I have advocated for bike and pedestrian friendly options for the City of Los Angeles for years. It is silly to believe that future generation of Angelenos will be driving everywhere. We need to start investing now in options that will encourage people to get out of their cars and to explore our communities by walking, cycling, public transportation, etc.
Safety is most important. We all deserve to feel safe no matter how we choose to travel.
It is important that we have choices when it comes to traveling through our city. Traveling by rail, bicycle, and our own two feet must all be viable transportation options if we are going to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce traffic and create a sustainable Los Angeles. We can do this smartly.
Our neighborhoods are places where people should feel comfortable jogging, walking, pushing a stroller, traveling in a wheelchair, bicycling and more. There is a direct economic link between walkability and economic growth.
Imagine if our children did not all automatically buy a car. We can imagine this very easily. We can do this! My daughter could be the first generation that chooses to NOT buy a car IF we give her the infrastructure to make that choice easier!
In order to provide efficient transportation, we must have a reliable and connected network that incorporates rail, bicycling, buses, etc. We should implement the Bicycle Master Plan, creating bicycle paths that make sense and get us where we want to go.