Bridge Redesign a Victory for Pedestrian, Cycling Advocates

In Los Angeles, months of agitation by pedestrian and bicycling advocates have finally paid off.
February 2, 2014, 11am PST | Anna Bergren Miller | @abergrenmiller
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The furor started last fall, when the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) unveiled designs to retrofit the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. The proposal lacked accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, instead suggested expanding vehicular lanes, removing one sidewalk, and installing a central “crash barrier,” Damien Newton writes.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Enrich L.A., and other local organizations—together with plenty of individual walkers and cyclists—protested the move. As a result, the LADOT last week presented three new proposals, each of which include dedicated bike lanes and a road diet.

As the city considers its options, concerned Angelenos continue to put pressure on the LADOT to incorporate sidewalks on both sides of the bridge.

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Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in LA Streetsblog
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