Saturday, September 12, 2015

Familiar story: LA's "immobility" plan

The [Los Angeles]City Council has approved a far-reaching transportation plan that would reshape the streetscape over the next 20 years, adding hundreds of miles of bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and pedestrian safety features as part of an effort to nudge drivers out from behind the wheel.

Not surprisingly, in the unofficial traffic congestion capital of the country, the plan has set off fears of apocalyptic gridlock.

“What they’re trying to do is make congestion so bad, you’ll have to get out of your car,” said James O’Sullivan, a founder of Fix the City, a group that is planning a lawsuit to stop the plan. “But what are you going to do, take two hours on a bus? They haven’t given us other options”...

The lawsuit was filed on September 8.

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At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the current situation there is just amazing?

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No, but why deliberately make it worse based on nothing but the hope that people will start riding buses and bikes? It's a dumb idea in San Francisco, and it's even dumber in LA.

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What should we do about this?

Do I want the biker in front of me to be able to ride out of the way in a separate lane, or take away the lane so that I have to swerve to get around him? Do I want access to the the "bus only" lane if it's going to be clogged with a bunch of drivers with the same idea as me, or do I want the city bus to run as on time as it can so that my employees can get to work as on time as THEY can?

Do I want to support an angry old sociopath who hates everyone who does anything that isn't His Way, or do I just recognize that Rob Anderson is a selfish prick with a mental disorder stemming from a defect in the frontal lobe of his brain?

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You almost made a useful comment in the first paragraph but lost it in the second. Why are you bike guys always anonymous? Brave enough to run with the mob during Critical Mass but not brave enough to put your name on a comment.

The issue in SF---as it is in LA---is whether to take away traffic lanes on busy city streets to make bike lanes based on nothing but the hope that people will give up driving and start riding bikes. That is, it's a faith-based policy based on nothing but the trendy bike bullshit.


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