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Rick Hanzel and his dog Rocko take a walk on the North Redondo bike path.

Mike Mosig knows as well as anyone the North Redondo Beach bike path needs improvements.

The local dentist commutes to work, and on days when he works in Beverly Hills, Mosig takes the bike path travelling north and south under the power lines to the Metro Green Line station. From there he takes the train.

“In the winter time it gets dark earlier, so you're riding home in the dark,” he said. “For that reason good lighting along this path will really make it safer.”

The Redondo Beach Leadership Class of 2017, of which Mosig is a member, recently began soliciting funds to pay for a new set of solar street lights along the path. 

Mosig said that as the lights have dimmed he's seen an increase in loitering and homeless people.

“There are homeless people and weirdos,” he said. “The lights now are rusty and not very effective. Many are not working.”

Class member Christina Wennstrom said the group chose to focus on the bike path for several reasons. Safety is concern, she said, but they also want to put the focus more on North Redondo whereas the south side of town has tended to receive more attention.

“Throughout the year we’ve been really concerned with bike safety and obviously trying to renovate some areas in North Redondo to get some love,” Wennstrom said. “This way we can improve the bike path and also create a more healthy environment for the community.”

The class is currently seeking $15,000 to pay for 12 solar LED lights. As opposed to the older design model that exist today, the new lights will be fully adjustable to offer a more concentrated yet brighter illumination.

The $15,000 will not cover the entire section of bike path, however, and especially if the city advances plans to extend the pathway to the South Bay Galleria, which will receive a new transit station this year. Plans to light the entire stretch of pathway have not yet been formulated.

The proposed lighting improvements come in conjunction with upcoming enhancements around Artesia Boulevard including a section of parkway. In addition, the city recently fulfilled grants worth upwards of $100,000 for storefront improvements along Artesia Boulevard as well as fielded an Artesia Boulevard Improvement Task Force.

“Our first donation came from Councilmember John Gran” Wennstrom said. “That was a great way to ignite our project.”

For more on the project and to contribute visit LeadershipLightingtheWay.com.

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