Vision Zero project location prioritization: Tell LADOT where to begin

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People walking and biking account for about half of all traffic deaths in Los Angeles, even though they’re involved in only 14% of traffic collisions. Through its Vision Zero initiative, the City of Los Angeles has committed to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries in L.A. by the year 2025, with an initial focus on those most at risk - people walking and biking.

Los Angeles Walks, as part of the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, is working to influence the City’s efforts, and we would like your input.

The City has studied the causes of collisions throughout L.A. and the steps that can be taken to reduce those causes. Now the City needs to determine WHERE to take action first – maybe where the most severe crashes occur, where kids and seniors are most at risk, or in neighborhoods that have been historically neglected.

Take a look at six possible categories for prioritizing Vision Zero project locations in our city, then have your say! Click here to rank those categories from first priority to last. Or, offer a new category the City may not have considered or recommend deletion of one that shouldn’t be considered in the prioritization process.

The ranking will close on Wednesday, March 30, so submit your vote now. Thanks for taking a minute to make sure Vision Zero starts out on the right foot.

About Vision Zero:

Vision Zero is a worldwide initiative aimed at eliminating all traffic fatalities by utilizing data and collaboration across agencies and various government departments. The initiative places an emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable of travelers: those who walk and bike.

On August 24, 2015 Mayor Eric Garcetti issued Executive Directive #10, establishing the citywide Vision Zero initiative. A year prior, in September 2014, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) adopted Vision Zero as a key part of its strategic plan. Eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries is also a core objective of the City’s Mobility Plan 2035, adopted by the City Council in January 2016.

To achieve Vision Zero, Mayor Garcetti has established a Vision Zero Steering Committee and a Vision Zero Task Force to support the work of LADOT. The Steering Committee is comprised of the Police, Fire, Public Works, and Water & Power departments as well as the County Department of Public Health. Additional city agency and stakeholder representatives comprise the Vision Zero Task Force, and community-based and nonprofit organizations that make up the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance. 

Since Vision Zero launched, the L.A. Department of Transportation and consultants have analyzed years of traffic collision data to better understand what's causing collisions on the streets of L.A. They have also researched countermeasures that can reduce those collisions, and looked at how similar cities across the country have applied those measures (see full report here).

With this information in mind, the City is currently working to prioritize Vision Zero project locations, and is accepting your input.  Submit your vote by Wednesday, March 30: click here to vote now!

Check back here for Vision Zero project updates, progress reports, and opportunities for involvement in the future.

 

The L.A. Vision Zero Alliance is a group of organizations that leverage their unique strengths and work with community members and the City of Los Angeles to develop safe streets for all residents. Los Angeles Walks is among twelve members of the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance, a growing coalition that also includes AARP California, Advancement Project, Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, the LA County Bicycle Coalition, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, TRUST South LA, Youth Policy Institute, and more.

Find more information on Facebook or on Twitter

 

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Bob Inman's Love Letter to LA

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On Saturday, January 23, 2016, Los Angeles Walks honored walk leader and author Bob Inman at our Sidewalk Soirée awards dinner. Like his fellow honoree, Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, Bob has made a significant contribution to walking culture in Los Angeles. He's led thousands of people on weekly walks and had guided countless more through his writing

Below is an excerpt from the speech Bob delivered on January 23, which beautifully captures his spirit and the spirit of Los Angeles as seen on foot. 

By Bob Inman: 

I consider that this recognition is not just to me, but to a community of people who have adopted walking as the way to embrace our city while getting some exercise. My little address is kind of a love letter to the Los Angeles that we experience as we walk through it.

We see animals: dogs that bark at us and dogs pressed up against a gate that we know are telling us “please let me come walking with you, I’ll be good.” There are chickens everywhere, and goats in Glassell Park. There is that amazing boar in Lincoln Heights just off Radio Hill.

 

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Toast Our 2016 Walking Stars

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Join us to honor two great LA walkers at the Sidewalk Soirée, our 2016 Awards Dinner. On Saturday night,  January 23, from 6pm to 10pm at a stunning hilltop mid-century modern home in Silver Lake, we'll raise a glass to these pedestrian advocates and celebrate the hard work that goes into making LA’s streets more safe, accessible, equitable, and fun. Get your tickets today!

We'll enjoy street foods from around the world: Salvadoran pupusas, Korean steak skewers, Middle Eastern lima bean falafels, Mexican rajas tacos, as well as mezcal cocktails, and (local!) Angel City brews. Ready for that ticket now

Read on for more about our Honorees: 

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Meet our new Policy & Program Manager

Los Angeles Walks has come a long way in the last few years, growing in new and exciting ways to help make walking in LA even more safe, accessible, equitable, and fun. And as part of that, we’ve hired our first-ever policy & program manager Emilia Crotty!

We asked Emilia a few questions about what she hopes to bring to LA Walks, so read on to learn about how bike safety led her to Martha Stewart (no kidding), hear what LA does better than New York when it comes to walking, and find out why her grandmother was her walking hero.

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Emilia and her chihuahua terrier Chewy

Emilia! Welcome to LA! What’s been the coolest thing you’ve done so far?

Thanks! I’ve been covering a lot of ground since I landed here a month ago, but the coolest thing I’ve done so far has to be CicLAvia, which took place a few days after I arrived. Walking the route with members of the Los Angeles Walks steering committee, who have so much love for LA, and then riding the route later that day, provided such an energizing and positive first impression of the city and my place here.  

You come to us from New York City, tell us about what you did there.

I lived in New York for 16 long years! While there, I developed Bike New York’s education program, which I’m really proud of, and then became part of the small team that launched Citi Bike, the city’s bike share system. I did a little bit of everything at Citi Bike, but mainly developed the system’s community-based initiatives. I earned a master’s degree in public health, and for five years served as a voting member of my community board (read: neighborhood council). All the while, I was a member and activist with Transportation Alternatives, the city’s bike/ped/transit advocacy group.    

And you were on MARTHA STEWART! Tell us more!

Ha! Yes, I was on the Martha Stewart Show, largely thanks to Bike New York’s terrific communications staff, who aimed to make me famous. Martha is big into biking, which was pretty clear – I don’t think I actually got a word in during my appearance! I was grateful for the opportunity to educate and encourage a predominantly female audience, though, and was really satisfied when former high school friends messaged me to say that the segment inspired them to go for a ride with their kids.  

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Sidewalk Soiree

Thank you to everyone who attended our January 23, 2016 Sidewalk Soirée awards dinner and fundraiser. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we received from our longtime and new friends. Proceeds will help Los Angeles Walks maintain our momentum into 2016 and grow over the next year.

Find a gallery of event photos here (all photos by Jesse Alvarez). Check 'em out on Facebook too. 

Join us on March 4, 2016 for our March Fo(u)rth! party in Boyle Heights. Find more details and buy your tickets here. 

 


Footnotes Feature: Hollywood & Highland

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For the past two years, Los Angeles Walks has published Footnotes, our annual report on the state of walking in LA. Over the next few months we will be posting pieces from our April 2015 edition here, particularly as the articles become most relevant. Today, one day after celebrating the new pedestrian crossing at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., we present an essay about that place written by LA Walks steering committee member Alissa Walker.   

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For three years I watched pedestrians cross the intersection of Hollywood and Highland every morning while I brushed my teeth. I lived on a hill two blocks away, just far enough away to feel like I was gazing down upon a distant, miniature city, but close enough to see people waiting for the 780 bus as it sighed to a halt.

What I remember most about living so close to Hollywood and Highland were the horns. Honking at drivers trying their darndest to turn left on a very yellow arrow. Or hapless selfie-taking tourists jogging across five lanes of traffic. Or one of several costumed Spidermen taking too much time in the crosswalk. And then, every once in awhile, the horn would be punctuated by a smash.

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Creative Catalyst Artist Wanted for LADOT Post

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On Friday, November 6 applications are due for the City of Los Angeles' first Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence. The artist will spend the next two years "stimulating creative thinking and innovative projects" at the Department of Transportation (LADOT), and will be selected through a community-driven process managed by both the Department of Cultural Affairs and the LADOT.

 

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People St Grant Application Window Opens Nov 1

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LADOT's award-winning People St program is a citywide initiative that invites community members to partner with the City to install plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals in their neighborhoods, transforming underused asphalt into vibrant community spaces.

People St is a competitive application program, and will open its second application cycle on November 1. Potential partners will have until December 15, 2015 to submit their applications for all People St plaza, parklet, and bicycle corral projects. Find more information here.

Need some guidance? On Tuesday, November 3 at 6pm, LADOT will offer a People St community application workshop, a 90-minute information session about the program and application process.

Need some inspiration? Check out People St on Facebook for photos and updates.


Legalize Street Vending

Join Los Angeles Walks and our partners at the Los Angeles City Council Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 27th to support legalizing street vending in Los Angeles.

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Walktober WalkLAvia on October 18!

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It's Walktober! How are you celebrating? Walk with us at CicLAvia on Sunday, October 18!

Meet up at the MacArthur Park Metro Red Line Station plaza at 10am and walk with us to Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights. Bring your family and friends for this one-way six mile, accessible walk that ends just a few blocks south of the Marachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station. The walk should take around 2-hours and we'll tweet along the route so folks can join us at any point along the walk. See you this Sunday!!

RSVP on Facebook to receive updates about the walk.


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