By JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
ECHO PARK — Riding a bike is Vanessa Gray’s primary way of getting around. That’s not too surprising since the Echo Park resident is the executive director of C.I.C.L.E (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange), a non-profit that promotes bikes for everyday transportation. How would Gray make her own neighborhood safer and more attractive to cyclists? Below is her wish list:
- Move Bike Lanes Closer to the Sidewalk: “The first thing I would change is to have the parked cars protect bicyclists on Sunset rather than have the bikes protect the parked cars as it is now.”
- Fix Glendale Boulevard: Glendale needs a protected bike lane that connects to the bike lane that runs through the 2nd Street tunnel into Downtown. “That street needs a lot of help; it’s the most miserable stretch of road in Echo Park.”
- Calm Down: “I think traffic needs to be calmed on Glendale and Echo Park surrounding Echo Park Lake. The freeway entrance/exit at Echo Park should be removed. It should be a pleasant place to recreate, not a stressful one if someone decides to use a bike.”
- Better Connections: Close the gaps between existing bike lanes and major venues. A good example is the lack of a connection between the bike lane on Sunset and Dodger Stadium.
Jacqueline Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based reporter who’s written for various media outlets such as Los Angeles Wave, The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News.