Today’s Headlines

Featured Headlines: Yesterday we linked to an article about LADOT’s plans for 20 miles of new Sharrowed Streets.  Late last night, Joe Linton wrote a pretty detailed takedown of the LADOT’s Sharrows plans.  Linton questioned whether the Sharrows would be counted as part of the mayor’s/city’s pledge to 40 miles of bike facilities a year even though many of them weren’t in the 5 Year Implementation Plan, whether or nor the city is going to put down Sharrows and consider a street  a Bike Friendly Street, and why some streets that are scheduled for Bike Lanes are getting Sharrows.  We’ll try and get some answers from LADOT to Linton’s questions, but in the meantime his questions are worth a look.

  • Insane: State Senate Wants More Unlicensed Drivers to Keep Cars When Caught without License (LAT)
  • Explaning the Federal Gas Tax (The Source)
  • AEG Serious About Transit Oriented Stadium, NRDC Says 75% Mode Share a Noble Goal (Curbed)
  • AEG Muscles Antonovich Out of Introducing Pro-CEQA Resolution (LAT)
  • Mayor in D.C. Pushing America Fast Forward (LAT)
  • Interviews with Cooks of Bicycle Kitchen (Glosh Guide)
  • Fun With Maps: L.A. Transit in 1928 (The Source)
  • Justin Bieber in Valley Car Crash, Looks Like It Was Other Driver’s Fault (LA_Now)
  • Beverly Hills 1, Backwards Town in Tennessee 0 (Biking In L.A.)
  • The Source Grabs Award from National Transit Advocacy Group…Congrats! (Plus Metro)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • The Bicycle Bitchen interview is wonderful – highly recommended.

  • Wish I’d thought of that headline — much better than mine.

  • Peeeeceeee

    Damien, you need some kind of intervention here. Please, for the sake of the alternative transportation movement that you partially represent with this blog, get it through your head that not everything anti-car is automatically good. Specifically, there is nothing at all “insane” about curbing the predatory behavior of cities like Bell that use their ability to impound property as a way to conduct shakedowns of people who (as the cities are well aware) often can’t get licenses because of their immigration status.

    A government’s power to seize a person’s property is a weapon that should only be used when absolutely necessary and justified. Taking the car of a person living in a sprawling region with a garbage transit system, in a state that relies on his cheap labor but won’t let him take a driving test, for driving without a license hardly seems necessary or justified to me.

  • Dan W.

    That 1928 map is depressing.  Imagine the system we’d have today if we had grade separated a little here and made transit-only lanes there and continued to improve on it.

    I guess the map is also inspiring in that it reminds that RAIL built up Los Angeles in its early days.