Councilmember O’Farrell, Community Partners Celebrate Installation of Speed Tables on Riverside Drive

Improvements will help calm traffic and enhance safety in Elysian Valley

ELYSIAN VALLEY — Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell today joined the Department of Transportation (LADOT) and local residents and community advocates to celebrate the installation of new speed tables on a busy stretch of Riverside Drive.

“Making Riverside Drive safer has been a priority for residents in Elysian Valley, and I’m proud of the work we have done together to bring this to fruition,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “This project adds to improvements we have already brought to the Elysian Valley community, including new street lighting and other traffic safety upgrades, and will make a busy corridor much safer for everyone.”

The project being completed this week brings four new speed tables to Riverside Drive: two at the north/south approaches to Elmgrove Street, and two at the north/south approaches to Birkdale Street. Speed tables are flat-topped, longer than speed humps, and are becoming increasingly common on busier major corridors like Riverside Drive. O’Farrell, a major proponent of pedestrian safety measures, previously worked to install speed tables on Temple Street in Historic Filipinotown, as well as nearby on Riverside Drive between Riverdale Street and Glover Place.

The new speed tables on Riverside Drive come two days after O’Farrell introduced his plans to further improve safety on the corridor, where he wants to see protected bicycle lanes installed on Riverside Drive between Fletcher Drive and Stadium Way leading into Elysian Park.