A Mar Vista dermatologist and self-appointed traffic planning expert is back, suggesting that anyone who supports road diets spins and distorts the facts to support their hidden agenda.
And that we only want those poor motorists to suffer.
Somehow, he professes to know that anyone who complains about “white, rich, noncaring (sic) motorists” are themselves very rich and use their cars more than most. And are white, though he says that shouldn’t matter.
Which begs the question of how he managed to check the bank accounts of everyone on the other side of the debate. Let alone their odometers.
Or why he brought up race if it doesn’t matter.
On the other hand, he does get a few things right.
1) Transportation isn’t social engineering, but rather a search for a better way (or ways) to get from Point A to Point B.
2) Ideology and wishful thinking have no business being prioritized over engineering when it comes to the laws of physics, environmental science, and safety.
Which, oddly, is exactly the opposite of the approach he’s previously taken in criticizing city engineers and planners who he disagree with, based on his extensive knowledge of, uh, dermatology.
He’s also right about this.
3) Being pro-train, pro-bus, pro-van/carpool, pro-bicycle or pro-pedestrian is NOT the same as being anti-motorist…and vice versa. We should all have reasonable access to all forms of transportation.
This from someone who’s fought for two years to have the protected bike lanes on Venice Blvd through Mar Vista removed, and the street restored to six lanes.
Apparently, reasonable access means drivers get as much space as they want, and people on bikes get whatever’s left. And anyone on foot would have to return to scrambling to cross a raging six lane river of cars — including the elderly who formerly struggled to get across.
He goes on to complain about road diets affecting emergency response times. Yet average response times for the Mar Vista fire station, which is right next to the road diet on Venice Blvd, averages just 30 seconds more than the citywide average.
Granted, every second counts. But that hardly seems like the emergency apocalypse opponents make it out to be
Finally, there’s this odd statement.
5) We didn’t, as a community, fight and pay for the Expo Line and other lines only to have service drop–we’ve proudly paid a heap of money for better rail transit, and we deserve nothing but the best for our blood, sweat, tears, and money). And we definitely didn’t pay for bike lanes to be implemented OVER bus and rail projects and service, only as a nice and necessary supplement.
Can anyone seriously make the claim that bike lanes, in Mar Vista or anywhere else, had anything to do with the highly unpopular service cut on the Expo Line, which have affected train users with bicycles as much as anyone else?
And to the best of my knowledge, there were never any plans for bus lanes on Venice — or anywhere else where bike lanes took precedence over bus lanes. Which the NIMBYs and entitled drivers would probably fight just like they’ve fought bike lanes.
All this leads up to tomrrow’s “National Conference” sponsored by traffic safety denier pressure group Keep LA Moving at the Mar Vista cafe, which must be the only national transportation conference small enough to fit in a local restaurant.
Apparently, it’s open to anyone.
So it would be a real shame if some road diet and bike lane supporters decided to show up.
Photo of Venice Blvd in Mar Vista by Joni Yung.
LA’s experiment with cool road surfaces may be failing, after researchers discovered an unexpected effect.
While the light colored street toppings succeeded in cooling the street, it made everyone around them hotter as the sun’s heat was reflected back into the surrounding air.
A bike rider in DTLA encounters an apparent film shoot without any of the required warning or safety cones.
But while it may look like a guerrilla shoot, the video shows what appears to be couple of hi-viz vested cops standing around.
— Marcel (@theoldroad) October 3, 2019
Thanks to Erik Griswold for the heads-up.
A Maine company has developed a three-wheeled, pedal-less “bike” that enables people with mobility issues and disabilities to walk around recreationally.
The Metro Bike bikeshare has expanded into Thai Town and East Hollywood. Hopefully, that means Hollywood itself won’t be far behind.
The Los Feliz Ledger looks at the new bike and pedestrian bridge nearing completion over the Los Angeles River, saying it’s changing the face of Atwater Village.
The Beib is one of us, riding the streets of Los Angeles on a fat tire ebike and learning to ride a unicycle.
SoCal Cycling looks forward to this Sunday’s Heart of LA CicLAvia celebrating the 100th birthday of UCLA.
This is who we share the roads with. A 29-year old Orange County woman could be 80 by the time she gets out of prison, after being convicted of three counts of 2nd degree murder for the drunken crash that killed three teenagers and seriously injured a fourth; she was over three times the legal alcohol limit an hour after the crash.
New Anaheim Ducks coach Dallas Eakins is one of us. And tougher than most, competing in the grueling, high altitude Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race ten times.
A Leucadia columnist decries the ruination of her fair city, in part by a planned Complete Streets project that would add (gasp!) bike lanes to the Coast Highway.
A San Diego grand jury blames the city for how it handled the e-scooter rollout.
Salinas will hold a ciclovía this weekend, too.
Work is finally beginning on installing a barrier-protected bicycle and pedestrian lane on the Bay Area’s Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, even as a study continues to turn it into an additional traffic lane, instead.
Bighearted Modesto teachers dug into their own pockets to buy a new bike for a student after his was stolen.
The Guardian takes a deep dive into why American streets are deadlier than ever for people on foot, even as cars continue to get safer for the people in them. And they’re not that that great for people on bicycles, either.
A writer for Popular Science explains how she went from barely riding a bicycle to finishing a 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride in one year. And the stuff she recommends to do it.
Hunters are worried that ebikes will give too many people too much access to the wilderness. Ebike riders should be worried that hunters might mistake them for a deer.
Your next ebike could tell you when speeding drivers coming up from behind get too close.
Streetsblog takes issue with the $90 ticket issued to an Idaho bike rider by a windshield-biased cop for running a red light, even though she was hit from behind by a driver who admitted not even seeing her. She said she stopped at the light before proceeding through the intersection, which is legal in Idaho.
Fargo, North Dakota’s 75-year old Bike Man has died, after fixing and giving away thousands of bicycles to children and families.
A Denver woman is getting used to walking after she had two bicycles stolen within one month of moving to the city.
One of Denver’s best bike mechanics is a 33-year old woman.
A Dallas man admits to fatally shooting a 59-year old man in a shopping center parking lot and stealing his bicycle.
The man whose dogs killed a nine-year old Detroit girl as she rode her bicycle near her home will face a 2nd degree murder charge, as well as charges of involuntary manslaughter and having dangerous animals causing death.
Good question. A student newspaper at Boston’s Northeastern University asks whether bike theft is avoidable, or if it’s just inevitable.
An Alexandria VA letter writer takes issue with the stereotype of supporters of a planned road diet as a secret cabal of spandex-clad liberals from outside the city. Which should be very familiar to anyone who’s attended a public traffic safety meeting in Los Angeles.
A New Orleans man continues to ride his bike, 24-years after receiving a double lung transplant to treat his cystic fibrosis.
Members of the Canadian ski team are stunned by the mountain biking death of ski cross racer Mikayla Martin.
Canadian Cycling Magazine offers tips on how to give your bike a fast clean up after a messy ride.
A European bike biz site says Trump’s tariffs are causing chaos in the North American bike market.
A British rider discovers things have changed since he last rode a bike in the ’80s, after he takes delivery of a new ebike.
Amsterdam is trying to reduce car usage by eliminating 10,000 parking spaces, and encouraging people to use bicycles or transit instead.
Belgian officials are concerned about a “worrying” trend, after setting a new record for bicycling fatalities in the first half of the year.
The oldest continually held mountain bike race started as a contest to see whether horses or mountain bikes were faster.
A former bike racer rode Zwift indoors to ride her way back to competition after five years of motherhood.
A Belgian cyclist is really, really sorry he punched another rider following a crash near the finish of a German bike race. Although it was really just a slap to the helmet; I’ve seen kittens hit harder than that.
Slovenian cyclist Matej Mohoric suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung when some idiot decided to run with — and in — the peloton as it neared the finish line in the Tour of Croatia.
And if you’re going to confront a driver in a road rage dispute, make sure to take the orange tip off your toy gun before threatening anyone with it.
Or better yet, just don’t.