1. Donald Strauss, PhD, Author Introduction to Dissertation


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    This dissertation can be downloaded at http://aura.antioch.edu/etds/194/ How can we make cities more livable? Los Angeles, in particular, is a notably challenging place to live. For many, it is hard to see Los Angeles—city or county—as anything other than a huge, sprawling, and some would say placeless place. Los Angeles is known by many as the place that tore up more than 1,000 miles of streetcar lines to make way for millions of cars and hundreds of miles of freeways. Because of this, Los Angeles is also known for its poor air quality and jammed freeways. Those who live in Los Angeles know that it can be a very real challenge to get around. But Los Angeles is also a city of possibilities. It is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. It is mostly flat. It seldom rains. Surprisingly, Los Angeles has an alternative bike culture that has emerged and rapidly matured over the last nineteen years. It has gone from a rowdy and radical culture of bike messengers gathering for night rides to a substantial and growing community of riders, do-it-yourself bike mechanics, and homegrown transportation activists and advocates who have influenced the way bikes and riders are perceived and even how regional transportation policy is developed and implemented. How and why has that come to pass? In answering these questions, this dissertation seeks to describe the recent history of bike culture in Los Angeles through the eyes of its originators and ongoing participants. This is a narrative account of the recent past and the present in Los Angeles, California, in which a collection of bicycle-related phenomena appear to be transforming the land in ways that many might agree constitute a form of revitalization. This dissertation in open access can be downloaded from AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive at http://aura.antioch.edu/etds/194/ ORCHID ID : orcid.org/0000-0002-9280-0405

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    • Gateway Cities STP - Active Transportation


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      The Gateway Cities Strategic Transportation Plan identifies a network of active transportation projects that paint a picture of a more efficient, healthier, and safer environment for people that allows people to connect to other modes of transportation as a way to navigate the region.

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      • Safe Routes To School: Less Cars, More Smiles


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        This is a public service video for Bike Walk Greenville. Bike Walk is an advocacy group promoting active transportation in Greenville County, SC. The video was designed to soften up resistance to a better roads tax referendum.

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        • Walkable Neighborhood Project Results


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          • Bike Short S1E1 08062014


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            Bike Shorts is a video series on everything bikes, advocacy, and Atlanta. Check out the shorts!

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            • Rob MacIsaac


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              A 30% reduction in motor vehicle emissions in Toronto could save 200 lives and 900 million dollars annually. - Toronto Public Health, 2007 Rob has been a champion for active transportation throughout his illustrious career. With extensive experience managing complex organizations and teams he has demonstrated a strong commitment to tackling systemic problems with innovative solutions, and is well known as a vital community builder. Formerly Metrolinx’s first Chair, Rob led the development and approval of The Big Move, the visionary and first ever multi-modal regional transportation plan for the GTHA. Following these accomplishments at Metronlinx, Rob continued to champion alternative transportation by channeling his experience into the Mowhawk College Fennell Campus Renewal Project in his role as President. With active transportation improvements as a key priority in this project, the Campus was transformed by a multi-use pathway that connected it to surrounding neighbourhoods, the expansion and rebuilding of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and most notably the repurposing of a former parking lot into a pedestrian plaza. In addition to these pedestrian improvements, Mowhawk implemented a bike loan program as well as sheltered bike parking to reduce the barriers to active transportation for students, faculty and staff on campus. As the new president and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences, a medical centre comprising six hospitals and a cancer centre, he brings demonstrated leadership in implementing diverse initiatives to increase active transportation.

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              • Idea Bombing Set Up Time Lapse


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                Time lapse video of set up for Idea Bombing event in Bracebridge Ontario.

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                • Pam Damoff


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                  Better design for active modes of transportation increases safety on the road for everyone. - Toronto Public Health, 2012 Since being elected to Town Council in 2010, Councillor Pam Damoff has become a political champion for cycling and walking. The recipient of the 2013 Bicycling Leadership Award from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition for promoting bicycling in Ontario, Councillor Damoff is extremely proud of Oakville’s 2012 Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award. As the founder of Cycle Oakville, she has implemented a number of community initiatives to encourage residents to cycle more often. She was instrumental in implementing the highly successful bike valet parking for the 2013 RBC Canadian Open in Oakville. Councillor Damoff has been actively working with the three Business Improvement Areas to encourage them to become bicycle friendly. A two-year pilot will begin in 2015 that will see on-street bike corrals in the business districts. In May 2014, Oakville became the first municipality in south-central Ontario to carry the CAA “Watch for Bikes” decal on the side mirrors of all of its non-emergency vehicles and launched an extensive bicycle safety campaign. The town has an approved Active Transportation Master Plan and currently has a network of cycling routes consisting of on-road cycle lanes, paved shoulder bikeways, signed bike routes and multi-use trails. Dedicated funding for active transportation infrastructure would help Oakville grow their network beyond the over 105 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths and the over 150 kilometres of trails that currently encourage people to walk and cycle. Councillor Damoff sees the health, environmental and economic benefits of active transportation, and feels it is of critical importance to the residents of Oakville and the Region of Halton.

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                  • Vito Tolone


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                    The entire 4,500 km of new walking and cycling infrastructure proposed in the Metrolinx plan The Big Move could be built for the same cost as only 18 kilometres of a new 4-lane city road. - City of Vaughn, 2012 As a senior transportation planner at the City of Burlington, Vito was involved in the recent update to the City’s Transportation Mater Plan (TMP) and its effort to recognize that the automobile is not the only way that people travel through the city. The update, called Go Your Way, sets out a 20-year vision for transportation in the city to ensure that the transportation infrastructure, services and operational policies are aligned to accommodate Burlington’s expected growth. To achieve this, the plan is focused on creating a balanced and accessible transportation system for all modes of travel including transit, cyclists, pedestrians and automobiles. A bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award Winner, Burlington built its first bike lane well over 20 years ago and now has over 50 KM of on road bike lanes. With the direction of the TMP, Burlington’s goal is to make cycling even more accessible. While the City works to install the infrastructure to support active transportation, Go Your Way challenges residents to look at the trips they take each day by car and pick one to try out walking or cycling as their way to travel.

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                    • Nicole Arsenault


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                      "For every car trip that is replaced by cycling or walking, 850 grams of CO2 is prevented from being released into the atmosphere." - Transport Canada, 2011 At York University, Nicole oversees all the transportation projects for the community of students, faculty and Staff at the school. YorkU has made active efforts to improve sustainable transportation at its locations and is one of the founding partners of the Smart Commute North Toronto, Vaughan, an award-winning non-profit that partners with businesses to reduce traffic congestion and to advocate for sustainable transportation. This is just one of the ways they help improve air quality and foster a healthier work environments for employees. Through their work to promote sustainable transportation, YorkU has reversed their modal split. In the late 1990’s, 70% of the YorkU community came in single occupancy vehicles and now 80% come by means of sustainable transportation. The focus at Transportation Services now is to increase active transportation specifically by investigating cycling and walking amenities and programs at the University. With the arrival of the Spadina subway extension in 2015, the core of the car-oriented Keele campus will undergo a radical greening to create vibrant walkable spaces. In preparation for this increase in transit access, York U updated their Master Plan with a goal to improve wakalbility on campus by incorporating a `Put Pedestrians first` Lens. As we expand regional transportation systems, short trips to and from the rapid transit hubs present a significant new window of opportunity for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure planning and investment. Active transportation facilities are crucial components of a balanced and efficient regional transportation network that addresses the accessibility of transit while contributing to the health, liveability and prosperity of York region and the greater GTHA.

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