Making it Safer and Easier to Walk and Bike in Noho


The secret is out: NoHo is a happening place. It isn't just up and coming anymore. We have arrived. Within just a few blocks, you can ride your bike for fun, walk to great shops and restaurants, and hop on the Metro to get to work or anywhere else you want to go.

After the NoHo Arts District joined Council District 2 in 2012, I made it a priority to make NoHo even better and safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters. There are currently a number of projects moving forward and some that are complete. 

One example is the improvement on Lankershim in front of the Laemmle NoHo 7. When theatre owner and bike enthusiast Greg Laemmle told me that he wanted a bike corral in front of his theatre, I worked with him to get the project approved and completed. LADOT employees installed the new bike corral last week, just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Laemmle Theatres.

In the coming weeks, the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Blakeslee Avenue will also get a complete overhaul that will make it safer for everyone, especially those who walk around the neighborhood.

With the help of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Magnolia and Blakeslee is being outfitted with Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons. RRFBs are flashing lights that complement warning signs at intersections that don't have traffic signals or at mid-block crosswalks. They are proven to enhance motorist compliance when coupled with a crosswalk. I know they will do wonders for safety at Magnolia and Blakeslee, which is something community members want and deserve.

I believe we can all agree that NoHo is getting better and more mobile every day. What is happening here is a new form of "upward mobility"--one that benefits everyone.