This isn’t the most insightful thing I’ve drawn, but here’s the second installment of Vision Zero Comics. SBLA readers may recall that I drew the initial installment of Vision Zero Comics back in 2015. This June 2016 installment basically parrots a chart (below) from the city of Los Angeles’ excellent Vision Zero booklet [PDF]. My only addition was to try to convey speed through my messy and messier lines. Read more…
Posts from the Cartoon Tuesday Category
(UPDATE 2:03 p.m.: Yes, this is an April Fool’s story. No streets, Great or otherwise, were harmed in the writing of this satire. – DN)
Celebrating some of the successes of the Great Streets program, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new program to honor the collaborative efforts with the fifteen City Councilmembers that have driven the program. Now every Great Street will be officially renamed on the map for a current City Councilmember.
The Great Streets program seeks to transform a portion of L.A.’s iconic boulevards into “Great Streets” that accommodate all modes of transportation and make the best use of public space by increasing access to shops, restaurants, schools, and parks.
“People have called Great Streets a legacy program,” Garcetti stated. “Think of how proud these leaders will be when these beautiful boulevards become the centers of their districts. Their children and grandchildren will remember the great work they did to make their city a better place.”
Of course, the opposite is true for recalcitrant Councilmembers who have used their offices to block progress in the name of, well, we have yet to figure out why.
“Think of how embarrassed generations of Koretzs will be every time someone is killed by speeding traffic on Paul Koretz Boulevard,” opined Eric Trojans with the Los Angeles City Coalition of Bicycle Coalitions.
For their part, Koretz and other Councilmembers are pushing back against the mayor’s renaming proposal, seeking to block it at the City Council. Koretz spokesperson April Feuel writes, “This proposal flies in the face of the Councilman’s plans to be forgotten 20 minutes after he leaves office.” Curren Price just asked if maybe they could name a parallel street to Central Avenue after him instead. Read more…
It’s a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I wanted to share of pair of comics pages that I drew. These comment on issues that many Streetsblog L.A. readers care about: parking and Vision Zero. I think that parking, of all the issues that dramatically affect cities, is highly misunderstood, and I wanted to see if I could use a fun visual medium to begin to scratch the surface of the insights I’ve learned from parking expert Donald Shoup.
Apologies that these aren’t highly polished and thoroughly plotted masterworks. Read more…
Last week, TIME Magazine reported that Calvin and Hobbes was first published thirty years ago this month. For a lot of people my age, the story of a precocious and imaginative young boy and his stuffed tiger/best friend was a daily treat. For me, it was how I spent my last couple of minutes before the school bus pulled up.
Calvin and Hobbes have influenced my writing both here at Streetsblog and elsewhere. My first “April Fool’s” post was based on the traffic safety poster that Calvin eventually created for the above-mentioned contest. “Be Safe or Be Roadkill” may not have won Calvin the prize, but it was good enough for a fictional LADOT Public Service Announcement campaign.
But while the stories of his clashes with teachers, the intrepid Spaceman Spiff, or just spending a day playing Calvin Ball are what pop up most, we should also remember that transportation choices and Livable Streets were a part of Calvin’s suburban life. Calvin takes the bus to school, is scared of learning to ride a bike, and, of course, has a dad that is part me, part MAMIL.
So, on behalf of middle-aged Generation X’ers everywhere, Happy Birthday, Calvin and Hobbes. The strip has reached middle-age itself, but thanks to creator Bill Watterson’s early retirement Calvin will always be the fresh-faced little boy on a sled, who just wants to explore the world around him.
A simple Google search brings up dozens of Calvin’s adventures on his bicycle. Enjoy.
It’s not quite a cartoon, but it is a clever, sad, ironic laugh. Friend of the blog Nathan Lucero posted his Bike Lane meeting bingo card at the Figueroa for All Facebook group.
Not all neighborhood councils are the same; many have been very supportive of facilities for bicycling and walking. It does seem like there is, more often than not, a few complainers who trot out tired excuses for opposing these safety projects. Lucero’s card specifically references the sad, ironic struggle to make North Figueroa safer, in the face of Councilmember Cedillo’s flip-flop, a story you can read here, here, and here. The meetings are still happening as Cedillo’s staff are still pressing for crappy alternative bike routes to keep North Figueroa car-centric and dangerous.
So far, there is only one bingo card, so everyone will be calling bingo at the same moment. Read more…
Today’s submission isn’t really a cartoon, as much as an infographic. Via our friends at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy comes this graphic from LAANE’s Jobs to Move America campaign. The handsome image clearly and simply explains how a stronger investment in transit is good for everybody in a community, not just those that take advantage of the service.
That one of the graphic artists is Colleen Corcoran, who works on a lot of livability and green transportation projects, including CicLAvia, is just a bonus, to take nothing away from the rest of the team: Rosten Woo and Tiffanie Tran.
To see the rest of the graphic, click on through.
The good news is, we’re not alone, it’s not just advocates that are frustrated with the slow pace of transportation funding reauthorization in Washington, D.C. Engineers, advocates, and professionals from across the spectrum are just as nervous.
With the Federal Transportation Trust Fund set to run dry at the end of August and the Transportation funding bill to expire a month later, the above comic offers another funding strategy for DOT’s in the next fiscal year. The fiscal year begins today.
With this comic, we’re rebooting the popular Cartoon Tuesday comic series that was popular in Streetsblog’s early days. The series likely won’t be weekly, but will feature original or licensed work when we can. If you have some you’d like to share with us, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more hard news on the state of reauthorization of the federal transportation funding bill, make sure to read Streetsblog USA. The above comic first appeared in the newsletter of Miceli Infrastructure Consulting earlier this year.
In a surprise announcement, Metro revealed this morning that the much-hated 405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project will not add one northbound carpool lane as advertised. It will instead add protected bike lanes, aka cycletracks, to both sides of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass.
Say hello to L.A.’s ExpressBikeLanes.
“It’s no coincidence that the Crimanimalz rode the I-10 on their bicycles at the same time we we doing final planning for the Sepulveda Pass Widening Project, and it got us to thinking…maybe bicycles do belong on freeways,” explains Doug Winning, the head of Metro’s Highway Department. “We only had one widening in the queue, so we made some quick adjustments to our plans to create L.A. County’s first highway cycletracks.”
Winning went on to clarify that the new plans for the project were in the plans for “years” and were not the result of the toll lane project’s decreasing popularity, inflated budget or way-over-deadline timeline. They certainly aren’t part of an attempt to blame bicyclists for the wildly unpopular and expensive project that even the local Metro Board Members, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Mike Bonin, believe is a mistake.
Which is not to say this announcement didn’t come with some controversy. Motorists who had their traditionally congestion-free commute on the 405 interrupted with a pair of Carmageddons and sporadic lane and ramp closures are now angry that they won’t be given a chance to risk being ticketed while driving solo in the carpool lanes.
“In truth, we didn’t even have to close any part of the freeway. That part was just for kicks,” Winning continued.
The announcement drew criticism from the Los Angeles City Bicycle Coalition of Cyclists.
“I’m not sure that cycletracks on a freeway with a steep incline is the best idea,” explains Eric Trojans, the LACBCoC. “And what’s with the transponder requirement?”
Trojans is referencing the one requirement that cyclists have to meet to ride in the new ExpressBikeLanes. Cyclists will be required to attach a transponder to their windshield that will notify Metro that there is a cyclist in the lane.
The transponders are free to rent, provided the cyclist rides both ways in the ExpressBikeLane at least 17 times per fiscal year. The fiscal year begins on May 3 and ends on May 4 of the following year. If a cyclist is worried he will not be able to make that many trips, he can link his ExpressBikeLanes transponder account with his or her LAUSD teacher I.D., a Mega-Ball lottery ticket, or a defunct TAP account to avoid transponder fees. Read more…
Many of you know Streetsblog editorial board member Joe Linton from his writing on Streetsblog or BIKAS. Those of you that have been around the block also know him from his work over the years with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange, CicLAvia, Livable Places or a host of advocacy groups concerning the L.A. River.
What fewer know is that Joe Linton is also a heck of an artist. So much so, that he’s been tapped to judge an art contest that combines two of his favorite things: bikes and animals.
Today on BIKAS, Linton announces and promotes the Santa Monica Museum of Arts Tour da Arts 2012 Bike Critter contest. If the term “bike critter” isn’t illustrative enough for you, you can see exactly what they’re talking about at the slideshow above of last year’s entries.