Meeting on Proposed North Fig Bike Lanes

Josef Bray Ali:

Join us at Nightingale Middle School (located at 3311 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065) on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. to let the councilman know how we feel about bike lanes & safe streets!

The North Figueroa Bike Lanes are legally approved, funded, and designed. Councilman Gil Cedillo has, since getting elected, put their installation on hold.

The reasons his office has stalled the North Figueroa bike lanes? It has been hard to get definitive answers.

We need to show up to let the councilman know that: this is about transportation equity; this is about local people living a healthier, happier, life; car travel times will be no different once the bike lanes go in. Cars average 8 to 13 mph during the morning rush hour for their trips on Figueroa – and only get up to 23 to 25 mph off peak.

Bring yourself! Bring your kids (we’ll bring crayons and craft supplies to keep them busy during the meeting)!

Nightingale Middle School (located at 3311 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065) on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6 p.m.

LACBC:

Councilman Cedillo and the LADOT are conducting a community meeting to discuss N. Figueroa bike lanes. The 2010 Bicycle Plan calls for bicycle lanes on Figueroa, which would connect to bike lanes on York, Cypress, and the Los Angeles River.

Despite what is in the plan, an alternative is proposed AT THIS MEETING that water down the safety elements of adding bike lanes on N. Figueroa. An alternative IN PLACE of Figueroa bike lanes are…

1. Sharrows on Figueroa – no bike lanes (not in the bike plan)
2. Sharrows on Sycamore Terrace (not in the bike plan)
3. Sharrows along Monte Vista (not in the bike plan)
4. Sharrows on Avenue 50

Unfortunately, this alternative does not address how N. Figueroa will be safer. In 10 years, there were 822 injuries along this corridor, including 9 fatalities and 56 bicycle-related collisions (http://bit.ly/1kYw2aq). Do sharrows on other streets address this issue?

It is VERY important for locals and stakeholders of CD1 (http://bit.ly/1i6R6uJ) to attend this meeting and express their views.

Note: The meeting will be held in the school’s cafeteria.

For more information, contact alek@la-bike.org.

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