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To be a World Class City LA Must be a Bikeable City

From CityWatchLA.com

 

Increased safety is the first reason to support bike lanes. Today many people bicycle, and many endanger themselves on streets that are not accommodating. More people would like to bicycle if it were only safe.

Second, we have to adopt a much greater sense of urgency regarding climate change. Some of the key impacts to California of the earth heating up include:

  • Melting the polar icecaps and other glaciers causing the sea level to rise and eventually risking many low-lying cities of going underwater
  • Droughts
  • Floods
  • Crop failures
  • Insect infestations
  • Forest fires
  • Water shortages caused by warm rain not building snow pack

If we don’t quickly make serious changes in the way we transport ourselves, create electricity and more, we will find ourselves living on a planet that is very difficult and expensive. We are rapidly making our earth a place where life will be a struggle for all. A little inconvenience for those who drive will pale in comparison to life with advanced climate change. Let’s also care more about what we leave future generations.

 

Third, due to physical inactivity we are rapidly approaching the day when 1/3 of Americans will have Type 2 diabetes.  Add to that, heart problems, aggravated asthma and other health maladies mount as we don’t incorporate exercise into our daily lives. Creating a bikeable city encourages people to leave their cars at home for a healthier, more enjoyable way to travel.

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Arts District bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly projects around LA will get millions from the state

From LA.Curbed.com

 

Last week, the California Transportation Commission awarded more than $100 million to 62 active transportation projects around the state, including $14.85 million for a host of bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly improvements in the Arts District.

The grant money, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2021, represents a sizable chunk of the $56 million awarded to Southern California cities and agencies to deliver projects focused on making the state safer for walkers and bicyclists.

In the Arts District, the money will fund pedestrian and biking connections to transit stops and the under-construction Sixth Street Viaduct replacement project, according to city documents. New bike lanes, curb extensions, crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, and added traffic lights are also planned for the area.

Further grant money will also fund pedestrian-friendly improvements at nearby Union Station. Part of Metro’s master plan for the historic station, these updates include a pedestrian crossing on Alameda Street and other new connections between the station and its surrounding communities. The project will receive $3.15 million starting in 2019.

 

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Looking for a ride this Sunday? How about CicLAvia – Heart of LA

CicLAvia – Heart of LA will celebrate what has become a Los Angeles institution on October 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a fifth-year anniversary route. CicLAvia began as an idea with an uncertain outcome when it first removed cars from the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 10, 2010. Now, five years, fourteen events and hundreds of thousands of participants later, CicLAvia is the largest open streets event in North America.

Heart of LA will have six miles for participants to explore by bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair and other non-motorized traffic. The route will take people through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park.

New to CicLAvia? Here are four things you need to know for October 18:

It’s FREE!
It’s not a race and you don’t need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate to your heart’s content.
There’s no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far or as short as you want.
The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.

http://www.ciclavia.org