Thanks to everyone who attended our public workshop on the Winnetka Ave. street improvements! We appreciate all the constructive feedback and important local knowledge you shared with us. If you couldn’t make it, you can view the presentation boards here.
The Winnetka Ave. street improvements project aims to increase safety, connectivity, and mobility options by closing a critical gap in the West San Fernando Valley’s bicycle network. The project team is considering a minor roadway reconfiguration between Vanowen St. and Victory Blvd. that would replace peak-hour traffic lanes with bike lanes and full-time parking. The team is also considering adding a new controlled crossing on Winnetka at Gilmore St.; currently there is no safe opportunity to cross for a half mile. This project would help connect key destinations and regional transportation facilities, including Pierce College, the Metro Orange Line busway, the Metro Orange Line bike path, and the L.A. River Greenway. The new roadway configuration could also help calm traffic speeds and create a buffer between pedestrians on the sidewalk and fast-moving traffic lanes.
In response to requests from the Winnetka Neighborhood Council and other organizations within the area, the Office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield directed LADOT to begin studying this project. The need for safety improvements along Winnetka became even more apparent in May 2017, when a hit-and-run driver killed Ignacio Sanchez Navarro as he was cycling home from his job at a restaurant on Ventura Blvd.
The public workshop, held on August 29th, 2018 provided an opportunity for Winnetka community members to review LADOT’s existing conditions assessment and preliminary concepts for the project, and to share their feedback and ideas with city staff. Comments from attendees were unanimously in support of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements in this area, with many expressing the desire for an expanded project scope. The following themes emerged from attendee feedback:
Safety & Maintenance: As the street width does not allow for protected bike lanes, the project should include additional safety measures such as speed limit reduction, signage, and brightly colored bike lanes for visibility. Bike lanes must also be well maintained and kept clean of glass and other debris.
Project Area: Ideally, bike lanes should extend south to Ventura Blvd., providing access to Taft High School and the Ventura Blvd. commercial area.
Moving forward, the project team will be developing the conceptual design, with consideration for the feedback received so far. In addition, LADOT will be performing a traffic impact analysis to assess the impacts of the project on nearby intersections. The conceptual design and results of the traffic analysis will be presented at an open house and public hearing on the project later this year. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to be added to the mailing list for this project to be notified of upcoming public events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.