U-turn on lanes

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “L.A. re­verses course on un­pop­u­lar lane re­duc­tion,” July 28

I’m a se­ri­ous cy­clist. I’m glad Mar Vista re­versed its de­ci­sion cre­at­ing sep­a­rate bike lanes.

The new de­sign was one of the most dan­ger­ous I’ve ever seen: Drivers and pas­sen­gers park­ing their cars ig­nore on­com­ing cy­clists as they walk to the side­walk.

And cars pulling out of drive­ways or past stop signs pro­trude fully into the bike lane, leav­ing no room for cy­clists to ma­neu­ver.

If cy­clists go onto the main road, there is no space for cars to pass.

We’ll all be safer when again al­lowed to ride with traf­fic. But it’s in­cum­bent on drivers to give cy­clists the life-sav­ing space they need. Ari Ru­bin Venice

A vic­tory for the peo­ple. Let us hope this is the be­gin­ning of a roll­back of L.A.’s ill-con­ceived at­tempt to turn our streets into bike paths.

Yes, I un­der­stand that we all would like less-pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles on the road. Yes, bikes pro­vide healthy ex­er­cise for those who can han­dle them. But try­ing to re­place au­to­mo­biles with bikes is stupid. Bikes are in­her­ently dan­ger­ous, not ap­pro­pri­ate for com­mut­ing for more than short trips, phys­i­cally too de­mand­ing for a good por­tion of our ag­ing pop­u­la­tion. They do not mix at all well with ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

L.A. is not China of the 1950s. We need more light rail, not bike lanes. Er­ica Hahn


I’ve been pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the road diet sto­ries be­cause of re­strip­ing on Venice Boule­vard near me in Venice. This has caused prob­lems, with cars slow­ing down, grid­lock and more traf­fic from the beach. Al­though of­fi­cials do hold in­for­ma­tive out­reach ses­sions, noth­ing can re­ally pre­pare you for the re­al­ity when these lanes are re­duced. Mindy Taylor-Ross


Chris­tian K. Lee Los An­ge­les Times

RE­MOV­ING two lanes on Vista del Mar proved to be a painful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for city of­fi­cials.

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