Last Friday, Councilmember Jose Huizar introduced a resolution to proclaim March 5, 2014 as Complete Streets Day in the City of Los Angeles. The idea is to celebrate the City’s early accomplishments in implementing complete street projects in the City of Los Angeles.
Here is an exerpt from Deborah Murphy’s speach at City Council Chambers during the Complete Streets Day celebration this morning.
I am here today to support councilmember Huizar in his declaration of complete streets day in los angeles so that we can celebrate the vital accomplishments that we have made in the past few years to create SAFE streets – safe, accessible, fun and equitable streets – that are for everyone.
Councilmember Huizar has exhibited courageous leadership to implement strategies to transform the streets in his district to slow down drivers, to make it safer to walk and bike to school, shopping and work, to have a safe park to park your bike, to encourage people to linger in their neighborhood shopping district, to promote transit ridership, to recognize that streets are our largest open space network.
I would also like to recognize the appointment of two pedestrian coordinators, margot ocanas and Valerie Watson, in 2012, something that I have encouraged the city to do for over 20 years. their safe routes to school strategic plan and people st programs are responding to the demands of our communities that want safer streets so that their kids can walk and bike to school and for neighbors to meet and hang out with each other at a parklets or plaza.
In addition to the accomplishments, we need to have a larger vision for what our streets mean to our city, how they are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods where our kids walk to school, where our seniors stroll, where our merchants conduct their business, where we can capture the vital and rare water resources that we have, where we create shade and provide habitat, where we all shop, meet, walk our dogs, chat with friends, celebrate our city and more.
We must develop a comprehensive and thoughtful policies and programs to deal with the state of our streets. We have many proposals on the table that each go part of the way that need to be coordinated. We have the 50/50 program, the save our streets bond proposal, the mayor’s great streets program, the green streets program, the complete streets initiative, the transit corridors cabinet ideas, the new mobility element – where most of these ideas can be incorporated, and other efforts.
We need to be thinking about this issue in a holistic and sustainable manner and we must include safety as a critical part of our efforts. We must develop a VISION ZERO campaign like san Francisco and new york. We must reduce crashes as peds and bike make up 39% of our crashes, yet only receive less than 1% of the funding and make up over 25% of the trips in los angeles.
Los angeles walks encourages the city council of los angeles to have the courage to show their leadership to create streets for the future – not just repairing streets, or greening streets, or transforming parking spaces into park spaces but Complete, great, transit-oriented, safe, green, fun and place-making streets.
Remember we are all pedestrians, every cyclist, every transit rider, every driver is a pedestrian.
Here is the Council resolution below!