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.

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