The Rowena "Road Diet" was the removal of 2 traffic lanes from Rowena Avenue, 6 years ago. Abruptly installed in 2013 by our previous LA City Councilman, Tom LaBonge, this so-called "road diet" has wreaked havoc for the northern part of Silver Lake.
It was implemented without any traffic analysis, without an EIR, (and no CEQA Exemption filed to avoid an EIR), and without public hearings. Bottom line, two State laws were violated, and it was installed without consideration of the potential consequences. Needless to say, we are not fans of our former Councilman or the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, who participated in this illegal action.
Traffic jams daily on this major artery have caused thousands of annoyed/angry drivers to seek faster routes through Silver Lake. And they have found them, using streets like Angus, Armstrong, Kenilworth and Waverly Drive to avoid Rowena.
It is not simply the additional traffic on these residential streets that's at issue. It is the DANGER that has been transferred onto these once-quiet streets, by drivers speeding and running stop signs.
It is now very dangerous for walkers, joggers and parents with baby strollers to use these streets—streets that have no sidewalks!
Here's an example of the frustration and anger that takes place on Angus Street. Livid drivers avoid Rowena (using Angus as a cut-through) and then traffic in both directions of this narrow street often can't pass each other. Please note there is some profanity yelled.
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