Sunday art appreciation via @instagram: In his most recent series of work, graphic designer and illustrator Kim Jung-bin (@hi_bin) from Seoul, South Korea, shares comical drawings featuring historical and cultural icons, all of which are no more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) in size. Jung-bin says that these tiny illustrations are parody images based on word play. “I take words from quotes of a well-known figure or a title of some famous work and replace it with something that sound phonetically similar,” he says. While many of the visual puns he demonstrates can only be understood in the Korean language, there are some obvious ones — like Abraham Lincoln eating a slice of ham or the King of Pop riding a bicycle to illustrate “Cycle Jackson.” Jung-bin admits that it’s not always easy to come up with witty puns that he can also visualize, but he enjoys the humor and letting others join in on the fun. “I believe that an artist must be happy to make people happy, and that’s what I aim for when I’m drawing.” #BikeStyle #artoftransit
Transit-oriented things to do the next five days (in case you missed the Source posts) :
- See Metro CEO Phil Washington tonight at the Zocalo Public Square forum:
- Take Metro to see Morrissey at FYF Fest at Expo Park like this super-fan:
Word from the city of L.A. is that scramble crosswalks will be installed no later than the end of the year at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in the tourist heart of Hollywood. It’s the same intersection the L.A. Times last month reported as one of the most dangerous in L.A. County.
The intersection is located near tourist attractions including the TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood and Highland Center and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is one of the most heavily traveled intersections for pedestrians in the city. Scramble crosswalks give pedestrians on all corners of the street a walk signal simultaneously and allows for diagonal crossing. These types of crosswalks are already in use in L.A. in Venice, Westwood and Woodland Hills, and in Pasadena.
Incidentally, the intersection is the location of my first (and only) jaywalking ticket, so I welcome the change to make the rules easier to follow and the intersection safer for both pedestrians and drivers alike.
The first pilot phase of bike share has arrived in Santa Monica. Beginning last week, registered riders were able to test out the system consisting of 31 bikes at seven hubs throughout Santa Monica. The initial test phase will conclude in September.
The company operating Santa Monica’s bike share program, Cyclehop, is accepting rider registration for the initial phase until the end of the month. The full rollout of the system, which will feature 500 bikes at 80 hubs, is anticipated in November.
The article highlights a major difference between Santa Monica’s bike share and the one being implemented in L.A. — and many other major cities for that matter — is that these bikes do not need to be returned to a hub or docking station (though riders will incur a $2 fee for the service). The bikes will be picked up throughout the city by an all-electric collection vehicle.
Metro is exploring ways to make transferring between the systems easier as it rolls out L.A.’s first bike share program in 2016.
Los Angeles seeks regulation of Uber, Lyft in exchange for LAX picks ups (L.A. Daily News)
It looks like Uber has jumped on the Los Angeles City Council’s committee vote yesterday that affirmed 3 to 2 the Board of Airport Commission’s decision that will allow ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber to legally pick up and drop off passengers at LAX.
The issue still needs to be voted on by the full City Council, but according to the screen grab on the right, it doesn’t really matter I guess?
Now, I may be confusing apps since they all seem to be following different rules, but prior to yesterday, the Uber app would inform users that pick ups were not allowed at LAX when they moved their pickup location pin near the airport on an in-app map. Today, a “Welcome to Los Angeles” message appears and users can set their pickup location at the terminals.
Lyft, on the other hand, still shows a “pickups prohibited at LAX” message and disables the “Request Lyft” icon.
Update: Uber’s upgraded services like UberPlus, Black and LUX are allowed to operate at LAX with permission. This explains the welcome message to the right.
After closing the message, users that try to call a UberPool or UberX are informed that no vehicles are available when they set their pickup location within LAX boundaries. Just a suggestion: adding that caveat to the welcome message would probably help clear up some confusion.
Wi-Fi remains hit or miss on Bay Area transit (S.F. Chronicle)
The first thing that stands out in this article isn’t the WiFi, but rather the fact that San Francisco Muni is closing down its subway every night at 9:30 p.m. until January.
Sure, single-tracking and trains running every 20 minutes for maintenance isn’t the most convenient — looking at you Metro Red and Purple Lines! — but imagine the entire subway being closed. Every night. For six months. Wow. This came as a shock to me a few weeks ago when visiting San Francisco. For those keeping score at home, I took a Lyft after the bus never showed.
Anyway, back to Wi-Fi on Muni: passengers were hoping that the communications system upgrade work responsible for the subway closure would include the addition of Wi-Fi when the work was complete. Muni says free passenger Wi-Fi is one of the most requested amenities in rider surveys and it’s a technology that’s showing up in more transit systems — particularly commuter rail — across the country. Excerpt:
In 2014, 10.7 percent of commuter rail cars were outfitted, up from just 1 percent in 2008. Fewer intracity bus lines have Wi-Fi, but that number is also increasing — from less than 1 percent in 2008 to more than 5 percent last year. Figures for subway trains were not available.
However, Muni currently has no specific plans yet to bring Wi-Fi or cellular service to its system citing the cost and complexities of installing the technology, as well as the need to prioritize other projects vital for day-to-day operation of the transit network.
The article notes that San Francisco’s commuter rail service, BART, installed wireless technology in 2009, but cancelled its contract in 2014 because of consistently unreliable service and a shaky relationship with its contractor. BART is now exploring the costs and new technology to reimplement the service in the future.
As regular readers of The Source will know, Metro is currently in the early stages of rolling out its WiFi and cellular service. As Steve mentioned in yesterday’s headlines, the initial schedule has slipped some as Metro and its contractor, InSite Wireless, negotiate with wireless carriers.
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