LA is America’s second-deadliest city for children, Valley legislators get top mobility marks and say a hearty goodbye to Mike Bonin

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Is anyone really surprised that the mean streets of Los Angeles have claimed the second highest number of pedestrians in the country, after New York, over the past decade?

Which makes sense in a way since Los Angeles also has the second largest population, only behind New York.

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The correlation ends there, however, as Phoenix ranks third, followed by Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio; Chicago, the third largest city, ranks at the bottom at number 7, suggesting they must be doing something right.

Every traffic fatality is one too many.

This information comes from online auto insurance company Jerry, which correlated the rankings based on a decade of NHTSA data.

Other relevant facts are –

  • Pedestrian-related deaths in the United States have increased every year for the past decade, increasing 65% from 2011 to 2021.
  • The number of deaths in 2021 increased by 13% compared to the previous year.
  • People of color accounted for 2/3 of pedestrian deaths despite making up only 24% of the total population.
  • Four out of five pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas, which makes sense given that’s where most people live. And most cars.
  • People in cars continue to cause twice as many pedestrian deaths as in SUVs, even though the number of people killed by SUV drivers has increased at twice the rate over the past decade.
  • Largely rural New Mexico had the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per capita, followed by Florida, which traditionally leads the state in pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. Despite LA’s high ranking, California is only the ninth-deadliest state overall on a per capita basis.
  • Almost a third of the pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol level of 0.08, while a quarter had a BAC of 0.15 – almost double the legal limit for motorists.

However, that last tidbit is meaningless without knowing if a) they were responsible for the crash that killed them and b) if their poisoning contributed in any way to their actions.

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It’s important to remember that walking after drinking or using drugs is far easier than operating a large, deadly machine that is dangerous even in the best of conditions.

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Streets For All has adopted a tactic used by countless organizations nationally, from the NRA to Planned Parenthood, by assessing each member of the state Legislature’s mobility record over the past year.

Not surprisingly, Burbank Transportation Committee Chairwoman Laura Friedman topped the state assembly rankings, followed by Phillip Ting of San Mateo County.

Unfortunately, no Republican appears in the rankings until Jordan Cunningham is at the bottom at 65; All 19 Republicans are at the bottom of the table, joined by just two Democrats.

An indication that the car-centric party still has a long way to go in embracing the state’s much-needed shift to Transit, Active Transportation and Complete Streets.

Ditto for the other chamber, where every Democrat graduates with a C or higher, led by San Gabriel Valley’s Anthony Portantino and San Francisco’s Scott Weiner.

Now every single Republican in the Senate gets an F.

Which, admittedly, may reflect the political bias of the group conducting the assessment. But rather accurately reflects the failure of their voices on mobility issues.

If the GOP has any hope of regaining traction with state voters, it must stop saying no to everything.

And start working with Democrats to make this state a better state for all of us.

Meanwhile, NPR reports that Advocates for Highway and Traffic Safety has released its 20th annual Roadmap to Safety report, detailing the deadly state of America’s roads and the need for better laws given the number of road deaths over the past year climbed to a 16-year high.

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LA’s Livable Communities Initiative was unanimously approved by the city council on Tuesday, enabling the development of low-rise neighborhoods with “soft density” and walkable Complete Streets near transportation hubs.

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A new video looks at the legacy of outgoing CD11 council member Mike Bonin, who is leaving the council on his own terms after just two terms in order to protect his own sanity and spend more time with his family.

For a long time, Bonin was the only progressive voice on the council.

And the best friend the Los Angeles bike community has had for most of his tenure has been responsible for many, if not most, of the wins we’ve seen in the past nine years.

Just call him the Anti-Koretz.

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A new video from grist looks at the benefits of swapping your car for an e-bike.

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