Mike sent the following letter to neighbors in Venice on February 5, 2020.
Based on your feedback, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will not be installing additional parking meters on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
That is the strong guidance I gave LADOT officials after hearing from you, and they have agreed. LADOT has also agreed that it will move forward with other, more popular projects to improve parking and relieve traffic congestion on the Abbot Kinney corridor.
LADOT’s revised plans for street now includes:
Marking 203 parking spaces along Abbot Kinney to maximize parking efficiency;
Installing parking sensors to collect real-time parking data and guide motorists to available spaces with smartphone apps;
Standardizing posted parking time limits at 2 hours between 8 AM and 8 PM;
Installing nine new parking corrals for dockless scooters and e-bikes;
Preserving two existing bike parking corrals and maintaining the existing Metro bike share station;
Adding a series of several motorcycle parking spaces, spread out along the boulevard; and
Reorganizing passenger and commercial loading zones to allow traffic to flow more smoothly on the street.
LADOT is doing this work because I asked the agency to come up with proposals to address the issues neighbors, visitors, and merchants raise with me all the time: a lack of parking, too much traffic, scooters blocking the public right-of-way on sidewalks, and other related issues. The initial proposal called for the installation of 196 new parking meters, but LADOT has dropped that part of the proposal after hearing so many public concerns and objections.
Thank you so much for your input. If you have questions or have further input, please contact my Transportation Director Eric Bruins at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact LADOT directly at email@example.com.
Working together, we can move our city forward, do good, and get things done for our neighborhoods.
Councilmember, 11th District