This week, many cyclists were alarmed to find that the L.A. River Bike & Pedestrian Path through the Elysian Valley was closed for flood risk management and vegetation removal with limited public announcement. The Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the closure, and we have noticed that they have a pattern of little to no notification for closures.
We encourage people to speak up and let the Army Corps know this action is disruptive to people who use the L.A. River to walk and ride every single day. Together, we can let them know that more notice is needed and should be required as we all have a right to use the LA River.
They will be hosting a public meeting on Monday, November 7th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Friendship Auditorium by Griffith Park (3201 Riverside Drive) and we encourage all to attend and speak up.
LACBC is also asking you to share your thoughts by email.
Send an email to the Army Corps at: AMoperations.Branch@usace.army.mil
Some of the important talking points to mention are:
Proper advance public notice is needed when the Army Corps is doing work and when the path will be closed, including a schedule of when and where the work will occur.
The Army Corps should work hard to maintain access to the path and parks as much as possible.
Shutting down the path without any notice is not acceptable for a public facility like the L.A. River Path.
The path is a highly used commuter route for many bicyclists and a popular recreational facility for all community members, especially for residents in the Elysian Valley.
The path is slated to be connected through Downtown L.A. and will become even more widely used (sooner if Measure M passes). The Army Corps needs to recognize now that this is a public space that they can't simply shut down at will.
A balance between flood control concerns and public access must be established and should include input from the public.
Also share your input with local U.S. Representative Adam Schiff at schiff.house.gov/contact.
At LACBC we’ll continue to contact elected officials and agencies to share our concerns and the concerns of our members. However, we need your support! Please write an email or show up at the public meeting. If you have more questions, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “LA River Closure” in the subject line.