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Close the Gap

January 27, 2010

If you’re reading this blog, you probably know who Joe Linton is: an ardent blogger at LA Creek Freak and celebrity within LA’s bicycle (and creek) community. Earlier in the week, he wrote about the proposed Albion Dairy Park (so named because its site is currently occupied by a milk processing plant) nestled on the concrete banks of the LA river in Lincoln Heights. There’s a planning meeting to be held this Thursday, so anyone interested in the planning process should head over. Joe has some ideas of his own, namely “a more-or-less linear two-way class I paved-concrete bike path along the western edge of the site”.

But wait, there’s more! A glance at the Albion park home page reveals that it is supposed to be “the City’s first Los Angeles River land purchase that will be used for a public park.” Providing that all future land purchases are contiguous with this one, we could build a “more-or-less linear” bike path extending south a respectable distance into Downtown LA. We might even be able to (gasp) close the gaping hole of the LA River bike path between Atlantic and Elysian Park! Don’t listen to those naysayers who say that bike paths are bad – ok, well there are a few bike paths around here that are pretty bad, but this wouldn’t be one of them. Unlike the more remote San Gabriel River and Rio Hondo paths which are used primarily by the spandex-clad, an LA River path would be a practical option for residents of Downtown and Boyle Heights. Close the gap!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Big Vivian permalink
    January 29, 2010 7:44 am

    Dear Andrew:

    LOved your comments on urbon transport. I have been sending$25/yr to an internation group supporting bicycles around the world. Not much, but my heart is in it….


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