Meanwhile, the LADOT continues to receive heat for the proposed configuration of the Hyperion Avenue Bridge that is set for a seismic retrofit. LADOT proposes widening existing road lanes with few provisions for bicyclists and pedestrians. The LADOT recently held the first official meeting on the project, where bicyclists expressed concern that the proposed design further endangers bicyclists who must share lanes with drivers. Amidst the complaints registered by attendees, Tomas O’Grady of Enrich LA proposed an alternative configuration that calls for a road diet through the bridge, a bike path on one side of the same bridge and another bridge connecting said bike path to a separate proposed bike bridge that would traverse the Los Angeles River.
In tune with the increased visibility of bicycle advocates, the Los Angeles Times printed another set of articles that discussed the viability and culture of bike travel in Los Angeles. Columnist Paul Whitefield laments the perceived imposition of bicyclists on city streets in a “Quixotic quest” to make them equal to automobile travelers. Despite advances by municipalities to improve safety and promote bike usage, most commuters remain hesitant at biking to work or anywhere else. Encouraging bicyclists to “share the road” instead of building segregated and safe bike paths endangers these same cyclists who will almost always lose when a car hits them, according to Whitefield. Case in point: Wilshire Boulevard, which has no bike lanes but cyclists brave the street anyway, as columnist Ted Rogers explained.