Smart Growth America just released a new report ranking the strength of new Complete Streets policies passed by local communities in 2012. Three of the top 10 cities that conform to Complete Streets policies are in California: Hermosa Beach, Huntington Park, and Rancho Cucamonga. See the full list here.
Up north in Seattle, a group of “polite” bicycle advocates performed a do-it-yourself fix for a bike lane: Adding reflective pylons onto the line separating cars from bikes. Advocates politely claim that the fix is relatively inexpensive but can immeasurably enhance safety. Sadly, the Seattle DOT took down the pylons the very next day and politely explained that the pylons themselves pose a hazard to bicyclists. However, the DOT offered to politely return the pylons to the advocates if the latter so wish.
With a $6 billion bond proposal to repair LA streets resurfacing, Councilmembers Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino are doing the smart thing by announcing a series of meetings to collect public input. This could make for a great opportunity to advocate for complete streets and the implementation of the LA Bike Plan as part of street repaving. In any case, there is no denying that something must be done to bring our streets into a state of good repair, despite the fact that repaving them as scheduled would cost the city about $300 million a year.
- In other news, LA Times readers weigh in on what Wilshire Boulevard means to them, in response to architecture reviewer Chris Hawthorne’s piece on this special street.
- The embattled green bike lanes on Spring Street face new criticism from location scouts who believe that the lanes hinder filmmaking.
- A judicial ruling favoring construction of the Perris Metrolink extension could be more complicated than meets the eye.
- Could Southwest Airlines soon join the parade of airlines charging new and altogether novel fees on its passengers, if its recent ads are any indication?
We’ve all heard about bike boulevards, but bike freeways? That’s what bike infrastructure opponents in San Francisco are calling the latest proposal to install bike lanes on Polk Street. Specifically, proponents are fighting for the removal of curbside parking and replacing it with bike lanes and parklets. Proponents also cite the high number of bike crashes along the street, obviating the need for safety improvements. Opponents fear that removing parking would jeopardize businesses along the street.