Photo by Anna Chen/Metro
Temple City held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for the Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancement and Beautification Project. The project will redesign the two-mile stretch of Rosemead Blvd. from Callita Street to the south side of the UPRR railroad tracks and transform one of Temple City’s main commercial corridors into a complete street. Project features include:
- new ADA-accessible sidewalks
- San Gabriel Valley’s first protected bike lanes
- recycled asphalt concrete pavement
- added green life, including 500 trees and 60,000 plants
- outdoor dining opportunities
Metro contributed approximately $2.25 million to the project through the 2011 Call for Projects program.
“This project will provide Temple City with much needed sidewalks, bus stops, shelters and bike lanes,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich. “It will create a safer environment for people to walk and explore alternative modes of transportation.”
Editor’s note from Steve Hymon: Bike riding is exponentially more pleasant along Rosemead in the section already upgraded north of Huntington. It’s nice to see the project keep expanding.
Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.
Protected bike lanes coming to Temple City (LACBC Blog)
Montreal's version of protected bike lanes to keep autos out of the bike lane. Photo by CBC.
Following in Long Beach’s footsteps, Temple City will become the second city in Los Angeles County to install protected bike lanes in which a curb separates cyclists from auto traffic. The lanes will go in as part of an overhaul of Rosemead Boulevard in the San Gabriel Valley. Protected bike lanes are a big deal: Just about everywhere they’ve gone in, bike riding in that corridor has increased — in particular the number of women. And as NY Streetsblog notes, “the gender gap in American cycling is a thorny and persistent issue,” but protected lanes seems to be an effective equalizer.
EPA is sued over smog in Los Angeles Basin (L.A. Times)
A coalition of environmental and public health groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to meet a May deadline to determine whether L.A.’s ozone levels are harmful. Ozone protects us from harmful solar radiation when it’s high in the atmosphere but at ground level it’s the primary ingredient in smog and it inflames the respiratory system, contributing to asthma and premature death. Ozone levels in the L.A. area have generally been in decline over the past quarter century but still exceed state and federal levels on a frequent basis. Where does ozone come from? Walk around the back of your car and look at the tailpipe!
New bus shelter boosts commuters’ batteries (Digital Trends)
Here’s a transit rider perk I’m looking forward to seeing in L.A.: digital device chargers at bus shelters. A partnership between advertiser CP+B and Vitamin Water will incorporate USB ports into the shelters to provide commuters with a boost of energy, much in the way that Vitamin Water supposedly does. These shelters are expected to be rolled out in Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.