Today’s Headlines

  • Tactical Urbanism and Plazas, Official and Unofficial (PlaNYourCity)
  • See Big Blue Bus System Data In Real Time (Santa Monica Next)
  • Forget the Tunnel, Remove the 710 Freeway Stubs (Boulevard Sentinel)
    Deadline Extended For 710-North Comments – Now August 5 (The Source)
  • L.A. Magazine Discovers Rick Cole’s Declining VMT Graph
  • The Declining Federal Gas Tax Graphed (Brookings)
  • Segregated Modes On Canadian Stairway: Walk-Text-Run (CBCNews)
  • S.F.’s San Jose Ave Bike Traffic Up 651% After Buffered Bike Lane (SBSF)

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  • michael macdonald

    Slight exaggeration in the LA Magazine story (I’m guessing they are confused about the definition of a ‘protected bike lane’):

  • jennix

    Cagers see one bike lane and think the “invasion is on”. I had to explain yesterday that the bike lane on Spring in DTLA is not a “protected bike lane”. It is a “door-zone bike lane” and it is a “paint separated bicycle facility” but it’s not a protected bike lane. The only protected bike lanes in LA are not in LA, they’re on Rosemead in Temple City.

  • michael macdonald

    I acknowledge Reseda Blvd. and even the 2nd Street tunnel delineator-buffered lanes as “protected bike lanes,” but widespread “across the city” they are not. :)

  • Joe Linton

    It’s fascinating to me that Curbed can credit Measure R (2008) and L.A. Mag can credit “invested heavily in bike infrastructure” (um, never… but perhaps at the earliest 2010-2011ish) as causal factors in a trend that dates to 2002. I am writing about it now… but my theory is that bike and transit infra are responses to shifts, not causes.

  • Dennis_Hindman

    Looking at the Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) annual results gives a clearer picture of what happened to some of those vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the city of Los Angeles.

    The ACS annual results started in 2005 and the latest is 2013. However, there is a Census Bureau household survey result that can be obtained for the year 2000 on their ACS website if American Community Survey is dropped when doing a search.

    The share of workers residing in the city of Los Angeles and using a car, truck or van as their main form of transportation to work went from 80.5% in the year 2000 to 77% in 2013. Where did the driving to work loss of 3.5% of all workers go to?

    Taxi, motorcycle and other means of transportation to work captured .8%.

    Transit, walking and bicycling combined gained 1.3% of all workers.

    Working at home gained 1.3% of all workers.

    What’s missing is 0.1% of that 3.5% loss due to the Census Bureau percentages only adding up to 99.9% for the ACS 2013 results on the Commuting Characteristics By Sex chart that I used.

    Also noteworthy is that the combination of walking, transit and bicycling ACS results ranged from 15.5% to 15.8% from 2007 to 2013 (with the exception of 2011 when it was 16.2%). It was 15.6% in 2007 and 15.6% in 2013. In other words walking, transit and bicycling combined have not gained a higher percentage of all workers from 2007 through 2013. Bicycling went from 0.6% in 2007 to 1.2% in 2013. Commuting by transit went from 11.3% of all workers in 2007 to 10.8% in 2013.

    Another type of trip that is made less frequently by car is shopping. There has been a large shift to shopping on the internet since the year 2000.

  • Joe Linton