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After Being Caught in a Lie (or just Disorganizational Chaos), LADOT Says New Bike Lane Will Come to Reseda Blvd.

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"I used to believe in conspiracy, then I discovered incompetency" ~Ruth Galanter, former LA City Councilmember (paraphrased)

Either way, it's feeling like the Los Angeles Department of Transportation is heading back to the days of General Manager Gloria Jeff when employee morale was low and the traffic engineers with real skills were caught up in a bureaucracy that dictated they serve cars, not people. Current General Manager Rita Robinson ran a tight and responsible ship at the Bureau of Sanitation before being appointed to LADOT, so why can't she control her own bikeways and district offices?

The latest in the concern over eliminating a bike lane on Reseda Blvd. changed significantly last night at a neighborhood council meeting. Apparently, LADOT changed their tune after the issue was "handled on the internet" with "trash talking about DOT," said Alan Willis, Principal Transportation Engineer for Valley Traffic Operations, according to Joe Linton at Streetsblog LA.

Athough Linton meets the new bike mile of bike lane with some skepticism, he says "bike lane supporters and other livability advocates can take Willis' remark as a compliment. [Willis] seems to be saying that L.A. Streetsblog and many others have been effective at using the internet to foster greater communication, transparency, clarity, and participation. A truer compliment will be bike lane stripes on the ground next month." Ted Rogers at Biking in LA and the city's Bicycle Committee President Glenn Bailey also both deserve major credit in bringing the issue forth. In an e-mail, Linton also gives kudos to LADOT bikeways engineer Paul Meshkin.