La Canada, CA Road Diet: Paradise Canyon wheel stops removed, city goes back to drawing board

Siding with neighbors against the recommendation of a traffic engineer, the La Cañada Flintridge Public Works and Traffic Commission voted last week to remove 36 wheel stops from a Gould Avenue median installed to ease traffic congestion around Paradise Canyon Elementary School.

The immediate removal of the structures followed an Oct. 16 meeting during which residents aired concerns about student safety amid increasingly dangerous traffic during the school’s pickup and drop-off times. Congestion only worsened, they claimed, after the Sept. 19 installation of bumper-like structures in the Gould Avenue median north of Knight Way.

“It’s tragic what’s happening here,” said Gould Avenue homeowner Edward Newquist. “None of you would do this in front of your homes.”