Silver Lake — A transportation study has recommended eliminating bike lanes and returning one of the traffic lanes that was removed five years ago when a controversial “road diet” was implemented on a half-mile stretch of Rowena Avenue.
The proposed changes to Rowena were part of a long list of recommendations in the study, which was commissioned by Councilman David Ryu, to deal with cut-through traffic on neighboring side streets, primarily Waverly Drive and Angus Street.
So called road diets usually involve the removal of traffic lanes to slow down motorists and improve safety. In this case, former Councilman Tom LaBonge endorsed the removal of two traffic lanes on Rowena between Hyperion Avenue and Glendale Boulevard and replacing them with bike lanes.
The Rowena road diet has been credited by many activists for reducing crashes as well as fatalities and injuries along Rowena. But many residents who live on the narrow side streets to the north and south of Rowena have complained of increased congestion and collisions as motorists seek alternatives. R. Many cycling and transportation activists have been rallying support to protect the Rowena road diet in the wake of the new study, which was completed in May but not widely released until today.
Ryu, whose 4th Council District includes the northwestern section of Silver Lake, emphasized that no decisions have been made about the recommendations made by the firm Kimley Horn.
“Councilmember Ryu has not taken a position on any specific recommendation. Any safety improvements from this study will only be implemented after more community discussion and public input,” said a statement issued by his office.
Here are some recommendations and options presented by the study:
- Relocate the existing curb face at Angus to add sidewalk on one side of the street. This improvement would result in the elimination of on-street parking.
- Stripe an edge-line with cross-hedge markings along Angus Street to provide a designated pedestrian realm
- Restrict through traffic on Angus Street between Moreno Drive and Kenilworth Avenue to one-way westbound traffic; restricting right-turn movements from Morena Drive onto Angus Street at the intersection of Moreno Drive and
- Option 1: Remove bicycle lane striping from both directions of travel on Rowena Avenue. Repurpose this right-of-way for use as an additional eastbound travel lane. This alternative would maintain on-street parking on both sides of the street.
- Option 2: Remove the on-street parking and bicycle lane in the eastbound travel direction only on Rowena Avenue. Re-purpose this right-of-way for use as an additional eastbound travel lane with Sharrow markings. This alternative maintains the on-street parking and the bicycle lane for the westbound direction of travel.
- Add bulb-outs, which are expanded sidewalks, at crosswalks in certain locations Installation of pedestrian-scaled lighting.
- Add pedestrian street crossings in two locations at Herkimer Street and Avenel Street
- Create a continuous sidewalk along one-side of Waverly Drive.
- Change all current on-street parking on Waverly Drive to 45-degree angled parking and add a sidewalk between the parking and the
- curb.Close the northern portion of Rokeby Street at the intersections with Waverly Drive and Glendale Boulevard. Reconfigure the geometry to a cul-des ac.
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