Maybe Modifying the CicLAvia Route – Part 2: West End
Yesterday we explored some possible modifications to the Boyle Heights end of the 10-10-10 CicLAvia route, today let’s take a look at the west end of the route through Koreatown and East Hollywood to the Bicycle District – and explore what we might change for the upcoming April 10th 2011 event.
We definitely want to hear from you, but the yesterday’s article’s disclaimers apply here as well:
This isn’t a vote or a poll… it’s input. Ultimately the CicLAvia non-profit board will be working with various route stakeholders, neighborhood councils, community groups, city of Los Angeles staff, Metro, and others – and using our best judgement to negotiate and finalize the route that can work best. We expect that almost any route chosen (including keeping the exact same 10-10-10 route again) will be great – and will almost certainly have a drawback or two. Please help make us more aware of concerns on the route, but please be aware that, ultimately, we may or may not be able to address all concerns raised.
For the west side of the route, we’re looking into some options that could mimize some conflicts from October’s event. On 10-10-10, the route went from 6th Street to Virgil Avenue, to 4th Street, to New Hampshire Avenue, to Rosewood Avenue, to Heliotrope Drive. That section was the only primarily-residential area that the route included. That 10-10-10 route is shown in light blue below:
On New Hampshire Avenue (also, to a lesser extent, on Rosewood, Heliotrope, 4th, and Virgil) the 10-10-10 route blocked quite a few residential driveways. In advance of October’s event, we heard quite a few very legitimate complaints, especially from New Hampshire Avenue residents, who couldn’t access their driveways during the event, and had a difficult time finding street parking in their vicinity. Conversely, on 10-10-10, we also saw that a lot of folks on New Hampshire came out and set up chairs and picnics on their front lawns and seemed to really welcome and enjoy CicLAvia. Nonetheless, CicLAvia participants owe a debt of gratitude to New Hampshire Avenue residents – for opening your street to all of us. Due the sigificant numbers of residents inconvenienced, CicLAvia is looking for alternatives that might put the event on a more commercial street in this corridor.
We think that options in this area basically boil down to a choice between three north-south streets: New Hampshire Avenue (the 10-10-10 route light blue on map), Vermont Avenue (orange and red), and Virgil Avenue (yellow). Each of these options has its own strengths and weaknesses.
CicLAvia on New Hampshire Avenue: (same as 10-10-10)
- Proven route
- Relatively flat
- Connection with Shatto Park (on 4th Street)
- Avoids disrupting traffic/transit/emergency vehicles on Vermont Avenue
- Blocks approximately 50 residential driveways
CicLAvia on Vermont Avenue:
- Commercial corridor, with plenty of restaurants and stores
- Relatively flat
- Better transit connections with the Metro Red Line subway, though could be more disruptive of bus lines on Vermont
- Would require 101 Freeway on-ramp/off-ramp closure
- Some disruption of emergency vehicles using Vermont Avenue to access hospitals at Sunset Boulevard
- (Note: It may be possible to combine Vermont and New Hampshire – via 1st Street or Council Street – shown in red on map – avoiding some of the residential on New Hampshire.)
CicLAvia on Virgil Avenue:
- Commercial/Residential mix, with somewhat fewer blocked residential driveways than New Hampshire Avenue (though would include quite a few blocked residential driveways around 3rd Street, above the 101, and on Melrose)
- Includes two short hills (between 3rd and 4th Street and at the 101 Freeway)
- Interferes with Fire Station just south of the 101 Freeway (the Fire Station on 7th and Burlington reportedly did fine during CicLAvia, but generally we try to avoid these)
What do you think? Are there other advantages/disadvantages that we haven’t considered? Should we keep the west end of the route the same – mainly on New Hampshire Avenue? or try to move to Vermont or Virgil? or some combination? Are there other tweaks to the west end of the route that you think we should consider?