Short things to read whilst transiting: there are still at least 29 people left in the U.S. (or rather a competition in the U.S.) who don’t know who won the Super Bowl earlier this month. If you still don’t know, here’s a spoiler: the Cincinnati Bengals won 81-0 over the 49ers!
Long things to read whilst transiting: how to be frugal, pinch pennies and retire by the time you’re 30. A New Yorker profile of Mr. Mustache.
Metro is negotiating an agreement with Lyft aimed at learning more about ride-share trips that begin and end at key Metro stations, agency staff members say. The relationship would last at least a year and would give Metro a rare peek at data typically kept private.
What does Lyft get out of it? They declined comment but Metro will advertise for Lyft in exchange for the data. It’s a change for the agency to learn more about how people get to/from transit and possibly forge deals with ride hailing companies in the future.
Question for readers: do you use or know someone who uses ride hailing to get to and from stations? I’ve spotted a few Uber or Lyft cars picking up or dropping off folks outside Metro stations in the past few years — but that’s just a random sampling? Is it pretty common, do you think? Comment please, preferably using one name and one IP address (sorry, but we’re on Troll Watch these days).
Better yet, let’s try a poll:
The first! The bridge will span busy Lankershim Boulevard and is expected to be done this spring. Here’s the page from Metro’s latest construction update to the agency’s Board:
The latest climate change bad news, courtesy of a pair of new studies. Clogged storm drains and flooded streets are a typical symptom in many places. It’s not really an issue along our coast — our land rises steeply enough from the beach unlike places such as Miami.
Related, the NYT also has a cool online feature allowing viewers to see how hot their city was in 2015, the Earth’s hottest year on record going back to the late 1800s. Here’s the results from Pasadena — that’s an awful lot of days above the the average range of temperatures.
As we’ve noted before, generally speaking taking transit rather than driving alone is a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Related: over at the Guardian, one writer says don’t try to save everything from global warming.
Trains and bikes: the odd couple is getting hitched (SGV Tribune)
Reporter Steve Scauzillo describes hearing Rosemead City Councilman Steven Ly demand a class I bike path (separated from the road) this way:
It’s a game-changer. Something I never heard in my journalism career 30 years ago, not even 10 years ago. But Ly (pronounced Lee) talking about bike paths separated from traffic for people to reach shopping areas and their own driveways on a two-wheeled, nonpolluting conveyance is remarkable.
The bicycle is back! And frankly, it may have taken immigrants from Asia who are much more used to bicycling along city streets than their American counterparts to bring it home.
Steve says it’s critical that cities pursue more bike paths that are somehow separated from traffic — rather than the typical approach in So Cal to date, which is to paint a narrow bike lane next to the curb and next to traffic. I couldn’t agree more and attentive readers know that saying the word “sharrows” to me triggers a relentless stream of negativity often accompanied by pottymouth language.
Steve also some good news:
The Duarte station will feature a paved on-ramp to the San Gabriel River Bikeway. The city has been working with the Army Corps of Engineers to get this little bike path done. That won’t happen until May, said City Councilwoman Margaret Finlay. But it hasn’t stopped Metro from posting pictures of happy bicycle riders linked to the Duarte/City of Hope Station.
I didn’t know this! I had asked readers recently about getting to the Bikeway from the Irwindale Station (the Bikeway and that station are both on the east side of the river), but it turns out that Duarte is working on a connection that would help get cyclists down to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, where they could pick up the bike trail as it swings south.
Nice look at what the LAT says is probably the largest human migration on Earth — Chinese returning to their homes for the Spring Festival. And millions of them are migrating on the nation’s new network of bullet trains.
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