Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lessons from the CicLAvia Experiment

The transition from an automobile saturated transportation system to system adopting Complete Street Policy consists of two parts, a change in street infrastructure and a change in street user behavior.

Street infrastructure is modified to balance our mobility system among pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists. Rather than autos as the only mode of transport, all roadway users have a choice among 4 modes of travel. This way all street users modify their choice of mobility to utilize the balanced system.

 Once motorists recognize each of them  contribute to creating traffic, they become more receptive to a solution and change their behavior. They change their mode of transport. The CicLAvia experiment in Los Angeles teaches that lesson for Angelinos.

"CicLAvia's real importance has been to make clear that the divisions that we spend so much time debating — between cyclist and driver, driver and pedestrian, pedestrian and cyclist — are surprisingly malleable." Read how CicLAvia is changing the culture of street users in LA, story Los Angeles Times on-line.

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