The agenda also intends to make City Hall more efficient and effective. (Great Streets for Los Angeles)In 2014 September 30, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) released its new strategic plan which is the Great Streets for Los Angeles. On the forefront of the plan is Vision Zero, which is aimed at reducing traffic fatalities and increasing safety in streets. It will improve traffic flow through the upgrade to the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (ATSAC) system, and efficient parking that would ease car congestion (Newton and Linton 1). This is not the only plan being implemented but there are a number of other strategic plans like the Neighborhood traffic calming, car sharing, dedicated bus lanes, transportation demand management, reducing disabled parking placard abuse, bike sharing, an improved bikeway network, and so on. Despite of all the good efforts and improvements, always a problem has to be identified and addressed. In my opinion, bicycle transportation has the much-required potential to solve transport problems.The use of bicycles is an ancient form of transport, but it has not been given much attention by people and government. Bicycle transportation has great a potential to be applied in different fields because of its simplicity and flexibility. Bicycle transportation is beneficial to people’s health. Even cycling over short distances is a good way to ensure that people who are always busy do some healthy body exercise thus maintaining good health.Secondly, it is beneficial to the environment. This is because it does not incorporate the use of fossil fuels. Therefore, it is fully pollution-free. Its use will reduce the greenhouse caused by emission of gases into the atmosphere. This is possible because use of bicycles will reduce traffic delays and interruptions to traffic flow thus contribute further to the reduction of toxic emissions from vehicles. It would also be advantageous to the economy.Transport is a second largest sector in household and industrial expenditure. Buying a car does not involve the cost of purchase only but also bring about the cost of maintenance that is rather expensive. Bicycles are cheaper than cars and this creates room for savings to be attainable. People who own cars should also consider using bicycles as an alternative when the use of cars proves to be uneconomical for example over short distances.Mutual social benefit is one of
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