Olympics in LA: A Win for Climate-Friendly Transportation
Posted by Bryn Lindblad in #Blog on July 13, 2017
We’re excited by the idea that LA will win a bid to host the Olympic Games in either 2024 or 2028.
It might not seem an obvious win for climate action, but here’s the more subtle reason why we’re excited. The LA Olympics bid includes a climate-friendly transportation plan for getting athletes and spectators between the various sporting venues — a plan that highlights low-carbon public transit and no-carbon active transportation options in LA County.
While LA is still a very car-centric city — many Angelenos are not even familiar yet with the alternatives to driving a car that are available for them to get from point A to B — this proposal will help to draw attention to more sustainable transportation options, and could inspire Angelenos to rethink how they choose to move around in their everyday lives.
It’s just one step in that eye-opening direction. Other nudges, such as employer-subsidized transit passes and open street events like CicLAvia, are other steps we can take to try to lure Angelenos onto a more climate-friendly path of non-car-dependence.
The IOC has decided to award both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games when it announces the host cities in September. pic.twitter.com/bN5HvL0KH7
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) July 11, 2017