Is that what Michelle Mowery, LA DOT’s Bicycle Coordinator, is suggesting? At last Wednesday’s City Council Transportation Committee meeting Councilman Bill Rosendahl asked her why, even though Los Angeles hired the exact same consulting group that Portland did, the results we got in Los Angeles were considerably worse. Her answer (Emphasis is mine, and was picked up initially by the folks at West Side Bike Side):
“With all due respect the City of Portland is 450,000 people. It’s a homogeneous community that is very white, and very progressive with respect to transportation. They have a trolley system that works very well, as well as their transit overall. We are a very diverse, disjointed city of 4 million people. They are 30 years ahead of us in the development of their, well, they’re not quite 30, they’re more like 20 years ahead of us in the development of their bikeway. So we’re a step behind Portland in what we’re trying to do. Granted, several of us would like to see a lot of changes in the city happen very quickly, but again we have a very diverse city with a lot of needs.”
Holy crap, will someone please fire her already so we can get someone who actually cares and can work on making a difference in that position rather than someone who just spouts off a bunch of useless shit all the time?