Art of Transit
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) June 8, 2018
Metro last night released some initial concepts for the San Fernando Valley-Westside segment of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. Please see this blog post.
The Channel 4 folks pursue the it’s-gonna-be-a-mess angle. Not so fast! I think it’s worth noting that most of the concepts are for rail lines that would run underground. As we’ve seen with our other underground rail projects, the impacts — and, yes, there are some impacts — are mostly contained to station locations.
The fatal crash that killed 22-year-old Frederick Frazier happened on April 10 in Manchester Square. Police say the suspect fled the scene in her Porsche, which she later had painted black.
This was one in the way of crashes that killed several South L.A. residents earlier this spring. The article I want to read: how has police enforcement of traffic laws changed in recent times (if it has). To my eye, it seems enforcement is down and few motorists I know worry about being cited for anything.
The big news is that the regulations call for capping the number of scooters at 1,500 in the city — although there are mechanisms for that number to rise. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Santa Monica or any other city to cap the number of other popular mobility devices, i.e. cars.
That said, it’s hard to say how these rules solve the issues that community members rightly are complaining about: people leaving scooters in stupid places that block sidewalks. And people riding on sidewalks and putting pedestrians at risk.
Santa Monica at least has a good bike lane network. But they are the exception in our region, not the rule — thus raising questions about how well scooters may fit into other cities.
Related: How I learned to stop worrying and love electric scooters, in the NYT.
Related: Scooters littering US city streets shout at people: ‘Unlock me or I’ll call the police’ in the Guardian.
And, finally, a little music to end the week.