LA adopts bike bill, lauds Pasadena
After years of activism by Los Angeles residents, and aided by the mayor’s close-up encounter with a fast-moving vehicle and a bit of hard pavement, the Los Angeles city council recently passed a bicycle master plan. Councilman Bill Rosendahl said that it is time to rethink the way the city puts cars on a pedestal. “There has been a real awakening in the city,” he said. “We’re starting to think of our streets differently. They’re not just conduits for making cars move fast.”
Pasadena, along with Long Beach and Santa Monica, is mentioned in the article as a model to emulate. Still, there is much room for improvement in Pasadena, as cars still overwhelmingly dominate our downtown roads, and our pedestrian/cyclist culture is still in its infancy.
Pasadena can encourage more commuting by bike through better street design and other innovations. Santa Monica, for example, is building showers and locker rooms near its future transit centers, so that cyclists and joggers can combine their commute with their exercise routine. Imagine being able to bike or jog a few miles in the normal course of getting to work, arriving at a transit station, scanning a pre-paid card, and taking a quick shower in a clean changing facility, then hopping on the Gold Line in your business dress for an easy, stress-less ride to work. The result would be a better, healthier lifestyle for commuters and reduced congestion on our roads.