An End to the Road Diet

Better bike (and skate) lanes on Venice Boulevard. Not so good for cars.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is set to immediately begin restoring lanes in Playa del Rey a move that has could signal hope for those against the Venice Blvd., “road diet.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilmember Mike Bonin today announced a plan to restore traffic lanes on several roads in Playa del Rey, and deliver a series of new safety features to help protect the lives of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

A pilot program saw lanes emoved on Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard, and Pershing Drive.

“This pilot program has shown us that lane reductions are not the right approach in Playa del Rey, but we can and will find a way to ease congestion and improve traffic safety in this neighborhood,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We have the will and know-how to find smart, balanced, effective, and flexible solutions — and I’m confident that the new safety measures we are putting in place will help us accomplish those goals.”

As for Venice Boulevard, Yo! Venice reached out to Councilmember Mike Bonin’s office and was told, “This announcement doesn’t have any bearing on Venice Boulevard or Mar Vista. That is a pilot program that will last a full year. We are in month five right now and we are already seeing very encouraging data about the early success of the project.”