Move LA was local co-host of the Live.Ride.Share conference on shared mobility — carshare, bikeshare, rideshare, etc., topics that trended on twitter in LA the day of the event! — at the Japanese American National Museum Feb. 23. Here is a short sum-up and ideas about next steps.
· Thanks to your contributions, #LiveRideShare trended regionally on Twitter!
· We heard an ambitious goal to reduce the number of cars in LA by 100,000, or 5% in the next 5 years through deployment of shared mobility, transit and land use.
· Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of LADOT, advocated bold moves for SoCal mobility, and Diego Cardoso of LA Metro reminded us that the most dangerous phrase in the public sector is: “We’ve always done it that way.”
· Breakout sessions covered the connections between shared mobility and affordable housing, social equity and transit, and spotlighted existing regional innovation through a local showcase.
· A workshop convened carshare, rideshare, and bikeshare operators as well as local practitioners to roll up their sleeves and focus on implementation.
· The conference drew participation from nearly 400 business, transportation, land use, and environmental organizations as well as community leaders and students.
· Industry leaders included bikeshare, carshare, rideshare and van pool providers including Lyft, Enterprise Vanpool, BYD, Santa Monica Bike Center, Car2Go, Zipcar, Bollore, and Uber.
The conference drew strong interest from key transportation and land use planning agencies including the Southern California Association of Governments, the City of Los Angeles, and LA Metro.
· The Steering committee is reviewing notes from all sessions and will be in touch in the coming weeks regarding next steps. Some of the most immediate opportunities we observed include:
o Reforming outdated parking regulations, in light of new opportunities to share cars and share rides, to better reflect the true need for parking and help cut the cost of providing housing.
o Deploying shared mobility in a wide range of neighborhoods to create a robust ecosystem that works for everyone.
o Securing funding for a low-income carshare pilot program through new cap and trade funds available from the Air Resources Board.
o Including bikeshare, carshare and mobility hubs in any 2016 sales tax measure, as well as in SCAG’s 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.
o Advocating for formal adoption of the 100,000 car reduction goal.
o Including mobility hubs in Metro’s Proposed Joint Development Program, in partnership with Metro’s goal of 35% affordable housing in Metro Joint Development Projects.
· Most importantly, we want to hear your ideas. Look for a call for volunteers in the next few weeks to work with us to articulate the Live.Ride.Share agenda for the next year for SoCal.
· We are planning to release a short video summary of the event. We will load that and all conference photos and PowerPoint presentations onto the website and share with you once live.
We are grateful to you for your participation in and support for this historic event, and we will be in touch with you soon.
The Live.Ride.Share Steering Committee
Amanda Eaken and Fernando Cazares, NRDC
David Bragdon and Shin-pei Tsay, TransitCenter
Gloria Ohland and Denny Zane, Move LA
Sharon Feigon and Creighton Randall, Shared-Use Mobility Center
Hilary Norton, Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST)
David Grannis, pointC
Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center
Gail Goldberg, ULI-LA