[foothill-bike] [LAR] Daily News on LA River Bikeway
>From: "Linton, Joe" <JLinton@...>
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>Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 10:25:10 -0700
>Subject: [LAR] Daily News on LA River Bikeway
>From today's Daily News:
>ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL FOR BIKE PATH FUNDING
> By Lee Condon, Staff Writer
> Local environmental groups on Thursday called for the Metropolitan
>Transportation Authority to provide funding to extend a Los Angeles River
>bicycle path to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
>"This is a great idea. It's great for commuters who want to get downtown and
>for people who want to ride their bikes along the river," said Ron Milam,
>executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
>Members of the coalition, Friends of the Los Angeles River, North East Trees
>and the Sierra Club all participated in a news conference Thursday to ask
>the MTA to approve $800,000 needed to design the latest addition to the bike
>"The length of time that it has taken to build this is an outrage," said
>Martin Schlageter, conservation coordinator for the Sierra Club.
>The MTA started building the bike path four years ago and has funded
>sections that will stretch from Victory Boulevard, near the Glendale-Burbank
>border, to Barclay Street in Elysian Valley.
>The new extension would continue winding along the river before ending up at
>Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
>Environmental groups say the $800,000 allocation is in jeopardy because MTA
>staffers have recommended against the expenditure. However, Schlageter said
>the MTA staff's technical advisory committee supports the project.
>MTA officials could not be reached for comment.
>By taking it downtown, supporters said, the path will not only benefit
>recreational cyclists but will help ease traffic by promoting an alternative
>way to commute.
>"Funding the bike path is important because if you don't give cyclists a
>safe commuter route they will be in cars, Schlageter said. "That's why it so
>critical to get the path into downtown. People could get on a direct route
>to downtown. If I can get 2,000 off the 5 freeway, that's good."
>The current bike path runs through Griffith Park along the Los Angeles
>River, from Victory to Los Feliz boulevards. A second phase is under
>construction from Los Feliz Boulevard to Fletcher Drive, and funding has
>been secured for a bike path from Fletcher Drive to Barclay Street.
>Although the bike path is on the Los Angeles side of the river, it is
>located right along the southern borders of the cities of Burbank and
>Glendale. By extending the path, supporters say the MTA will be able to link
>those cities and other valley communities with downtown Los Angeles.
>Supporters also dream of extending the path into the San Fernando Valley to
>On July 29, the MTA board is slated to decide whether to approve the
>$800,000 to design the extension of the bike path to Union Station.
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