STATE CAPITOL P.O.

BOX 942849 SACRAMENTO, CA 94249-0043 (916) 319-2043 FAX (916) 319-2143 DISTRICT OFFICE 300 EAST MAGNOLIA BLVD. SUITE 504 BURBANK, CA 91502 (818) 558-3043 FAX: (818) 558-3042

COMMITTEES: APPROPRIATIONS BANKING AND FINANCE TRANSPORTATION WATER, PARKS, AND WILDLIFE

MIKE GATTO
ASSEMBLYMEMBER, FORTY-THIRD DISTRICT

October 9, 2013 Ms. Tami Podesta, Branch Chief Division of Environmental Planning California Department of Transportation District 7 100 South Main Street Los Angeles, California 90012

Dear Ms. Podesta, I am writing as an elected official and concerned citizen to support the inclusion of bicycle lanes in the proposed project to modernize the Hyperion Avenue viaduct. The Hyperion Avenue viaduct and the surrounding communities of Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Glendale are within the boundaries of the 43rd Assembly District, which I represent. The Hyperion Avenue Bridge plays a critical role in connecting these communities. I am concerned that the current project proposal would create something freeway-like, in an area where such a structure is not needed, wanted, or safe. A freeway-like bridge would also encourage unsafe automobile speeds and would fail to create a multi-modal transit route, which locals want and deserve. I applaud the current proposal for its improvements to the LA River Bike Path, particularly the completion of the interchange between the Bike Path and Glendale Boulevard. However, local access improvements on one end of a project area are insufficient without a bridge project that provides safe accommodation between Silver Lake and Atwater Village. Without accommodations on Hyperion Avenue, cyclists who wish to travel east-west and cross the Los Angeles River and the 5 Freeway, will continue to face dangerous obstacles and significant inconvenience. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has proposed an alternative design that provides a safer facility for all users and creates space for increased cycling and pedestrian facilities without decreasing automobile capacity. By lowering the design speed, removing the median crash barrier, not super-elevating turns, and striping urban lane widths, motorists will not be encouraged to pick up speed before entering the residential neighborhoods on either end of the viaduct. Community stakeholders consistently reiterated the need for calmer traffic conditions on the viaduct during project scoping, and I agree. As long as we can keep automotive traffic moving and provide safe bike lanes, we will have succeeded in the redesign.

STATE CAPITOL P.O. BOX 942849 SACRAMENTO, CA 94249-0043 (916) 319-2043 FAX (916) 319-2143 DISTRICT OFFICE 300 EAST MAGNOLIA BLVD. SUITE 504 BURBANK, CA 91502 (818) 558-3043 FAX: (818) 558-3042

COMMITTEES: APPROPRIATIONS BANKING AND FINANCE TRANSPORTATION WATER, PARKS, AND WILDLIFE

MIKE GATTO
ASSEMBLYMEMBER, FORTY-THIRD DISTRICT

As a state legislator and community member, I look forward to working with you to create a proposal that meets the needs of this modern urban transit route for automobiles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Thank you for your consideration of these comments. If my office can be of assistance during these processes, please do not hesitate to call. Sincerely,

Mike Gatto Assemblyman, 43rd District

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