In the name of public safety

An LAPD police helicopter. Photo credit: GRANT SLATER/KPCC
A European vs. American fire truck. Photo credit: Firehouse.com
  • A siren is a very useful tool for an emergency vehicle to get through traffic at 5pm on a Friday; at 3am on a Sunday, is the siren needed? How many people will be awoken by it and how many people will have their cortisol levels raised even though there is no traffic?
  • If we want to build bike lanes that people feel safe using, the only way to do it is to reallocate some car space — the same space that emergency services use. And when it’s framed as “efficient emergency services” or “safe bike lanes” it’s a false choice — we can have both.
  • What is the cost to our city to building our roads like highways, and to purchasing emergency vehicles larger (and more expensive) than they need to be? What is the right balance of prioritizing occasional emergencies versus roads that are safer for everyday life?
  • What is the cost to our overall health as a society to have helicopters helping LAPD at all hours of night? Why are police helicopters so rarely heard in European cities and so frequently heard in American ones?

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Tali, Mika & Sofi’s dad, Katerina's husband, LA native. Founder, Service. Founder, Streets For All. Board Member, Mid City West Community Council.

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