L.A. will add bike and bus lanes, cut car lanes in sweeping policy shift

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a sweeping transportation plan that calls for the addition of hundreds of miles of new bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and other road redesigns over the next 20 years.

Mobility Plan 2035 is billed as a major shift in the way the city approaches the use of its public streets, putting a new emphasis on road safety and offering more alternatives to driving. And it seeks to take the fatality rate from traffic collisions to zero within that period.

The vote was welcomed by business groups, transit advocates and groups that seek more bike routes on streets. But opponents, many in the city’s Westside, are preparing to sue, saying the city’s own analysis shows the loss of roadway for cars would add to traffic congestion and reduce emergency response times.

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