Voice Your Opinion to Make Lankershim a Great Street

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(image from la.greatstreets.org)

If you’re a person who goes by Faith No More’s credo of “You want it all, but you can’t have it”, then you probably gave up on bike lanes on Lankershim a long time ago.

This has been a fight that has not made progress in a linear fashion and has been stamped with setbacks.

But all this hard work has paid off and has put us in position to reach our ultimate goal, we just need to finish the job.

The Great Streets project for Lankershim has reached the final stages of the planning process and the last steps needed is having your voice heard.


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A before and after of what Lankershim could be.

 

If you’ve looked at the proposals, getting protected bike lanes on this stretch is a big deal and is an opportunity we can’t let slip through our hands.

The fact that Lankershim holds the Valley’s busiest transit hub, a number of vibrant business and is gaining more housing around its periphery having a viable option to getting around without finding a parking spot is imperative.

 

Riders testing out the protected lane pop up at the Great Streets event in December.

 

Starting this week, there will be a couple of meetings with presentations where you can voice your opinion, but the big meeting to be at is next week.

On Wednesday, April 12th, there will nighttime meeting at the Mid-Town NoHo Neighborhood Council Senior Citizen Center starting at 7pm which I will definitely be at that you should be at as well.

 

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I’m sure no one has forgotten how popular CicLAvia was on Lankershim.

 

If you can’t make any of these four, you can also voice your opinion online by filling out the short form on the http://lagreatstreets.org/lankershim/ website.

I know people have put in a lot of work just to get some bike lanes, but this effort will make future efforts easier once people get to see its success.

Valley folk, there are very few occasions I make a call for action, but now is that time.

 

  • jennix

    I dislike the bike lane separated from traffic. Its SO MUCH MORE LIKELY that a pedestrian will step into my bike lane from a car AND from the curb than it is in a normal, curb parking arrangement.

    These pansy lanes make turns harder, the encourage speeding by motor vehicles, they put cyclists in MORE jeopardy and they give the completely improper impression that bicycles and cars can’t mix safely.

    • Lorenzo Mutia

      Cycling needs to be a low stress mode of transport. The research is out there showing that protected bike lanes get more bicyclists out and a lot of folks in the East Valley bike because the need to, not because they have options.

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  • Elle Nicole

    I want to see more kids on bikes and that cannot happen until separated bike lanes are a far more common thing. Most people on bikes are more akin to pedestrians than cars in terms of size and speed. We shouldn’t have to don body armor to get around by bike.

    We need to take a page from the European countries to see how to make cycling more accessible to the average person. All these spandex-clad helmeted speed demons on $5,000 bikes screaming “left!” at folks trying to enjoy a sunny afternoon do just the opposite.

    People need to slow down, relax, and remember that shaving those 20 seconds off your commute time isn’t worth a nickel if you take out some poor schmuck crossing the street with his eyes glued to his phone.