2. Call 213-473-7005 or send a email to Councilmember Koretz to support bike lanes on Westwood!
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Dear Honorable Councilman Koretz:
As a (resident of CD5), I am distressed by your recommendation to remove bike lanes on Westwood Blvd from the Mobility Plan 2035. At a time when the City of Los Angeles is working to become more walkable and bikeable, we need more safe bike lanes connecting popular destinations like Westwood Village and UCLA to neighboring communities--not fewer. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT), along this half mile stretch, more than 8 times as many collisions occur between vehicles and bicyclists than similar streets in Los Angeles. Without proper accommodation for bicyclists, Westwood will continue to fail the thousands of students and faculty who ride to the campus every day, as well as the countless more who will come when the Expo Line opens next year. Not to mention anyone wishing to visit the area’s shops and restaurants by any means other than motor vehicles.
According to LADOT and transportation consultants Ryan Snyder Associates, there is funding to install bike lanes along Westwood Boulevard and space to do so without removing any traffic lanes or parking. The campus community, Westwood Village business owners, UCLA Hospital, and residents have come out to countless public meetings and hearings to speak in favor of bike lanes. Please don't let a persistent, vocal minority block the safety improvements Westwood so desperately needs.
Please keep Westwood Blvd in the Mobility Plan 2035. I urge you to begin engineering study of buffered or protected bike lane options for Westwood Blvd between Wellworth and Le Conte. UCLA Transportation just installed bike lanes on Westwood Blvd to the campus border at Le Conte. It is now up to the City to do its part and extend these lanes through the Village and eventually connect to the new Expo Line station south of Pico.
11/11/14 - Councilman Koretz's office responds to our action alert:
From: Jay Greenstein <email@example.com>
Subject: The Remove Nothing Plan
Thank you for your message to Councilmember Koretz regarding Westwood Blvd. bike lanes. I would like to respond on his behalf. The Councilmember has seen the most recent proposal shared with us by Ryan Snyder. He appreciates Ryan’s efforts to find a compromise in addressing the Councilmember’s and community concerns regarding bike lanes while also working to create a safer pathway for cyclists. We have responded to Ryan and have also begun the process of reaching out to City staff to determine how best to move this conversation along. We will work with Ryan and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition as we determine a path forward.
11/7/14 - UCLA Deans send a letter in favor of Westwood improvements to Huffington Post.
10/27/14 Update - Ryan Snyder of RSA unveils an alternative plan for Westwood Blvd in response to Councilman Koretz's opposition to LADOT's initial effort to install bike lanes. Now in its second iteration, this proposal doesn't remove any vehicular lanes, hence "Remove Nothing Plan", but greatly improves the corridor for bicyclists with the addition of bike lanes (or protected bike lanes), green-backed sharrows, and additional signage. Join us in asking Councilman Koretz to support this alternative - a win/win solution for Westwood. For complete details click on the proposal below.