A City with Transportation Choices

on April 02, 2014

Share your experiences of life in Los Angeles as it relates to topics covered in the Zoning Code Evaluation Report.  

Explore this week’s theme: Mobility.

 

A City with Transportation Choices

Saturday Night Live aired a set of sketches called “The Californians” that poked fun at the way a lot of people get around in Los Angeles. And it's no surprise. Finding a good way to get around LA’s notoriously car-oriented congestion used to be as elusive as finding a nugget of gold in the crack of your couch. In some ways traffic was a good problem. Lots of traffic meant that the City was growing and that it provided economic opportunities. On the other hand, depending on our cars required good land to be used for massive parking lots instead of housing, parks, shops, and other community-serving amenities. Our pattern of mobility became a barrier to economic development, public safety, improved health, and quality of life, creating a demand for transportation alternatives.

The ways we get around, the different “transportation modes” we use, are changing now. More people are walking and bicycling. Bus and rail lines have been added and improved. And new technologies and mobile apps have inspired more creative ways of getting from point A to point B. Addressing the mobility needs of all Angelenos became the main push for the development of the City’s new Mobility Plan 2035. The new zoning code must contain ways to implement the policies of the new Mobility Plan.

What are the links between your destinations and how you get there?

Tell us about how well your destinations and routes accommodate the ways you get around. Here are some questions to help you get started: Do the places you go accommodate people using a variety of transportation modes? How safe do you feel along the street? Is there enough lighting? Is your path wide enough? Are there too many or too few barriers between you and other traffic? Are there enough of the right kind of transportation options nearby? Are street blocks too long? How much time do you spend just trying to get somewhere? Is there enough adequate bicycle parking? How well can a pedestrian access places from the street? How easy or difficult is it to walk, bike, drive, ride a horse, or get to where you’re going in other ways?

Think about your destinations and routes there, and share your thoughts on MapIt. Need an example? Below is a sample MapIt post about a neighborhood in North Hollywood with a variety of transportation choices: