Special interests are lobbying Councilman David Ryu to impose a “Road Diet” on 6th St. in Los Angeles, between Fairfax and LaBrea. They are claiming removing lanes will make the road safer. They are making hyperbolic claims that this street is one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles. The fact is there have been 3 fatalities on this stretch of road in the last 10 years, and a road diet wouldn’t have prevented a single one. Rather than make the road safer a “Road Diet” here will create unnecessary gridlock on this and other area streets, as well as divert traffic into nearby residential areas.
In order to fix problems, you have to understand what caused them. The LADOT’s speed studies of this stretch of road show that speeding is not an issue on 6th street. In fact “unsafe speed” was cited as a factor in less than 3% of the accidents that resulted in injuries to pedestrians and cyclists in the past 10 years. What will make 6th St. safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? High visibility crosswalks, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, and left turn pockets.
Both the LADOT and the FHWA say road diets don't belong on roads hosting 20,000 vehicles per day. Some studies such as this one from the Michigan DOT and cited by the Mid-City Neighborhood Council as a justification for a 6th Street Road Diet lower that recommendation to a maximum of 10,000 cars per day. According to the LADOT’s last car count in February of 2014 over 25,000 drivers per day rely on 6th Street. If you're one of them, or if you live or drive on nearby roads, you need to let Councilman Ryu know you don't want this road diet. Councilman Ryu has wisely proposed high-visibility crosswalks and left turn pockets because he has looked at the data and knows that those solutions will actually protect people eon 6th Street.
Councilman Ryu wants to hear from you! Let him know that you do not want a “Road Diet” on 6th Street as it will do nothing to prevent the same tragic accidents from occurring again and will only push traffic off the boulevards and onto residential streets. Take his survey of proposed 6th Street Improvements at http://davidryu.lacity.org/6th_street_traffic_safety, call his office and email him. Let him you support his REAL safety improvements and you stand with him against the special interest bike lobby and anti-car activists!
Time is running out, so you need to let him know now.