Pdr's LANES are BACK!!

District 11 Councilmember Mike Bonin conceded the “extremely unpopular” road diets in PDR, and all lanes were restored. Other safety measures were implemented, including speed feedback signs, flashing beacon crosswalks, speed tables and head starts for pedestrians at crossings. These were exactly the solutions that should have been implemented at the start.

Your calls and emails, your donations and encouragement were an essential part of the fight. Because people stood up and fought together we got our lanes back. Thank you to the residents, commuters, and Playa del Rey businesses owners; to the Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, the South Bay Cities’ leaders, to our donors and to the individuals of KeepLAMoving who kept the fight going. And thank you to the City of Los Angeles for making it right.

The road diets in Playa del Rey caused more than 50 accidents in just 4 months on streets where accidents previously averaged less than 12 per year. They damaged lives and livelihoods, families, businesses and communities. In an effort to reduce the number of cars on the roads, proponents forgot about the people in those cars, and that being able to drive — to work, to school, to the doctor, to home — means the average person can make life work in this spread out metropolis.

Now that the roads have returned to normal, we can all show our gratitude by patronizing the businesses, driving at safe speeds, watching for pedestrians and cyclists, and helping each other enjoy the ride. 

L.A. has plans for many more arterial road diets, despite engineering standards that prohibit them on essential, heavily traveled roads. If elected officials look carefully at the actual causes of accidents, they’ll find that there are better ways to make streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike to KeepLAMoving safely.