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