'Working Groups' to Gather Feedback on Bike Lanes

Backgrounds from dedicated cyclists and business owners will come together in a series of meetings.

Stakeholders from a variety of perspectives and professions will soon be brought together as working groups to provide input on proposed North Hollywood bike lanes.

In recent months, views have clashed between supporters of having bike lanes on Lankershim Boulevard in the NoHo Arts District at the cost of losing one northbound lane and those, worried about traffic and safety, that think streets like Vineland Avenue are more viable candidates.

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian's office is working on organizing the meetings.

"Some people will be from the bicycle community, business members and neighborhood council members," said Jeremy Oberstein, communications director for the councilman.

The Mid-Town NoHo Neighborhood Council said it would host a town hall on bike lanes, but a big gathering like that likely won't take place until a presentation is completed comprised of findings from the working groups, Oberstein said.

He added there is no tally of how many times the working groups would meet, how big they would be and if they would be invitation only.

Oberstein said an announcement on meeting dates should be made in the coming weeks.

Anyone interested in being part of a working group can e-mail councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org.

Rick March 15, 2013 at 05:56 PM
The #1 goal of a bike lane is to reduce injuries or death for cyclists that are currently mixing with traffic. Cyclist will continue to ride on Lankershim to get to the subway stations and local businesses, regardless of whether or not the lane is installed. We can't prevent cyclists from riding on Lankershim. We can prevent them from being injured or killed. The question boils down to minutes of vehicle delay vs reducing bicyclist injury and death. How we decide will speak volumes about the community we are living in.
Jonathan Zimmerman March 15, 2013 at 09:50 PM
This is not really about bike lanes, or losing a lane of traffic. This is about calming traffic and making NoHo more liveable for pedestrians, shoppers, residents and bicycle users. If traffic is calmer it's good for all of us and will encourage more traffic into local stores and venues. And it will be safer for all of us. Since the Midtown HoNo meeting last month, I have been observing Lankershim Blvd. Most of the traffic seems to be through commuter traffic. I'm sure many of them are using Lankershim to avoid delays on the 170 Freeway by using Lankershim as a corridor from the 134 to points North and I completely understand why they do so. I drive a car, too. Delays on the 170 are routinely 20 minutes, or more, so Lankershim is a good alternative for them. If bike lanes are installed, the estimate is Lankershim travel time at peak hours will increase by less than two minutes. So a driver choosing Lankershim over the 170 may be delayed by 2 minutes, but they're still saving 18 minutes or more. Traffic will calm down and will be safer for all of us, including bike riders. It's win-win. Nobody loses, everyone gains. What's the problem?
Matthew March 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Frank, The bike group has lied a lot . They have never told the truth . On the pettion it says bike lanes on Lankershim but it dose not say taking a lane out. To me that would be not tell the truth.
Alek Bartrosouf March 20, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Laura, could you contact me? Alek at alek@la-bike.org or 213 629 2142 - we would love to have you help with our efforts in Noho. Thanks!
larry April 12, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Vineland would be the route to use for the car traffic because of its width and fewer signals. Vineland could be timed for 40 mph all the way to Ventura Blvd making it the desired route for most commuter traffic. Lankershim has now become the center of No Ho village and now needs to be given bike lanes and pedestrian crossing and the traffic needs to slow down to make it safe as it is now becoming a destination area as in Old Town Pasadena. Parking does not need to suffer if some of the median and left hand turn lanes are rethought out and a new street design is made by the engineers of the LADOT I also believe the slower traffic on Lankershim would also be a benefit to all the retail establishments as slower traffic allows otherwise speeding commuters to take a chance to observe the new and established business's


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