New Griffith Park Plan to Impact Hikers and Cyclists

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The fury has returned. After all the uproar last year about opening up Mt. Hollywood Drive to cars last year, this Wednesday GriffithPlan03night the Department of Recreation and Parks along with Council Member David Ryu’s office will be presenting their proposal for a new parking and traffic plan for Griffith Plan.

To summarize, the future doesn’t look so bright. Here are some of the lowlights:

  • Parking fees at the Observatory and Western Canyon. While Mr. CiclaValley isn’t normally too opposed to parking fees, this will hurt locals who use the park regularly. Also, somewhere in the park’s charter it was stated that the land should be free to patrons.
  • Shuttles up to the “Hollywood Sign Viewing Area”. There will be stops on both sides of the road(see below) on a tight bend that just spells disaster. Couple downhill cyclists with unaware tourists crossing the road at a poor vantage point and what’s going to happen? You could argue this is a set up to make cyclists look bad and a reason to close off the road!GriffithPlan01a
  • Oh, the shuttles won’t just stop there. They will continue up another half a mile to 3 Mile Tree where they’ll have another stop for people wanting to get out and hike. In other words, if you’re used to strolling up this section going for your daily walk, you’ll now be pushed off the road for these shuttles. Think the park isn’t that fragile? look at these trees that were removed just months ago:GriffithPlan02

There’s a lot more to this plan that needs investigation and you’re welcome to go through it in depth.

What I urge you to do is one of three things(or all):

  1. Attend the Griffith Park Traffic & Parking Plan Presentation Wednesday night(20th) at 7:00pm in the Friendship Auditorium on 3201 Riverside Drive(just south of Los Feliz Blvd.)
  2. Email the statement below to the addresses at the bottom(don’t forget to fill in “your name“).
  3. Forward the email to friends, family and your whole contact box

Email:

As a cyclist and hiker who regularly hikes and rides Mt. Hollywood I urge you all to not open the Mt Hollywood gates to city shuttle traffic. It will create a hazard for equestrians, hikers and cyclists on the Mt. Hollywood Drive, will disturb the serenity of one of the most popular trails and areas of Griffith Park, harm the environment and needlessly congest a wild area.

Thank you,

(your name)

General Manager, Michael Shull: Michael.A.Shull@lacity.org
Superintendent of Griffith Park, Joe Salaices: joe.salaices@lacity.org
Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners: RAP.Commissioners@LACity.org
LA City Council Member David Ryu: cd4.issues@lacity.org

17 thoughts on “New Griffith Park Plan to Impact Hikers and Cyclists

  1. I love how they include trashcans on the legend of the map. Like those even matter. There was so much trash left when people were able to park I am sure it is not that much better.

    Parking will certainly change things, an I agree locals will be impacted but it make sense in this area.

  2. The parking fees are intended to cover the costs of a new shuttle system, modeled after what Portland does in its Washington Park. Ultimately, the plan is to not simply circulate within the park but to extend the shuttles to one of the Metro Red Line stations (either Hollywood/Western or Sunset/Vermont), giving park visitors a free shuttle (paid by parking fees) that runs frequently and daily (unlike the Griffith Observatory DASH, which operates on 35-minute headways on weekends only). Providing this kind of direct, frequent, free connection will make a world of difference in enhancing connectivity for people who are price-sensitive enough to be concerned about paying $1/hour to park in the Park.

  3. As a Sierra Club member, outings leader, and Board Member,
    I object to too many cars where they don’t belong. Our natural
    environment areas need to stay as natural as possible. I hike with
    the Sierra Club and bike with LA County Bike Coalition in and around
    Griffith Park. This is outrageous. If you want to see the sign, pit your
    big boy boots on and hike it. You might lose that gut and your COPD.
    Less cars are needed in our natural areas. More nature, less pollution.

  4. On the other hand, sensitively run shuttles can enhance access for seniors and persons with disabilities. The main issue should be about frequency, not about completely banning shuttles. How frequent should a service be to serve seniors and persons with disabilities, while not discouraging others from walking?

    Also, much like how access to the observatory was restricted when it reopened after renovations a few years ago, you can charge for parking at the observatory, although I would restrict it to weekends and other high demand days, similar to the Greek Theater, and run alternate service via the Observatory Shuttle any day they chose to charge for parking.

    1. Oski-

      It’s a slippery slope opening up the park to vehicles. If you’re going to open the lookout, then why not through all the park? Plus, if you’re going to add people with disabilities, then you’re going to have to provide facilities at the lookout as well. That’s why the Observatory is the best solution for all.

      1. I disagree. Remember hiking trails and fire roads are already open to maintenance vehicles. Adding City-operated shuttles operating at a moderate frequency (every 15-20 minutes) will not be a big issue.

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