Two More Road Diets Erased in Los Angeles

Traffic safety projects, and with it the city of Los Angeles' Vision Zero and Great Streets initiatives, have been dealt disappointing setbacks in recent months.
October 6, 2017, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Faced with an ongoing furor over traffic congestion and so-called 'road diets,' Los Angeles officials announced they will restore car lanes removed from two Playa del Rey boulevards earlier this year," reports David Zahniser.

"Traffic crews will add back a single westbound vehicle lane to Jefferson and Culver boulevards, the latest reversal in a coastal district represented by Councilman Mike Bonin," adds Zahniser.

Councilmember Bonin has been on the front lines of a controversy over road diets and congestion that Planetizen has been watching since June 2017, when commuters raised a stink about traffic calming projects in the neighborhood of Playa del Rey. The road diet on Vista del Mar in Playa del Rey was reversed in July, and news later broke about a recall effort targeting Councilmember Bonin.

According to Zahniser, the councilmember has since convened a community task force looking at street safety and complaints about traffic congestion from residents and business owners. The task force recommended the reversal of the road diets on Jefferson and Culver boulevards.

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Published on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Los Angeles Times
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