Yesterday morning, LADOT installed a series of small rumble strips at the Riverdale Park entrance on the Elysian Valley River Path. The series of rumble strips are intended to alert cyclists as they approach a major pedestrian entrance to the path. Each strip itself is comprised of thermoplastic markings approximately four inches wide and between 1 to 3 feet long (pictured above). Keep in mind that each rumble strip is designed significantly different from the type used for motor vehicles and therefore will not directly hamper the bicyclist’s travel. However, the strips should be significant enough that the bicyclist feels a noticeable vibration before reaching the Riverdale Avenue path entrance. LADOT hopes that this demo project will remind bicyclists to watch for and slow down when approaching entryways on the path. We’ve had a lot of complaints from community members about bicyclists traveling too fast and passing them too close. Please treat pedestrains with caution when you are on the path. Slow down and provide an audible signal (bell or courteous shout out) when passing people walking, running or moving slower along the path. Remember by state law that the path is open to them too! It’s important that we ensure that all users feel safe and happy on the bike path, irrespective of how fast (or slow) they’re travelling.
(Editor’s Note: We inadvertently neglected to mention the ongoing work done by CD 13 Field Deputy Adam Bass with community members and LADOT staff to come up with solutions to address ongoing issues between bicyclists and pedestrians on this section of the Los Angeles River Path. We want to recognize Mitch O’Farrell for his ongoing support of the Los Angeles River Revitalization efforts and the months of hard work of his staff working with the community and LADOT to come up with viable solutions. Thank you for making safety a top priority in your community.)