Transportation headlines, Friday, Feb. 4

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.

A bus-only brouhaha (L.A. Times)

A good editorial from the L.A. Times that sheds some light on the tough political battles public transit consistently faces in our region. The political battle this time involves the Wilshire bus-only lanes – a good idea some say has gone awry as politics look to chop the 9-mile rush hour only bus lane down to 5.4 miles and risk the project’s federal funding share. Why are the lanes a good idea? As the Times notes, during peak hours buses move more people than cars do along Wilshire Boulevard.

Computers outpace cars as our vehicle of self-expression (Shareable)

This is a theme that seems to be popping up more and more these days: young folk just don’t care as much about cars as they did in previous generations. No longer seen as status symbols or extensions of our personalities, most young people view cars as nothing more than a way to get from point A to point B – and often a rather poor way at that. Computers, gadgets and technology have filled the self-expression and sense of freedom void that cars used to fill. As a car-free guy who recently turned 30 and probably can’t be considered young anymore, my desire to take part in car culture has only lessened with age. What does this cultural shift mean for the future?

Planning Department considering stronger bike parking ordinance (Streetsblog LA)

Could more bike parking be coming to the city of L.A.? Streetsblog LA reports that the City Planning Department is considering a new ordinance that would raise the minimum bike parking requirement and create a set of standards for things such as design, signage and lighting. Another possible change because of the ordinance: residential developments would have to adhere to the rules. Currently, bike parking minimums apply only to commercial and industrial buildings.