This letter was sent to the Board of the Mar Vista Community Council:
I am writing on behalf of Venice Stakeholders Association (VSA) to urge
you to vote to restore the two traffic lanes which were lost on Venice
Blvd. due to Mike Bonin's misguided and dangerous reconfiguration of
that boulevard in central Mar Vista.
The VSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to civic improvement.
The VSA supports slow growth, protection of the limits of the Venice
Specific Plan, neighborhood safety, better traffic circulation,
increased parking for residents, neighborhood beautification projects,
historic preservation, habitat restoration and protection of coastal
The ill-conceived re-configuration of Venice Boulevard and the loss of
two traffic lanes has had an immediate and detrimental impact on the
life of Venice residents. As you know, traffic is at a standstill
during early morning and early evening drive times. There has been a
corresponding increase in cut-through traffic on other streets such as
Palms, which are narrower and thus less capable of absorbing this
Your residents have counted more accidents with this bizarre
street/parking/bike lane layout than before it was installed.
As a long-distance cyclist I can attest to its highly unsafe design.
With the bike lane hidden behind a lane of cars, those on bikes cannot
see if drivers are intending to turn right and drivers cannot see
whether a bike is approaching as they start a right turn across the bike
I frequently ride south to Redondo Beach and north to Cross Creek. I
know of no areas along those stretches (about 30 miles) which have a
hidden bike lane such as one Bonin installed in your community.
And as you know, there was a perfectly acceptable bike lane on the
boulevard before this change was made.
As the first-runner up in the recent Council District 11 race, I want
you to know that I would not have supported the loss of two traffic
lanes at this location. Our east-west traffic infrastructure simply
cannot afford any lane losses, however noble the cause.
If driver speed is an issue, we would suggest that it be addressed in
the old fashioned way, with the frequent placement of motorcycle police
officers along the boulevard to cite speeders.
Thank you for your consideration of our views.
Mark Ryavec, President