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Nightingale Students Push for More Bike Lanes

The students have written Councilman Ed Reyes asking him to step up his efforts to bring bike lanes to Northeast L.A.

This post is adapted from a blog originally posted by Josef Bray-Ali on the Flying Pigeon L.A. Blog.

A few weeks ago,and discussed the benefits of bicycling, how to fix flats, and ways to make streets safer. Some students were interested in getting more involved in pushing the city to implement bike lanes laid out in the city’s recently approved 2010 bicycle plan. The bike plan, in its Five Year Implementation Strategy, includes two one-way bike lanes on streets that go directly to the school:

  • Cypress Avenue – from Pepper Avenue to Arroyo Seco Avenue (0.48 miles – immediately alongside NMS)
  • Avenue 28 – from Pepper Avenue to Figueroa Street (0.48 miles – one block from NMS)

Nightingale student Jackson Huang wrote this letter to councilmember Ed Reyes to encourage him to get the approved lanes striped:

Dear Honorable Councilmember Ed Reyes,

I am here to talk about getting new bike lanes in front of my school. My school is Nightingale Middle School. I remember you came to my school 3 weeks ago.

The LA City bike Plan of 2010 states that bicycle lanes of Ave. 28 and Cypress Ave will be added. The reason why we need bike lanes is because there are kids in this area that are overweight or obese. Kids can get exercise while riding their bikes home and lessening the risk of obesity.

Please do as much as you can in your power to support these bike lanes.

Sincerely,
Jackson Huang
c/o D3 Lab of Nightingale
3311 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles CA 90065

Awesome! We were excited to see a local kid getting involved in the work of making our streets safer and better for bicycling. We look forward to the new lanes on Cypress Avenue and Avenue 28 – which connect with Figueroa Street, which will someday also be safer for bicycling and walking through the #Fig4All campaign.

Help Jackson’s letter have more impact – write your own letter in support of prompt implementation of approved bike lanes on Cypress Avenue, Avenue 28 and Figueroa Street:

  • Bring it up at the next Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council meeting
  • Email your letter to Councilmember Ed Reyes at councilmember.reyes@lacity.org
  • CC: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at mayor@lacity.org
  • Write about it online and tweet your post or your message to @villaraigosa @mobilitymaven @ladotbikeprog @lacbc #bikela 
  • Leave your comments here on Patch

 

Any questions? Email us at info@flyingpigeon-la.com

KingSlav March 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Josef, I sincerely hope you are right. Perhaps Patch will follow up on this story with one about bike theft trends in our neighborhood.
David Fonseca March 29, 2012 at 06:59 PM
That's a good idea, KS. I had my bike stolen when I lived in Monterey Hills-of all places. Have had better luck (and a better lock) in Highland Park.
Jennifer N March 30, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Thank you guys for taking an interest in Nightingale students. This is one of the best schools around.
Susan R March 30, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Councilmember Ed Reyes and Councilmember Garcetti have been in office for 12 years. During all that time if they haven't put in bike lanes yet, what makes anyone think they are going to? Especially when they are termed out of office.
Susan R April 18, 2012 at 05:13 AM
No one has attended the Greater Cypress Park neighborhood council meeting to bring up this subject. The letter does not mention where the lanes should be. Someone added that to clarify the letter.

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