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Neighborhood Council Rejects Unstriping of Bicycle Lanes

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In order to increase road capacity on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, the city is proposing the removal of bicycle lands and street parking. Complete streets activists quickly caught wind of this and showed force at a meeting last night, ultimately succeeding in getting the neighborhood council, who is only advisory to city councilmembers, to vote down support for the measure. "We have taken the first step to build a strong coalition with Reseda Boulevard homeowners, residents, apartment building managers, business owners, and other stakeholders. This effort has just begun, and it won't be easy. Fighting City Hall never is. But that will make our ultimate victory that much more significant," Glenn Bailey, the city's Bike Advisory Committee Chair, wrote in an e-mail. Damien Newton at LA Streetsblog disagrees: "the LADOT only considers community support essential until it's proven that they don't have it. Then the "silent majority" of car commuters that use the road are the people's who's theoretical concerns take precedence."