by David DeMullé
The Safe Streets Committee met last week in the North Valley City Hall to discuss suggestions to make Foothill Blvd. safer and submit them to the LADOT. Bollards, meridian dividers, heavily painted crossing paths, needs for better bike lanes and driver education were discussed. CD-7 interim councilman Herb Wesson’s representative Tony Wilkinson presented information on what the councilman viewed as serious traffic problems to be investigated. Committee members discussed a public relations campaign. Alejandro Magallanes presented the new Safe Streets logo to the members present.
Each meeting brings more people in to listen and present their views.With the popularity of murals throughout Los Angeles and neighboring cities, the subject was proposed and will be discussed further at another meeting. One idea is to create a public safety mural on the side of the Back Door Bakery at the intersection of Oro Vista and Foothill Boulevard.
The items discussed were:
• A two-foot wide median from Lowell through Sunland.
• A traffic signal at Foothill and Haines Canyon.
• Enforce parking laws of big trucks near intersections and driveways.
• More of a police presence.
• Painting the bike lanes yellow.
Within a couple of hours of discussing better markings for bike lanes, there was a nonfatality bicycle / auto accident at the intersection of Marcus and Foothill Blvd.