This past Saturday, a senior citizen, a mother, grandmother, active member of the Jardin del Rio Community Garden and a beautiful EV neighbor sustained life threatening injuries while on her morning exercise walk on the Elysian Valley Pedestrian/Bike path. She is said to have been struck from behind by a speeding cyclist at or around 8:00 AM, near the Riverdale Ave. street access to the path. Minutes ago, I visited her at the USC Medical Center with her son, where she is in ICU (intensive care unit) with head injuries that have her intubated and with a “no bone flap on right side” of her skull.
The Elysian Valley Neighborhood watch has called for safety on the path and necessary City correction from the inception of the bike path, a flawed design that neglected area historical pedestrian use and that today has a beloved neighbor battling for her life. The decision by City officials to favor the cycling community and to respond to area calls for safety improvements with bandaid approaches makes the city complicit in this injuries and grossly negligent.
I call on Elysian Valley residents to to voice their dissatisfaction to Councilmember O’Farrel’s office and to demand that this health and safety hazard that is the pedestrian/bike path be corrected once and for all by closing the bike path to cyclist immediately until it has implemented tangible improvements that guarantee pedestrian safety.
In the meantime, I urge Elysian Valley Residents to use extreme caution while making use of the path and call on the cycling community to extend Elysian Valley neighbors the safe right of way that it has championed for itself from vehicles.
Please keep our neighbor and her family in your prayers.
Elysian Valley Field Deputy
District Office 1722 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
213-207-3015 – office
Field Deputy (Elysian Valley & Glassell Park)
Office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
1722 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone (213) 207-3015 | Fax (213) 207-3031 | http://www.cd13.com
Office of Councilmember MITCH O’FARRELL
City of Los Angeles, 13th Council District
200 N. Spring Street, Room 480
Los Angeles, CA 90012