It’s a story that Tinseltown could probably make magical: a dense, diverse and car-obsessed city turns a corner and decides to redesign an eight-lane thoroughfare to be great for biking, walking and public transit.
But until a team of community activists stepped in, Los Angeles’ first protected bike lane project was at death’s door. The two-month turnaround they engineered is a lesson in shoe-leather advocacy and broad-based coalition-building — and a reminder that though villains make for good storytelling, life is more complicated.
In two weeks, the city is expected to formally push the MyFigueroa project forward. Here’s how the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and its allies saved the day.