by James Buchanan
Anyone, who lives in the greater L.A. area and who has had to commute, will tell you traffic is terrible. Is the Los Angeles city council doing anything to make things better? No. In fact, they have a plan to make things worse!! This lunatic plan would literally take things from bad to intolerable. Not only are are the freeways gridlocked for hours every day, the streets are hopelessly clogged too. The L.A. city council wants to take away traffic lanes from cars and devote them to bicycles and buses.
A recent news article reports “This city of fast cars and endless freeways is preparing to do what not long ago would have been unthinkable: sacrificing car lanes to make way for bikes and buses.”
“The City Council has approved a far-reaching transportation plan that would reshape the streetscape over the next 20 years, adding hundreds of miles of bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and pedestrian safety features as part of an effort to nudge drivers out from behind the wheel.”
By “nudge drivers out from behind the wheel,” they mean they will make things worse, and they’ll throw a crumb to bicyclists and bus riders. How many office workers would want to show up for work soaked with sweat after a strenuous bicycle ride to work? Buses of course stop every few blocks, take an hour for a 15 minute car trip, and are filled with illegal aliens and crazy homeless people in Los Angeles.
The article continues “Not surprisingly, in the unofficial traffic congestion capital of the country, the plan has set off fears of apocalyptic gridlock.”
“’What they’re trying to do is make congestion so bad, you’ll have to get out of your car,’ said James O’Sullivan, a founder of Fix the City, a group that is planning a lawsuit to stop the plan. ‘But what are you going to do, take two hours on a bus? They haven’t given us other options.’”
Bicyclists, especially when they travel in packs, are seen as a curse in Los Angeles. They frequently cut in front of cars and slow travel down even more. They have gotten especially rude and obnoxious and are fully backed by all the liberal politicians.
If you live in a suburb of L.A., there are four way stop intersections almost everywhere. (Whatever happened to not being wasteful? Have any liberals thought about how much gas is wasted and how much extra pollution is produced by forcing people to stop way more often than necessary?) If you can go three blocks without a stop sign, it’s a near miracle, and the liberals will likely soon ruin that street too once they notice it. As if an excessive number of stop signs isn’t bad enough, some streets also have speed bumps.
Add to all that, many streets are in very bad shape despite the high gas tax and extremely high property taxes. All the government money gets sucked up by illegal aliens and their anchor babies apparently. It sure doesn’t go to repaving the streets or filling the potholes.
As if the bad streets and frustrating proliferation of stop signs aren’t bad enough, the lunatics on the city council want to take away traffic lanes in one of the most traffic congested cities on the planet!!! Los Angeles didn’t have these problems when it had a White majority back in the 1960s. Things ran fairly smoothly back then. Today Los Angeles has a non-White majority, and complete imbeciles get elected to the city council and they predictably do things that you’d expect imbeciles to do.