Rocky Road for My Figueroa Cycletrack and Streetscape Project

October 3, 2013 at 10:49 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 1 Comment
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UPDATEImage: My Figueroa

UPDATE (10/07/2013): At the advice of the City Attorney, the motion will be postponed to a later, undetermined date so that the appeal and the motion can be on the same track. We’ll update you all when the MyFig motion and appeal will be presented.

The Price motion will be heard at Transportation Committee on Wednesday, October 9th at 2 P.M, City Hall Room 1010. The Shammas Auto Group appeal will be heard by Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee at a future date.

My Figueroa is the most ambitious street transformation underway in the City of Los Angeles, promising to transform a bleak commercial corridor into a prime linkage between USC and Downtown LA. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) inherited the project from the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and is working diligently to break ground early next year so that construction can be completed by a December 2014 funding deadline.  This tight schedule has kept the project on track, despite recent grumblings by some stakeholders in the corridor about added congestion.

While LADOT solves the technical challenge of engineering Los Angeles’s first protected bike lane (a.k.a. cycletrack), the project’s political prospects recently became murkier. My Figueroa is within Council District 9, which switched from champion Jan Perry to silent Curren Price after the election in May. Under pressure from stakeholders along the Figueroa Corridor, Price introduced a motion calling for further study of traffic impacts and asking for mitigation. At the same time, Shammas Auto Group filed an appeal of the project, which will require a hearing before the full City Council. It was not immediately clear how both the motion and the appeal would proceed since City Council would not want to deal with the same issues twice.

The Downtown News reports that Shammas Auto Group has “no intention” of delaying the project, despite the pending appeal. We now know that the Price motion asking for further study will be heard at Transportation Committee on October 9th (2 PM in City Hall Room 1010). LACBC will be there along with project supporters TRUST South LA, Community Health Councils, LA Walks, and the (newly formed) USC Bicycle Coalition to keep the project on track.

Will you join us?

Transportation Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 9; 2 p.m.  TBD

Where: L.A. City Hall, Room 1010 – 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles

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  1. […] but why doesn’t the press ever refute the myth that we don’t pay for the roads we ride? The fate of the My Figueroa project could hinge on a hearing before the city council Transportation Committee next Wednesday. Richard […]

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