Los Angeles City Council OKs 20-year transportation plan

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015 8:26 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Car-loving Los Angeles has approved a transportation plan that would add 300 miles of bicycle lanes to existing roads.

The City Council on Tuesday approved Mobility Plan 2035 — a sweeping overhaul of how Angelenos are expected to get around town in the next 20 years. It aims to increase the use of bikes, public transportation and even old-fashioned foot travel, reduce accident deaths and wean motorists from jammed streets.

But opponents argue reducing the amount of roadway for autos would increase congestion and make it harder for firefighters and police to answer calls.

A city Environmental Impact Report suggested the same problems but also said the plan would reduce the amount of car travel by 1.7 million miles a day.