6HWbNHN-show-poster2x3-c7tgE2Y.png

Artbound

Start watching
MJ250sC-show-poster2x3-Bflky7i.png

Tending Nature

Start watching
Southland Sessions

Southland Sessions

Start watching
HvlSxHY-show-poster2x3-4ik43uV.png

Earth Focus

Start watching
5LQmQJY-show-poster2x3-MRWBpAK.jpg

Reporter Roundup

Start watching
City Rising

City Rising

Start watching
Lost LA

Lost LA

Start watching
Member
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Learn about the many ways to support KCET.
Support Icon
Contact our Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams.

Car-free

Support Provided By
lamap

The countdown is on to the shutting down of the 405 between the 101 and 10 this July 15th. If you haven't heard the phrase "Carmageddon" by now, then you probably live outside of California or have cut yourself off from every form of media.

The Great Divide

If I can help it I won't travel past La Brea Blvd. If I have a meeting on the westside, I plan way ahead for the ride because I know I will be in the car longer than the time I spend out of the car.

My anathema for the westside started in the mid-nineties; I had an office on 3rd and Broadway, right by the ocean. Working by the ocean was a bonus at the beginning, but it only took two weeks for me to hate the smell of fresh air and ocean breezes. The reason I hated the ocean was because from my house on the eastside to the westside, it would take an average drive time of 45 minutes or more each way.

During one of those long rides, I sat in traffic staring at a dead dog next to my car and worked out the hours I had spent in the car.

My calculations for one week:
10 x 45 minutes = 450 minutes (minimum)
4 x 30 minutes = 120 minutes (weekends)
Total: 570 minutes

570 minutes x 4 = 38 hours per month

38 hours x 12 months = 456 hours ÷ 24 = 19 days per year in a car.

And then if you multiple that by the years I spent driving back and forth, it would be enough to travel around the world in 80 days.

The End of the World

I find it interesting that someone coined the shut down of the freeway "Carmageddon," because is not being able to freely travel on the freeways the end of the world? I understand that people have to go to work, emergency services will be hampered and the surrounding communities will have to deal with traffic, but is it really the end when we are made to stay home for a weekend? Is it so bad to not be in a car? Instead of fearing the worst, we should be celebrating the opportunity to explore our neighborhoods by foot and bike; to enjoy not contributing to greenhouse gases.

You now have the perfect excuse not get into a car; go outside and play, and enjoy the 53 hours of a car-free weekend. Be car-free.

Image: Rand McNally Map book 1945/ found at an estate sale and bought for 25¢

Support Provided By
Read More
A woman in a black t-shirt gets a vaccine administered on her right arm by a woman in dark blue scrubs.

Back For Seconds? Tens of Thousands in L.A. County Overdue for Second COVID Shot

Nearly 278,000 people in L.A. County may be overdue for their second dose, according to county figures released today.
Los Angeles Armenian Community Marks 106th Anniversary Of  Armenian Genocide

Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide; Hundreds Gather in Southland

Hundreds gathered to mark the 106th anniversary of the beginning of the mass killing of Armenians by Turkish forces during World War I, and to celebrate President Joe Biden's formal recognition of the atrocities as a genocide.
A close-up shot of a little girl holding an adult's hand.

First Group of Migrant Children Arrive at Long Beach Convention Center. Here's How You Can Help.

As many as 150 migrant children were expected to arrive at the Long Beach Convention Center Thursday. Here are ways you can help.