The homes at the end of Jackson Avenue have driveways that extend beyond the “blind spot” to the gate. Residents backing out of their driveways every day and at any time, day or night, will NOT be able to see people – especially minors – exiting and entering the bike path from the Jackson Gate. This visibility problem presents a tremendous potential liability for both the city and homeowners. Opening this gate poses a tragic risk of serious accidents and injuries.
Furthermore, young children freely playing in this cul-de-sac area could easily wander through the open gate onto the bike path and get lost. They could also be injured (or worse) because cyclists often speed, especially along ramps and blind curves.
The gaps between the steel cables that form a barrier along the creek are broken in spots and so wide that a child or even an adult could easily slip through and fall into the creek channel itself. (Right past where the gate would open, there are NO steel cable barriers and actually no barriers at all, further raising the risk of an accident.)
There are currently criminal and other illicit activities (bike chop shops, drugs, and gangs) along Ballona Creek. Although rates of reported crimes in Culver City are lower than nearby LA, opening a new access point directly into this neighborhood has a potential logical probability of enabling an increase in harmful criminal activities upon friends and neighbors living on Jackson Avenue as well as other adjacent Carlson Park streets. It will also enable an easy escape for any criminals within the Culver City boundaries.
There is no arguing that there are crime, harassment, and gang activities along the creek – much of which goes unreported. People have been harassed, robbed, injured, hospitalized, and traumatized even when traveling in groups of two or more. Yet promoters for opening the gate near residential access argue that the creek path is the safest way for young students to bike to school. It is not!
Read the reviews and decide for yourself. There is very little supervision or enforcement of any kind in this area. Also, despite signs to the contrary, motorized bikes and scooters do barrel down this path daily.
We believe that it is safer for children to travel to school on residential surface streets where if something happens, there are adults and authorities around to assist them. There is very little supervision or enforcement of anything along this narrow biking creek path. Furthermore, despite signs to the contrary, motorized bike riders, scooterists, and adult cyclists barrel down this path daily, ignoring the signs to slow down around its many blind curves.
Promoting the use of Jackson Gate as a way to get young children and pre-teens to commute to school without first addressing these issues is doing them a disservice. We suggest that our youngsters are better served by:
1. Having more crossing guards along with Braddock during hours when kids travel by pedal, scooters, skateboards, or on foot to and from school;
2. Installing more synchronized traffic lights;
3. Installing blinking lighted crosswalks at stop signs to alert distracted drivers to slow down and stop; and
4. Assigning more police traffic officers before and after school hours to assist with a safe commute, help educate safe biking habits, and help enforce the use of helmets among minors.
1. Jackson Avenue is an extremely narrow street that barely allows for two-way traffic and residential parking.
2. Opening the Jackson Gate would create unsafe conditions.
3. Accidents and Liabilities: Poor visibility leading to and from the gate exists due to blind spots that increase the likelihood of tragic accidents and severe injuries.
4. There is a risk of an increase in harmful activities and bio-hazards.
5. See/read what has happened in similar neighborhoods.
Liability increased multifold for the city with the opening of the gate in the current environment. Common sense must prevail. We would rather have our tax money go to the broader good: a greener environment, schools, and education, etc.
The BPAC states, “In fact, there are currently five comparable bike path entrances in Culver city into residential neighborhoods on Fay, Cattaraugus, Caroline, Helms Avenues, and Sherbourne Drive also next to the EXPO line Railway which have Proven to be successful in their use since 2016 without the substantial problems anticipated by some of the Jackson neighbors”.
THIS IS A FALSE ANALOGY! The streets that they are referring to, IN FACT, have NO open gates and NO direct access to the Creekside of the Bike Path. Most dead-end and with a block wall and have a long pathway against that tall solid wall barrier. The path then feeds into a long wide ramp that opens up to the bike path. The bike path at this point does NOT butt up against the creek. Instead, it is next to the Expo-line—which is a flat, fenced, monitored area that is out in the open and next to an industrial/commercial area on the opposite side. That is NOT the same as being up against an isolated creek that has a long rocky drop to the dirty water below it! The end of Fay also is a dead end but has a ramp that feeds into the very long ramp from Syd Kronenthal Park, where the actual access to the bike path emanates. Again, here the bike path is along the Expo line and NOT the creek. These residential streets do not have dead ends with gates next to peoples’ driveways. The creek itself actually veers away from these streets and crosses the SE side of Syd Kronenthal Park, where it winds around the industrial area. This part of Culver City has totally different zoning that includes commercial, light industrial, studio, and high-density residential dwellings. It is a GROSS MISREPRESENTATION TO STATE that these streets are comparable to Jackson Avenue –nor are these streets comparable to the streets neighboring Jackson. This is like comparing apples and bananas: both are fruits but very different. All are streets, but very different.