LaBonge Opposes Having Bike Lanes on Lankershim

The L.A. City Councilman tells the Daily News that Vineland Avenue would be a better option for a bicycle corridor.

While L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian's office gears up to launch a series of working groups to gather public feedback on proposed bike lanes through North Hollywood, fellow Councilman Tom LaBonge has already solidified his stance: no bike lanes on Lankershim Boulevard.

Cycling advocates are pushing for bike lanes on the major NoHo Arts District artery because they believe it would make it easier to get around town and help the neighborhood's growth into becoming a destination.

The L.A County Bicycle Coalition says removing the nortbound lane on Lankershim would make room for bike lanes on both sides of the street from the Universal City Red Line Station to Chandler Boulevard.

But Labonge recently told the Daily News that the Lankershim proposal is too dangerous.

"Lankershim is too narrow," he told the Daily News. "It is less safe. It would be tighter than a drum. There's no extra space for bike lanes. I strongly feel it would be unsafe in that area, as opposed to Vineland, which is a tremendous street."

Instead, LaBonge says he believes the wider Vineland Avenue one block over is a better option.

Click here to read more about what he had to say.

North Hollywood is just one of the many communities poised for 1,684 miles of bike lanes as outlined in the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan that was approved by the city council.

The governing body is expected to vote on the North Hollywood bike lane issue by the end of spring.

Jean Jeunet March 27, 2013 at 09:29 PM
LaBonge shouldn't speak on matters that don't concern his district.
Matthew March 28, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Yes LaBonge should speak on it because it lines his district. Here are some facts about take the lane out. NoHOPD dose not support it. It will bring more crime in the area and bike are likely be a thief or robbery by some one a bike. It will be death Valley for the business along Lankershim if this goes thourgh. Oh and bike group are a butch of funk liers.
Bob Peppermuller March 28, 2013 at 07:19 PM
It's about a 50-50 split from Chandler south.. Lankershim north of the 134 is Kerkorian - CD2 and south of 134 is LaBonge - CD4.
Alek Bartrosouf March 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Hi Jean, have we spoken? Please contact me at alek@la-bike.org. Councilman Krekorian is currently considering options for improving safety and encouraging bicycle ridership. Lets talk.
Cary Adams March 29, 2013 at 05:40 AM
Any bike lane on Lankershim is insane! Bring it from the Universal Redline Station through Weddington Park to the L.A. River, west to Vineland, and north to the Chandler Bike Path. LaBonge is calling it correctly and Krekorian thinks he can talk it to death.
Jonah Fitzsimmons March 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Matthew, why are you arguing just to argue? That and the fact that it's painful to read your typing! I generally agree with JJ. LaBonge is talking about an issue that affects less than 1% of his district, whereas Councilman Krekorian should have far more impact and say about it. But, I'm of the opinion we should NOT lose a northbound lane on Lankershim. I drive the area all the time: it's a major traffic artery and auto dealerships all along Lankershim use the center lane to park their big rigs to unload vehicles: we don't want the unloading taking place on residential streets because big trucks have nowhere to stop. Additionally, I do not believe the study that states a 'road diet' for Lankershim would only delay traffic by two minutes. If that were actually true, maybe I would support it. I'm all for solutions to improve local commerce, but there are hundreds of businesses along Lankershim, so having 30 businesses sign the petition is pretty weak. I'm also for making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians alike to use Lankershim, but not at the expense of being able to quickly get from point A to point B. Come up to Vineland at Burbank around 4:30 or 5:00PM, and you'll see a single west-bound lane of traffic that stretches nearly all the way back to Cahuenga Blvd because of the bottleneck. It takes far more than two minutes to get through that mess which makes me avoid it completely. No, I don't support a single-lane Lankershim Blvd. I think that's a mistake.
Toluca Lake Observer April 03, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Once again, LaBonge proves he is on target. We who lost him as our council member lost a great representative. We now have someone who is clueless about our area, deals in questionable priorities, deals with a mostly-different constituency, and has an office somewhere out in the hinterlands. We miss ya, Tom! (Note to new guy: Please get a clue about those of us who had John, then Tom. Our needs are not those of somewhere out west. (BTW, do I recall that he moved from Burbank to Los Angeles to further his political goals. Just what we need--someone who in earlier days would have been tagged with a name starting with the reference to a "rug." I'm sure you can figure out what I'm saying. I am not an activist, just a citizen really unhappy with "our" new council member. I have never had any matters before the city or the council. Just a guy who pays taxes and wishes things were better represented in our neighborhood.
Toluca Lake Observer April 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
How long have you worked for Krekorian? Or given him money, or some such. You must be really tight with him to come up with such a mean, nasty and pointless comment. LaBonge cares deeply for our city. He is one of us. (Read that any way you wish!)
Stephanie April 13, 2013 at 07:32 AM
What are you talking about? Who said anything about where the car trucks will park? And that single lane of traffic you are talking about are all cars, the bikers are still going to ride there with or without a bike lane. Glad to know your zippy commute is more important than safety. At least you're honest.


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