The Los Angeles City Council has approved a plan to add 1,302 miles of bike path to the 378 currently laid, over the next 35 years. The plan will add about 200 miles per-year as well as direct money towards advertising and safety campaigns. I don’t know how California drivers can deal with that kind of congestion on a daily basis. I know that if I had to deal with it, I’d turn in my license, get a helmet, and pray that this plan actually goes through.
Knowing L.A. though, they’ll go from car congestion to bike congestion. At least there won’t be all that wasted gas and putrid emissions. The smog sucks in the City of Angels. The money is coming from Measure R, a 2008 tax sales tax to support transportation projects in the county. The city has seen a 50% increase in biking over the past eight years, so the interest is there. Of course, there are plenty of electric motorcycles on the market these days, and with L.A.’s lane splitting laws, it makes getting around a bit easier.
Any residents of L.A. want to chime in on this plan?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.