The launch of an initiative to spur economic revitalization and community pride along a stretch of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock was celebrated last week at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock at the same time the number of traffic lanes along the boulevard were being reduced from three in each direction to two to make room for freshly painted bike lanes.
The 103-page Colorado Blvd Vision Plan is a community-driven effort that resulted from numerous meetings and research since 2011. The “Take Back the Boulevard” (TBTB) steering committee has pushed forward the plan, which they describe on their website as a long-term road map for the area.
The plan aims to improved safety, create a pleasant environment, support local businesses on the stretch of Colorado from about Sierra Villa Drive, near Eagle Rock Plaza, to Figueroa Street.
Prior to the construction of the nearby 134 Freeway, Colorado Boulevard was a major thoroughfare connecting Glendale and Pasadena. Both ends of Colorado Boulevard, in Glendale and Pasadena, have two lanes of traffic in each direction. There used be three in Eagle Rock
“It will not have that freeway feeling anymore. It will feel more profoundly like the small town Eagle rock likes to feel that it is,” says Bob Gotham, president of The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), in a video describing the plan on the association website.
The more intimate “main street” feel will be accomplished by reconfiguring Colorado Boulevard, adding bicycle lanes, preserving or change the landscaping on the traffic medians and islands, improving marked crosswalks, adding sidewalk extensions, curb ramps and shade trees, and creating pedestrian plazas and parklets with street furniture among other features.
Funding for some of the improvements have yet to be identified, however, the bicycle lanes which have caused some controversy, already had funding through the citywide bike plan that Los Angeles adopted in 2011.
A five-minute video on the plan is available at TERA website where the plan can also be viewed or downloaded: http://www.tera90041.org/colorado_blvd_vision_plan.aspx
“Take Back the Boulevard” (TBTB) steering committee is composed of members from several stakeholder groups including Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Rock Community Preservation and Revitalization Corp., the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, SALT Landscape Architects, Civic Enterprise, and the Office of Los Angeles Councilmember José Huizar (CD-14).