Published : Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 4:46 AM
A grassroots group that rose to prominence thwarting an Orange Grove Boulevard road diet plan is preparing a survey to find out exactly what Pasadenans think about a slew of planned traffic and transportation projects just around the corner.
Keep Pasadena Moving’s Frank Duerr said the group will share the survey’s fruits with Pasadena’s City Council and Transportation Department, the Pasadena Transportation Advisory Commission, state leaders, news media, and neighborhood associations.
The survey questions will be available on October 7.
“People are not aware of some of the issues in the works,” Duerr said in an interview. “So the question is how do we get more information to people and then ask them what they want in terms of transportation policy.”
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority last week allocated $137 million for road and transportation projects in Pasadena. The lion’s share of that sum, $125 million, will be dedicated to a Gold Line grade separation project.
Metro Board meeting documents said the Gold Line intersection with California Boulevard causes congestion while cutting off pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between neighborhoods east and west of the train tracks.
Duerr is, after all, the leader of an advocacy group and unafraid to admit language like that makes him nervous.
He asserted that but a small percentage of tax dollars are spent on actual road repairs. Instead, he said, funds are being used to finance “fads” around pedestrian and bicycle-friendly proposals.
“It seems to me like a lot of these designs by Metro, and by Complete Streets movements et cetera, actually create problems instead of resolving them,” Duerr said. “And I know that there’s tons of potholes that aren’t getting fixed while we’re putting millions into things that I think create more problems for us than solve.”
Duerr concurred with a recent statement made by Mayor Terry Tornek to Pasadena Now, to the effect that, while plans for bikes and pedestrian-friendly environments get a lot of attention, the City recognizes that the vast majority of Pasadenans are still using their cars to drop the kids off at piano class and cart groceries home.
“Road” diets that lop a lane off-road traffic for safety or bike lanes, and other ideas based on the “complete streets model,” are well-meaning proposals that don’t really address the biggest problems on the ground, said Duerr.
Mass transit ridership is dropping and complete streets schemes that weight bicycle and sidewalk environments more favorably visa vis the roadway, are intended, said Duerr, to worsen traffic and push people onto buses and trains.
Or, at least, that’s what the survey could help find out along with the matter of whether Pasadenans want to go in that direction or not.
To see the survey when it is released, visit https://www.facebook.com/