It's ironic that a group with the name Fix the City filed a lawsuit against the city for trying to implement a plan that would make it safer for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians and ultimately change the way we live.
Approved by the LA City Council last month, Mobility Plan 2035, nearly four years in the making, is a bold plan that envisions a new way of moving around the city by shifting the focus from a car-centric metropolis to one that better accommodates all forms of transportation, including public transit, biking and walking. The vision for a more free-flowing network of thoroughfares—replete with some street calming improvements, upgraded crosswalks, bus-only lanes and protected bike lanes—places a high priority on safety. It also targets carbon emissions in an increasingly polluted environment.
The Westside nonprofit group Fix the City, however, claims that the plan would actually increase traffic congestion and air pollution, divert motorists onto parallel residential streets, and is detrimental to safety because it hinders emergency response times.
Is there merit to this? Well, according to Damien Newton and Joe Linton from StreetsBlogLA, “the lawsuit cherry-picks data” and “takes the worst-case-scenario projects and presents them as fact.” And it’s not the first time naysayers of the plan have aggrandized the outcome of its measures.
Headed by President Mike Eveloff, Fix the City further contends that the Mobility Plan was approved with insufficient environmental reviews and public outreach.
What's your take on Mobility Plan 2035? If you’re not caught up with what’s going on, check out our full coverage of the Mobility Plan saga.