Nobody Drives in L.A.

Nobody Drives in L.A. Silly motorist, cars are for the country! With bicycles, bike shares, buses, ferries, planes, ride hails, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency?

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A "pilot" episode of Nobody Drives in LA, recorded with my friend, Mike Morgan, on a trail in the San Gabriel Mountains....
10/20/2021
Nobody Drives in LA – North Trail Canyon Road with Mike Morgan [Pilot Episode]

A "pilot" episode of Nobody Drives in LA, recorded with my friend, Mike Morgan, on a trail in the San Gabriel Mountains.

https://ericbrightwell.com/2021/10/20/nobody-drives-in-la-north-trail-canyon-road-with-mike-morgan-pilot-episode/

A couple of years ago I had an idea for a Nobody Drives in LA series of some sort — in addition to the weblog series, that is, which I’ve been writing for years. My conception was of ta…

Today marks ten years without owning a car in Los Angeles. Honestly, most Angelenos could ditch their cars and would, I ...
07/19/2021
Nobody Drives In LA — Celebrating Ten Years Since Kicking My Car Habit

Today marks ten years without owning a car in Los Angeles. Honestly, most Angelenos could ditch their cars and would, I suspect, be much happier. Nearly all could drive a little less. Let me know if you're car-free because I might have a project in mind.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of my not owning a car. On 18 July 2011, my 1990 Suburu Loyale nicknamed the C.A.R.D.I.S. (Car And Relative Dimensions In Space) blew a head gasket or two somewher…

A project to make Sunset Boulevard more attractive and safe.
07/06/2021
Nobody Drives In LA — Sunset4All

A project to make Sunset Boulevard more attractive and safe.

I think it was in 2019 that Terence Heuston (LA Bike Dad) approached me to discuss the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Sunset4All at one of that street’s many coffee shops. He de…

There is a Silver Lake Neighborhood Council election candidate forum on Saturday 20 March from 2pm-5pm. Zoom Link: https...
03/14/2021

There is a Silver Lake Neighborhood Council election candidate forum on Saturday 20 March from 2pm-5pm.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82054672212

SLNC page: https://www.facebook.com/SilverlakeNC/

What would you like candidates, including myself, to address? DM me if you don't feel comfortable answering in the thread.

There is a Silver Lake Neighborhood Council election candidate forum on Saturday 20 March from 2pm-5pm.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82054672212

SLNC page: https://www.facebook.com/SilverlakeNC/

What would you like candidates, including myself, to address? DM me if you don't feel comfortable answering in the thread.

A map, in progress, of historic Los Angeles rail transit, including, of course, Pacific Electric and Los Angeles railway...
02/09/2021
Nobody Drives in LA — Historic Los Angeles Transit Railways

A map, in progress, of historic Los Angeles rail transit, including, of course, Pacific Electric and Los Angeles railways with more to be added.

I know that it’s not the case — but even the most recently transplanted Angeleno should know that Los Angeles was built around railroads. The first steam train appeared in Los Angeles i…

My most-read post for 2019, in which I wonder why Los Angeles's train stations are so crap. No restrooms and no amenitie...
12/29/2019
Nobody Drives in LA — So Why Are Our Train Stations So Crap?

My most-read post for 2019, in which I wonder why Los Angeles's train stations are so crap. No restrooms and no amenities. Lease space for the latter to pay for the operation of the former. The result? More riders.

Think Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul, or Hong Kong... or even Union Station -- the only station used by Metro and Metrolink (but tellingly built before the creation of either) with a public restroom and amenities and -- not coincidentally -- the only one anyone spends any time and money in.

There’ve recently been a couple of articles in the Los Angeles Times about the various state of local mass transit that have got me thinking. Mehmet Baker’s “Metro is hemorrhaging…

My 6th most-read post of the year, in which I suggest making Metro's Rapid buses actually rapid by giving them all dedic...
12/24/2019
Nobody Drives in LA — Get on the Rapid Bus

My 6th most-read post of the year, in which I suggest making Metro's Rapid buses actually rapid by giving them all dedicated bus-only lanes. Such a simple fix.

#NobodyDrivesInLA #ItsNotThatHard #ForYourTransit

Lately, there’s been a surprising amount of talk about dedicated bus lanes and busways in Los Angeles. Metro is currently moving forward with three Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects: the North…

Rapid buses need dedicated, bus-only lanes to actually be rapid. If they had those, they'd probably be treated with the ...
07/29/2019
Nobody Drives in LA — Get on the Rapid Bus

Rapid buses need dedicated, bus-only lanes to actually be rapid. If they had those, they'd probably be treated with the affection typically reserved for light rail and subways.

Lately, there’s been a surprising amount of talk about dedicated bus lanes and busways in Los Angeles. Metro is currently moving forward with three Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects: the North…

My two cents on Metrolink and Metro Los Angeles's ridership problems. Improve the stations! Here are a couple of ideas o...
05/21/2019
Nobody Drives in LA — So Why Are Our Train Stations So Crap?

My two cents on Metrolink and Metro Los Angeles's ridership problems. Improve the stations! Here are a couple of ideas on how. (Hint: Copy what they're doing in Taipei, Tokyo, and Seoul by making the stations themselves the destinations.

There’ve recently been a couple of articles in the Los Angeles Times about the various state of local mass transit that have got me thinking. Mehmet Baker’s “Metro is hemorrhaging…

Someone in Echo Park is pulling up their parking lot and planting a garden. Seems like a better use than car storage!
11/14/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — A Parking Lot Pothole Garden in Echo Park

Someone in Echo Park is pulling up their parking lot and planting a garden. Seems like a better use than car storage!

The private automobile is the scourge of cities. In Los Angeles, on an average day, such cars injure or kill 39 Angelenos. They pollute air, land, and water — except for the electric ones, wh…

03/07/2018
Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Train Pub Crawl

Cross-posting here from Swinging Doors, my series about local bars. I made this map a while ago but until now, it was sort of buried in a post about the Gold Line. I figured it should have its own post, in part so that readers could update me on bar openings and closings in the comments.

The train-enabled bar crawl is surely as old as the train itself. The first public transit line in Los Angeles was the Spring and West 6th Street Railroad, a railway founded in 1874 which served Do…

Culver City Bus turned 90 years old, having been founded as it was on 3 March 1928. It's the second oldest municipal tra...
03/04/2018
Nobody Drives in LA – A Guide to Los Angeles Public Transit Agencies

Culver City Bus turned 90 years old, having been founded as it was on 3 March 1928. It's the second oldest municipal transit agency in California, in fact, beaten only by Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus (founded as Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines).

INTRODUCTION TO LOS ANGELES COUNTY TRANSIT When it comes to getting around, the 21st-century city dweller has options. Walking and cycling are my most common methods of getting anywhere but for lon…

Nobody Drives in LA — Visiting the Pasadena Model Railroad Club
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Visiting the Pasadena Model Railroad Club

Nobody Drives in LA — Visiting the Pasadena Model Railroad Club

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens...

Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach

Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens…

Shifters and sugarcubes — Happy Bicycle Day!
02/07/2018
Shifters and sugarcubes — Happy Bicycle Day!

Shifters and sugarcubes — Happy Bicycle Day!

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens...

Nobody Drives in LA — Riding the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Riding the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego

Nobody Drives in LA — Riding the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego

I’ve now lived in Los Angeles for eighteen years. Even though most of my dreams still seem to unfold in Missouri, I’ve been in California longer than I’ve been anywhere else. Howe…

Nobody Drives in LA — Reimagining Garden Grove
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Reimagining Garden Grove

Nobody Drives in LA — Reimagining Garden Grove

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens...

Nobody Drives in LA — Opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica

Nobody Drives in LA — Opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica

Today the first train left from downtown Los Angeles to downtown Santa Monica left 7th Street Metro Center. It was the first passenger train to run between the two downtowns since October 1953 (alt…

The Nobody Drives in LA Guide to CicLAvia — The Valley
02/07/2018
The Nobody Drives in LA Guide to CicLAvia — The Valley

The Nobody Drives in LA Guide to CicLAvia — The Valley

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens...

Nobody Drives in LA – A Guide to Los Angeles Public Transit Agencies
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA – A Guide to Los Angeles Public Transit Agencies

Nobody Drives in LA – A Guide to Los Angeles Public Transit Agencies

INTRODUCTION TO LOS ANGELES COUNTY TRANSIT When it comes to getting around, the 21st-century city dweller has options. Walking and cycling are my most common methods of getting anywhere but for lon…

Nobody Drives in LA — Get Out of the Car: Walking CicLAvia No. 5
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Get Out of the Car: Walking CicLAvia No. 5

Nobody Drives in LA — Get Out of the Car: Walking CicLAvia No. 5

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens...

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Course of the Crenshaw Line
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Course of the Crenshaw Line

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Course of the Crenshaw Line

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens...

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Foothill Transit’s 187 Line
02/07/2018
Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Foothill Transit’s 187 Line

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Foothill Transit’s 187 Line

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sens...

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