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How Was Your Last Trip Along the Arroyo?

A consultant group charged with creating a corridor management plan are asking locals to fill out a survey about their recent Arroyo travels.

The Arroyo Seco Parkway National Scenic Byway Project wants to know about your last trip down along the Arroyo Seco corridor.

, the byway project is in the process of gathering community input in order to create a "corridor management plan."

A pair of community workshops were held in Highland Park and South Pasadena in December to gather feedback. According to consultant Nicole Possert, the transportation design firm IBI group is now asking locals to fill out a survey about their recent travels along Arroyo Seco corridor between Highland Park and Pasadena.

"The consultant team, led by IBI Group, has created a transit user survey to help augment the data input process and get some ideas as to how/where and what transit methods are being used in the corridor along the Arroyo Seco Parkway," Possert wrote in an e-mail to Patch.

Possert said survey takers can provide feedback regardless of how they travel along the Arroyo corridor, be it by train, automobile, or foot.

The brief survey, which is due by Feb. 24, can be found here.

on the Parkway in August has reawakened community concerns regarding the dangers of driving along the --the oldest freeway in California.

King Louis February 16, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Overdevelopment of mixed-use residences and condos in Pasadena has led to to increased density resulting in further congestion of the 110 south commute in the mornings.
Mindy B February 16, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I find it ironic that this consultant was hired after CalTrans butchered the parkway last year by putting those new race track like dividers and faux rock walls in. The freeway is now a figment of the historical parkway it once was. And by my estimate, because of this new false sense of security, average speeds have significantly increased since the walls were erected. You have to wonder if there is a correlation with the severity accidents as of recent. They didn't listen to community outcry then, why bother now.
Bill February 16, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I'm not from California and have only been here for 6 years, so my opinion should be taken with a shaker of salt. That said, it's my favorite road in the area. I love its beauty as it meanders its way through the canyon. We could probably make it safer, but we would rob ourselves of significant aesthetic richness. I would prefer lower speed limits with speed cameras like that Norwegians use. When people slow down, the see the beauty; if they don't want to slow down, let them take another faster artery.
Susan R February 16, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Speed cameras are an intrusion into your life. The red light cameras did not work either. They are now gone. The city actually lost money on them and they did not result in any less accidents. It would be better to have CHP do a couple of crackdowns. It is not a safe area for motorcycle police or CHP. But a couple of times being visible in the area would probly work.
Ed February 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Believe it or not, there was once a wooden bikeway between Pasadena and downtown LA, demolished when the freeway was built. Wouldn't it be great to bring this back? Of course it would be a great transportation/recreation amenity, but with bike-everything getting so much press these days, the story of such an iconic bikeway would be great PR for both LA and Pasadena.
bobo February 16, 2012 at 08:02 PM
The only way to make it safe is to slow down!!! We can not make it more straight or any wider, so slow down! It's hard enough for people to drive in a straight line! I drive this freeway everyday and I usually drive slower than everyone else, now and then when it is empty I drive a little faster. Is is so hard to slow down for 6 miles!!!!!!! I say make it 2 lanes, like in South Pasadena, with the 1st lane for exit and entrance only. And during high traffic times like in the morning and evening times, use all lanes. We also need some Highway Patrol and signs in English and Spanish. And be very strict with the speed control and we will also need more police on Figueroa for the people who use that as a "freeway" in the morning, despite alllllll the signs posted 25mph for school zones. Very unsafe around Ave 50 - Woodside Drive, near Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School and Sycamore Grove Park.
Mindy B February 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Anyone ever seen a ticket given on the 110? I've been driving it daily for 6 years. Haven't seen but maybe three Highway Patrol cars! And that was only in response to accidents.
David Fonseca (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Mindy--good point. If I were a police officer, I wouldn't pull somebody over on the 110--I'd be afraid of getting run over by passing motorists.
bobo February 17, 2012 at 04:55 AM
If the Highway Patrol give you a ticket, they make you pull off the Highway.
Marvion February 17, 2012 at 05:08 AM
I have not used this pathway except via accident,, do to construction / traffic congestion in 35 years. Last time back then,, a van with baja plates stalled underpass half way northbound from LA to SP.. fender bender! My prior was I 10 eastbound near Mt. Baldy.. mulit~car~pile~up,, I was one of few who safely? found an exit. No 710. Yes $5 per gallon gasoline. Help prevent hydroplaning upon our roadways,, boycott cal-trans.. and your freeway now! Not worth a Scenic drive-by.
Kristen Lepore February 17, 2012 at 05:33 AM
@bobo: I drive this highway almost every day as well. I find that people do drive very fast, but also there needs to be a merge lane! My parents visiting from Chicago nearly had a heart attack when I sped up to merge onto the highway in the Highland Park area. My mother was holding on for dear life. Literally. Also, there have been a few times when a clueless driver has pulled out right in front of me to merge. ... Scary for sure.
Kristen Lepore February 17, 2012 at 05:35 AM
@Ed: There is a path with a spiral staircase along the 110 between Echo Park and Highland Park. I've walked and taken my bike through it. Have you been? It's kind of a secret.
Mindy B March 06, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Again, speeds have increased significantly since the new median wall and side walls were installed. The parkway now feels like a raceway and with no policing, few turnouts, off ramps backing up on to the freeway (like at Fair Oaks, so much for our timed lights), blind corners and short on ramps - we're bound to see more and more of this. I'm so surprised Caltrans hasn't been sued for negligence in their design or the CHP for their lack patrols to reduce speeding. All the engineers involved with the recent redesign should feel more sense of responsibility.
Isabel March 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I both my house 10 years ago and I lived next to the fwy on Grand and since I moved here I hear at least 8 or 10 accidents only at night. I can hear the squeeze noise made by the vehicles before the impact. It's very disturbing everytime I heard this noise I pray that does not became another accident. Last night was one of these days. I heard the long and loud sliding of a car and them the impact. Them 7 or 8 seconds later another car hitting what did since to be the first car. I was praying that no more cars get in the collision. Unfortunatly there was lying inside his Honda this last victim of this fwy. This 18 year old man died at the scene. Police came over with his flash light and checking the autos. Them I heard him saying to somebody else. This one is gone... How sad after the fire dept trying to free him from his vehicle I saw one of the firefighters bringing what it looks to be a long white fabric like a long bag. And them cover the window. You asked opinions about this fwy. Well the speed limit is to high. I am afraid to listen to the squeezing noise of the car because I allways see this accidents.

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