The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council (HHPNC) will welcome engineers from Los Angeles Department of Transportation's bike program on Thursday, April 4 to discuss proposed bicycle lanes on North Figueroa Street.
HHPNC member Harvey Slater told Patch that the bike engineers were being invited to provide a forum for those who could not attend the one held at the Los Angeles River Center in February.
"A lot of people felt like the community was not sufficiently informed about the forum at the river center," said Slater, who is also a member of the board's land use committee. "We felt like we had to provide this outlet for the people of Highland Park."
Bike lanes have become a source of contention for Highland Park and Eagle Rock residents. Proponents favor the increased safety and calmed traffic the bike lanes would provide. Opponents, however, argue that the increased traffic would push residents off main roads--away from businesses--and on to side streets.
Click here to read more about potential bike lane impacts on North Figueroa Street.
Slater said that land use committee member Charles Fisher has submitted an alternate bike route, which would reroute the lanes away from North Figueroa at the intersection of Pasadena Avenue all the way to Avenue 60. As an alternative, a bike lane would be installed along Marmion Way from Pasadena Avenue up until the road merges with the Gold Line. At that point, sharrows would be installed on Marmion Way.
The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council will meet on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Park Adult Senior Citizen Center.