•It’s National Bike Month and one of the cooler ideas I’ve read is above: a network of rails-to-trails that a cyclist could use to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Obviously this is more a recreational effort, but it’s something that would be unique and, I suspect, end up on a lot of bucket lists. Including mine.
About that route. Hmmm. Those with a geographical bent may notice it veers to the north. Armchair climatologists may be thinking “won’t that be cold and snowy for much of the year.” And Californians may be thinking “WTH, we’re California.” Don’t even get me started on the route through Ohio, which hews a little too close to Dayton 🐄 and Columbus 🐄, neither of which are on par with someplace as grand and historically important as Cincinnati, which is also the birthplace of a certain Local Government Blogger.
Routing issues aside, the Great American Rail-Trail strikes me as a potential federal project that would be relatively low-cost and high-impact and be something our country could do to promote itself, walking, cycling, fitness and the frontier spirit. Fill up those panniers with some jerky and let’s go!
In the news…
•On the subject of bikes, Alissa Walker opines at Curbed that cities that really want people to bike more should be building protected bike lanes. This tweet from a former Metro staffer adorns the story:
Venice Boulevard is the connection to the Expo Line/path and one of the only bike routes across LA. Would you want your loved ones biking here? We have to #DemandMore. #RedCupProject pic.twitter.com/umXiqMKIGs
— Paint Isn't Protection (@rabonour) April 26, 2019
I feel likewise about some of the other bike lanes I’ve seen across the region where there’s only a thin white line between an awful lot of traffic and a tiny strip of pavement for bikes. I’m talking to you, bike lanes on Huntington Boulevard and Mission Road. To be fair — there are, of course, some very fine bike lanes in our region, often along less trafficked streets.
•Metro updated its proposed budget by adding some bus service hours. Here’s the Source post.
•On the budget front it’s tough times for BART, which relies heavily on fares but is facing declining ridership and all sorts of costs. San Francisco Chronicle
•At Streetsblog LA, Sahra Sulaiman takes a critical look at a proposal to raze 196 units in the Dorset Village garden-style apartments in Hyde Park and replace them with 782 new units. Dorset Village is a short stroll from the future Hyde Park station for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The Village also made prominent appearance’s in Nipsy Hussle’s work.
•Uber’s stock price fell on the company’s first day as a publicly-traded company, observes the NYT. That said, Uber still raised $8.1 billion as part of its initial public offering.
Why the tumble? Concerns that “the deeply unprofitable company” could ever turn a profit, says the NYT. Lyft had its IPO in March and its stock didn’t take long to tumble below its initial price.
What’s this mean for consumers? I’m guessing fare increases at some point in time — although the competition between Uber and Lyft encourages both to keep fares low. Could one of the companies every try to buy the other? Just a guess on my part and I have no idea if that would pass muster with the law of the land.
•Art of transit — good pic!
•Housing crisis news: with all the hubbub over SB 50, here’s an interesting story: the city of Glendale will soon require many developers to either build affordable units or pay a fee to the city in lieu of those units, reports the LAT. The state bill is taking a different approach by pre-empting local zoning laws to allow more units (including affordable ones) to be built near frequent transit lines.
•Not transit per se, but interesting NYT read: Amsterdam is overloaded with tourists — the reason tourism officials are now steering tourists to under-visited parts of the Netherlands.
•I’m taking my first-ever Amtrak ride to San Luis Obispo later today — it’s only a 5.5-hour, 200-mile journey. I shall offer some musings on that next week.
A lil’ train music to finish off the week…
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