KeepLAMoving is spearheading the fight against unsafe lane removals from arterials. Around the country, government officials are being tricked by self-styled "transportation advocates" into approving disastrous arterial "road diets" -- when car lanes on highly-used corridors are "repurposed" into things like bike lanes and miniature parks. The result is increasing accident rates, closed businesses, lost jobs, and, of course, gridlock.
The people pushing these projects use inflammatory rhetoric and made up "facts" to convince decision-makers that there is an "epidemic" of pedestrian and cyclist deaths due to speeding cars, and that arterial road diets are the only way to make streets safer for all users. Neither assertion is true. Especially not when safer bikeways could be installed on adjacent, lower volume streets, making cycling more accessible for riders of all abilities, without all the other negative effects on communities. Read on for the real story.
Arterial Road Diet proponents have a track record of misapplying data and straight out making things up to support their "cars are bad" narrative. Some examples:
1. LADOT lied about Pershing traffic volumes, and misrepresented expected outcomes of a road diet by focusing on serial intersections individually (instead of looking at the global impact of lane removals).
2. LADOT included accidents on side streets to inflate pre-diet numbers in Mar Vista. LADOT included police incident reports in pre-diet accident counts in Mar Vista to inflate pre-diet numbers
3. LADOT compared inconsistent time periods of accidents to skew outcomes in their favor.
4. Vision Zero has targeted “dangerous streets”, when reality shows that they are in no way dangerous. With daily pre-diet traffic on Venice blvd surpassing 43k cars, the odds of being struck by lightning were 74X higher than be killed by a car.
5. Vision Zero claims that Road Diets reduce collisions. In Playa del Rey, the annual collision rate increased by ---% from 11.6 per year pre-diet to ____ in the first 4 months after installation.
6. Vision Zero and other agencies claims regarding speed and death rate of pedestrian. The UK govt admitted the stats were exaggerated almost 10 years ago, but still being used.
7. City Councilman’s office claimed that cars were the #1 killer of kids under 14. In actuality, motor vehicle deaths among kids 0-14 are very low (fewer than 5 per 100,000). Teenage car occupants (15-19) skew the data dramatically, rising to 26 per 100,000). Among unintentional injury deaths, for kids under 1, suffocation is by far the largest group at 66%. For children 1-4, drowning is the highest at 27%.
BTW, California is under the national death rate average by 30%.
8. City of Los Angeles, Transportation Committee attempted to misallocate funds from measure E to alter road configurations rather than to fix potholes and build mass transit as state in the bill.
9. LADOT and City of Los Angeles attempted to circumvent CEQA regulations on Vista Del Mar by claiming a public safety emergency. In actuality, the city of LA settled a wrongful death lawsuit to avoid prosecution for Councilman Mike Bonin. This created a monetaryemergency. Only then did the city act to improve the road. Still they made changes that had no positive impact, created massive traffic, and ignored the LADOT’s own previous safety recommendations. Ultimately, a lawsuit to challenge the CEQA exemption was successful.
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data shows road diets fail to make ARTERIALS safer.
Road diets don't belong on major commuter corridors. That's according to the Federal Highway Safety Administration, the LADOT's Complete Streets Design Guide, as well as every major study on such lane removals. Yet LA Councilmember Mike Bonin and the LADOT continue to push for them, falsely claiming they make streets safer. Now new SWITRS accident data demonstrates just how dangerous Mike Bonin's experiments have been for LA neighborhoods. Accidents and injuries rose not only on Venice Blvd. in Mar Vista and the streets dieted in Playa del Rey last year, but surrounding streets became more hazardous too. The charts below summarize our findings. This kind of stuff can make peoples' eyes glaze over. But of course, that's what Mike and the DOT are counting on.
Mike Bonin’s Claim, 1st Week of September, 2017:
In September 2017 Mike Bonin placed an ad in a local newspaper trumpeting success three months after the Venice Blvd 'road diet' was installed. In this ad he claimed during the 12 months prior to the 'road diet' there were 66 collisions that resulted in 36 injuries on this 0.8 mile stretch of Venice Blvd. This just ins't true, Mike's numbers are completely made up.
In fact, in the past 10 years there hasn't been a 12 month period with anywhere near 66 collisions on this stretch of Venice Blvd. 2016 saw the most collisons with 41, 2015 was next with 20.