THOUGHTS N FEELINGS

Make Mobility to Human Scale

Earlier this week, the LA Times hosted a public lecture on the future of mobility and movement in Los Angeles. The event predominantly discussed innovations to come, such as Hyperloop, autonomous vehicles and Metro's major expansion. After the talks, a friend of ours - who happens to work at LADOT - acknowledged that, while enjoying the discussion, something felt missing. While these developments may positively transform mobility here and everywhere, discussion of them - especially the first two - failed to directly address the human scale of movement. New machines may be on the horizon to zoom us around, but outside the vehicle exists real humans moving about - walking, biking, skateboarding, meandering. (In this dynamic days worth of transportation discussion, biking was barely even mentioned). Emerging transportation modes shouldn't be concerned with just the safety of the rider, but even more so the natural environments into which they're inserting themselves. Thankfully, small steps on that front are happening. Updated traffic signals in Downtown LA are giving pedestrians priority to cross before cars get the green light. LADOT's Vision Zero initiative aims to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2025. And bike share is really coming! But new coming transit technological advances, many of which are right around the corner, should be equally - if not even more - concerned with not just moving people around, but also healthier, safer, human-scale mobility.    •

image via LA Times

image via LA Times