5 Ways To Solve L.A. Traffic, Including Immigrant Driver's Ed
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1. Take the bike lanes back. We get it: Bicycling is an important and viable form of transportation in this car-choked city. We're not against it at all. And, as LA Weekly has reported, hit-and-run accidents, especially involving two-wheeled commuters, are out of control in this town. But taking an entire car lane and giving it to bike riders, as has been done in some parts of town, is useless. It means double the number of cars in one lane and, often, an unused bike lane that neither protects riders from cars nor particularly entices the cyclist. Take a ride down 7th Street, which used to have four lanes and now has two, and you'll see both mad traffic and an empty bike lane next to you. Creating a special bike lane for a mode of transportation that has a right to all lanes is no better than creating a special lane for motorcycles.
The city has built 165 miles of bike lanes since 2010 and plans a total of 1,680 miles. Some of those will replace car lanes. You can still ride a bike, regardless of what the paint on the street says. But that certainly means less room, not more, for L.A.'s motor vehicles. Make sense to you?
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