Some members of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council want to reduce a stretch of busy Rowena Avenue down to one lane in each direction instead of two as part of a so-called “road diet.” The idea behind a slimmer, trimmer Rowena between Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue is to reduce speeding traffic and create a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrians and cyclists, according to proponents of the road diet. The concept is scheduled to be discussed at a Wednesday night meeting devoted to a proposed 45-unit, Rowena Avenue condo project on the site of the former Coffee Table cafe. Neighborhood council officials said they hope the developers of the new townhouse project will support the reduction of traffic lanes.
The idea of providing less lanes for cars and trucks, however, might be a tough sell for any of the commuters who pour down Rowena. At a meeting last year of the neighborhood council’s Urban Design & Preservation Committee, Mike Groszkruger, who has spearheaded the Rowena road diet, said:
People in Eagle Rock or Glendale might be upset about their commute route being slowed down.
The Rowena lane reduction remains an unfunded idea that has yet to be officially reviewed by city agencies and elected officials who would make a final decision. Under the proposal backed by road diet supporters, Rowena would be reduced to a single traffic lane in each direction, with a central safety lane, separate bike lanes and additional room for metered parking, according to minutes of a May 2010 meeting. Other portions of nearby Glendale Boulevard would eventually have lanes removed as part of the program.
Wednesday’s meeting on the road diet and the Rowena condominiums is scheduled to begin with a presentation at 7 p.m at the Silver Lake Community Church.
* Update: Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov, chair of the urban design committee, said shrinking Rowena would create enough room for diagonal parking. Those additional spaces could be used to provide enough off-street parking for a small cafe and commercial space included in the 45-unit townhouse proposal.