The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a $17-million plan to improve a 2.5-mile segment of Reseda Boulevards that has been deemed dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.
The project, which would span north-to-south between Parthenia Street and Victory Boulevard, will include:
- Repairs to damaged pavement and sidewalks;
- Addition of protected left-turn signals to reduce conflicts between motorists and pedestrians;
- Construction of bus boarding islands to reduce crossing distances for pedestrians, speed boarding times, and encourage drivers to make more careful turns;
- Improved bike lanes - including a closure of the existing gap between Vanowen and Valerio;
- Planting two trees for each one removed due to sidewalk damage;
- New bioswales to improve stormwater filtration;
- Improvements to city parking lots at Reseda Boulevard and Sherman Way to make up for lost on-street parking; and
- Restricted left turns at key intersections.
According to the office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, safety is a key motivation for the project. Between 2009 and 2017, more than 50 people were either killed or severely injured while traveling along Reseda - over half of whom were either walking or riding a bike.
The proposed improvements also dovetail with new investments in Reseda, including a revival of the long-shuttered Reseda Theater.