PERSPECTIVE-Carpools have HOV lanes.
Bicyclists have bike lanes.
They must all feel better-served and perhaps safer, or at least have the illusion of safety, with dedicated blacktop.
How many times have you been driving down a street and had to hit the brakes because a cat darts out and dashes erratically in front of your car?
This type of incident leads to tragedy every day on the streets of Los Angeles.
I am on a crusade to end the dangerous interactions between motor vehicles and our feline friends.
The time for the Cat Lane has arrived.
Before you jump to the conclusion that I am overdosing on some really fine medical catnip, I have done my research and conducted tests to prove cat lanes are a deterrent to felineous paws of attention brought on by distractions such as texting while driving.
I converted my driveway to a cat lane prototype.
I am proud to say I have not hit Pinky once. If anything, she feels secure enough to nap in the middle of the driveway (see pictorial proof above).
I will ask City Council Member Paul Koretz to introduce a motion to fund a network of cat lanes throughout the city.
The next logical step will be the establishment of cat parks with the Department of Parks and Recreation. The cat lanes will connect the parks, allowing cat owners to let their pets roam in safety.
Of course, some kitties will abuse their freedom. For that, cat red light cameras will be needed to make sure they abide by the rules of the road.
This is a great opportunity for Los Angeles to prove that you can herd cats.
(Paul Hatfield is a CPA and former NC Valley Village board member and treasurer. He blogs at Village to Village and contributes to CityWatch. He can be reached at: [email protected])
Vol 12 Issue 49
Pub: June 17, 2014