August 11, 2015
LOS ANGELES (KABC) --
The Los Angeles City Council approved a 20-year mobility plan
Tuesday aimed at encouraging Angelenos to walk, bike or use public
transportation when getting around the city.
The Mobility Plan
2035, championed by Councilmen Mike Bonin and Jose Huizar, was approved
12-2. It calls for adding about 300 miles of protected bike lanes and
increasing housing density, despite objections from some that it may
worsen traffic and increase response times.
The plan is
expected to help the city obtain grants to help pay for proposed
changes. Future projects will still need to be individually approved.
the automobile remains a vital part of our transportation future, so
too is our goal to make our roads safer, more efficient and accessible
with increased public transportation, pedestrian and bike-focused
options. Mobility Plan 2035 does just that," Huizar said in a statement.
47 percent of trips taken in the city are less than 3 miles. Of those
trips, 84 percent are taken by car, according to city officials.