L.A. just banned cars from a major Griffith Park road. Will it save cyclists’ lives?

LA Times

A cyclist rides past L.A. city worker Emma Delgado on June 29 and heads down the stretch of Griffith Park Drive that is now closed to car traffic.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

When Drew Valenti shares the road with cars from the saddle of his bike in Los Angeles, the thought of getting killed always crosses his mind.

Even in a place like Griffith Park, with its scenic routes that twist through a chaparral expanse of sycamores and live oaks.

“You’re definitely aware of your mortality, pretty much all the time,” Valenti said after a trip through the park, where he rides five times a week since picking up cycling during the pandemic.

Now, city officials have temporarily closed a stretch of Griffith Park Drive, which cuts through the heart of the park — eliminating car traffic in an effort to improve safety for cyclists, runners, hikers and equestrians. The movement caught momentum after the death of experienced cyclist Andrew Jelmert, who was struck from behind by a car during a training ride through the park in April.

Publish : 2022-07-07 19:10:00

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