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Bike Lanes Public Hearing Wednesday

The meeting will offer community members a chance to put their thoughts on the controversial subject on record.

Both supporters and opponents of proposed bicycle lanes on North Figueroa Street and Colorado Boulevard will have an opportunity to tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 13) make their feelings known during a public hearing hosted by the planning department at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens at 570 West Avenue 26 from 6-8:30 p.m.

The forum is one of four to be hosted by the planning department as part of the environmental review process for the city's 2010 master bicycle plan and comes on the heels of the an Environmental Impact Report/traffic and safety impact
assessment released by the city last month.

The EIR predicts that the installation of the bike lanes would lead to increased delays at intersections along North Figueroa Street and Colorado Boulevard.

Click here to see a breakdown of the predicted traffic delays

Comments submitted at Wednesday's meeting will be included in the final EIR.

Business owners and bike lane advocates are split on what those traffic delays would mean for Highland Park.

John Neese, owner of Galco's Soda Pop Stop, who recently wrote about his opposition to bike lanes on York Boulevard, took a different stance from Risemberg. He said bike lanes have been "very bad" for business on York.

"The bike lanes on York Boulevard are causing problems for business because when people see traffic backed up, they just drive on to Meridian Street to bypass it," he said.

On the contrary, Richard Risemberg, a Los Angeles based cycling advocate and the proprietor of Bicycle Fixation, said that slower traffic would be good business and safety.

"Residents and business usually want traffic to go slower on their streets," Risemberg said. "It creates less noise, it creates less pollution unless it's stop and go. It allows for more possibility to see something interesting and pull over."

Correction: The original version of this story read: Both supporters and opponents of proposed bicycle lanes on North Figueroa Street and Colorado Boulevard will have an opportunity to tonight (Thursday, Feb. 13) ... It was changed to reflect that Feb. 13 is a Wednesday. 

BOOMERHULK February 14, 2013 at 12:33 AM
FINALLY HULK HAVE CHANCE TO CRUSH HAND OF CREPEAR CHONCHON, NONOSE, DR REV MARK UDALL PJOE, NECKBEARD, CAR LADY FROM EAGLE ROCK, CORRUPT BIKE HIPSTER GENTRIFICATION PEOPLE AND LOCAL PLANNER HOW PLANNER FIT PLAN IN PRAKING LOT? NO RUNWAY. HULK GO MAKE ONE NOW
Nimby pimp February 14, 2013 at 01:22 AM
John Neese. Maybe bike lanes are only a symptom of a larger problem for your business. Maybe the decline has more to do with an awareness about the epidemic of childhood diabetes. Maybe boomer customers nostalgic for their favorite sodas, can't get that stuff down anymore. Maybe the food you offer no longer cuts the er, mustard for many of the area's new residents.
Gil February 14, 2013 at 02:22 AM
TO BAD THIS WAS not posted earlier. When was this hearing planned??? most people I talk to knew nothing about it . i talk to everybody who lives on my block, Off Ave 50 nobody new anything about this hearing. Just called people at my other property on Meridian nothing . Typical, most homeowners,residents and business owners kept in the DARK as usual... Today is Wednesday 2/13/2013 not thursday Off i go to this hearing after working 10 hours. I say it again for those who love attacking post I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST BIKE LANES. I DO HAVE SOMETHING AGAINST LANE REDUCTIONS AT THE COST OF BIKE LANES.
BOOMERHULK February 14, 2013 at 04:24 AM
HULK GLAD GIL NOT FIND OUT ABOUT MEETING AFTER TWO WEEKS OF SOLID PATCH POSTS HULK OWN AD NETWORK FOR TV STATIONS GIL LIKE WATCH. GLAD TO HAVE EYEBALL. PAY FOR HULK SHIRT I KEEP RIPP WHEN RAGE AGAINST PRAKLETES
BOOMERHULK February 14, 2013 at 04:25 AM
LANE REDUCTION COST FIGUEROA VERY LITTLE TIME RELATIVE TO TIME CITY TAKE TO REPAIR DAMAGE FROM HULK AFTER HULK CRUSH GIL CAR IN LEFT TURN LANE

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