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Man Hit By Car On Silver Lake's Rowena Avenue
A man was hit by a car on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake over the weekend.
The man was struck near Rowena Avenue and Herkimer Street at about 7 p.m. on Sunday evening in front of Blair's restaurant, The Eastsider reports. The driver stayed at the scene, and the pedestrian was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown.
This is the kind of news that will could be used by Silver Lake residents who vehemently oppose the Rowena Road Diet. The 2013 Rowena Road Diet was part of an effort to make the street safer after a young woman was hit and killed by a car when crossing Rowena Ave. in 2012. Rowena was cut from four lanes to just two, one in each direction. The diet also added bike lanes and a left turn lane.
As the Los Feliz Ledger notes, safety measures that have not been added include increased lighting at night or signaled crosswalks. These additions would be particularly helpful for pedestrians, as it would make it easier for drivers to see them and give them specific places and times to cross. There isn't a crosswalk at that intersection on Rowena where the man was hit, and the closest one is 350 feet away.
Residents say the road diet has caused excess cut-through traffic on residential side streets, and have posted videos showing clogged streets, road rage and drivers going too fast and failing to stop for the relatively new stop signs that were supposed to manage cut-through traffic.
Advocates of the road diet say the street is safer with less crashes, including representatives from LADOT and an 11-year-old boy who rides his bike to school along Rowena and called opponents of the diet "whiny" and "entitled" during a town hall meeting.