Silver Lake’s Road Diet in Focus As Neighborhood Road Rage Is Captured on Video

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Why do diets fail? Because people cheat.

Silver Lake residents are learning that the hard way thanks to new traffic patterns. Three years ago, the city Department of Transportation put Rowena Avenue on a “road diet.” The idea was to slow down traffic after a 24-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car as she crossed Rowena.

The roadway’s four car lanes were reduced to two and bicycle lanes were added. City officials believe they’ve made the area safer: there were seven crashes over eight months in 2013, compared with 15 in 2008.

But with traffic slowed on Rowena Avenue, drivers now cut through the neighborhood’s side streets.

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