Your blood might already be boiling because you saw the words “parking” and “L.A.” in the same headline. We apologize. But if you’re not one of the fortunate ones who can get conveniently where you need to be via Metro, e-scooter, biking or walking, chances are you are rolling around in a cumbersome car and therefore must deal with the misery of parking in Los Angeles. So, while we’re all in this stress-spiking, misanthrope-making, anxiety-filled purgatory together, perhaps we should try to make things marginally more bearable by equipping ourselves with some shared knowledge and principles.
Long Beach has heard the ongoing concerns about the recently completed Broadway project — and officials are responding to them. City staff announced on Monday, July 22, that it will make a slew of tweaks to the road diet, which recently made way for protected bike lanes from Alamitos to Redondo avenues. Some residents have criticized the road diet for not increasing traffic safety, as intended, as well as creating congestion and limiting parking options.
The Oakland Alameda Access Project (OAAP) is an $83 million project, run by the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), its HTNB consultants, and Caltrans that, if designed right, could help heal the gash created between Chinatown and Oakland’s waterfront by the Nimitz Freeway. Unfortunately, it is being run by retrograde traffic engineers who are only concerned with increasing car throughput.
“This is a crisis. People are dying on our streets. We need proactive and immediate traffic safety changes throughout the Tenderloin to save lives now,” Haney said. He represents the neighborhood on the Board of Supervisors. “These are neighborhood streets,” he added. “We aren’t a freeway.” At the same time, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has committed to short term safety changes on Taylor Street and throughout the Tenderloin near the sites of the two recent deaths. Walk SF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition joined with Haney to call for the state of emergency, which may clear a path for funding and help bypass some approval processes to make San Francisco streets safer.
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