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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What Is the Larger “Share” in Bikeshare?

What Is the Larger “Share” in Bikeshare?

April 4, 2014

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Following the establishment of successful bike-sharing systems in Paris; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and hundreds of other cities worldwide, the much-talked-about Citi Bike system in New York City seems to be off to a wobbly start.

Issues range from rebalancing bike supplies at various locations based on very high demand to lower-than-expected use by tourists (they provide higher margins) and overall pricing being too low. In view of the fact that New York’s system appears to be similar in many respects to other large U.S. programs—down to the hardware, software, and vendors involved—what might be happening differently in the Big Apple?

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150 Years Ago, People Watched Competitive Walking Instead of Baseball

150 Years Ago, People Watched Competitive Walking Instead of Baseball

If it was 1874, instead of hitting your local baseball diamond tonight, you’d be grabbing a few friends and heading to a competitive walking match. Yes, walking was a national pastime, according to author Matthew Algeo: “Watching people walk was America’s favorite spectator sport.”

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The sport was known as “pedestrianism,” and Algeo has written an entire book about it: Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport.

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