Make Griffith Park Safer for All Users! #ToNotThroughGriffithPark

Make Griffith Park Safer for All Users! #ToNotThroughGriffithPark

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Damian Kevitt started this petition to LA City Councilmember District 4 Nithya Raman and

At 3:45 pm on the 16th of April, Andrew Jelmert was struck and killed while cycling in Griffith Park. He was pedaling the final stretch of a 67-mile training ride in preparation for a 545-mile ride from San Francisco to LA benefiting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He was killed by a speeding driver who also appeared to have been drinking. This occurred close to where I lost my leg, and very almost my life, to a hit & run driver in 2013 who was never caught.

Andrew was a Realtor at Deasy Penner Podley, working in their Silver Lake-Echo Park offices. He was known to be humble and giving. His husband and partner of 28 years, André Goeritz, said “Andrew, his life was all about giving, is all about love. It was all about just selfless service. And you know, to have been killed in that way — it just seems so unfair.”

What exactly occurred was reported by the LA Times: Grieving cyclists call for a safer Griffith Park after 77-year-old killed.

The non-profit street-safety organization, Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE), is demanding that the City of Los Angeles and specifically the Department of Recs and Parks return Griffith Park to the community - making it safe for the people who use it the most, not the speeding cars who use it as a cut-through. Please phase out private cars traveling through Griffith Park (excluding Park Rangers and public shuttles). 

Griffith Park is the largest park in the United States which still allows private cars. It is a haven for the community and a popular destination for cyclists, runners, walkers, golfers and families with young children - getting out for some physical activity and get-togethers. Yet the few bike lanes that exist do not have barriers separating riders from cars. The posted speed limit is 25 MPH, but many drivers go 40 - 60 MPH using Griffith Park as a way to avoid the crowded 5 freeway. 

Los Angeles is the hit-and-run capital of the United States. In the City of Los Angeles, our pedestrian fatality rate is 4x the national average. Per the Los Angeles Police Department, in 2021, there were 289 people killed (a 21% increase) and 1,465 severely injured (a 30% increase) compared to 2020. Cyclist deaths had a 13% increase, and severe injuries were also up by 22% compared to 2020.

There has been talk about phasing cars out of portions of Griffith Park for many years and efforts to make the park safer. We appreciate the fact that the current City Councilmember for District 4 has been making plans in order to accomplish this, but these plans need to result in action. #ToNotThroughGriffithPark

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