Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
Traffic Enforcement

Speed Limit Raises Reach Their Last Stop

1:23 PM PDT on April 21, 2009

4_21_09_mach_5.jpg

It seems like years since the first time I wrote about the LADOT's efforts to increase speed limits on several surface arterial streets in the San Fernando Valley.  Earlier today, one batch of those increases appeared on the City Council's Consent Agenda, traditionally the last place legislation appears before it becomes law.

Despite LADOT's protestations that they really didn't want to oversee speed limit increases but had to because of state law if the police wanted to use radar to enforce the speed; residents opposed these limits for a variety of safety reasons.  That the LADOT also admitted that even if it's hands weren't tied by state laws they would still want to increase these limits to improve traffic flow only angered the community's who's roads are seeing faster traffic more angry.  The Los Angeles Bike Advisory Committee Chair Glen Bailey went so far as to call the public process "dysfunctional" and "idiotic."  His commentary at Streetsblog reflected what he said at a recent City Council Transportation Committee Hearing.

Now the police department says, raise the speed limit and we'll
enforce it. Why didn't they enforce the 35 MPH speed limit? They've had
at least seven years to obtain compliance and, according to the
Department of Transportation's so-called Engineering Report, have
failed to do. So now the speeders are forcing the speed limit to be
increased, and if the past is any predictor of the future, another
increase will be in the offing by 2013. Idiotic!

For a complete list of the road segments seeing increases, check out today's City Council agenda.  To make life easier, run a search for "transportation."   And just a reminder for those that don't live in the Valley, in the coming years this kind of public process and faster, more dangerous streets will becoming to a street near you.

One sign of a broken outreach plan could be that Assemblyman Paul
Krekorian's legislation
that would give the DOT more flexibility and a
better public process is due to be heard next Monday, yet the speed
limit increases moved forward never the less.  Let's not even pretend
that the city would consider redesigning these streets, many of them
residential, to slow down traffic so the Krekorian legislation is the
best hope that activists outside the valley have of hoping to avoid a repeat performance in local years.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

Metro and Caltrans Quietly Canceled 110 Freeway Expansion Project

The 110 Freeway Adams Terminus Improvement Project would have extended a 2000+foot long ramp from below 28th Street to Figueroa Street near USC

February 23, 2024

Solis Motion Demands Community Benefits for Stadium Gondola to Proceed

A motion from Supervisor Solis would require the gondola project commit to many community benefits - from robust, affordable housing to truly committing to using no public funds

February 22, 2024
See all posts