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The future looms large: Will LA traffic become more egalitarian?

According to a recent article in The New York Times, only about 1 percent of commuters across the Los Angeles metropolitan region go back and forth between their homes and workplaces on bicycle.

There is certainly a good -- and, to most area residents, immediately understandable -- reason for that, namely this: Los Angeles is a decidedly unfriendly locale for bicyclists.

And pedestrians, for that matter.

That reality is amply underscored by the Times' depiction of the City of Angels as an environment "of fast cars and endless freeways."

Seemingly, that has always been the case, with the region's complex and sprawling transportation grid of ultra-wide avenues and highways clearly favoring the movement of people by motorized vehicles.

Given that, a Los Angeles-centric news story focusing on a fatal bicycle or pedestrian accident is hardly an anomaly, although it is of course tragic in every instance.

In Los Angeles, it is obviously imperative for city planners to think ahead, and that they are doing so regarding traffic flow is eminently apparent in what is termed Mobility Plan 2035. That initiative was recently passed pursuant to a resounding "yes" vote of the city council, and since passage has been the catalyst for lively debate regarding what the city might look like a couple decades down the road.

The gist of the 2035 plan is this: Make the city and surrounding environs more amenable to bike and pedestrian traffic, even at the expense of motorized conveyance.

Will that work?

Indeed, can it even be done?

Time will tell, of course, although it's probably more likely than not that most Angelinos won't find it immediately necessary to take their cars over to the nearest bike shop to scout out some viable options for commuting.

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