Welcome to the Blogroll: Green L.A. Transportation

5_30_09_siel.jpgPhoto by "Green LA Girl" as part of her profile of Green L.A. at Emerald City.

Green L.A., once described as "the big environmental coalition you never heard of" by environmental blogger Siel "Green L.A. Girl" Ju, has a number of committees that try to tackle the big issues in Los Angeles.  Thanks to the efforts of Joe Linton, the chair of their transportation committee, they are taking their transportation-related efforts on line.

While the Green L.A. Transportation Working Group’s blog hasn’t been updated in a couple of weeks, due in large part to Linton’s need to update his other blogs and rehears for an upcoming play, the May 12 post on embracing Complete Streets is worth a look.  In it Linton proposes that instead of battling for individual projects and promoting our favored mode of transportation that we should instead push for reforms that would remake out car sewers into Complete Streets.  And then, he asks for our help:

This is where we need to hear from you.  GLATWG has suggested using
complete streets as a way of framing our demands.  All of our campaigns
– from bus-only lanes to parking reform to tracking modal share – can
be seen as parts of a larger overall campaign.

Should GLATWG push for the city of Los Angeles to adopt an explicit
Complete Streets policy?  Should it be done legislatively (via the City
Council) or via executive order (via Mayor Villaraigosa)?  What should
such a policy include?  How can we make it most effective?

If you have recommendations, ideas, examples, concerns, please add
them to the comments on this post.  Please include links to sample
policies, images, ideas, etc.  Thanks!

I think it’s a good idea to try and link various transportation projects into a larger issue, like the reclaiming of our streets.  The support of large and well-organized environmental groups can only help us get the ball rolling.

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Pilot Programs v Standards, the Quest for Complete Streets

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Not a street in L.A. Earlier today, the City Council Planning Committee heard how the City is addressing the state mandate to bring "Complete Streets" planning to Los Angeles.  For those of you who don’t remember, last fall Governor Schwarzenegger signed A.B. 1358 into law which required municipalities to construct streets that are safe and […]

Introducing Today’s Guest Writer: Joe Linton

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Photo of Joe Linton at the "Future Without Cars" Conference: Dr. Alex Thompson/Flickr Much like Stephen Box yesterday, it’s kind of a waste of time to write a bio for Joe Linton.  Currently, Linton is an author, artist and urban environmental activist involved mainly in transportation and water issues. He currently works for Cyclists Inciting […]

Metro Round-Up: LAX, Open Streets, New Reps on Technical Committee

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At yesterday’s Metro Board Meeting, directors approved a handful of initiatives that have great implications for the future livability of the Los Angeles Region. Here is the re-cap: Technical Committee Adds Pedestrian and Bike Representatives The Metro Board approved adding two new active transportation representatives to the agency’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). In addition to […]

Council Moves Forward with EIR for Wilshire Boulevard

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Bus lane free. Photo: LA Wad/Flickr Yesterday’s full Los Angeles City Council meeting ran extraordinarily late due to a potential lawsuit between the Controller and the City Attorney. The council’s Transportation Committee meeting, previewed last week here and here, was scheduled for 2:00 P.M. but didn’t begin until after 4:30 P.M. By then, most of the Department of […]

L.A. City Council Extends Taxi Franchises

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to extend the city’s current taxi franchise agreements. Existing city franchises are set to expire December 31st 2010, so today’s vote allows for L.A.’s dysfunctional taxi system to roll along for five more years. The vote was the culmination of more than a year of contentious debate over the future of the city’s […]