My, how far L.A. walkers have come—or have we? In a city, we are all pedestrians... but what exactly does that mean in the context of a city where we co-exist with cars, bikes, trains, and freeways? What exactly is a pedestrian?
pe·des·tri·an / pəˈdestrēən
noun: a person walking along a road or in a developed area.
synonyms: walker, person on foot; foot traffic
adjective: lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.
synonyms: dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, uneventful, unremarkable, tiresome, wearisome, uninspired, unimaginative, unexciting, uninteresting, uninvolving;
Pedestrian Bill of Rights
"In the City of Radials, it's nothing short of radical," claimed LA Times writer Patt Morrison in 1987 after the "Pedestrian Bill of Rights" was first declared by two City Councilmen. 27 years later, we’re still fighting for many of these basic pedestrian rights.
Improving streets is an ongoing process between many partners. It is important that we do not miss the mark on safe street designs. Strong policies and leaders will help us realize the rights granted to all walkers in Los Angeles decades ago.
Los Angeles City Council ﬁle Number 87-2261, dated December 18th, 1987
MOVE that Council adopts the following statements as the “pedestrian Bill of Rights” for Los Angeles
The People of Los Angeles have the right to:
- Safe roads and safe places to cross the street
- Pedestrian-oriented building facades, trees, ﬂower stands, trash cans, awnings, etc.
- Safe and comfortable bus stops and public
- Transit stations
- Appealing use of landscaping and available
- Open space
- Full notiﬁcation of all street widening that impinge on public open space and sidewalks
- Access to streets and buildings for disabled people
- Clean surroundings, requiring removal of grafﬁti and advertisements from public property
- Have needs of pedestrians considered as heavily as the needs of drivers
- Public works of Art
FURTHER MOVE that City departments use this pedestrian Bill of rights of Way to evaluate the needs in future decisions.