Councilman Tom LaBonge wants city staff to study the possibility of reducing a stretch of busy Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake to one traffic lane in each direction as part of a “road diet.” The Eastsider reported earlier this month that some members of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council have proposed reducing traffic lanes on Rowena between Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue to reduce speeding traffic and create a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Now, LaBonge seems to be getting behind the concept by introducing a City Council motion asking the Department of Transportation and Planning Department to study the feasibility of a reducing Rowena from two lanes to one in each direction. LaBonge spokesman Todd Leitz said the councilman will “assess whether to support the idea after hearing the report and discussing it with interested parties.”
The motion, which is must be reviewed by the City Council’s Transportation Committee, says in part:
This is a concept has been a successful throughout other communities where bike lanes have been added to their neighborhoods.
The motion said that now is “the opportune time” to study a road diet since sections of Rowena and other nearby streets being torn up for a DWP water pipeline project.