Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cars not welcome on the L.A. River path

ELYSIAN VALLEY — The blue-and-white “Share The Path” signs along the L.A. River path are intended for cyclists and pedestrians – not motorists. But on Saturday night, Elysian Valley residents reported seeing a black, late-model Honda traveling on the narrow pathway, according to the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch.

There were no reports that the Honda, which was seen shortly before 10 p.m. driving southbound and then northbound, came close to hitting any pedestrian or cyclist. But the incident did raise concern about safety along the popular path, said neighborhood watch member and community activist David de la Torre.  “I have heard of this happening previously, and motorcycles are common,” he said.

De la Torre blames two unchecked access points – at Ripple Place next to the 2 Freeway and one off Riverside Drive – that allow vehicles drive on to the path.  The city has not blocked those two entrances because they are needed for emergency vehicles, he said.

“We know the copper theft of the lights some years ago was facilitated by the open access to vehicles,” De la Torre said. “To have a continued unchecked access to private vehicles is unacceptable and grossly negligent.”
Meanwhile, in Silver Lake, blogger Diane Edwardson said some pick-up trucks were seen driving fast along the Corralitas Red Car  right-of-way that is used primarily by pedestrians.

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  1. Not sure who knocked them down, but there were numerous spots in Elysian Valley this AM where fence between path and river was knocked. My first guess was a car…

  2. Eastsider thank you for this. As of late Sunday, there was no signage up in Oso Park. The pocket park has been managed by the MRCA along with two others in the immediate area (Egret and Steelhead), and the signage there remains up. Can you tell us what is going on? AR

  3. Carsmakepeoplestupid


  4. There is car access under the 2 frwy on both sides

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