07Nov

LA County Will Evaluate Bike Path Safety in Wake of Terror Attack in NYC

Los Angeles, CA—Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn to evaluate the safety of the County’s bike paths in light of the recent terrorist attack in Manhattan.

On October 31, a man drove a rental truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan killing 8 and injuring dozens more in the deadliest terrorist attack in New York since September 11th.

“The terrorist attack in New York is a reminder of how difficult it is to protect so-called ‘soft targets’ especially when something as common as a truck can be turned into a deadly weapon,” said Supervisor Hahn. “We cannot prevent every tragedy, but where we can make improvements we should.”

 

The motion directs the County CEO’s office along with the Office of Emergency Management to work with County Counsel, and the Departments of Public Works, Beaches and Harbors, Parks and Recreation, and the Sheriff’s Department to evaluate potential vulnerabilities.  County Emergency Management staff will prioritize evaluation the safety of Class 1 bike paths along beaches and flood control channels.

The information gathered will be brought back to the board in a confidential report in 45 days with recommendations for how to improve safety and prevent a similar attack in LA County.