Who Gets Counted Counts: We Need YOU to Volunteer for the Los Angeles Bike + Ped Count this September

Photo courtesy of StreetsBlogLA

Photo courtesy of StreetsBlogLA

The fourth biennial Los Angeles Bike+Ped Count is just around the corner! Join LACBCLos Angeles WalksUCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and many other community partners at over 180 locations throughout the City of Los Angeles. We need your help as volunteers to collect vital data that will be used to advocate for better bicycle and pedestrian funding for years to come.

You can check locations near you on this MAP.

Please sign up HERE for a count location for one (or more!) of the following shifts:

    • Wednesday, September 16, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Wednesday, September 16, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sign up now to get a location near you! If you have any questions about the count, please email: count@la-bike.org.

Sign up to volunteer today!

LA Announces Vision Zero Initiative

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Traffic deaths are avoidable and that’s why many cities around the world have pledged to eradicate them in a movement known as Vision Zero. We have championed this important movement and now we are so happy to announce that the City of Los Angeles is launching its own Vision Zero initiative, working across city departments to end traffic deaths—and that means everyone on LA roads, not just walkers—within 10 years.

From the press release:

Traffic violence is devastating for families and communities, touching people’s lives unlike other issues. Every year in Los Angeles over 200 people are killed moving about our city, with many more suffering potentially life-changing injuries. No death should be considered acceptable or inevitable. Working together, we can save lives.

We are therefore launching a City of Los Angeles Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic deaths by 2025.

Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an Executive Directive launching the initiative on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and St. Louis in Boyle Heights. We’ll were there, proudly wearing our Los Angeles Walks t-shirts, buttons, and stickers to commemorate this important day.

Los Angeles Walks has joined with the leading advocacy and action groups in Los Angeles to assure that the implementation of the plan is thoughtful and comprehensive and takes in consideration the diversity of communities across the City of LA. The Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance includes: AARP CaliforniaAdvancement ProjectAsian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF), Community Health Councils (CHC), Los Angeles WalksMulticultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), PALS for HealthT.R.U.S.T. South L.A.Youth Policy Institute (YPI), and LACBC.

We invite you to learn more about LA0 by visiting visionzeroalliance.org, signing the petition to show your support, and finding LA0 on Facebook and Twitter.

Footnotes is Back!

FullSizeRender (12)In the last year, Los Angeles Walks has stepped up our game by joining together with powerful partners on campaigns aligned with our goals of safe, accessible, fun, and equitable streets.

We are pleased to announce the second edition of Footnotes here! In our publication you will find  the status of streets across the city, the people they serve, and the next steps of the journey ahead. Find exclusive stories from Los Angeles’s most admirable pedestrians and learn about the nuanced landscapes they lie above.

This publication was made possible by Melendrez, thank you!

Donate today to receive your copy!

There’s Always Nature in LA

Photo by Daveed Kapoor

Photo by Daveed Kapoor

Join us for an urban nature themed walk led by Lila Higgins of the Natural History Museum! We’ll be passing through the greenery, rooftops, wetlands, and gardens offered by South Los Angeles.

We can stop to view the crazy old palm tree in Expo Park too!

After the walk, our host Lila has arranged entrance to the Natural History Museum for our group.

Get your tickets and RSVP!

Sunday, September 13, 10:00am
Meet at the Augustus F. Hawkins Nature Park
Access through the Blue Line, exit through the Expo Line.

City Council Approves Mobility Plan 2035

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Last Tuesday, The  Los Angeles City Council approved a sweeping plan to guide the design and planning of Los Angeles streets, making many streets prioritized for transit and biking. (Read streetsblog’s summary of the Council debate here and details about the plan here). We at Los Angeles Walks are beyond thrilled to have Mobility Plan 2035 as a new beacon for designing our City’s streets, and we will work throughout the city to see that it’s implemented. This is just the first step!

Support Fig Jam

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Support Fig Jam, an event to celebrate the past and present and reimagine the future of North Figueroa Street. Los Angeles Walks is collaborating with community partners in Highland Park on Fig Jam, great streets event for N. Figueroa between Aves 50 and 60. The event will explore ways to make the street safer and healthier; promote civic engagement for an inclusive community; celebrate and expand art and cultural activities; and support local small businesses.

Los Angeles Walks will lead a walk on the day of the event to highlight sites related to these themes. Fig Jam is scheduled for February 2016 but you can support it now by donating to and/or volunteering for the event. The project is raising matching funds for another four days and the City of Los Angeles will match your donation dollar for dollar.

Donate / volunteer here https://www.ioby.org/project/fig-jam

Pacoima Pedestrian Safety Workshop

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Register for a free Pedestrian Safety Workshop in Pacoima. The workshop, scheduled for Saturday, August 29 9 am- 130 pm, will offer community residents and other participants a chance to walk in Pacoima to see challenges and opportunities to making the neighborhood a safer place for pedestrians. LA Walks supports Pacoima Beautiful’s http://www.pacoimabeautiful.org/  and California Walk’s http://californiawalks.org/ efforts to increase pedestrian safety in Pacoima.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rfEjy8UtFbej44CHacMK_y9J7i52m574Q1eOKTejEzY/viewform

Support Mobility Plan 2035 for a Safer, More Sustainable Transportation

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On Tuesday August 4, the Los Angeles City Council will consider Mobility Plan 2035, the first comprehensive update to the city’s transportation policies since 1999. A lot has changed since the 1990s: we now have regular CicLAvias, and the voter-approved expansion of the region’s transit system is rapidly under construction. Our streets are now seen as places for people, not just thoroughfares for cars. Technologies like real-time transit info, ride hailing apps, and bike share promise to give Angelenos new tools to take full advantage of the new infrastructure being built. The adoption of the unprecedented Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles earlier this year has grounded mobility conversations in the context of health and equity, recognizing that better transportation policy provides economic mobility for underserved residents while promoting community health and active transportation. And, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn calls for increasing walking, biking and transit to 35% of all trips in just 10 years to help meet the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The resulting Mobility Plan 2035 is a plan that is right for Los Angeles and right for our multimodal future.

What does the Mobility Plan do?

  • Makes safety the City’s #1 transportation priority, particularly the safety of children walking to school.
  • Sets design speeds for city streets and provides engineering and enforcement solutions to stop the constant increase in speed limits.
  • Proposes a new network of protected bike lanes across L.A.
  • Doubles city funding for walking and bicycling.
  • Calls for annual bicycle and pedestrian counts by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
  • Sets a performance metric of zero increase in car travel per person.

You can see the entire Mobility Plan 2035 and EIR here.

As with any significant progress, skeptics and naysayers are vocally opposing the Plan, either in whole or in part. Some neighborhood groups are fearful that a transition away from a car-dominated city to a balanced system might snarl traffic or delay emergency responders. Meanwhile, a vocal minority are taking this opportunity to attack specific projects, which threatens to piecemeal a well-planned citywide network. This Plan is supported by a broad base of residents, business groups, environmental organizations, and health advocates. Now is the time to demonstrate that support to the City Council.

Take Action to Support the Mobility Plan!

Join us for another #MobilityMondayLA day of online action this Monday 8/3!

  1. Attend the joint Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) and Transportation Committee at 2:30PM, Tuesday, August 4th at City Hall Room 340 (Council Chamber).
  2. Email the LA City Council Transportation and PLUM committee members – sample below
  3. Share/tweet that you did it! (sample tweet: “I just called @PaulKoretzCD5 to support Mobility Plan 2035. You should too! www.la-bike.org/mobilityplan #MobilityMondayLA”)

 

 

Sample Email

To: councilmember.bonin@lacity.org, councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
cc: david.ryu@lacity.org, paul.koretz@lacity.org, councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org,councilmember.englander@lacity.org, councilmember.martinez@lacity.org, Adam.Lid@lacity.org,councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org, councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org
Bcc: hyeran@la-bike.org

Subj: Support Mobility Plan 2035 for safe & sustainable streets! CF#15-0719

Dear Honorable Councilmembers:

I support adopting the Mobility Plan 2035, including ALL of its proposed networks. As a ___________ (e.g. bike rider, pedestrian, transit user, driver, business owner, student, parent, etc.), I strongly support this Plan because I believe that it will help make L.A. streets better for all of us walking, biking, taking transit and driving.

A well-connected network of protected bike lanes and other complete streets improvements the Plan includes will give people healthier options to get around our neighborhoods and our whole city. Calmer traffic and safer streets are critical to protect and enhance our quality of life. We need this plan to build on the progress made by the 2010 Bicycle Plan and make all modes of transportation work together for our city. The modal networks in the Plan were carefully crafted to balance the needs of all who will use them. We can’t afford to piecemeal them to appease local naysayers without undermining their citywide utility.

I am especially distressed by a councilmember’s recommendation to remove bike lanes on Westwood Blvd from the Mobility Plan 2035.  At a time when the City of Los Angeles is working to become more walkable and bikeable, we need more safe bike lanes connecting popular destinations like Westwood Village and UCLA to neighboring communities–not fewer. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT), along this half mile stretch, more than 8 times as many collisions occur between vehicles and bicyclists than similar streets in Los Angeles. Without proper accommodation for bicyclists, Westwood will continue to fail the thousands of students and faculty who ride to the campus every day, as well as the countless more who will come when the Expo Line opens next year. Not to mention anyone wishing to visit the area’s shops and restaurants by any means other than motor vehicles. Please keep the Plan’s networks intact and keep Westwood Blvd. in the Plan.

(Personalize here)

Please approve the Mobility Plan 2035 so that we can all travel safely on the streets of L.A.

(Your name)
(Your address)

WalkLAvia Culver City

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Next Sunday August 9 is CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice, and we can’t wait to walk at CicLAvia on the westside.

We’ll be meeting up at the Culver City Expo Station at 10am and walking to the Mar Vista Farmers Market for lunch (about 3 miles).

After that, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can join us on foot or bike all the way to Venice or head back to Culver City to catch the Expo Line.

YES (Youth Envisioned Streets) for a Healthier South LA

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Los Angeles Walks is excited to partner with National Health Foundation, A Place Called Home, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development on YES (Youth Envisioned Streets) for a Healthier South LA.

The project will empower South LA youth to plan and execute a one-day community event to take place on Central Avenue in 2016.

Youth from South LA will lead the creative direction and vision for this event, which will reflect Central Avenue’s rich culture and history. Participating youth will develop temporary pop-up street treatments to increase ped and bike safety and encourage active transportation. There will also be youth-designed organic vegetable gardens and healthy food demonstrations.

This project is a recipient of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Challenge Grant. The grant is based on matched funding raised through individual donations. We are working together to raise $10,000 to fund our project.

More info here and donate!

Please join us Thursday August 20 for a fundraiser benefitting YES! Youth Envisioned Streets and other Great Streets Challenge projects. 6-11pm at City Labs. More info here.