If you are a local to Los Angeles, surely you have seen these new crosswalks which allows pedestrians to cross in any direction. To some, this may look more dangerous or confusing, however, recent reports suggest this is actually increasing Los Angeles pedestrian safety.
Avid motorcycle riders often suffer from loss of hearing, and ringing in the ears. To prevent this, it is important for riders to wear earplugs to prevent the noise from the bike and other vehicles on the road from damaging hearing.
A lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming that various e-scooter firms have acted in "gross negligence," even "aiding and abetting assault." This lawsuit follows the announcement of Santa Monica's pilot program for e-scooters and bikes as well as recent legislation regulating e-scooters in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of pedestrians involved in various scooter accidents throughout Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The plaintiffs claim that the existing e-scooter companies have exercised, "wanton disregard for the safety of others."
While Los Angeles city council has established a set of regulations for shared electric scooter and the city of Santa Monica has initiated its trial period, Loyola Marymount University has tried to form its own regulations. Prior to the first meeting of its committee dedicated to determining the safe use of shared electric scooters, the University has temporarily banned shared scooters campus wide. The committee meeting was first scheduled for October 5th, yet no change in policy has been announced. Hampton Cantrell, Chief of the Department of Public Safety at Loyola Marymount explained that, "Safety is our top priority. We want to make sure campus safety can be maintained before issuing a final policy."
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has proposed bike lanes to a stretch of Winnetka Avenue with hopes of connecting bike paths and neighborhoods. With proponents and opponents of the bike lane additions vocal on the matter, Los Angeles Department of Transportation has remained open to suggestion. While proponents claim that Los Angeles communities need to recognize cyclists as having equal access to the road, opponents cite the traffic in morning commutes. Currently, the bike path ends short of the LA River Bike path as well as Pierce College and the Orange Line. Additionally, LADOT has considered adding a controlled pedestrian crossing on Gilmore and Winnetka.
Riding drunk on an electric scooter is not only against the law, it is also extremely dangerous for everyone involved. Age 28, Nicholas Kauffroath was convicted of DUI for a blood alcohol level over three times the legal limit while riding an electric scooter. Kauffroath was apprehended by LAPD after knocking down a 64 year old pedestrian in West Los Angeles. Fortunately, the victim only suffered an abrasion on the knee; however, the injuries could have been significantly worse for both parties.
Santa Monica continues to expand the mileage of green bike lanes with upcoming street renovations. Two major projects in particular, 17th street and Michigan Avenue look to improve bicyclist safety as well as pedestrian safety. High visibility green bike lanes will be added as well as lighting to improve twilight and nighttime visibility of pedestrians. These improvements work in tandem with the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate all traffic fatalities as well as protect the increased number of pedestrians along 17th street and Michigan Avenue. These projects have yet to be finalized and construction will ideally commence in 2020.
After shutting down operations in protest of an unfavorable city council decision, Bird and Lime were selected for the exclusive pilot program in Santa Monica. Jump, Lyft, Lime and Bird will now be allowed to operate a limited number of scooters during the pilot program. Lime and Bird will operate 750 scooter each while Uber and Jump will operate 250 scooters. The number of scooters each company can operate can increase over time as the scooters prove to be handled responsibly. Whether or not these numbers will be too low to prove effective or too high to make a difference in public safety remains to be seen.
New electronic suspension for motorcycles has become the norm. Although some old fashioned riders feel as though the essence of riding a bike may be compromised with these systems, they actually help the rider to stay safe. Automatic operating systems in motorcycles are adding safety features, but can also add a false sense of security. Be sure to be aware of the bike and how it functions, as well as the surroundings during the ride for maximum safety.
It is difficult to stay calm when another driver on the road upsets us. However, road rage can lead to fatal consequences if dealt with the wrong way. An angry driver is more prone to accidents because of their extreme emotional state and potential disregard for safety on the road. Follow these tips to remain a calm and safe driver: