I finally made it back to L.A., albeit 12 hours later than expected due to a weather-related flight attendant shortage on Delta Airlines. I’m in catch-up mode, so please forgive if I seem even further behind the news cycle than usual….
Things to read whilst transiting: What makes Berlin a playground paradise. It helps that German parents have a lot more tolerance than risk that their helicoptering counterparts in the U.S., reports the Old Grey Lady.
Art of Transit:
Metro’s Bike Share program debuts in DTLA on July 7. Here’s the announcement.
We’ve noted that many of the articles about the new Expo extension to Santa Monica have noted the train’s speed between DTLA and DTSM. Many riders have complained that the trip — which should take 47-48 minutes — is taking longer due to service delays and other issues, such as getting stopped at traffic lights.
Officials from the L.A. Department of Transportation point out the street-running section in downtown L.A. is a section of track where the Expo Line shares track with the Blue Line, resulting in a train passing about every two minutes.
The Expo Line shares tracks with the Blue Line between 7th/Metro Center and the intersection of Washington and Flower. But the Expo Line’s street running segment — in which trains must obey the city of L.A.’s traffic signals — continues until Crenshaw Boulevard. It’s worth noting that this is on the first phase of the Expo Line that has been open since spring 2012.
There is one street-running segment on the second phase of the project that opened last month: on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica between 17th Street and the Downtown Santa Monica Station between 4th and 5th streets. Generally speaking, Santa Monica gives more priority to Expo trains, although there are still intersections where the train must stop.
Quasi-related: more Expo-adjacent offices in Culver City are planned on a lot occupied by a smaller building.
The fake city in Ann Arbor reminds me of those fake cities where SWAT teams and FBI agents train on TV programs. Fun read includes this nugget:
In California, a former military base has been turned into a 2,100-acre test site called GoMentum Station, where Honda has been testing its autonomous driving technology. It has about 20 miles of paved roads and a cluster of barracks and buildings that provide an urban environment. It is also a secure location where companies can test cars in private.
I come in peace with a bike helmet on (Lisa Schweitzer)
The USC prof gently suggests that using a bike helmet is probably a way to help reduce injuries and probably doesn’t discourage better biking facilities from being built — an argument often heard in bike-centric circles. As Lisa notes, the argument against helmets seems to go like this:
The idea seems to go something like this:
1) People don’t like bike helmets and that’s what keeps them from riding a bike;
2) Bicyclists are safer when there are more bicyclists are on the road (“the safety in numbers” effect); and thus
3) If helmets keep bicyclists off the road, they do not improve safety because they dampen the “safety in numbers” effect.
Lisa then takes a look at some of the studies that have been cited to justify the above and notes that the studies have issues/flaws. She dives deeper in a follow-up post.
After some public wing-flapping, a bill that would have given politicians whose districts are 500 miles away a say in Metro affairs meets the Grim Reaper. Shocker.
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