Streetsblog Is Back and Looking Forward to 2009

Let’s face it, the end of 2008 presented a lot of bad signs that hopefully won’t be carrying over to the New Year.  President-Elect Obama seems to be pushing a stimulus plan that would poor billions into road projects and much less into transit or other green transportation and locally the streets are getting less safe for cyclists and pedestrians.

For both cyclists and pedestrians a series of high profile attacks from motorists popped up throughout the city, and many of the victims were our friends including GarySe7en and Ubrayj.  Both were basically assaulted, neither was doing anything wrong or illegal.

In other bad news, it appears that the trend of bikes getting stolen is just going to grow in the New Year as thread after thread on forums such as Midnight Ridazz announces the newest veteran cyclist to lose their bike.

For pedestrians,  be careful when you get into an argument with a motorist.  More and more of them are using their car as a way to end arguments.

Despite all of that, I’m optimistic that the New Year will be a good one for the Livable Streets Movement both in Los Angeles and beyond, and hopefully Streetsblog will be a big part of that.  For Streetsblog to continue to grow, I’m going to need your help to fill the blog with the kind of breaking news and analysis stories that have proven most popular and influential.  So you tell me, what stories do you want to see more of in the next year?  Billboards?  The new TOD project down the street?  Let me know in the comments section what you think Streetsblog has been missing.

  • nobody

    FYI, tomorrow LA County is approving a contract with a consultant for their bikeway master plan. Site: http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/46812.pdf

  • kg

    I’m noticing less available bike parking around town:
    The removal of the bike rack in front of the Barnes & Noble, Westside Pavillion.
    The new computerized parking meter system means no more meters for cyclists to park.

  • It would be nice to build small campaigns around making a couple of small policy goals happen.

    In L.A., in commercial or manufacturing zones, with uses taking up 10,000 sq.ft., bike parking can be provided in lieu of car parking.

    It would be great to see the requirements for that to come down considerably, and to see the requirements for bike parking to be dusted up and improved.

    There is also the matter of onerous pedi-cab regulation in L.A., which might not be the story of 2009, but 2010.

    Billboard blight cuts deeply into the divide between citizen sentiment and political campaign money – and I think a livable streets advocate would side with the citizens on that one.

    Substandard sidewalks is a great issue, and plenty of insulting maintained and built sidewalks abound in L.A.

    Then there is the Bike Summit in spring. That is going to be a big one to cover.

    It is good to have you back from vacation land. Let’s get to work!

  • Also, what is the story with injury, crash, and death tracking on the roadways?

    I’ve heard and LA County number of cyclists killed in 2008 (“28”), but who is tracking this stuff? The LAPD? The LADOT? The Public Works department?

    What about pedestrians?

    If we’re not collecting safety data, then how do we get that set up? Without these numbers, engineers can keep dictating to us how our streets will look and operate. I shudder at the thought.

  • That’s a drag KG. They don’t have to remove them. Why not simply leave the meters and poles and just seal the meter off slap some bike parking stickers on them? That way they won’t have to spend the money to remove them and we get lots of bike parking spaces.

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