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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Figures Differ for Venice Blvd; Recall Bonin Group to Go After Venice Blvd, Vision Zero, and Mobility 2035 Streets

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Recall Bonin campaign says Bonin’s figures for Venice Blvd are not quite correct. Based on fewer cars going between Beethoven and Inglewood — 31,000 as opposed to 37,000 per day (LADOT figures) that “rate of collisions” are up 7 percent.

Alexis Edelstein, co-chair of Recall Bonin, says “Venice Boulevard is more dangerous now than it was before Councilmember Bonin implemented Mar Vista’s Great Streets program–and that’s according to the LADOT’s own numbers.

“The only reason injury collisions are down as a number is because the number of cars going thru Venice Blvd went from 37,000 a day to 31,000 a day according to LADOT’s own numbers. Per 100,000 cars, the rate of injury accidents went from 2.7 per month to 2.9 per month. That’s an increase of 7.4%.”

Note: The time periods for calculation seem to be different.

Now that Playa del Rey “Safe Streets” program is resolved, the Recall Bonin campaign is going after Venice Blvd and the other streets earmarked in CD11 for Vision Zero and Mobility Plan 2035 lane reductions.

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Vista del Mar Has Four Lanes

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Vista del Mar has four lanes restored from Napoleon to Imperial Highway. Work north from Napoleon has not been done.

LADOT hosts info booths for those seeking answers regarding “Great Streets”

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Los Angles Department of Transportation (LADOT) hosted the information tables at Windward School Saturday afternoon to a crowd of people with questions regarding the Mar Vista “Great Streets” project billed as giving a “small town effect in a big city.”

LADOT stated there will be three-month and six-month figures for the public to see. Right now it is only one-month old with no figures. They claim there will be adequate figures for the streets that are getting the cut-through traffic. Many argued with LADOT about the safety of the design.

One LADOT spokesperson did say that the fire vehicles would be equipped with emergency equipment that would control two traffic lights ahead of them.

For the most part, the crowd looked for justification
What started out, one Mar Vista resident said, as a street beautification project turned into a major talking topic for westsiders. And at this point no one seems to know whether it was to be a “Great Streets” project or a “Safe Streets” project and when and if the two projects became switched or intertwined. One person commented that it was for the bikers.

The survey started it all
It started out with a survey given to approximately 450 people and then information was put on the web. Several meetings were held but all were within and for people of Mar Vista. No one notified people who live in Venice or any of the other residents of neighboring cities that use the thoroughfare.

One lady, who owns a business in the effected area, said she got the survey and would never have approved it had she known they were going to remove a traffic lane (the survey never hinted at lane removal) and “we never knew the pedestrian crossing would be a major stop signal.” She was unhappy with the project but wanted to give it a “wait and see.”

People are overwhelmingly against
People are overwhelmingly against the project. At the Venice Blvd town hall in Mar Vista there were people from Playa del Rey who were opposed to the project. They were getting a double dose with the Playa del Rey “Safe Roads” and the “Great Streets.”

At the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC), one person who co-chaired the “Great Streets” committee, voted for restoration of the east and westbound lanes, as did a co-chair of the transportation and infrastructure.

Venice Neighborhood Council voted last week to request Councilman Mike Bonin to have a town hall for Venetians regarding Venice Blvd.

Business owners want lane restored
The big story for the “Great Streets” is that “Restore Venice Coalition,” headed by Kenneth Marek did a survey of the businesses and it was found that 82 percent did not like the great streets. They wanted restoration. There business incomes were down considerably. One man who owns four businesses on the street wanted lane restoration. “What would a great street be without the businesses,” one asked.

Cars are finding alternative routes and those are through the residential neighborhoods making neighbors very unhappy and feeling unsafe.

Bikers love it
Bikers, bike shop owners, members of bike clubs showed up in big numbers to support the “Great Streets” project at the Mar Vista town hall. But even with the bikers from all over, it was still overwhelmingly for restoration of the lanes. The MVCC vote was not there.

But the Great Streets wasn’t billed as a solution for bikers. It was a way to give the “small town effect in a big town.” Many claim it has changed to save pedestrians and bikers at the expense of the commuters and maybe the businesses of Mar Vista.

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This map was a handout by LADOT showing bike and pedestrian deaths and injuries from 2003 to 2016.

 

Venice Update found Vision Zero map for fatalities—bike, pedestrian, car from 2003 to 2017.

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Vision Zero map showed:
Male, 19, car, between 2013 and 2017 at Grandview
Male, 32, on bike, 2008 to 2017 at Meier/Moore
Male, 25, pedestrian, 2008 to 2017 at Wade
Male, 38, pedestrian, 2004 to 2017 at Inglewood