Since then the City has hosted several more public meetings to gather additional community input on the Las Tunas Drive revitalization project. The City's leadership has also changed in the past three years, with a new City Manager and two new Council Members - William Man and Nanette Fish - having inherited the project from their predecessors. While the three senior Council Members - Tom Chavez, Vincent Yu, and Cynthia Sternquist - all supported the original vision in 2012 it remains to be seen how the new Council Members stand on the proposed Complete Street improvements.
What YOU Can DO!
- ATTEND the December 1st meeting and provide public comment in person! If at all possible, please save-the-date and join us at Temple City Hall, Council Chambers, 9701 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City, CA 91780.
- Submit comments via email. A short list of benefits as well as a template letter can be found below. We encourage everyone to take a moment and personalize their comments. Even short, personal statements are more powerful than copy-paste!!!
See the City’s project website (www.lastunasdr.com) for more info.
Benefits of People-Friendly Alternative 3 (incomplete list)
- Temple City is only 4 square miles and flat, ideal for walking and biking for short trips.
- Proposed safety improvements such as shorter crossing distances and high-visibility crosswalks will make walking and riding a bike more viable for residents of all ages, as well as improve physical and mental health.
- A more walk and bike-able community will encourage residents to patronize local businesses, rather than those outside City limits.
- Class II Bike Lanes will decrease sidewalk cycling and increase safety for people on bikes.
- Narrower lane widths will reduce speeding and increase safety for EVERYONE (e.g., research shows that danger increases significantly with speed - pedestrians struck by automobiles driving 40mph have an 85% chance of dying; at 30mph fatalities drop to about 45%; and at 20mph only 5%.)
- Back-In Angled Parking (video) would 1) increase safety for motorists entering/exiting parking spaces and people on bikes (e.g., eliminates risk of “dooring” - collision when door of parked car opens in front of oncoming cyclist); 2) add additional, convenient, storefront parking; 3) Be easier and faster than parallel parking with benefits to traffic flow; and 4) Provide more separation between moving traffic and pedestrians.
-------------------Template letter (please personalize)----------------------
Temple City Council
9701 Las Tunas Dr.
Temple City, CA 91780
RE: I Support a Safer, More Vibrant Las Tunas
Honorable Mayor, Members of the City Council, and Staff,
As a concerned citizen who [lives/rides/shops] in Temple City, I support your efforts to transform Las Tunas into a vibrant business district easily accessible by foot, bike, public transportation and automobile.
The Council's unanimously adopted 2012 vision for Las Tunas included best practices in street design that would improve the corridor's safety for everyone, especially more vulnerable minors and seniors who are disproportionately the victim of collisions with automobiles in the City. Following through on the below listed improvements would make for a safer, more comfortable downtown with:
- Wider sidewalks
- Shorter, protected pedestrian crossings
- New pedestrian crossings on long blocks
- Back-in angled parking
- Buffered bicycle lanes
- Narrower travel lane widths
- New street trees for parkways and center medians
- Bus stop improvements
- Public art
As local leaders, you have the power to support a more people-friendly downtown. I hope you will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the City towards a healthier future.