It’s hard to believe, but some politicians are taking away lanes from the streets YOU DRIVE. They're pursuing an anti-car agenda without thinking through the realities or the consequences. They’re creating even more gridlock, smog, unsafe conditions and stress. (Did you know that idling cars in traffic creates MORE pollution in your neighborhood? It's true.)
Additionally, local businesses get hurt by this agenda, as many try to avoid the gridlocked areas. A number of businesses on Rowena have reported to us that their revenues are less that they used to be before the road diet—despite the stronger economy! All this, because some politicians don’t want you driving your car.
"Safe Streets for Silver Lake" is a coalition of neighbors that came together in the fall of 2015, to stand up to this insanity. Angelenos need logistically viable regional transit options, safe bike routes on less critical streets, and roads that work. Until the politicians figure that out, like it or not, we still need our cars.
We believe it's vital to have a safe neighborhood for all residents. Our mission and work is in support of this goal, for the northern section of Silver Lake that is a major commuter transit route.
We support all modes of transportation and options, but no one option should be at the expense of others, or at the expense of others' real safety. This means, the current road diet configuration on Rowena—implemented illegally in 2013—must change. How it should change, must be up to the residents—not outside interests. But we believe it should change in some way, to bring SANITY & SAFETY back to the surrounding streets.
Safe Streets for Silver Lake
2811 Waverly Drive, Suite 6
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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