Data scientists say the controversial Rowena ‘road diet’ actually worked

Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake was placed on a “road diet” in 2013, where the street was reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction to make space for bike lanes and to slow down cars. It definitely had its detractors, but a Los Angeles Times op-ed penned today by a pair of data scientists argues the road diet achieved its goal of making the street less hazardous for everyone. Angry Silver Lakers wouldn’t listen to the pro-road-diet pleas of an eloquent 11-year-old who called out their “whiny entitled behavior” last year, but maybe cold hard numbers will finally sway opponents. The writers of the op-ed, who work with datascience.com, compared Los Angeles Department of Transportation data from the year before the road diet was installed (pre-2013) to the…


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