The City Council Planning & Land Use Committee is considering MyFigueroa, a proposed complete streets project in downtown and South LA which includes the city’s first protected bike lane. As the city’s first cycletrack, there is some fear-based opposition to change, which can only be overcome if those that believe in LA’s future turn out!
MyFigueroa will transforms an auto-dominated corridor and balances it with transit, bike and pedestrian features. It is the first of Mayor Eric Garcetti‘s Great Streets. If this project is successful, we could see streets all across Los Angeles transformed to better meet the needs of all who travel on them.
Figueroa is particularly important because it connects so many of LA’s great institutions: Expo Park, the Coliseum, the California Science Center, USC, Staples Center & LA Live and all of downtown Los Angeles. These destinations are spread over three miles of currently inhospitable streets. They are too far apart to walk, but perfect for riding a bike. The new Expo Light Rail Line has made getting around by transit so much easier along this corridor, but the last-mile connections would be incomplete without the MyFigueroa project.
Almost all other major cities in the U.S. have successfully implemented protected bike lanes along major thoroughfares, giving people mobility options and improving local business with every project. We know that it will work here in LA too, and we’re incredibly excited that South LA will be the first community to benefit from this investment in advanced bicycle infrastructure.
We need you! If you want to see better bikeways and complete streets in your community, we need to make sure that the first Great Street in Los Angeles is a success. Please join us:
Support MyFigueroa at the PLUM Committee meeting
Tuesday, January 28
LA City Hall, Room 350
200 N. Spring Street
See who’s coming and invite others on Facebook
You can also email committee members at these addresses:
To: Councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org, Councilmember.Cedillo@lacity.org, Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org