L.A. Is Creating Traffic Jams to Push Commuters to Ride Bikes and Rail: New at Reason

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run

Coming soon to a city near you: the misguided movement to force you out of your car and onto a bike or trolley.

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In July of 2017, Los Angeles imposed a “road diet” in the quiet beach community of Playa del Rey, replacing car lanes with bike lanes and parking spaces. The roads were suddenly jammed with traffic. The community was livid.

“Most of Playa Del Rey didn’t know this was happening,” says John Russo, a local resident and co-founder of Keep L.A. Moving, a community group formed to fight back against the city’s unilateral decision to reconfigure the streets. “It really created havoc for us because we have no other roads to take.”

Road diets are part of a strategy known as Vision Zero, in which Los Angeles aims to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by 2025. It’s an idea

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