Councilman Gil “Anything But A Bike Lane” Cedillo has attempted to kill bike lanes on North Figueroa forever with a proposal to install diagonal head-in parking on a four block stretch of Figueroa.
The money to pay for this scheme would come from Metro. The full city council is voting on a package of project applications to Metro on Tuesday.
If you can make it to City Hall on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. and speak in opposition to Item 22 (CF 14-1680) you’d do our entire city a favor.
If you can’t make the meeting, send an email! The LACBC prepared an email message you can use by clicking here.
The LA County Bicycle Coalition published a call to action:
With 24-hours notice, buried in an attachment to an arcane council file, Councilmember Gil Cedillo revealed his intentions for the controversial North Figueroa “Great Streets” project on Tuesday. During years of community input into the Bicycle Plan and Mobility Plan, community meeting upon community meeting, rides and marches, safe streets advocates have rallied under a vision of a “Figueroa for All” that would create a safer street for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and drivers. In other words, a complete street. Squashing this community vision for an inclusive and equitable street, Cedillo’s vision swaps bike lanes for diagonal car parking–a clear violation of the City’s Bicycle and Mobility Plans as well as Metro’s new Complete Streets Policy. (Metro is the agency that Cedillo is applying to for funding.) It appears that the lofty rhetoric that accompanied North Figueroa’s selection as a “Great Street” has come crashing down amidst Cedillo’s lack of vision.
While Councilmembers are treated with extreme deference on matters in their district, Cedillo is now asking the full City Council to sign off on his incomplete street and spend City staff resources applying for funding for a project that will be out of date before the ink is dry on the application. We ask you to write the City Council requesting that they uphold the integrity of citywide plans and refuse to include North Figueroa in the City’s funding application unless it includes a complete street. If you are able, please join us at City Council on Tuesday, December 16, at 10 a.m. to speak on this item (Council File # 14-1680). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming.
You can see the results of his meeting on December 3, 2014: