By OLIVIA DIBS
EAGLE ROCK — If there are two things we know to be true about Trader Joe’s, it’s that their grocery stores are a foodie’s dream … and that their parking lots are a driver’s nightmare. The Trader Joe’s in Eagle Rock is no exception. While you might not get anxiety actually finding a parking spot next to the store, you might find yourself panicking when it comes to exiting the lot.
With a well-trafficked and wide thoroughfare like Colorado Boulevard running past the parking lot entrance, it’s no wonder that entering and exiting the lot can sometimes be stressful. That’s where the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council comes in. The council is actively looking for solutions to help reduce the risk of accidents surrounding the Trader Joe’s lot.
“We’re planning on doing some in-person outreach, by taking a poll of shoppers and pedestrians at TJs to see how they feel,” said said Council President David Greene in an e-mail. “People looking to make a left turn out of [the lot] don’t look to the right for pedestrians, and usually just drive right across the sidewalk without stopping.”
The issue was brought up for the first time at last week’s council meeting and will likely be on the agenda for the foreseeable future as Greene “just wanted to start the discussion.”
Some proposed solutions include a stop line and/or stop sign where the sidewalk and parking lot meet, and a “No Left Turn” sign. Greene believes the neighborhood may be divided on restricting left turns completely.
Greene said he thinks some more research is necessary to determine what else can be done to relieve both congestion and possible hazards.
While the council is an advisory body and has no power to enforce its decisions or recommendations, it can focus attention on neighborhood issues. The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Eagle Rock City Hall. The next meeting will be February 3rd, and all are welcome to attend.
Olivia Dibs is a freelance journalist and aspiring TV producer. After moving to Los Angeles from the East Coast, she now calls 90042 home, and hopes to for years to come