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The Militant Angeleno grabbed some good video on the Gold Line’s opening day.
The numbers from the first half of 2015 aren’t good — showing deaths up 10 percent from the same time period in 2014. Why? Perhaps both distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians has something to do with it, Streetsblog ruminates — a rumination that sounds right-ish to me.
But what about enforcement? I spend a lot of time walking my pitty bull mix around Pasadena and surrounding hamlets and NEVER see police pull anyone over for driving through a crosswalk with people in it (which, btw, is a no-no). Of course, many pedestrian-involved accidents don’t happen at intersections, but still. I’ve had far too many close calls.
So let’s try a poll, as I’m curious about this and I was just standing on the sidewalk last night screaming pottymouth-type allegations at a car that left-turned while I was in the middle of a crosswalk:
Addendum: looks like ped deaths are up in California, too, reports KPCC.
Addendum2: if the internet is being truthy today, a citation for failing to yield in a crosswalk will cost $234 plus the cost of traffic school or an increase in your car insurance. I bet if that fine was increased to $1,000 and partnered with a smart social media campaign — video of a guy standing around office cooler telling his colleagues he just got gobsmacked with a $1,000 ticket — a lot more motorists would think twice before California rolling through an intersection.
Addendum3: Then again, no one has asked me.
Fourth sales tax hike faces uphill climb in the SFV (Daily News)
Key excerpt about the potential sales tax ballot measure that Metro is considering to put before voters in November:
The two-thirds requirement remains a big challenge. How can officials persuade 66.67 percent of county voters to pay a higher sales tax for transportation — for the fourth time?
They probably can’t. They need the support of San Fernando Valley voters, but Valley residents want actual transportation, not fantasies and promises. People at the summit asked for buses that run more frequently than once per hour, on a schedule that accommodates early-morning and late-night jobs, in locations where a lot of people need transportation.
Gene Maddaus considers some of the transit projects that might be funded by the aforementioned ballot measure. The spending release will be released by Metro soon.
Here’s the questions part:
Yet critical challenges and decisions lie ahead. Why is ridership in a slump and can it be reversed? Can the cash-strapped agency raise fares without losing passengers? Can the region’s political leaders reach consensus on whether to put another half-cent sales tax on the ballot to build more transit lines? And would voters support it?
Answers: Probably, maybe, maybe and maybe. I certainly know how to stick my head out, eh?
Seven hikes near the Gold Line (Curbed LA)
Good roundup of hikes that can be accessed by walking, biking or taking transit from the Gold Line between DTLA and Azusa. Of the San Gabriel Mountains hikes, Eaton Canyon is the most transit friendly. But expect to see plenty of other people.
Question: why the heck aren’t there any Zipcars in Azusa, home to both Azusa Pacific U and Citrus College? The Gold Line plus a Zipcar in Azusa would make it really easy to reach Fish Canyon or drive into the San Gabriel River canyon, where I highly recommend going for a walk or pedal along the West Fork or a hike on the East Fork to the Bridge to Nowhere.
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