyone out there (city? BAC? bike activists?) spoken with them about this? If I were a businessperson on that street, I’d hate to hear about parking removal AFTER the neighbrhood council has already decided… or even scheduled.

  • Fap Machine

    I going to burn a bike lane on my front lawn if this gets installed.

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