Riverside-Figueroa Bridge Destruction: Insult to Pedestrians

April 27, 2012 § 17 Comments

Riverside Drive Bridge 1926-2011 - photo copyright Osceola Refetoff

If there was any doubt that the city of Los Angeles’ wrongheaded destruction of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge is nothing but zombie engineers fulfilling a now obsolete paean to the automobile, this just in! Not only is the end-product (due 2015) a massive freeway-esque car-centric bridge… but, already this week, the construction zone itself is a dangerous gauntlet for pedestrians.

(No thought has been given to bikes, either, but thick-skinned intrepid bike commuters can pretty much go wherever cars can go… so we cyclists can still use the bridge roadway that’s set aside for cars.)  « Read the rest of this entry »

News and Events – 25 January 2012

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

SOME CREEKLY FREAKLY NEWS:

> Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the L.A. River this month. Will plentiful federal funding for river revitalization soon follow?

> Will Campbell discovers a sweet new city of Burbank bike path along the Burbank Western Wash.

> Here’s a blog about recycled concrete rain gardens I’ve been working on with Koreatown Youth Community Center.

Sidewalk cyclist next to the new Avenue 19 bike lanes in Lincoln Heights

> The L.A. River Bike path bike lane bikeway takes a detour onto the streets of Lincoln Heights. I really really like bike lanes and I like the idea of getting them in first, then moving on to more expensive bike paths… but I fear the massive parking removal on this one here will trigger a backlash… potentially leading to future city reluctance to remove any parking anywhere ever. Even if  it’s not quite the L.A. River bikeway, it is a new precedent: the city of Los Angeles’ first completed asymmetric one-way bike lanes couplet… a treatment that I think works better on actual one-way streets. How about Cypress and Avenue 18 next?

SOME UPCOMING EVENTS:

> Elysian Valley neighbors have been experiencing some pollution issues due to Metrolink operations right across the river at Taylor Yard. Metrolink, So Cal Air Quality Management District, elected officials and the public will meet and discuss how to make the situation better. The meeting takes place TONIGHT – Wednesday January 25, 2012 at 6:30pm at the L.A. River Center, 570 W Avenue 26, L.A. 90065. More information here.

> Creek Freak’s Joe Linton will be speaking as part of the environmental media panel at the Council for Watershed Health forum on Tuesday January 31st 2012. More information at CWH website under events.

> CicLAvia returns Sunday April 15th 2012, starring the 4th Street Bridge over the L.A. River.

New Solar Lighting on L.A. River Bikeway

December 2, 2011 § 6 Comments

New solar lighting (pole on left, with white sandwich board and cone at base) being installed on the L.A. River Bike Path. Glendale-Hyperion Bridge is in the background.

In mid-November, I spotted some new lights being installed along L.A. City’s stretch of L.A. River bike path. With the help of the city Department of Transportation’s Tim Fremaux and Department of Public Works’ Richard Lee, I have some background on the new lighting.  « Read the rest of this entry »

City Seeks Federal TIGER Funding for L.A. River Bikeway

October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Existing L.A. River bike path in Elysian Valley

I wrote an article – posted earlier today over at L.A. Streetsblog – about city plans to apply for federal TIGER funding for about five miles of L.A. River bike path, and 20+miles of on-street bike lanes. If it’s funded and completed, it will result in 50+miles of river corridor bikeway from Canoga Park to Long Beach.

Here’s the article cross-posted in its entirety:

Today’s Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meeting includes action on the Transportation Department’s (LADOT’s) proposal to seek $13million in federal funding for extending the Los Angeles River bikeway. The federal funding sought is part of a federal funding opportunity called Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), a stimulus funding that encourages innovative and sustainable transportation.

While LADOT’s proposal, detailed at Council File 11-1781, is expected to sail through committee and council approval, it still needs to compete with other municipalities seeking limited TIGER dollars. Overall the city is asking the federal money to cover $13M of an $18M project. The city application is due October 31st 2011, and grantees are expected to be notified in January 2012. If awarded, construction is targeted to begin in 2013.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Exploring Santiago Creek in Orange County

September 26, 2011 § 6 Comments

Santiago Creek, view downstream just east of the intersection of Chapman Avenue and the 55 Freeway in the city of Orange. 55 Freeway bridge is at the left edge of the photo. Bike path under construction runs along the far (north) side of the creek.

I spent quite a bit of time in Orange County earlier this year. A bit of that time I spent enjoying tooling around on a bicycle exploring Santiago Creek, a tributary of the Santa Ana River. I shared a little of this in an earlier post specifically about the Santiago Street Bridge over Santiago Creek (and there are earlier L.A. Creek Freak pieces about Santiago Creek here and here.) Today I’ll post more of the images from my explorations – all from July 2011.  « Read the rest of this entry »

L.A. River Bike Path Grand Opening Video

August 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

My friend Ezra Horne shot and produced this fun short video documenting the December 2011 2010 opening of the L.A. River bike and walk path through Elysian Valley.

According to the Eastsider, the multi-use bike and walk path will soon be receiving some new signage designed to foster safer behavior between pedestrians and cyclists.

Bicycling Against 710 Freeway Expansion

March 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

Bike the L.A. River, oppose freeway expansion

** Updated 25 March 2011: POSTPONED – due to rain predicted! **

The Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice (CEHAJ) is hosting a bikeathon event on the Lower Los Angeles River on Saturday March 26th 2011. The event’s slogan is “Communities Over Freeways.” The goal is to raise awareness and funding – in opposition to the widening of the 710 Freeway. It’s a fairly short bike ride (about 8 miles) and all on bike path, so almost anyone can do it! Suggested donation is $5.

There are two starting points (both register 9:30am, depart: 10am) : 

  1. Los Angeles starting point: the Atlantic Boulevard entry point of the South County Los Angeles River Bike Trail – at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and District Boulevard (in the city of Vernon, near Maywood.)
  2. Long Beach starting point: Ocean Boulevard entrance to the LARIO L.A. River Bike Trail – next to the Golden Shore Wetlands, on Golden Shore Drive, just south of where the 710 Freeway crosses under Ocean Boulevard.

Both rides meet up in the middle at Coolidge Park in North Long Beach, just south of Artestia Boulevard, on the west side of the river. Full details on the flier here: front / back.

Organizers are looking for a few volunteers to assist with basic bike repair duties – if you can help out, email mark [at] cbecal.org.

There it is. Ride it.

December 5, 2010 § 5 Comments

The Elysian Valley stretch of the Los Angeles River Bike Path is open – with festive grand opening ceremonies yesterday noon attended by hundreds. It’s a shared path – for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs, and skaters. There’s quite a bit of concern about bike-ped conflict (for example read these), but I tend to think that we can all share and get along. For more information on the 11-years since this project received received funding, read through these earlier posts.

Elysian Valley L.A. River Bike/Walk Path Dedication Ceremonies, just upstream of Fletcher Drive

Elysian Valley L.A. River Walk/Bike Path Opens This Saturday

November 30, 2010 § 4 Comments

Volante por la dedicacion festival

The Elysian Valley segment of the Los Angeles River Bike Path is finally opening this Saturday! This project – a shared path for walking and bicycling - has been in the works and the courts since 1999, and “under construction” since June 2009. This Creek Freak will have to find other things to write about, no?

The grand opening is this Saturday December 4th 2011 from 10am to 2pm at Fletcher Drive and Crystal Street (warning for folks not familiar with the site - Ripple Street turns into Crystal – so the signal says Ripple.) The dedication ceremony is at 12noon. It’s billed as a walk/bike path grand opening and river festival! For information, see Council President Garcetti’s invitation flier – available in Spanish or English« Read the rest of this entry »

Elysian Valley L.A. River Walk/Bike Path Newly Striped

November 16, 2010 § 23 Comments

The Frogtown river path gets its new striping on

As of yesterday, the Los Angeles River Bike Path through Elysian Valley has new stripes! Creek Freak readers may well be tired of hearing about this project; we’ve covered the project’s history, groundbreaking, detours, new undercrossing at Fletcher Drive, new asphalt, delays, new lights, and even the preliminary marks that preceded the striping. The shared walk and bike path officially opens on Saturday December 4th at 12noon, location to be announced. « Read the rest of this entry »

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