Updated 11:47 a.m., March 15:
Two Brentwood organizations and one resident are pushing back against the city's proposal to add dedicated bike lanes along Bundy Drive and other surface streets along the Westside.
The city's current proposal is to eliminate vehicle lanes and parking on Bundy from San Vicente Boulevard to the Culver City line in order to put in the bike lanes.
In a Feb. 21 letter to city planning, Brentwood Community Council Chairwoman Nancy Freedman said the community has had no opportunity to give feedback on the Los Angeles Department of Transportation's proposal for bike mobility projects west of the 405 Freeway and north of the I-10. These streets include Bundy Drive, San Vicente Boulevard, Barrington Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard and Montana Avenue.
Part of the First Year Bicycle Plan calls to add approximately 40 miles of bicycle lanes in the city.
Freedman said a Feb. 19 public hearing from city planning to discuss the bike lanes was barely publicized and, according to the turnout, had less than five residents from Brentwood and West L.A. combined show up. Freedman added it is her understanding the city will not take any further action on bike lanes until there are additional hearings publicized in advance.
"The Brentwood Community Council and South Brentwood Residents Association
are supportive of improving bicycle safety in Brentwood through a combination
of sharrows, bike buffers as have recently been implemented in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue and downtown, and dedicated bike lanes where space permits," Freedman added in her letter.
Citing that Brentwood's proximity to Metro's I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, the community council opposes any further moves to the city's First Year Bicycle Plan without acknowledging the extremely high traffic congestion in the area, the limited number of routes under and to the 405 Freeway and the I-10 and the severe lack of parking spaces in South Brentwood. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's office reportedly comissioned a parking study in the area.
According to Marylin Krell of the South Brentwood Residents Association, the city's draft environmental impact report on the bike plan shows that adding a bike lane to Bundy Drive would significantly impact Bundy at Wilshire, at Santa Monica Boulevard and at Olympic Boulevard, and would also create level of service grade "F" at each of these intersections.
Andrew Rees, of Brentwood, is also circulating an online petition asking the city to abandon any bike lane plans on Bundy Drive and Centinela Avenue. It has 31 signatures as of Thursday, March 14.
Alek Bartrosouf, of Glendale, is circulating an online petition from the West Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors asking the city to approve bike lane plans on Bundy Drive and Centinela Avenue. It has 31 signatures as of Friday, March 15.
The environmental impact report is available for review at the Department of City Planning, 200 North Spring Street, Room 750, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and other locations, such as West Los Angeles Regional, 11360 Santa Monica Blvd.