When the first road was built to Yosemite in 1856, entry to the park cost $1 by foot and $2 by horse. The November ITS Brown Bag seminar saw 2nd year student Casey Osborn, whose passion for the outdoors is longstanding (see photo), provide this and other delightful insights in a talk that tackled the tense relationship between some of our most beloved wilderness locations and the cars we need to get there. Osborn also offered several sharp ideas for applying pricing and public transit to better manage access to our National Parks in the present-day. […]
It is the mark of a UCLA transportation scholar that when asked what trains will do for Los Angeles, they respond first with an explanation of what trains will not do. Trains in Los Angeles are not going to fix traffic, nor are they going to transform the way Angelenos move about the city. What good are trains for then? You can find two thoughtful and nuanced treatments of this question from Lewis Center Associate Directors Madeline Brozen and Juan Matute at Zocalo Public Square.
Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor and Faculty Fellow Paavo Monkkonen highlighted different aspects of the sharing economy at an October event held at the downtown LA workspace collective Maker City LA. The event was put on by the American Planning Association’s Los Angeles chapter, and saw Taylor discuss the implications of increasingly popular car-share services such as Uber and Lyft and housing expert Monkkonen […]
Urban Planning PHD student Kelcie Ralph talked to Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ earlier this week about the unique obstacles facing American women from taking up bicycling. The interview covers ideas outlined in a Guardian op-ed that Ralph penned with Lewis Center researcher Herbie Huff, and builds off her research with UCLA colleagues on household travel and activities among students and non-traditional households.
Author Leo Tolstoy once wrote: “All great literature is one of two stories: a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town.” Both of these archetypal stories involve travel, a subtle connection which may speak to an intrinsic link between travel and the significant experiences that bring meaning to our lives. Yet as Georgia Tech professor Patricia Mokhtarian pointed out in a masterful 8th Annual Martin Wachs lecture, the view of travel […]
On a recent October afternoon, California Transportation Commission (CTC) executive director Andre Boutros gave a crash course in California transportation finance for a group of UCLA students, faculty, and researchers. Boutros sketched an overview of the CTC’s role in allocating over $25 billion worth of state and federal transportation funds, and provided a window into the CTC’s decision-making process […]
Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor traveled to the University of Vermont in September to participate in the Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series. His talk was entitled: "Who Knows About Kids These Days? Understanding the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults." Full video of the engaging lecture and Q&A can be found here.
Why Aren’t More American Women On Bikes? Lewis Center’s Herbie Huff and Kelcie Ralph Have a Surprising Answer: Household Chores.
Lewis Center Researcher Herbie Huff and Urban Planning PHD Candidate Kelcie Ralph recently penned an article in the Guardian newspaper asserting that an overlooked barrier to more women biking is the fact that their lives are disproportionately filled with housework and child-related chores. Read on for the thought-provoking article.