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The new L.A. River bridge connecting Frogtown and Glassell Park is reportedly slated to make its debut in June after two years of construction. SPF:architects announced that work on the orange-colored, 400-foot-long Taylor Yard bridge project is now 75% complete.    Founder and design principal Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects said via a press release: “Bridges are special; they are so utilitarian by purpose but offer so much magic to the imagination. They are impossible to resist. I hope that this gem of a project will realize my goal of evoking the community spirit of togetherness.”   The design of the…
Two separate bills introduced to Congress this session could reportedly grant bike and e-bike commuters a tax break. The Bicycle Commuter Act (first introduced in 2019), and the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act (brought to the floor last week) encourage the use of bikes and e-bikes as a mode of zero-carbon transportation.   Introduced by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the E-BIKE Act, the bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. If it passes, purchasers of new e-bikes would be eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,500. On the…
The city of West Hollywood has reportedly approved a plan to give businesses more outdoor space by turning Robertson Blvd. into a pedestrian-only walkway on weekends. The closure would take place between Santa Monica and El Tovar Place near Melrose.   City Councilmembers John Erickson and John D’Amico co-sponsored the motion, and D’Amico reportedly cited ongoing street safety concerns on the roadway, which in pre-pandemic times is a high-traffic area for both drivers and pedestrians taking in the night life. The Abbey, a popular bar and restaurant on Robertson near Santa Monica, brings many revelers to the neighborhood, creating…
Starting with President Biden’s executive order to replace the federal government’s massive vehicle fleet with U.S. made electric vehicles, which was quickly followed by a ground-shifting pledge by General Motors to sell electric vehicles (EVs) only by 2035, the country is experiencing a flurry of concrete actions aimed at reducing emissions across various industries and sectors. But electrification alone won’t suffice to help the U.S. meet its climate goals.   As Bloomberg noted in a recent article, the electric vehicles and charging stations that Biden has signaled will be taking center stage in his transportation climate strategy are simply not…
A graduate student in human geography at the University of Maryland has been taking a quantitative approach to study urban connectivity. “If, as Rebecca Solnit once wrote, ‘home is everything you can walk to,’ those who live in highly connected cities — with lots of tightly packed, four-way intersections — have a lot more home to roam,” reads the opening sentence in a Bloomberg article on said research.    It notes that such grids provide efficiency in time, distance, and navigability for people on foot, creating better and more direct pedestrian routes. It compares them to cul-de-sacs and the looping…
The family of a 29-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies is reportedly pursuing a $35 million damages claim against the county.    Dijon Kizzee was shot Aug. 31 2020 by two sheriff’s deputies in the unincorporated community of Westmont, near South Los Angeles, where they initially stopped him for biking on the wrong side of East 110th Street.   The claim on behalf of the Kizzee family said the damages amount includes $25 million for “severe and substantial” damages incurred by his father, Edwin Kizzee, and $10 million for economic and injury costs…
San Francisco Bay Area’s Caltrans District 4 reportedly posted an online survey for potential and current bike riders about what elements would be necessary in a bike highway that they would want to use. The survey is open now, and will be up until the end of Feb. The District 4 team’s working definition for a bike highway is “a high-quality, uninterrupted, long-distance bikeway that reduces barriers to destinations that people want to travel to and from, especially places which may normally be difficult to bike to.” That could mean a combination of bike paths on existing streets and fully…
The Culver City Council recently reportedly approved the addition of dedicated mobility lanes to a 1.3-mile corridor between Duquesne and La Cienega Avenues, connecting Downtown Culver City and the E Line. The mobility lanes will repurpose existing right-of-way along Washington and Culver Boulevards, linking Downtown Culver City with Culver City Station and the Arts District, requiring little physical infrastructure to implement. Moreover, they will be available for use by cyclists, e-scooter riders, emergency vehicles, and buses. The mobility lanes are expected to debut by May 2021 after restriping segments of Washington and Culver Boulevards to realign vehicle traffic.…
In the latest traffic violence-related trend, it seems quarantine and the emptied roads it triggered weren’t enough to curtail drivers killing bicyclists, but now according to a new report, they’re also leaving them to die after the collision. Outside Magazine recently analyzed media reports of fatal cycling crashes and found that more than a quarter (26.3%) of drivers who killed a cyclist last year commited a hit-and-run, fleeing the scene of the crime. As part of its 2020 Cycling Deaths project, journalists looked at 697 fatal cycling crashes for this.  The magazine noted that though official federal statistics about…
In a recent Streetsblog SF article, they posed an important question: How should e-scooter companies and regulators deploy in a way that helps disadvantaged communities of color without spreading fleets so thinly that they cease to be useful? And a new study, Drawing the map: The creation and regulation of geographic constraints on shared bikes and e-scooters in San Francisco, by UC Berkeley’s Marcel E. Moran attempts to answer it. Moran reportedly explained to Streetsblog: “I analyze three years worth of changes to shared bike and scooter geofences in San Francisco (2017-19), demonstrating the tension between operators’ interest in…