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Council Considers Adding Bike Lanes to Weho's Major Streets

Bicycle Task Force recommends adoption of bike lanes on Fountain Avenue, San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards. Council will receive input from various commissions before acting.

West Hollywood took a small step toward becoming more bicycle friendly Monday with City Council's consideration of a new report by the Bicycle Task Force.

Charged with finding ways for making the city more bicycle friendly, the Bicycle Task Force made recommendations that included adding bike lanes to San Vicente Boulevard, swapping parking spaces for bike lanes along Santa Monica Boulevard, and adding lanes to Fountain Avenue by reducing the street from four to three lanes (one lane each direction with a center turn lane).

Originally part of the council’s consent calendar, Councilman John Heilman pulled the item, citing concerns about parking and traffic patterns regarding recommendations for Fountain Ave.

Heilman said he was glad to have the task force’s report, but wondered when they were going to get input from non-bikers in the city. Heilman said the bike lane recommendations would greatly impact non-bikers, so their input was needed before the council could act.

Mayor John Duran said he was concerned about how reducing the number of lanes on Fountain would impact on the already gridlocked Sunset and routinely congested Santa Monica boulevards.

Duran, a biker who bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, also said several times he had come close to being hit by people opening their car doors just as he was biking by. He wondered how situations like that could be avoided.

Members of the Bicycle Task Force spoke during public comment, praising the plan, saying it would encourage more people to ride.

The council voted to receive the report and allow various commissions, including the Transportation Commission, to make their recommendations before adopting any of the recommendations.

In 2003, Council received a similar report about adding bike lanes. With out much community support, nothing ever came of the recommendations.

After the meeting, resident Kevin Burton, who served on the task force and is also a member of the , which plans to lobby for the bike lanes, said he was pleased with the report.

“We’ve still got to go through the various commissions before we’ll see any bike lanes added,” Burton said. “It’s still a long way to go, but this was the first step.”

IAJF parking deck continued

The other major item on the council agenda, on the northwest corner of Crescent Heights and Fountain Avenue, was continued until the Jan. 17 council meeting.

Residents living nearby, who have long complained about noise coming from people leaving the IAJF late at night after events in the banquet hall, requested the continuance so they can have more time to prepare. 

The council also voted to create a task force to determine whether to remove the Werle Building at 626 Robertson Blvd. from the Master Plan for renovations of West Hollywood Park. The current plan calls for the eventual demolition of that building.

The Werle Building is home to the West Hollywood Recovery Center, which hosts dozens of 12-step recovery group meetings each week. Demolition of the building would leave those groups with no place to meet and could severely impact the sobriety of those involved. 

Heilman and Duran agreed to serve on the task force.

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joninla December 06, 2011 at 09:59 PM
MY GOD! Was this the same meeting to assure the residents that the parking crisis in and around City Hall was so extreme and the total lack of optioms other than constructing 6v additinal parking spaces in a robo Garage for $13 MILLION DOLLARS as the same Council Members joining in petsonally to assess removing the meterd street parking in and around the same area as City Hall? With this bi-polar dichotomy of parking problems around city hall, once the $13 multi story robo garage garage is built there will be a NET INCREASE OF UNNEEDED EXCESS EXCLUSIVE CITY HALL PARKING AND FEWER TO NO METERED PARKING FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS DIALY USE!!! is this insanity .... Or corrupt personal agendas of a permanent incumbency by the creaters of the city and the election laws that were set up to secure their re-elections .... At least the pans John Heilmans continued ramming through his City Plan for his next 25 years treating west hollywood as his personal kingdom and the residents as .... Was it mayor Duran who said "UNGRATEFUL" .... Subjects of the Councils dolling out just enough to secure voting bkocks for each reelection??
Wendy December 07, 2011 at 05:18 PM
West Hollywood has the most rude drivers in Los Angeles. Walkers too-- who get in the way of traffic. They should ticket the hell out of this place for some behavior modification. Everyone trying to cheat somebody out of their right away or cut somebody off. The problem with weho is that a lot of people suck here. WeHo has always been a magnet for those who are inconsiderate of others around them. It's a place where you can get away with being a Jerk and get rewarded for bad behavior.
Ali December 07, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Wendy, you always have negative comments about the residents of WeHo. I disagree with your comment about attracting inconsiderate people..and rude people, with the exception of you. You are rude. Now you are blaming pedestrians for traffic problems? We have a lot of elderly residents. Is that who you are blaming? There are rude and inconsiderate people everywhere. Traffic is bad everywhere in the LA Basin. Funny, I don't find the drivers here in WeHo any different than anywhere else. Maybe it is because I don't look at life through black colored glasses like you.
Wendy December 07, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Oh my stalker is back I see, your just mad because I have the 411 on the Iranian temple. Some people like yourself do not like that I point out that the temple goers actually live in Beverly Hills and west hollywood residents pick up the tab for police and fire because they do not have to pay any taxes. I stand by my position that West Hollywood has more than their fair share of rude drivers than anywhere else in this county. It seems that everytime I comment on the Iranian temple you come out of the woodwork. You must have a connection with that place.
Ali December 07, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Your post made no mention of the Temple. You did not mention anything about the Temple goers in your post either. I could care less about what you know. It is common knowledge that it is a Persian Temple and most of the congregants live in Beverly Hills. Most of Beverly Hills is Persian. You have no insider knowledge about that. And no, I have no connection to that place. I have no connection to any Temple or Church. The article above was not only about the parking deck for the Temple, it was also about the bike lanes which you are also very opinionated about.
Wendy December 07, 2011 at 10:07 PM
I said that you follow me around on here. When I post in other subjects such as the Iranian temple you will follow me to and try to trash me on my comments. I have noticed this about you. I have had dealings with you before and you follow a pattern. What I do like here is that I got an admission out of you that the Iranian Temple goers do live in Beverly Hills and is common knowledge. If this is true why are residents being kept awake to 3 in the morning. For the past 1-2 years everytime I talk about the temple you come out of the woodwork. That is your standard method of operation.
Ali December 07, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Wendy, I read most, if not all of the articles on the Patch and comment on a lot of articles. Whether you comment on the same article means nothing to me. Get over yourself please. I am disabled and a news junkie, whether local or national. Of course, since discovering this local gem, I pay a lot of attention to this publication. I have lived in West Hollywood since 1976 so of course local events and city council actions are important to me and I don't like to see people making generalizations about our residents (like calling everybody on the eastside - Russians - we aren't, or everybody in rent controlled apartments or Section 8 - freeloaders - again, we aren't.
Wendy December 08, 2011 at 12:38 AM
I never called everyone on the eastside Russians which is another lie. Your just like the other liar on here that says I made statements that I never did. That other guy really burned himself when he started to talk about Tainted Jewish Money. His credibility on here is toast.
David December 08, 2011 at 02:28 AM
LOL wow... some anger management might do you good. Also, a bit of logic fail there, Wendy. I would argue most of the drivers are NOT residents of WeHo and, are in fact, people trying to get through the city. If you really hate it that much in WeHo, might I suggest you leave? Or perhaps you're just one of those people who likes bitching and moaning about things you have all the power to control (i.e., moving out of places you hate). I'd up the dosage on your Prozac...
David December 08, 2011 at 02:36 AM
omfg and the word you'RE looking for, Wendy (in every instance you used it) is YOU'RE. ProTip: just use internet shorthand "ur" ...you don't have to bother thinking, and you'll (maybe) look a bit less dumb.
Ali December 08, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Once and for all...I do not follow you Wendy. You are not worth following. Why follow someone who is less intelligent?
Marla December 08, 2011 at 05:13 PM
In regard to the IAJF, there are NO daily services at the "Temple" even though their banners read that there are. The people that attend the nightly fundraisers and parties being held at the IAJF's banquet hall, Neman Hall are "party goers" not "Temple goers" as both of the IAJF's existing parking lots are completely empty unless it is party time. The loud and rude party goers leave the IAJF between 2AM-4AM, they are leaving Neman Hall, not the Temple. The IAJF could care less about their neighbors. They are demanding hours that exceed nightclubs and bars. They are demanding a 3 story parking garage with roof top parking (a commercial parking structure) in our residential neighborhood. The parking garage will only enable the outrageous parties and the excessive loading and unloading required for their outrageous parties. It will make the nuisance much worse than it already is. The IAJF feels that they are entitled to special treatment while abusing their neighbor's rights to a peaceful life. Neighbors have complained about loud music, noise and parties for years and years. We have begged the City to limit the IAJF's hours, parties and the gross amount of people that come to Neman Hall just to party...... but instead of listening to the neighbors and limiting the IAJF as they have done with other religious institutions in the past, the City seems to think a massive parking garage is a solution???? So, again, the people going to the IAJF are PARTY-GOERS, not Temple goers.
Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move December 08, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Whatever it takes to make LA a lot more bike friendly is an improvement.
David Huntsman December 08, 2011 at 08:29 PM
It would be nice if the temple-goers could ride their bikes from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood in safety.
joninla December 08, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Very well said!
joninla December 11, 2011 at 02:38 AM
POINTING FINGERS - ASSIGNING BLAME AND JUST STICKING WITH 'THE PLAN' IS CRACKING AT THE SEEMS, MR. HEILMAN! Referring to "Heilman said he was glad to have the task force’s report, but wondered when they were going to get input from non-bikers in the city. Heilman said the bike lane recommendations would greatly impact non-bikers, so their input was needed before the council could act." REALLY - ARE YOU REALLY 'WONDERING' ABOUT NON-BIKER INPUT? The bicycle task force was advertised to include anyone (resident of all shapes, sizes, wealth & power ... Who were avid bicycle riders, wanted more bike lanes, and to specifically try to look for more place not yet considered to add bike lanes) YOU STATE YOU KNOW THERE WILL BE 'GREAT IMPACT' ON NON BIKERS (the rest of us have known and discussed it for years, good to see you take a stand one issue). WHERE EXACTLY DO YOU BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST SITTING AROUND, WITH THE FULL KNOWLEDGE OF A REPORT YOU JUST RECEIVED THAT WAS PRODUCED BY ONLY BIKE ENTHUSIASTS WHO WANTED MORE BIKE LANE AND NO EXPERT OR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS NECESSARY FOR THE TASK FOR TO MAKE THEIR REPORT. When there is finally a dissemination of an actual plan, and what that plan is, the only INPUT ON THE KNOWN NEGATIVE IMPACT will come from well informed residents with 2mins and the time to sit through a city meeting, to bring up MAJOR IMPACTS TO THE CITY! Come on, why not hit the gavel now "I SEE NO OPPOSITION - APPROVED"
David Huntsman December 11, 2011 at 03:30 AM
One doesn't need to be any kind of expert to know more bike lanes are needed.
Rudolf Martin February 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM
bike lanes and bus lanes would slow down car traffic. that's safe to say without a study. however, if well planned they would force transit car traffic which accounts for most of our traffic to avoid going through west hollywood. that might not be popular in other neighborhoods who would bear the brunt but somehow this process has to start. the current driving habits are unsustainable as the entire metropolitan area is getting denser every year. we need viable public transportation.
joninla February 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Funny you should comment on this today. Just yesterday (maybe the day before) I was simply walking by with my dog, and with medium traffic, couple talking to a guy on a bicycle and a bus approaching the station in front of City Hall - All I could think was what a terrible mistake here. The Santa Monica Bike lane disappears and the very narrow side walk in front of City Hall is shared by pedestrians, bicycle riders, on occasion a low powered electric bike, a segway and intermittent floods of people exiting the bus as it stops right there. It was an average day, not peak hours, but a confluence of the regular overused sidewalk. Something has to be done about the City Hall intersections - and the 'something' does not include a bike lane or increased traffic the impending $13 Million Robo-Garage or any changes that are not based on a professional traffic management company - and not by the whims and need to feel power by exercising discretionary powers that don't exist. That was not the first time that corner was problematic for both the Pedestrians and the Bicycle Riders, but it was one of the most difficult and dangerous.

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