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Venice Blvd “Great Streets” Has Neighborhoods in Uproar; Playa del Rey Goes One Lane

… and it’s called “Safe Streets.”  With only one lane, how does one do an emergency vehicle.

This lane shrinking is all for the bikers who ride on the sidewalks the wrong way and go  block-to-block as  wheeled pedestrians, transcending the laws like there were none.  Whoever thought that slowing traffic down would be a good idea?

Mayor Eric Garcetti initiated the “Great Streets” program and Councilman Mike Bonin has followed suit with Venice Blvd.  Now it is Playa del Rey “Safe Streets,” and in Playa del Rey, they want to reduce the lanes from two to one.  Change.org has petitions against both Venice Blvd and the Playa Vista street reduction.

Reminder:  There is an 18-mile beach bike path that goes from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach. There is a bike path that parallels Ballona Creek to the beach and where it picks up in Los Angeles is unknown.

There is a movement to try to stop the lane shrinking.  Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council voted last night to do a motion to stop the Playa and encouraged the Mar Vista Neighborhood Council at their 13 June meeting at the Mar Vista Recreation Center to make a similar motion for Venice Blvd as the one Westchester/Playa made for Playa del Rey,

“Great Streets” Venice Blvd. Motion to:

1) Request the implementation of mitigation measures designed to lessen the impact of the lane reductions on Venice Blvd. and,
2) Request that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and/or the CD11 Council Office immediately provide a copy of any and all traffic studies done in advance of the commencement of the lane closures included in the Great Streets Venice Blvd. project and,

a) Provide any available data regarding traffic on the community streets impacted by the Great Streets Venice Blvd. project for the area bounded by Sepulveda Blvd. to the East, Lincoln Blvd. to the West, Culver to the South and National Blvd. to the North; and,
b) Provide a detailed plan for traffic enforcement for the next 90 days; and,
c) Provide written explanation of the feasibility of reducing Venice Blvd. to two lanes each way between Inglewood Blvd and Beethoven St.; and,
d) Respond in writing to all community suggestions and questions given at this meeting;
e) Direct the MVCC Great Streets Ad Hoc Committee to develop alternative and immediate mitigation measures for the Great Streets Venice Blvd. Initiative; and
f) set metrics for the success of the Great Streets Venice Blvd. project.

We have visited the LAGreatService.org/venice and LAGreatStreets.org/benchmarking web pages and the traffic studies, feasibility analysis and metrics for success are not there.

Comments (8)

  1. Vince Walker

    The lanes are doing what they are designed to do. Bring traffic to a manageable speed through a walkable and bike friendly neighborhood. As Mar Vista has become more popular it had to be addressed as there were a high number of pedestrian fatalities and bike versus car accidents. I am personally enjoying it and so are my friends, family and customers. it seems like there is some political agenda going on to get rid of the lanes and improvements and I find that disheartening to say the least. I hope all will take a walk through our neighborhood and enjoy the new ambiance. if you are just passing thru? please slow down.

    • Anonymous

      Vince Walker posted: “There is some political agenda going on to get rid of the lanes and improvements and I find that disheartening to say the least. I hope all will take a walk through our neighborhood and enjoy the new ambiance. if you are just passing thru?” WELL BULLY FOR YOU JACK! So the rest of the Westside is penalized so you and your friends can walk and bike on a mail artery for commuting. And the jackasses in City government want to do this on other main commute arteries. Isn’t that special… If you want to live in a small town, MOVE TO A SMALL TOWN! This is insanity, especially with the density that the City is allowing in Venice and the surrounding area. More people, more cars and restricted roadways – WHAT A JOKE! Bonin is the liberal flipside to Trump…

  2. Jack

    “Great Streets” has just become “Idiotic Trash Streets” that INCREASE traffic.

    • Jack

      If you are in a car, just as 95% of the people on these streets are. “Great Streets” : “Let’s punish everyone — especially those who drive cars”.

  3. Anonymous

    Jack Herman – You have become such a bore and an obvious shill supporter for the supreme social engineer who is forcing this crap on the community. So the punishment for the people who drive over the speed limit is to slow everyone in West LA to a snail’s pace at rush hour? Lovely………….

  4. Jack Herman

    Oh stop whining. If people didn’t drive so damned fast around here the city wouldn’t need to do stuff like this. You people do know that the speed limit on Venice Blvd. is only 35 mph, right ? So then why the hell are most of you doing over 50 ?

    • B Brady

      In all the years I’ve lived out here, I’ve never seen a problem with speeding. The only problem is how to open the roads to improve traffic flow. From what I can tell, Venice Blvd must now be avoided at all costs. One of my favorite places, Playa del Rey, may suffer the same fate. Why induce congestion when we should be focused on alleviating it? None of this makes any sense, and it certainly makes no sense if the reason is to punish people who might be driving too fast. There are other solutions to reduce speeding rather than generating increased traffic. How do you solve the traffic problem by making it worse? I hope there are plenty of studies we can review to determine the logic behind all of this, if there is any logic here.

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