I need to add shoes to the icons pictured above.
But let's start elsewhere. I am trying to drive less. A large part of the decision to move downtown was to be closer to a public transit hub. At the time of the move, I was teaching in Pasadena, Koreatown and Burbank. Driving to all of these location in Los Angeles traffic is not a good way to spend one's time. It's a total drag.
It's easy to say "Copenhagen this..." or "Berlin that...." and to lament the public transportation (or lack thereof) in your own city. I used to complain that the LA Metro is great if you are going to Universal Studios. That pessimistic quip wasn't true a few years ago when I said it and it certainly isn't true now.
In most major world cities, one doesn't need to choose where to live and work based on transit options, the rail lines and bus system are so robust and complete that it would be hard to not live near transit. LA's transit isn't quite that. LA is a geographically huge place, and we got a late start. But things are looking good. I haven't read the entire LA Mobility plan, but I will this week and will discuss here.
Which brings me to what I am doing now. I will attempt to document my transit. My fleet currently consists of:
- A road bicycle
- A commuter bike
- A Vespa
- A Fiat
Additionally, I will be walking and taking public transportation. And Uber.
It's easy to track all of this. I will track my weekly cycling mileage using Strava, broken down between bikes. Essentially, my road bike is for pleasure and my commuter is for utility, though it is fun too. The Vespa and Fiat I will track mileage the fashioned way—by making notes in my iPhone. Metro has a great service that allows a user to see all of his/her trips via their website, and I will convert those trips to mileage. I will use the built-in pedometer on my phone to track walking. I will do a generic steps to miles conversion.
I am into living an examined life. I also don't believe in critiquing from the sidelines. The only way to make our city great is to be involved and to be vocal. As an architect, I am trained in visualizing and analyzing information and figuring out solutions at various scales. I am going to use the skillsets to help create a better transit infrastructure in Los Angeles.
Like many of you, I am appalled at some of the recent decisions by our elected officials. Gil Cedillo's opposition to bike lanes and the chosen Hyperion bridge proposal are particularly frustrating examples. Automobile-centric design and planning are 20th century. With the dawn of autonomous vehicles, LA's growing public transit system, car/ride/bike sharing services and the growing number of cyclists, LA is in dire need of 21st century solutions and thinking, and I want to be involved.