PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Rowena Road Diet, Further Safety Improvements

Los Angeles -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) recommendation to maintain the road diet on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake, as well as a number of additional improvements proposed by Councilmember Ryu to make the street safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 25, 2019

 

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City Council Approves Rowena Road Diet, Further Safety Improvements

 

Los Angeles -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) recommendation to maintain the road diet on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake, as well as a number of additional improvements proposed by Councilmember Ryu to make the street safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. 

“The Rowena road diet has undoubtedly made Silver Lake safer,” Councilmember Ryu said. “But it’s critical that we back our decisions with data and with community support - that’s the only way to build solutions that last. I’m proud to say we achieved both, and that the road diet is here to stay.”

Following the tragic death of a pedestrian on Rowena Avenue in 2013, Rowena Avenue between Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue was reduced to one travel lane in each direction with bike lanes on both sides, also known as a road diet. Having been implemented without sufficient study or community input, Councilmember Ryu agreed in 2017 to commission an independent study of the traffic configuration,  its impacts on surrounding streets, and to conduct community outreach regarding traffic safety. Both the independent traffic study, done by Kimley-Horn, and another conducted by LADOT confirmed that the road diet configuration on Rowena Avenue reduced traffic accidents in the area. 

Following a community open house and online survey, Councilmember Ryu wrote a letter supporting the road diet, and proposing further improvements to make Rowena and the surrounding streets safer for all.

“We can do more to protect our bike lanes, make pedestrian conditions safer, and improve safety for everyone on our streets,” Councilmember Ryu told his colleagues, when urging an aye vote on the Council floor today.

Some of the improvements proposed by Councilmember Ryu include extending the eastbound bike lane on Rowena Avenue to the intersection of Glendale Boulevard, new safety striping at the intersection of Rowena Avenue and Glendale Boulevard, and converting the bike lanes on Rowena to protected bike lanes. Following the Transportation Committee’s unanimous support for the proposed improvements, City Council gave final approval today.

Read the LADOT report here.

Read the Transportation Committee Report here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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