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 – Please donate today to help youth re-envision Central Avenue to be as great as it can be!

Walk This Way LA — working group meeting **Tuesday, Feb. 3**

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Have you heard about our pedestrian wayfinding project Walk This Way LA? We’re developing wayfinding signs to make it easier for Angelenos to walk in their neighborhoods. We need volunteers to help with planning and outreach in our pilot area of Leimert Park, as well as other neighborhoods around LA. If you want to get involved with this project, our first working group meeting will be

**the evening of Tuesday February 3, 2015**
(note, time is corrected from an earlier post that said February 2)

Save the date and stay tuned for meeting location, TBA.

City of Los Angeles Prioritizes Safe Routes to School

Los Angeles Walks, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership have been working with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation to support a more robust Safe Routes to School effort within the city, as a result we are pleased encourage you to attend a meeting this week where interested community members can learn about this effort and how to get involved.

  • When: Thursday, March 21, 2:00 – 4:00
  • Where: Caltrans Building (100 Main Street, LA 90012 in Conf Room 1.040B – on first floor)
  • For more info contact: Los Angeles City Department of Transportation Pedestrian Coordinator Margot Ocañas at margot.ocanas@lacity.org

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation is currently reviewing all of the 495 schools within the City’s limits and working with partners such as the Los Angeles Unified School District, community based organizations, and all interested stakeholders in an effort to prioritize schools of high need for transportation improvements to make it safer and more enjoyable for students and their families to walk, bicycle and take Metro to get to school.

This is a great meeting to make valuable contacts with who is leading these efforts and figure out how your community can get involved. All are welcome and invited to this meeting.

Council District 1 Candidates Debate on Transportation and Land Use Issues

Co-sponsored by Los Angeles walks, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Streetsblog Los Angeles

Sunday, February 10, 1 pm
Lower Herrick, Occidental College

Council District  1 includes parts or all of: Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

Bike Ride This Sunday : Explore Future Bike Lanes in Northeast LA

A group ride on the route of proposed new bike lanes on Figueroa and Colorado and existing bike lanes on York and Eagle Rock, led by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

Sunday, February 10
Meet at 1030am, ride leaves at 11am
Starting point at Graeyer’s Oak Park, Figueroa blvd and Marmion Way. Ends at Occidental College for candidates debate, see below
http://www.la-bike.org/ridefigueroa

See you at Pedestrians Count this Thursday and Friday!

Los Angeles Walks is proud to support Pedestrians Count! 2012, which will be held May 3 and 4, 2012 at Metro headquarters in Downtown LA.  Hosted by California WALKS, Peds Count!

For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://pedscount2012.eventbrite.com.

Join us for a walk Thursday morning or for the Pedestrian Social Thursday evening. More info here