We are very happy to report, that the study has recently been completed by the consulting firm (Kimley-Horn) that was hired. LA City Councilman David Ryu has drafted a motion to City Council, to have LADOT review the study for feasibility & costs to implement the recommendations.
Once this is done, the plan is to then have one or more community meetings. To be informed of these, be sure to sign our petition (link below) as we will communicate to all who sign it.
It should be noted, that there are four options in the study, for the configuration of Rowena Avenue. The pro-road diet folks have been active lately, telling the parents of Ivanhoe School children, that altering the road diet might kill their kids. Frankly, this is disturbing. It is a bold-faced lie, and in fact a "Trumpian" tactic, using fear to manipulate people.
The truth about Rowena Avenue? There have never been any injuries to children, in the over-100 year history of this school, from traffic on Rowena. We can keep Rowena safe, with the right street design, WITHOUT sacrificing safety on the "cut-through" streets -- streets that have not been safe since 2013.
View this short video displaying the danger at just ONE intersection a block from Rowena.
Angry drivers avoid Rowena (using Angus as a cut-through) and then traffic in both directions cause chaos.
In this video, car after car run one of our stop signs on Angus Street, from typical cut-through traffic
It has been claimed by those who love the Rowena "road diet" that it is now safer for pedestrians around Rowena. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is actually now more dangerous for pedestrians. While this certainly seems counter-intuitive, it does not change this fact.
We studied a 10 year period using the SWITRS database, 2006 - 2015. Pedestrian injuries were 1.14 per year, during the non-road diet years of 2006 - 2012. Once the road diet began in 2013, the pedestrian injury rate jumped to 2.0 annually—a 75% increase.