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"Hey Hey, Ho Ho, The Broadway Diet Has Got To Go" Chant Riled Residents As Drivers Honk Protesting City Hall Installed "Road Diet"

Demonstration was organized by 2nd dist. Council candidate Robert Fox


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(July 15, 2019, 8:27 p.m.) -- "Hey hey, ho ho, the Broadway diet has got to go" chanted Alamitos Beach area residents, business owners and their customers in an enthusiastic protest against the LB City Hall-installed "road diet" that narrowed vehicle lanes, begat a sidewalk-adjacent bike lane and pushed parked cars further into the Broadway roadway (causing accidents multiple residents say) between Alamitos and Redondo Aves.

A crowd of roughly 60 people (when we shot our video) with roughly 75 to approaching 100 earlier (event began at 4:30 p.m.) took part in the demonstration at the corner of Broadway/Cherry Ave. Participants crossed and re-crossed the four corners of the intersection, chanting as they carried professionally printed signs ("Broadway Road Diet Endangers Lives" and "Road Diets = Reduced Parking & Starved Businesses") provided by 2nd district City Council candidate Robert Fox. Passing vehicles honked in support.

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Photo credit: Diana Lejins



Photo credit: Diana Lejins

The Broadway road diet is one of several installed in a number of LB neighborhoods to date and has generated the strongest public pushback. Non-elected city staff says its purpose is to slow traffic and reduce accidents as well as promote bicycle mobility. But multiple residents and business owners charge that the Broadway configuration has caused accidents (obstructing drivers' views). They say; the bicycle lanes are only lightly used and the configuration has worsened parking in already-parking scarce Alamitos Beach.

After Mr. Fox amplified those objections several weeks ago, Councilwoman Pearce responded by calling the installed road diet a "work in progress." And in a Saturday July 13 Facebook dispatch (a few hours before Fox's first campaign fundraiser), Councilwoman Pearce announced that some changes are coming (LBREPORT.com coverage here.) Candidate Fox responded by labeling those changes "tweaks" and has called for redesigning the project with grassroots input.

Another 2nd dist. Council challenger, candidate Jeanette Barerra, has acknowledged issues with the Broadway road diet but has indicated she believes the solution requires addressing longer-term mobility issues.

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