Transportation headlines, Wednesday, July 20

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.

Rosendahl pushes anti-harassment law for cyclists with social media (L.A. Streetsblog)

The L.A. City Council today is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would make it easier for cyclists who are harassed to pursue damages in civil court, where there’s a lower burden of proof than in criminal cases. It’s the first of its kind law in the nation — so many cycling advocates across the U.S. are closely watching — and Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents parts of the Westside, is courting victims of harassment via YouTube. The ordinance has also been widely promoted by the city’s LADOT Bike Blog, which offers this good summary of the law.

Will local cyclists use the ordinance, assuming it passes? Will local motorists change their behavior because of it? On those counts, I’m not sure. It seems like a good tool to have available, but I’m not sure it’s any substitute for traffic police actually cracking down on motorists who harass cyclists or flout the rules of the road.

Investigation continues into Art Walk death (L.A. Times)

Police continue to seek info about the incident in which a man trying to park a car jumped a curb and hit a parking meter that, in turn, that killed an infant in downtown L.A. last week. The man didn’t have a driver’s license and wasn’t given a sobriety test. Meanwhile, a petition has been started to make the wildly popular Art Walk events car-free. Judging from the media coverage of Carmageddon, there seems to be an appetite for more carless events and perhaps this one — in downtown — would be a good place to start.

Very rich pro athlete parks Beemer in not one but two disabled parking spaces (NBC4)

On the off chance you didn’t hear the news, NBC has video of Lakers player Andrew Bynum parking his BMW in two disabled parking spaces at a Playa del Rey grocery. Bynum is not disabled, wasn’t cited and isn’t answering questions. Am I the only one surprised that he actually buys his own groceries?

Palmdale seeks injunction against high-speed rail study of Grapevine route (L.A. Weekly)

The Antelope Valley city doesn’t want the California High-Speed Rail Authority to spend money studying a route between L.A. and Bakersfield that would follow the 5 freeway. The Authority had seemed intent on building the line from L.A. to the Antelope Valley and then to Bakersfield but because the Grapevine route is shorter and may be cheaper to build, the agency wants to revisit the route to see if it’s possible.

1 reply

  1. How about if Palmdale residents cover the difference in cost since they want the line. Both businesses and residents will benefit from the rail line if it goes through Palmdale. Both Businesses and residents could pay a special tax for the rail.