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Thursday, July 24, 2014

New signs advise Elysian Valley bike riders to share

Photo courtesy Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch

City workers today installed a pair of  “Share the Path” signs on the Elysian Valley section of the L.A. River Pedestrian/Bike Path, according to the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch.  The signs, which were financed with a grant arranged by Council District 13, were installed following several run-ins and near misses between pedestrians and bike riders on the path, which was extended through Elysian Valley nearly a year ago.

In addition to the new signs, the Bureau of Street Lighting is scheduled to begin work in January to replace the stolen copper wire that left about 100 new LED pathway lights in the dark. That project, which will include new features to deter copper wire thieves, is expected to take four to six months, according to the neighborhood watch.

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  1. yes bikers there are other people here.

  2. This just never gets old, does it. Collectively demonizing an entire segment of path user over another. All of us speedmonster bikers running over all those poor peds. Certainly MORE ready-to-get-vandalized signage will straighten things out lickitysplit because goodness knows all those “run-ins and near misses” had NOTHING to do with any inconsiderate pedestrians.

    But Tageh’s right. I regularly encounter those “other people” while pedaling respectfully up and down the river. Resisting the urge to lump them all together, I happily admit that most of those on foot are considerate and aware and practice polite pathing. But a percentage walk either unaware of (or in rebellion to) other people other than them. Where’s the meaningless signage pointing the finger at them directly for sharing in the problem instead of sharing the path?

  3. As a bike rider, I avoid using this part of the path as much as possible because too many non-biking pedestrians simply refuse to share the path with the biking folks. I’ve had several near misses with people such as:

    1. People coming onto the bike path from the sides without bothering to look if anyone is approaching.

    2. People walking with headsets. They wander all over the path and can’t hear you when you try to give them warning.

    3. People walking while texting. They wander all over the path and are too distracted to watch for anyone else.

    4. People walking unleashed dogs who wander all over the path.

    5. People walking leashed dogs with the dog on one side of the path and the person on the other with the leash stretching over the entire width of the bike path.

    6. People walking in groups the entire width of the bike path. They’re oblivious to anyone else.

    Everytime I used this part of the path, I have encountered at least two of these situations.

  4. I don’t bike and I have never had any problems with the bikers on the path, only inconsiderate pedestrians who block the entire width of the path or are so unaware of their surroundings.

  5. I ride this stretch of the path frequently and I’ve never had problems, but I approach it a little differently than I do the bike path northwest of Fletcher, where pedestrians are a relative rarity.

    Most of us are guilty of “modal bias” at one time or another – don’t expect someone to get out of your way just because you’re riding a bike, driving a car, or on foot for that matter. We all need to practice consideration for each other.

  6. The Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council paid a local graphic designer to create graphics that are clear and aesthetic. The final design was approved by a vote of the community. Thanks to CD 13, especially Mitch, and all the community who contributed and expressed the need fir these signs.

    Cheers!

    Steven Appleton
    Chair EVRNC

  7. One more thing to add: cyclists should know that this path has been mainstreet for the local community for generations – when it was a rutted path with no rail… Elysian Valley is a special place. It’s a nice place to see the river and for leisurely pedaling… It’s not the best speed training grounds because older folks, kids, families and dogs do stroll there. We can all share and I hope the sign will help.

  8. I bike all over the city. I am extremely aware of other bicyclists as well as pedestrians and motorists, as are all of my biking friends. The number of times I have seen a bicyclist riding all over the road/path completely oblivious to their surroundings is 0.. big ol’ goose egg. The same cannot be said for the motorists and pedestrians. Go ahead and put up w/e signs you want. It will have absolutely no effect on my behavior.. and will, unfortunately, have no effect on yours either. Bikes aren’t the problem.

  9. I think the biggest challenge has been getting EVERYONE to acknowledge that this is a SHARED path. No one has priority. Everyone needs to be considerate towards the other users. The signs will go a long way towards making folks aware that we all share this path together….I second the thanks to CD13 for helping to make this a safer path for all.

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