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Take the survey to help build healthier transit systems

A transportation system that supports us to be active and gives us options beyond driving is a pressing need for our growing region.  We usually think of a transportation system as just a way to ‘get around’ but it does much more, with many direct and indirect effects on our health.

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Our transportation system has countless direct effects on our health. The type of transportation we use affects how much exercise we get. We know from studies in other North American and international cities that people who spend more time in a car each day are more likely to be obese, while daily walking reduces the risk of obesity. Predominantly car-based transportation makes us more likely to get in a traffic crash or be exposed to air pollution. If twice as many people walk or bike in a community we reduce the risk of being struck by a vehicle by two thirds.

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These 8 Depressing Bike Theft Statistics Show Just How Bad the Problem Is

These 8 Depressing Bike Theft Statistics Show Just How Bad the Problem Is

One of the biggest problems with stopping city bike theft is that cities don’t even understand the extent of the problem. Police departments often consider the incidents a low priority and fail to pursue thieves, which in turn discourages riders from reporting later incidents. Great as cities know the problem to be, then, the likely reality is that it’s much greater.

These 8 Depressing Bike Theft Statistics Show Just How Bad the Problem Is

Police departments certainly have more severe crimes to address than bike theft, but that doesn’t mean the problem is trivial. The general tendency to overlook the problem threatens to undermine public investments in bike infrastructure and the viability of bike-share programs, as well as city mobility more broadly. If people had their cars stolen as often as their bikes — cyclists are four times as likely as drivers to be victims of vehicle theft — you have to imagine cities would take stronger action.

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If Los Angeles can do it…

How they did it: Angelinos win their first protected bike lane

April 15, 2014

Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer


An official rendering of the MyFigueroa project. Image: City of Los Angeles.

It’s a story that Tinseltown could probably make magical: a dense, diverse and car-obsessed city turns a corner and decides to redesign an eight-lane thoroughfare to be great for biking, walking and public transit.

But until a team of community activists stepped in, Los Angeles’ first protected bike lane project was at death’s door. The two-month turnaround they engineered is a lesson in shoe-leather advocacy and broad-based coalition-building — and a reminder that though villains make for good storytelling, life is more complicated.

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