Dear Neighbor an Area Stakeholder:
Thank you for answering the call to walk for safety on the LA River Pedestrian/Bike path. You braved the heat, the distractions of the Manny Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight, the Kentucky Derby run and game 7 between the LA Clippers and the Spurs. And most importantly, you sacrificed quality time from your families to bring attention to this most important issue.
During the 2 mile walk, residents and friends of Elysian Valley walked united for safety, calling for an end to injuries on the path. The message to our elected officials is clear, bring a fix to this unique shared space that brings safety to all stakeholders (cyclist included).
The uniqueness of the Elysian Valley stretch is that it passes through a residential zone, which has been a historical recreational space for local residents, including the elderly who make use of it as their only source of exercise.
Short of closing this space to cyclist or widening the path to accommodate safely all stakeholders, we believe the most immediate fix is to have the area designated a recreational zone with designated speed limits and enforcement patrol.
If the City can pass legislation mandating a motor vehicle 3-foot buffer safe zone for cyclist, it can do the same with bikes in favor of pedestrians in the Elysian Valley Pedestrian/Bike path.
See our story on the Eastsiderla and don’t hesitate to offer your comments. http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2015/05/elysian-valley-residents-take-a-walk-to-improve-safety-along-the-l-a-river-path/