LET­TERS

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Your ed­i­to­rial was ex­cel­lent, but missed a very im­por­tant as­pect of the prob­lem.

Yes, our neigh­bor­hoods are drive-throughs for com­muters. My street in Venice has be­come a nar­row and dan­ger­ous free­way that is used by South Bay and Playa Vista driv­ers to get to jobs in Santa Mon­ica. Most cars speed down the street and al­most none stop at the stop signs. There is a park at the end of my street, and there are kids ev­ery­where.

I have tried un­suc­cess­fully to get traf­fic law en­force­ment or even just speed bumps. LAPD and Bonin say that they don’t have any of­fi­cers to ticket the speed­ers. Less en­force­ment re­sults in more vi­o­la­tions of the law.

It isn’t the job of the L.A. city gov­ern­ment to ease the drive of th­ese peo­ple to and from work. It is their job to make our city streets safe. When will they start to do so? Jack Schwartz Los Angeles

Re­gard­ing “road di­ets,” you point out that the loud­est crit­ics of the Vista del Mar re­con­fig­u­ra­tion don’t live there.

Who lives there? Com­muters were the only ones im­pacted.

You men­tion that tak­ing half of the traf­fic lanes might slow traf­fic. “Might?” Re­ally? Try “stand­still.”

And why add bike lanes when just a few yards away there’s a bike path on the beach?

Sure, cut­ting car speeds from 40 to 20 mph re­duces the chance of pedes­trian fa­tal­ity. Why stop there? If we all travel at 10 miles per hour there will be no fa­tal­i­ties.

We don’t do that be­cause it makes no prac­ti­cal sense. Nei­ther do road di­ets. Paul Kon­wiser Man­hat­tan Beach

The ju­ve­nile char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of folks who live too far from their jobs to bi­cy­cle or use our mea­ger tran­sit sys­tem as homi­ci­dal nar­cis­sists is un­wor­thy of an es­say on the se­ri­ous and com­plex is­sue of how to make this city work bet­ter.

At best, the so-called road diet is lit­tle more than a high vis­i­bil­ity feel-good vote get­ter that may or may not ac­tu­ally save lives. Allen Coul­ter Bur­bank

Your ed­i­to­rial de­pict­ing mo­torists as in­sen­si­tive louts was ridicu­lous and an in­sult to ev­ery res­i­dent in this city who drives to work.

The fact of the mat­ter is that be­cause of the great dis­tances in L.A., most

peo­ple sim­ply have no choice but to use their cars to reach their places of em­ploy­ment.

That’s how Los Angeles was de­signed from the be­gin­ning. Un­til the city can come up with a mass tran­sit sys­tem that truly elim­i­nates traf­fic, peo­ple will con­tinue to com­mute by car.

The “road di­ets” were a bad idea, and worse than that, they were im­ple­mented with­out the pub­lic’s in­put.

The re­sult­ing furor that it caused is a prime ex­am­ple of bad plan­ning and in­ef­fec­tive city man­age­ment. Charles Reilly Man­hat­tan Beach

Your ed­i­to­rial needed to spell out that some of the loud­est crit­ics of the traf­fic lane changes in Playa del Rey live in the af­flu­ent cities of Man­hat­tan Beach and Her­mosa Beach.

Th­ese rich com­muters feel that they have a right to drive through L.A. city res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hoods at high speeds to avoid 405 traf­fic. (The driv­ing speeds in their “safe” beach cities are much lower.) Meena Rao Los Angeles

It’s true that res­i­dents of South Bay beach cities — Man­hat­tan, Her­mosa, and to some ex­tent Re­dondo — use Vista del Mar as a way to com­mute to Cul­ver City and the West­side.

They have done so for decades, thereby tak­ing traf­fic away from the 405, which should merit ap­plause, not crit­i­cism. Julie Bis­ceglia Man­hat­tan Beach

Venice Boule­vard is the best way for those of us who live west of Lin­coln to travel east week­day af­ter­noons, since Wash­ing­ton is not di­rect and I-10 is nearly im­pass­able.

The only thing wrong with the Venice road con­fig­u­ra­tion is the sec­tion where Venice Boule­vard loses a car lane on each side for about a mile, caus­ing a bot­tle­neck that slows traf­fic to a crawl, making it harder for emer­gency ve­hi­cles and buses to get through.

I write this as a man who cy­cles more than he drives, of­ten down Venice Boule­vard.

Bring back the old street con­fig­u­ra­tion, with 3 lanes of traf­fic on each side, a lane for park­ing and a bike lane. Paul Suchecki Venice

I have lived three blocks from Venice and Cen­tinela in Mar Vista for 40-plus years. I was ig­no­rant of the fact that this in­ter­sec­tion was in­cluded in the most dan­ger­ous in Los Angeles and wor­thy of a road diet.

I have uti­lized this in­ter­sec­tion al­most twice a day for most of those years go­ing to work and back and have never wit­nessed an ac­ci­dent. I guess I’m not there at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.

The new con­fig­u­ra­tion of only two lanes in each di­rec­tion on Venice is clearly a mess. It’s one lane when some­one tries to par­al­lel park.

I did not re­ceive any doc­u­men­ta­tion for any kind of in­put, ideas and or sug­ges­tions per­tain­ing to this Vi­sion Zero con­cept. Just wait till school starts and the traf­fic in­creases.

The in­creased pop­u­la­tion den­sity is the real prob­lem. Glenn Zweifel Mar Vista

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