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L.A. Is Creating Traffic Jams to Push Commuters to Ride Bikes and Rail

Coming soon to a city near you: the misguided movement to force you out of your car and onto a bike or trolley.

In July of 2017, Los Angeles imposed a "road diet" in the quiet beach community of Playa del Rey, replacing car lanes with bike lanes and parking spaces. The roads were suddenly jammed with traffic. The community was livid.

"Most of Playa Del Rey didn't know this was happening," says John Russo, a local resident and co-founder of Keep L.A. Moving, a community group formed to fight back against the city's unilateral decision to reconfigure the streets. "It really created havoc for us because we have no other roads to take."

Road diets are part of a strategy known as Vision Zero, in which Los Angeles aims to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by 2025. It's an idea borrowed from Sweden, which in the '90s started experimenting with reconfiguring the roads to encourage more commuters to bike or take mass transit to work.

"In order to achieve zero deaths, public officials have been doing some odd things," says Baruch Feigenbaum, the assistant director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that publishes this website. Road diets aren't "based on science" or any "empirical findings."

"After the road diets were put in, we actually saw traffic accidents go through the roof," says Russo. "We had an average of 11.6 accidents per year on these roads in Playa Del Rey. We've had 52 accidents in the last four months."

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey, about one percent of Los Angeles' commuters bike to work. Sixty-seven percent drive.

"You're taking something from a whole bunch of people just to benefit a few people," says Feigenbaum. "That's not a good cost-benefit analysis."

City planners also want to incentivize residents to move closer to their jobs. Or, if they do have to commute, to ride the city's public transit system. Los Angeles has the third largest transit network in the country, yet only 10 percent of commuters use it to get to work.

"In Los Angeles, a majority of the folks simply cannot get from their homes to their jobs in a short period of time using transit," Feigenbaum explains. "Trying to force people into one type of behavior doesn't tend to work and it's why, even in Los Angeles, the vast majority of people are still commuting by automobile."

In October, the Los Angeles City Council reversed itself in Playa del Rey after community members filed two lawsuits against the city and launched a recall election of local Councilman Mike Bonin (D), who had backed the plan.

But the city is still planning to implement over 40 road diet projects in other areas of Los Angeles, and major cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and Atlanta are pursuing similar policies.

"In the 1960s we were building interstate highways, freeways through downtown areas, which was definitely the wrong approach," says Feigenbaum. "Now we don't want to build any roads at all. We just want to build bike paths. We want to narrow lanes. We're saying that transit is going to solve everybody's needs. Neither extreme is what we need."

"It's not about cyclists versus drivers," says Russo. "These are all of our roads and they should be safe for all users. And the road diet didn't make our roads safer and they're not making it better for the cyclists."

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  • BYODB||


    Road diets are part of a strategy known as Vision Zero, in which Los Angeles aims to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by 2025.


    I take it this is an inspiration goal rather than something they actually believe they can do, because it's a patently impossible goal unless it's illegal to drive any vehicle anywhere in L.A.


    Even if they have buses, someone will ride a bike out in front of it. If that vehicle belongs to the city, I take it the accident will be considered a 'biking fatality'?

  • BYODB||

    And, needless to say, I didn't see a single mention of telecommuting mentioned by the City. Why not just mandate that it's illegal for a business to make someone show up when they can do their job remotely? That would be terrible policy, but at least it would be more effective than 'road diets' if you're a totalitarian central planner.

    Bikes are not real transit. Sorry, bicyclists, but no one wants some sweat covered person wearing spandex shorts to do a presentation in an executive meeting and last I checked most places of business don't offer showers and a personal wardrobe on site.

  • KDN||

    most places of business don't offer showers and a personal wardrobe on site.

    Regulations can always be implemented to fix that market failure.

  • ||

    Typical liberal response. Can you imagine how much this would cost?

  • sarcasmic||

    Last office I worked had a shower.

  • Zeb||

    Many do. They just took them out of where I work and turned them into offices.

  • sarcasmic||

    My office closed and they sent me home with my computer. So I've got a shower, but zero commute.

  • BYODB||

    That's rather my point, in that telecommuting does more to relieve traffic congestion yet for some reason they balk at forcing people to do that. I mean, from a libertarian standpoint obviously they shouldn't go around mandating things like this but to a nanny-state regulator why not?

  • sarcasmic||

    Good question. I may be because the nanny-state regulator has to show up at the office every day.

  • Jimbo||

    I have an idea: Tell them they can watch porn all day at home on their own device. That way, no one finds out!
    If they are at home watching pron, maybe we won't get fucked as much.

  • CE||

    They already do at work.

  • Goonions||

    Here LA and Cali are talking about water shortages and now they have all of these bikers coming to work and showering. Reality and unintended consequences are never in their planning.

  • Zeb||

    The bike obsession is weird. It's possible to commute by bike regularly, but you really have to be into it (and live somewhere it doesn't get cold and snowy in the winter). Definitely not a solution to traffic problems (especially if you turn car lanes into bike lanes).

  • sarcasmic||

    Depends on where you live. I didn't get my license until I was 23. I lived in Boulder, CO, and was able to travel by bike even in winter.

    I wouldn't try that in Maine. Round here people run bicycles off the road for sport.

  • Jimbo||

    Check out Grizzly Adams, above.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Grizzly Adams didn't ride a bike, he rode a fucking bear.*

    *I may be misremembering the plot

  • Jimbo||

    Come on, don't ruin/question my joke.
    He was outdoorsy...bike/bear...what's the difference?

  • Mickey Rat||

    He was friends with a bear. I do not think he rode it. There are limits to what you can get a trained Grizzly to do on a tv budget.

  • Eric Bana||

    You clearly have never tried to ride a bear. It's not nearly as difficult as people make it out to be.

  • CE||

    In Silicon Valley, a bike is faster than a car on a lot of roads.

  • Mickey Rat||

    LEED standards require building a shower for bicyclists for a transportation credit.

  • DarrenM||

    Just build a car wash cyclists can ride through just before they get to work.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Does this mean taxes will be cut in half in LA? Because every time you complain about taxes or government, all I get are cries of ROADZ!!! and SKOOOLZ!!!

  • Mitsima||

    Rhodez & Skoolz had nothing to do with anything before; this will not change the equation.

  • DaveSs||

    Road diets are part of a strategy known as Vision Zero, in which Los Angeles aims to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by 2025.

    And we do that by encouraging people to get out of their exceptionally safe vehicles and onto completely unprotected bicycles where they are exposed to a far higher risk of injury to the people who did not abandon their cars

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Don't even get me started on this shit.

    I was driving this weekend downtown and saw a street car that cost, god knows what, hundreds of millions I suspect, with exactly zero passengers on it if you don't count the driver.

    It got me to thinking, they could park that thing, rip out the unused seats and stack bunks three high. Imagine how many homeless people you could house in those things?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

  • IceTrey||

    Actually it was hit by a human driver.

  • KDN||

    "The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident.

    This is everything wrong with autonomous vehicles in a nutshell.

  • CE||

    If it were an autonomous bus it would be safer.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    We're doing Vision Zero where I live. The goal is literally to slow traffic down to where you can't be injured. Literally. 20mph is the goal.

  • sarcasmic||

    I wonder what Sammy Hagar would have to say about that.

    I can't drive... Twenty!

  • Leo Kovalensky||

    It took me sixteen hours just to get through LA!

  • sarcasmic||

    lmao!

  • Tionico||

    it would have taken only two to drive around it. It wwould have taken maybe three to ride a bike through it.

  • Zeb||

    Two cars converging at 40 mph makes for a pretty big crash.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That's meaningless without context. 40mph can be a perfectly safe speed depending on the thoroughfare. 35 can be perfectly safe as can 30.

    And as has been pointed out, speed doesn't necessarily kill, it's differential speed that kills.

  • sarcasmic||

    Don't forget mass.

    A guy I used to work with drove a Suburban. One day while he was filling his tank, some Prius drive asked "How can you drive that.. that.. thing!?"

    He calmly replied "If you were in an accident, which of these two vehicles would you rather be in?"

    She sputtered a bit, but had no coherent reply.

  • sarcasmic||

    driver

  • Mitsima||

    Coherent replies aren't even a factory option.

  • IceTrey||

    Suburbans roll over so....

  • Finrod||

    Prius drivers are some of the worst drivers on the road in my experience, second only to the cars with 'Educator' license plates.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    If one car is going 20 and gets into a head-on collision with another car that is going 20, the resulting force is the same for both cars as if they'd hit a solid wall going 40 mph. So it's not the speed that kills in Zebulon's scenario, it's the sudden cessation of speed due to impact.

  • sarcasmic||

    mass times velocity squared, correct? MV^2

    So if vehicle A is a tractor trailer, and vehicle B is a Hyundai, the force experienced by each driver will not be equal.

  • sarcasmic||

    kinetic energy is (mv^2)/2

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The cessation of speed is the differential. If you hit an object going the opposite way (head on), it's the equivalent of hitting an object going -40 mph. Or, better stated, running into the wall at 40mph (you) compared to 0mph (the wall). That's a speed differential of 40mph.
    Two cars moving the same direction gently rubbing fenders at 40mph isn't particularly dangerous. Otherwise NASCAR would be a constant wreck.

  • CE||

    NASCAR is 30 cars going 180 mph in the same direction. But they're all paying attention.

  • Morbo||

    If one car is going 20 and gets into a head-on collision with another car that is going 20, the resulting force is the same for both cars as if they'd hit a solid wall going 40 mph.

    That's not true. It's counterintuitive as all hell, but basically, two cars hitting each other head-on at 40 mph is like a car hitting a brick wall at 40mph, not at 80mph.

    http://warp.povusers.org/grrr/collisionmath.html

    http://gregladen.com/blog/2017.....ollisions/

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    When the vehicle hits the rock wall at 50 km/h, the rock wall causes a force large enough to stop the vehicle right there. In other words, the vehicle hits the rock wall with a momentum equivalent to its speed times its mass. Conversely, by Newton's law, at the moment of the collision the rock wall causes an equal force to the vehicle in the opposite direction, causing it to stop. That is, the rock wall causes a force equivalent to the 50 km/h times the mass of the vehicle.

    Ok, good to know. I am skeptical however, because he uses metric which makes all data suspect.

  • JWatts||

    It's important to note that's for identical cars. If a large SUV hits a small compact head on and they are both going 20 mph, the damage to the small compact car will be worse than if it hit a wall going 20 mph. Essentially the kinetic energy from the SUV will be transferred to the compact and the kinetic energy from the compact will transfer to the SUV.

  • mpercy||

    Same as falling out of a 20-story window doesn't kill you. It's the sudden stop at the bottom.

  • sarcasmic||

    A guy I knew's dad drove an ambulance. He did a high five with another guy while driving. They needed their own services because they broke their arms.

    This guy wasn't the brightest bulb, and I'm thinking his dad wasn't either.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    My city is doing this shit, too. Last year they took my four lane route home and converted it into two car lanes and two dedicated bike lanes. It's good news for the one dude who bikes that route every day, but not so good for the rest of us who now get to idle in traffic where there wasn't any before.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Notice how concerns over global warming go right out the window with this shit?

  • Juice||

    But they're encouraging you to ride a bike to work. It doesn't matter that you won't do that in a million years, but don't you feel encouraged? Maybe nudged?

  • John||

    Outside of maybe southern California, there isn't a single place in this country where the weather is fit to ride a bike to work more than a few months a year at most. No one is riding a bike to work in Dallas in August or Chicago in January. They honestly don't seem to understand this.

  • sarcasmic||

    I did. For a good five years. In Boulder, CO, which isn't known for pleasant winters.

  • cc2||

    Sure I did it too in Ft Collins CO --walked when the snow was too deep to ride. But I was young, single, and athletic. My wife could never do that and as soon as you have kids...impossible.

  • sarcasmic||

    Though once I had a driver's license and a choice, I chose to drive.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That's kind of how it works. I had a friend whose only vehicle was a motorcycle. Young guy, really into it. Had to call a cab when the snow fell or the weather went to complete shit. Then he finally got a car and never looked back.

  • sarcasmic||

    Round here many people have both. It's quite common for someone tho have a motorcycle that is only registered and insured for six months of the year. They choose their ride depending on the weather. I wish I could relate, but I can barely afford a car, let alone both.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I actually do ride my bike sometimes (when i'm not driving my kid to school on the way to the office, which is another problem with government-encouraged biking) and i don't even use that route - the dedicated bike lanes end a few blocks short of downtown, and they dump bikers off in a place where there's not really a safe way forward without riding on the sidewalk. My bike route skips all of that and goes through two neighborhoods and some parks.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I actually do ride my bike sometimes (when i'm not driving my kid to school on the way to the office,

    You probably like bananas in your pancakes too, don't you?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    All CX is saying is that he likes to ride his bicycle and he likes to ride it where he likes.

  • DarrenM||

    Well, he says black and you say white.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Pancakes with bananas, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips are the shit, and i do not apologize to you or any other.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    That pancake order is the gayest thing I've seen on this website since Jesse in MB became an enemy deserter.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Crusty's so straight he only jacks it to pictures of dudes, so as not to taint his climax with any hint of femininity.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Thank you for recognizing my toxic masculinity.

  • BYODB||

    What would toxic femininity look like, I wonder?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Lisa Lampanelli?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Topless Lena Dunham?

  • Jimbo||

    *barf*

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    What would toxic femininity look like, I wonder?

    I think you'd have to ask Lena Dunham's writer's group.

  • John||

    Isn't pushing people to ride bikes per say discriminatory against the disabled?

  • Sevo||

    John, I've given thought to that, and, for instance, the requirement that in order to eat Abalone, you have to dive to get it yourself.
    If that is 'providing reasonable accommodation', Tony is a genius.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Yes.

  • Sevo||

    "Coming soon to a city near you: the misguided movement to force you out of your car and onto a bike or trolley."

    "Coming soon" as in been here for three or four years now.
    The city's "5 Year Plan" included everybody bicycling to work, for shopping, rain or shine, with the whole-hearted backing of the "Bicycle Coalition"; the group who raises the question of whether you have to be brain-dead to buy a bike, or do they perform a bain-ilectomy when you do so.
    Natch, just about the time that wonderful plan began by devoting nearly half of the streets to the four or five bikes using the bike lanes, Uber and Lyft showed up, proving that most people really don't want to get sweaty on the way to whatever they're doing.

  • cc2||

    Yep, I will just take my bike to go buy a week's worth of groceries....oh, wait.

  • John||

    I love how the same people who are in every area of life the worst sorts of nannies about safety, totally ignore the fact that cycling is one of the most dangerous activities you can do. You want to make the roads really unsafe? Put everyone out there on bicycles.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Put everyone out there on bicycles.

    And me in a car.

  • John||

    Me too.

  • Tionico||

    that;s the theory behind dedicated bike paths and rails to trails conversions. With ALL the bikes on those crazy things, they'd be safer...... which is precisely why I avoid them scrupulously. BUT< from my point of view, those trails and paths are a definite improvement because MOST of the bike riders are on those, and NOT on the roads. So I ride MY bike on the roads, get there faster, and dont have to deal with the trail riding yahoos.

  • retiredfire||

    I know you're smarter than that.
    It is complete bullshit that this is about eliminating traffic accidents/fatalities.
    It is about wanting to control every aspect of your life.
    And it's not just LA but in Northern California, it has been happening for a while.
    Does anyone think "carpool lanes", or what they euphemistically call HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes, that about 7% of the vehicles use, while the rest are squeezed into the remaining ones, causing the far greater pollution of cars running, but going nowhere, are about "the environment"?
    Where I live - the outer reaches of one of the wealthiest counties in the nation - the big push is to build "low income" housing, so that all the workers, who can't afford to live here, but do come here for work, won't have to commute so far. Of course they ignore that most of the people, who do live here, go somewhere else for their work. There is no talk of them moving closer to their jobs, just that these poor folks need to be given a cheap ride into the expensive neighborhoods.
    It is about control and everyone being part of the collective, comrade.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Only a nobody walks in L.A.

    https://youtu.be/R_UpLtGEWoY

  • John||

    And let's not forget, ambulances and firetrucks and such are not taking the bike lane. So the worse LA makes traffic, the worse its emergency response times will be and the more people will die as a result. Basically, the cyclists are trying to murder you.

  • cc2||

    In NYC the gridlock actually does prevent ambulances from reaching people and they do die.

  • Juice||

    They do that shit in NoVa and MoCo. No, you can't build that apartment complex if you have a parking space for every apartment. You'll only be allowed if there is woefully insufficient parking so we can encourage people to live without a car...in Northern Virginia.

  • John||

    And that does nothing but push people further out and increase their commutes. NOVA is the most congested area in the country outside of NY and LA. It never dawns on these dumb mother fuckers that people are not giving up their cars and rules like that just means they will commute from further out beyond the reach of their idiotic rules.

  • Rhywun||

    But the city is still planning to implement over 40 road diet projects in other areas of Los Angeles, and major cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and Atlanta are pursuing similar policies.

    At least in New York, a majority of households don't own a car. Diet away.

  • John||

    In Atlanta at least, all these policies do is hollow out the city's core and cause businesses and population to move to surrounding areas. Atlanta is traffic hell. You would be nuts to locate a business in central Atlanta. And few people are these days. Meanwhile, places like Marrietta and Gwenette country are booming because businesses have an easier time hiring when it is possible for their employees to have a decent commute.

    These sorts of policies are doing nothing but encouraging sprawl, which is the exact opposite of what the retards behind them intend.

  • IceTrey||

    But I just saw "Baby Driver" and there is clearly no traffic in downtown Atlanta.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    When you're listening to Radar Love it just FEELS like there's no traffic at all.

  • Finrod||

    Not to mention they've torn up I-75 in Cobb just to build those damned Lexus lanes.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That's because New York has a working mass transit system with tunnels bored underground in the 1800s. Another testament to the viability of boring tunnels underground is Manhattan is one big boulder that's geologically stable.

    Here in the Northwest, we have this thing that our local officials point to every time they dig a hole in the ground and all the surrounding buildings start sinking: Unexpected soil conditions.

    Hint: Expect unexpected soil conditions when you stick a shovel in the ground here.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Unexpected soil conditions is also what i warn my wife about whenever she's doing my laundry.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Where did you find a wife that does your laundry? I clearly did something wrong.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I shrank a couple of her sweaters once and now i'm not allowed in the laundry room. I feel bad about it, but i also kind of don't.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Ah, strategic incompetence. I've never been good at that.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    As God is my witness, i was genuinely trying to help. But my wife didn't believe me when i told her that either. [kicks pebble]

  • CE||

    It's why my wife does all the cooking.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The funny thing about what's going on in my town is there are a lot (not making any broad statistical claims) of people being killed in bicycles because the city has stuck them in traffic in 'bike lanes' which actually endanger the bicyclist. the answer, of course is to slow all the traffic down to the speed of your average bicyclist.

    I think the answer is tow ropes.

  • sarcasmic||

    The problem I twofold. Cars not caring about bikes, and bikes not caring about the rules. I've been on both sided. I don't know what the solution is though. You can't force people to respect others.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    He died doing what he loved. Screaming in horror as his limp body flew over the hood.

    Black was on the van's left side, and possibly tried to pass it, when the driver turned, Jamieson said. He hit the pavement.
    Laurel Whitley, who lives near the intersection, spotted Black in traffic and later heard his screams.

    "I'll probably never forget that," she said. "It was an accident. It happened so fast."
    Immediately after the van hit him, people rushed to help. A person administered CPR and a nurse stopped to help, employees at the nearby tavern The Viking said.
  • sarcasmic||

    I went over the hood of a car once after being hit while riding a bicycle. Guy ran a red light, and there were plenty of witnesses on my side.
    Shortly after the cops showed up, the father of the kid who hit me showed up screaming "Who's going to fix my fucking car!?"
    I had been drinking. I blew a 0.08, yet the threshold for DUI was 0.10.
    So the cop let the kid who hit me go, told the witnesses that he would arrest them for loitering if they attempted to exchange contact information with me, and charged me with DUI.
    The report was a work of fiction.
    I ended up being sentenced to, among other things, restitution.

    My shoulder has never been the same.

    And people wonder why I hate cops.

  • Mitsima||

    Physics and self-preservation have the answer.

  • BYODB||

    I think the governments answer is 'all vehicles should be illegal' or 'all vehicles should be piloted by government software'.

    There isn't much in between, it would seem.

  • sarcasmic||

    sides

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    I think the citizens should vote for someone who runs on zeroing out the government's vehicle budget.

  • Mitsima||

    I love AZ. We got two new lanes and two new bicycle lanes (one each direction). So much good can happen when the Green Crazies are ignored.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I see people bike a lot in Tucson though. It seems pretty common. Like, a fair amount of yuppies and college student, but also a lot of poor people because bikes are cheap.

    Though in AZ if you need more space you just build out anyway.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Til you run out of water.

  • esteve7||

    Pedestrian deaths are a red herring. These are just control freaks who want to tell you how to live your lives. Fuck your environmentalist cult.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    I remember the last singing gig I did. I had my guitar, the speakers, the mixer, speaker stands, mic stand, a bag full of smaller gear (preamp for guitar, microphones, cables, etc.). How the fuck was I going to get all that shit to the venue on a bicycle?

  • Mitsima||

    Just a few ideas; no excuses.

    How to move stuff with a bicycle

  • creech||

    Just a minute; didn't several aides to the governor of N.J. go to jail for slowing down traffic on a bridge for a couple days in order to make a political statement?

  • XM||

    California has twice the population of NY and is much larger overall. Given both its "car culture" and penchant for earthquakes (also the Nimbys), Japan level of public transportation is almost certainly a pipe dream here.

    I don't know about New York, but most Angelenos and OC crowd won't tolerate walking to and from the subway even 20 minutes a day, especially not in the summer heat. Everyone rides buses once in a while. Trains are a different animal.

    When Californians drink coffee or Boba milk teas at home because they can't make their religious pilgrimage to the 50 locations near their homes, then the economy might take a giant hit.

  • CE||

    The train is okay but it doesn't go anywhere. You have to transfer to a bus to go to LAX, or Dodger Stadium, or the Staples Center. Good planning guys. I ain't taking no bus.

  • JoeBlow123||

    Tokyo is hot and there are lots of earthquakes here too but people take buses and trains. I don't think there is anything special that would preclude LA from taking mass transit other than the network blows and there is too much sprawl in LA.

  • Mitsima||

    I don't think there is anything special that would preclude LA from taking mass transit ...

    You mean besides other Angelinos.

  • XM||

    I think parts of California is situated right above some fault lines that are likely to trigger big quakes.

    I don't relish the thought of having to walk to a train station in parts of downtown LA past sundown. Most people won't. One mass shooting at LA train (or even a gang shootout) stop and people will avoid it like the plague.

  • Barry Gold||

    It's not just Playa del Rey. They did the same thing to Venice Blvd., the major E/W thoroughfare through the Mar Vista neighborhood, reducing it from 6 lanes to 4 for about 1 mile. The traffic at rush hour is unbelievable, and a lot of the traffic is spilling over to adjacent residential streets ("cut through" traffic).

    I can only hope that the recall of Councilman Mike Bonin succeeds. Then maybe we can get Venice Blvd. back.

    I'm lucky: I'm retired and don't have to commute. Even so, if I need to go somewhere in the morning (even as late as 10AM) or come home in the afternoon, I can look forward to a nightmare unless I can find an alternate route. My heart goes out to those who need to travel at peak times, twice a day, 5 or more days a week.

    "Road Diet": a euphemism for an intentionally created traffic jam.

  • CE||

    Road diets are part of a strategy known as Vision Zero, in which Los Angeles aims to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by 2025.

    Organ donor recipients hardest hit.

    If you want to cut traffic fatalities to zero, drop the speed limit to 30 miles per hour. The freeways go about 25 anyway. Don't encourage people to ride bikes where they are even more at risk.

  • DarrenM||

    Or change speedometers to read twice what the actual speed it. No one will notice it's taking twice as long to go anyway. They're used to it anyway.

  • Mitsima||

    Speedometers on a logarithmic scale - brilliant!

  • CE||

    City planners also want to incentivize residents to move closer to their jobs.

    Good luck with that. Prop 13 encourages you to stay in your house forever, so the property tax hikes are limited to a reasonable amount.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Great. Move the office out of the city.

  • Mickey Rat||

    I saw some one post a Facebook a petition to mandate a 3 ft clearance between a bicyclist and the side of a passing vehicle, presumably it is on the motorist to ensure that condition. That will make so many people lawbreakers on city streets.

  • CE||

    4 felonies a day...

  • Sevo||

    That is law in CA.

  • Rockabilly||

    Next up taxing and regulating human flatulence.

    Comrade Moonbeam already has the cows covered

    California Is Going After Its Farting Cows

    http://www.newser.com/story/23.....ornia.html

  • esteve7||

    I have cerebral palsy, why are you proggies favoring your crappy bicycles? You must hate disabled people

    - using prog logic

  • cc2||

    There is no useable public transit in L.A. Most people work miles and miles from home. A bike is simply impossible. Also, let's say I am going to get groceries and take my baby along. How many groceries can I get with a baby seat and me on a bike? How many on the bus? Let's see--maybe I can buy a gallon of milk, then go home. In college I did ride a bike 2 miles to school and every single day on the way home I picked up a few groceries, for this very reason. Not feasible for adults. How about the elderly? The handicapped? These people live in a fantasy world.
    If you want to reduce fatalities, forcing people onto bikes is the opposite of achieving that goal. I thought getting rid of cars was to save Gaia. Somehow these people view cars as like original sin.
    I have a friend who bikes into NYC every day. It is 1.5 hrs each way. He is in super-hero shape. Kind of leaves the fatties out of that option.

  • HTuttle||

    Wait...wasn't Chris Christie criminally investigated for this same thing?

  • Mitsima||

    Have you seen Chris Christie - encouraging bicycling isn't exactly a plausible defense.

  • Tionico||

    One thing that would help, but has been tossed out the window for two generations, would be to change the zoning laws to allow folks to run their own businesses from home, and for other businesses to locate close enough to where some folks live to make the long commutes unnecessary. WHY do so many folks HAVE to commute twenty, forty miles each way? That's nuts, Used to be there was a grocery store, a laundry, coffee shop, barber, accountant, a few lawyers, constructioin guys all working out of their homes. Now its illegal most places. WHAT is it that drives government to prohibit any business within miles of neighbourhoods? It mandates driving everywhere. Work downstairs or out front, live upstairs or in the back. What's the big deal with that?
    Then the stupid city governments put SO MANY stupid requirements on what a "business premises" must have and do before they'll deign to grant their royal permission to run a beauty bar out of your side room no one can operate at a profit. Not to mentioin the three years of school they mandate before you can actually DO anyting...... restraint of trade, much? Protect the Good Ol Boys much?

  • Hendrik||

    Portland (OR) has been doing this for decades. I think the reason is to make driving so miserable that you will be forced to take their shitty bus system. Now the bicyclers have added to the misery.

  • Mark22||

    City planners also want to incentivize residents to move closer to their jobs

    Sure, in some red state, far away from L.A.

    In fact, that seems to be California's strategy as a whole: piss off anybody with enough money to buy a car or a house so that they leave the state. California's population will consist entirely of people pushing around shopping carts, which is carbon neutral, healthy, and won't cause traffic jams.

  • Mitsima||

    Hell nah - they bring their shitty, and obviously failed, social planning ideas with them. Mr. Trump, please extend that Wall along the Worst Coast/USA border, too.

  • Ann in L.A.||

    Los Angeles politicians are two-faced b&^%$#@*. They claim to want people on public transportation, but never ever do the one thing that will *actually* get more people on board: lower prices. They have literally spend $10 billion dollars over the last dozen years building light rail, when that money could have gone to subsidizing prices and increasing ridership. Instead, they increased the cost of a monthly pass from $75 to $100, an increase of 33%, and costing a family of four $248/month if you count student passes as well. They take away free park-and-ride lots and replace them with $3/day lots. That's incredibly cheap for L.A., but still adds a $15/week hit to family budgets.

    They want shiny toys, federal matching funds to play with, union jobs to get kick-backs from, and to feel like they are making their massive sprawling city into a European city.

    They are truly horrible people...but, Angelinos get the politicians they deserve. On a whole, as long as it is only affecting those people over there and not themselves, Angelinos will cheer them on. Only when it bites themselves in the butt will they start to complain.

  • Johnniebgoode||

    One of my friends just bought a home in North Carolina.

    I mentioned this to another friend and she said, "We're thinking of moving to Texas!"

    I replied, "And we're thinking of Georgia."

    This state is so broken.

  • dchang0||

    Watch as road rage incidents go up as frustrated drivers take out their anger on the bicyclists who: a) are whizzing by the traffic jam, and b) feel smugly superior because they get preferential treatment.

  • Wanderer||

    From a Euro perspective, LA is fucked up.

    The condition for mass transit is mass, aka population density. Kalifornians don't want that, so no solution to traffic jams.
    NY has very high population density, hence no need for cars and very good mass transit. Get Manhattan like urbanization and traffic becomes mangeable.

    Of course, next step will be the fantastic Californian politicians levying tax on single family homes.

  • Longtobefree||

    So in addition to recall elections, file discrimination against the disabled lawsuits. The old folks can't get to Dr. appointments, in a car, and can't ride a bike.

    Besides, it's just California, secede already, and take Hawaii with you.

  • ||

    I'd like to see Congress kick them out of the U.S. Except for the original states, and maybe the first 15, all States came in by an Act of Congress, a law. What Congress does, it can undo.

    For that matter, if the federal courts mistakenly won't let the President and the DOJ withhold funds to sanctuary entities (even though they thereby violate federal law), maybe all sanctuary cities and States should be kicked out.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Come on, urban sprawl, commuting hell, and conflicting groups manuevering for special treatment is just part of the human shit-show. Adding or removing a bike lane, and doing the same with a car lane, is NOT going to make much of a difference in the quality of life in a cesspool like LA. It just provides a short term distraction to argue about, while life inches closer to Bladerunner, without the rain.

  • gordo53||

    California truly is the entertainment capital of the world. Another brilliant strategy.

  • ||

    It's one thing to promote a behavior by incentivizing it; we do this all the time in our tax system. It's quite another to promote a behavior by punishing doing the opposite, especially severely, which is what LA is doing. I'm against the former -- the tax system should raise revenues, and that's it -- but I'm especially opposed to the latter. At the same time, LA residents have the government they want.

  • PattyJ||

    They tried it a couple years ago in downtown LA. Took parking spaces away and made the lane into mini parks. So the homeless took them over and screamed at passersby and at the residents who lived in the apartments and also took over the patio of an upscale restaurant that was trying to better the street.

    Short story, the restaurant closed. Street returned to homeless. End of development.

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