Last month, we were alarmed to learn that portions of the L.A. River Bike and Pedestrian Path in the Elysian Valley section were closed down to all users due to flood risk management and vegetation removal, with very limited announcement. The Army Corps’ notice on September 16th states that work was set to start on September 19th, but there is no mention of what that work would entail and how that might affect the path with closures.
We issued an action alert and want to remind everyone of Monday’s upcoming meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers:
When: Monday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Friendship Auditorium – 3201 Riverside Drive, Griffith Park
View the notice.
We encourage users of the path to come out to learn about the closure and voice your concerns. As we have stated before, the L.A. River Bike and Pedestrian Path is a highly used route for both biking and walking for both commuting and recreational purposes. We envision a future in which the path is fully complete, running continuously from the west San Fernando Valley all the way to Long Beach and serving as a vital part of a countywide greenway network, but closing portions of it disrupts the connectivity and forces path users to readjust their routes when they are not expecting a closure.
The L.A. River Bike Path is closed from from Gilroy Street to Riverside Drive, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from October 17, 2016, to March 15, 2017. Detour signage is posted.
Please come to Monday’s meeting. If you cannot make the meeting, we encourage you to send an email. Talking points are in our previous blog post.