The traffic is already bad on L.A.’s Westside. But the Los Angeles City Council is continuing to impose its “Vision Zero” plan to discourage the use of cars and increase use of public transportation and bicycles with “road diets” that reduce important routes to one lane. This is making local residents who depend on their cars angry.
Among them is John Russo from Playa del Rey.
“There are only three roads that connect the South Bay to the West Side and those are Vista Del Mar/Culver, Sepulveda and Lincoln. Councilmember Bonin has said that these lane changes – reducing half the capacity on Vista Del Mar/Culver, that the net effect will be to move traffic to Sepulveda and Lincoln. “
Russo says this effort at “traffic calming” will lead to road rage.
“Sepulveda and Lincoln are at a standstill in morning commute hours. Traffic is literally at a crawl on those streets. So the net effect is we’re taking traffic and pushing it east through the neighborhoods of Upper Playa del Rey and Westchester.”
Russo wants City Hall to listen to the citizens.
“We definitely feel on Playa del Rey that this was just sprung on us overnight. Councilmember Bonin has said this is what the Play del Rey residents want and this is what we asked for. That’s based on a survey of about 150 residents. Playa del Rey has 12,000 people living in it.”
He has launched a petition on Change.org to put a stop to reducing the capacity of major roads by converting them into narrower, single-lane streets.
Russo was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells