• Save the date: CicLAvia will be back on April 10, 2011! I’m so excited. Presently, the organizers say that the route will probably be the same as the first CicLAvia, but they are also working with the communities of South LA, Boyle Heights and Chinatown to create additional spurs. (CicLAvia, LA Streetsblog).
  • Is America ready for electric cars? There has been a lot of buzz lately about electric cars, but are Americans willing to actually take the plunge and make their next car an electric car? The Wall Street Journal reports that a survey found that 43% of respondents said they could see themselves trying an electric car. Of the 43%, 13% said they were very likely to make their next car purchase an electric car. WSJ published a quote from the research company’s vice president who said 13% was a promising number, but concludes its story by saying that there were several factors that trouble the general public about electric cars, such as their potentially limiting range and the current paucity of recharging stations.
  • The Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is in the news. The LA Times does a good job of presenting a balanced portrait of the situation. In short, residents in Comstock Hills (aka Condo Canyon) have organized to oppose the Wilshire BRT going through their area. Herbie, LACBC, BRU, and the two student transportation advocacy groups organized to oppose the opposition. Metro has asked the FTA to approve the removal of Condo Canyon from the project (and the FTA has already agreed to pony up money for the project). Will the removal of the Condo Canyon jeopardize the project? I don’t know yet. UCLA hasn’t taken an official position on the project.