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State Regulators Hope New Rules Will Spur More Bike Lanes, Housing Near Transit in California

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An undated file photo shows a protected bike lane on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

An undated file photo shows a protected bike lane on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Bike lanes, mixed-use residential and commercial construction near transit and other development projects might get easier to build in California after regulators on Monday released a long-awaited overhaul of the state’s environmental law.

Regulators say the proposed changes, which modify rules under the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA, will help the state meet its ambitious goals to combat climate change. That law requires developers to disclose and minimize a project’s impact on the environment.

One key section of the proposal modifies how developers analyze traffic.

Under the current interpretation of the law, developers have to measure their project’s effects on car congestion — something that often stymies the installation of bike lanes because the removal of car lanes could tie up vehicles.

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