The dream of a completed L.A. River Bikeway and Greenway through the San Fernando Valley will finally become a reality, and you can play a role in shaping this important corridor.
In July, an engineering firm and team of designers were selected to plan the river's 12.5-mile layout from Vanalden Avenue to Forest Lawn Drive, but the issue of how the construction would be paid for was still a looming question at the time.
With the passage of Measure M, the bikeway has a secured funding source that will help realize the many bridges and underpasses needed to make this a first-class connection across the Valley.
As part of our #MakeLACounty campaign supporting Measure M, we highlighted what type of positive impact the L.A. River Bikeway would have on the San Fernando Valley:
Now, stakeholders will have a chance to provide their own input at a couple of upcoming community meetings.
The first meeting will be held at the Encino Community Center (4935 Balboa Ave.) on Tuesday, December 6th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Then on the following Tuesday, December 13th, the same presentation will be given at Monarch Hall on the campus of L.A. Valley College (5800 Fulton Ave.), also from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
There are a few key points with the design that LACBC wants to stress:
- The path should strive to be wide enough so it can include a parallel pedestrian area.
- We ask that decomposed granite, like the type currently in place on the path's western terminus, not be used as a path material. In areas where concrete cannot be added, soft tops, like those used on high school tracks, would be preferred.
- If there are portions where the path has to be diverted onto the street, those facilities should always be protected bike lanes.
We hope that you will be able to make one of these meetings and voice your support to make this transformative arterial as bike friendly as possible.
For more information, please contact the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering at LAValleyBikepath@gmail.com.