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CITY HALL — How do you feel about a dedicated bus lane on Lincoln Boulevard during peak traffic hours?

The Planning Commission will sound off on the first stages of a plan to make Lincoln more beautiful and pedestrian-friendly Wednesday night.

The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan is meant to improve the current environment, which, according to city planners, “lacks a coordinated streetscape or landscaping pattern that actively promotes walking or strolling.

“It also lacks regular pedestrian crossings,” they said, “which creates a barrier to uses along the boulevard and the neighborhoods on either side.”

The plan covers a 1.25-mile stretch of Lincoln from the I-10 Freeway to Ozone Avenue.

The Lincoln Boulevard Task Force conducted a survey of 638 residents and found that they wanted more restaurants and fewer auto-related business on Lincoln. Most of those who responded traveled to Lincoln for its grocery stores.

The number one issue with Lincoln? Surprise: Traffic. About 500 responses mentioned traffic, with public safety being the runner-up.

The survey was released last year.

On Wednesday, planning commissioners will be asked to examine the five main priorities of the plan: Detailed streetscape design, a business improvement toolkit, a beautification program, parking and traffic management strategies, and transit network enhancements.

The goal of the streetscape design is, according to city planners, to balance local access and “placemaking” with the boulevard’s role as a regional commuter corridor.

The business improvement toolkit could include changes to facades, signage, or landscaping in the short-term while focusing on creating a businesses improvement district and adding new uses or businesses in the long-term.

The beautification of Lincoln is already under way.

“Building upon the grassroots movements started by the Lincoln Boulevard Task Force and Beautify Lincoln, the project will identify case studies and exemplary management structures for beautification programs where low-cost and community assisted beautification programs have been used as a catalyst for change in a commercial corridor,” city planners said in their report.

For the parking and traffic management strategy, city planners suggest a comprehensive evaluation of on- and off-street parking options.

To enhance the transit network, city planners note that City Hall could create dedicated bus lanes within the metered parking lanes during peak transit hours.

In the survey performed by the Lincoln Boulevard Task Force, 55 percent of residents polled support priority bus lanes from 7 to 10 a.m. northbound and 4 to 7 p.m. southbound. Another 28 percent of residents opposed the priority lanes and 17 percent had no opinion.

When considering the priority lanes, city planners would take into account the use-rates of metered parking during peak hours, the availability of alternative parking spaces during those hours, the ability of these lanes to be extended into Los Angeles, and the level of support from local businesses and stakeholders.

City planners expect the Lincoln plan to be completed over the next year and half. The first community-wide workshop will be held in the winter.

 

dave@www.smdp.com

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