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Riding a bike in metropolitan traffic can be taking your life in your hands. But a new rule for the roads of California went into effect this week: Motorists have to give cyclists a three-foot buffer zone. But how will it be measured? How will the law be enforced?

Also, Santa Monica’s city motto is “fortunate people in a fortunate land.” So why is it America’s second-most stressed-out suburb? Will a million-dollar grant  provide the answer?

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Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb

Can a New Law Make LA Drivers Bike-Friendly? 12 MIN, 6 SEC

California drivers listen up: A new law went into effect yesterday, designed to make bicycle riding safer on busy streets and highways. Drivers must stay at least three feet away when they’re passing cyclists. If there’s not enough space, the driver must slow to a “reasonable and prudent speed,” and wait until things open up.

Guests:
Joe Linton, Streetsblog Los Angeles (@JoeLinton)
Troy Williams, LAPD Valley Traffic Division (@LAPDVTD)
Joshua Cohen, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (@labicycleatty)

Santa Monica City Asks Residents: Are You Happy? 9 MIN, 28 SEC

Santa Monica has sandy beaches on a sparkling ocean and lots of people with lots of money. But the real estate blog Movoto makes it number 2 on its list of America’s 10 most stressed-out suburbs. Last year, the City asked for a Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge Grant to measure how people really like living there.

With that video, Santa Monica beat out 300 other US cities for a grant of a million dollars to create what’s called a “Wellbeing Project.”

Guests:
Julie Rusk, City of Santa Monica (@santamonicacity)
Lisa Napoli, KCRW arts reporter and producer (@lisanapoli)

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