The Walkable Boulevard concept combines the best parts of the existing plans and builds on the original Rock The Boulevard vision to transform Eagle Rock Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly destination.
The Walkable Boulevard concept takes a context sensitive approach that recognizes the different sections of Eagle Rock Boulevard have different needs.
Southern Segment between York Bl and Westdale Ave
The current options presented by StreetsLA neglect the sidewalk experience where people live, shop, and go about their business meeting friends, connecting to transit, and more. The Walkable Boulevard concept acknowledges that sidewalk space can sometimes be tight and is the only option that prioritizes pedestrians and doubles the width of the sidewalks and maximizes new opportunities for sidewalk trees.
Under the current options presented by StreetsLA, pedestrian crossings in the widest part of Eagle Rock Boulevard only get shortened by approximately 16ft if the “median option” is picked and 32ft if the “hybrid option” is picked. The Walkable Boulevard concept shortens crossings by at least 36ft and could reduce crossings by as much as 46ft! This is safer and more convenient for people navigating our sidewalks.
Central Segment between Westdale Ave and Fair Park Ave
The Walkable Boulevard concept is more pedestrian-friendly than StreetsLA’s existing options in the central (narrow) section of Eagle Rock Boulevard. The current options presented offer minimal opportunities to reduce pedestrian crossings. Some options don’t even allow for reduced pedestrian crossings at key locations such as Yosemite Dr and Norwalk Ave.
The Walkable Boulevard concept maintains a traditional, street-level protected bike lane in the central section of Eagle Rock Boulevard but proposes to raise the bike lanes at intersections to allow for reduced pedestrian crossings at all signalized intersections, something that is largely ignored under StreetsLA’s options.
Northern Segment between Fair Park Ave and Colorado Bl
North of Fair Park Avenue, the Walkable Boulevard doubles the width of the sidewalks and provides substantially shorter crossings for pedestrians while maintaining existing median trees. This concept also allows for continuous, safe protected bike lanes that allow easy access to businesses and bus stops. At major crossings such as Colorado, Merton, Caspar, and Fair Park, the Walkable Boulevard reduces pedestrian crossings by at least 30 feet and could reduce crossings by as much as 40 feet. The Walkable Boulevard concept allows outdoor dining and displays to flourish while providing enough space for people to comfortably navigate sidewalks