The Bridge is Installed - Rider Stay Off
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Caltrans and SFS grant special privileges to a private entity (the Swap Meet), and the cycling public has lost more access and resources in the process.
The cycling public is part of larger class of users of non-motorized thoroughfare in this case and the class is protected by state law:
Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet installs 180-foot pedestrian bridge over 5 Freeway
The headline is wrong and misleading. The bridge only goes over the CC channel to facilitate access to the Swap Meet from the VV side. This is a freebie to SFS and the Swap Meet from Caltrans.
On the VV side, the bridge will span over any public space and into the parking lot of a company called, Dynamic World Wide, operating on most of the NW corner of Valley View and Alondra. This is a huge manufacturer with a handful of segregated parking lots, and they will lease parking to the Swap Meet mostly on weekends.
This news has gone unnoticed. I found it by Google this morning. One of the local SFS riders gave me a heads-up last Thursday that the bridge was installed - we knew it was coming back in Sept. 2013.
At the Caltrans/LA_County bike safety meeting there was talk that the Swap Meet Bosses would exclude everyone but their customers that parked at the Dynamic WW lot from the bridge - so no cyclists allowed, especially those that want to use the bike path to commute across to Valley View.
The City of SFS and the Swap Meet people were absent from the meeting. This was a bad omen for anyone that wants to bike commute through this area, including the upper CC bike path.
Looking at the Pic Slide Show, its apparent that the bridge is lifted about 10 feet above the CC bike path on the Swap Meet side, and again about 8 feet above the walkway route on the Dynamic WW side. My local source says access to the bridge is gated on both sides (closed on most weekdays) and the gap in the fence off the bike path is now fenced in, preventing access to the Swap Meet from the upper CC path.
Caltrans had originally promised that Freeway Dr access to eastbound Alondra would be restored in Feb. 2014, and now this date is moved back to the Fall of 2014. The closure of Freeway Dr hurt the Swap Meet and it's clear that the bridge was their remedy to improve business. Too bad bridge installation came after the Christmas boom, so things didn't go entirely their way.
Here's the bottom line: LA County (LAC) PW is responsible for the CC bike path. The Swap Meet is on land leased from LAC. LAC should have some leverage to demand the SM to allow riders to cross their parking lot from the CC bike path and continue to Carmenita or VV.
Back on Nov 19, 2013 I emailed the Public Works Manager for SFS (Mr. N. Negrete) and asked that he include cyclists and access to the CC bike path in any decision he made about the bridge. They never responded. I also called the SFS Satellite office of LAC Supervisor Knabe and talked to an aide.
F-U SFS and Caltrans, and to LAC: get the lead out and protect their bike thoroughfare