View of downtown LA from Boyle Heights

Metro and Boyle Heights city staff are moving forward with a plan to develop transit, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements in the neighborhood. It’s part of the Eastside Access Project. Recently, city government has added bike racks in the shapes of flowers to the sidewalk as part of this endeavor.

But LA Streets Blog reports that some people are finding the plan makes it difficult for those with disabilities and wheelchairs to navigate the new sidewalk accessories. The Blog reports people have expressed the bike racks add a new obstacle for them to get around.

The program seeks to add other improvements like benches and lighting to bus stops and add trees along portions of Boyle Avenue, State, and Soto Streets.

Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar and his staff are collecting feedback and deciding on the design of the additions. Boyle Heights residents can send their input to the Councilman’s office to comment on which they’d like to see chosen.

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Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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