August 13, 2015

Mobility Plan 2035: If it can happen in Los Angeles …

Is this an historic headline? – from the Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2015:

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Over the decades, Los Angeles has bulldozed homes, paved through tranquil canyons, toppled countless trees and even flattened some hillsides, all in the name of keeping automobile traffic flowing as fast as possible.

On Tuesday, city leaders decided to slow things down.

They endorsed a sweeping policy that would rework some of the city’s mightiest boulevards, adding more lanes for buses and bikes and, in some places, leaving fewer for cars. The goal is to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians while also luring more people out of their cars.

The plan represents a major departure in transportation policy for a city so closely identified with cars, and reflects the view of many planners that the old way of building more road space to address traffic is no longer a viable option.

Known as Mobility Plan 2035, the plan spells out hundreds of miles of new bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and other road redesigns. It also seeks to cut the fatality rate from traffic collisions to zero within 20 years, in part by keeping cars within the speed limits. And it builds on other changes the city has already made to its streets in recent years.

Full article here.

Summary of Mobility Plan 2035 here.

Mobility Plan 2035 here.

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Meanwhile in Metro Vancouver, we’re pursuing a Los Angeles strategy too:  Reject transit as a way to accommodate and shape growth, allowing Motordom by default. When congestion has become intractable and building more roads is too expensive and pointless, then in 2035 adopt Mobility Plan 2055.

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