Safe Street Promotora Educators Taking to Facebook Live!

What do you imagine when you think of safe streets? A mural, trees, safe spaces to walk?

For years, the LA community of Wilmington has been fighting for safe streets, including a much needed major crosswalk. We are excited to share a design beyond the decorative intersection at L St. and Figueroa St., created by Cal Poly Pomona Professor Nicole Lambrou.

We invite you to join us in reimagining L St. and Figueroa St. this Wednesday, March 17th from 1pm - 2pm via Facebook Live.

Join the community discussion!

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Hands off our LA Buses!

Remember in September 2020 when LA Metro cut bus services by 20%? You all responded with a flood of emails and calls. By January 2021, the Board directed their staff to restore funding. But something's still not right. 

The plan proposed by LA Metro fails to meet the directive and goals originally set forth by the Board and community to restore bus service. It overlooks an obvious public health hazard of overcrowded buses that many of our neighbors, our essential workers still face.

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Reimagining Wilmington's L St. & Figueroa St.

For the past two years, the LA harbor community of Wilmington and our promotora educators have been working with LA City's People Street Program for safer pedestrian infrastructure. Dubbed as the Wilmington Calles Seguras Familias Sanas (Wilmington Safe Streets Healthy Families) campaign, local parents and grandparents quickly identified the popular intersection of L St. & Figueroa St. as an ideal candidate for a crosswalk.

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Got in a car cash? Here's what to do ✅

No one plans to get into a car crash but if you're one of the many Angelenos injured or lost a loved one in traffic violence, it can be incredibly painful, confusing, and frustrating. Who do you call first? What resources are out there for victims? 

Well, no worries. We got you. Click below to find our Resource Guide created by Southern California Families for Safe Streets, families who have been impacted by traffic violence themselves. 

 

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Our Annual 2020 Report: An Extra-Ordinary Year in Review

We're ending this year by sharing our 2020 annual report: An Extra-Ordinary Year in Review. 

In this report we share our work, our theory of change, and how we've been community organizing during this extra-ordinary year of the pandemic, national racial reckoning, and turbulent politics. 

You can find it here!


Have you ever done a walk audit?

Ever heard of a walk audit? Well, it's a powerful City planning tool used by engineers and community members alike. And it's simple. You walk around your neighborhood and assess needs related to transportation, access, and walkability. Need a stop sign? Flat side walks? More signal time? Street lighting? That all part of a walk audit.

Now imagine dozens of your neighbors doing their own and you combined those stories and data. You've essentially built a community roadmap for safe streets.

 
Safe street promotoras Gaby and Nancy virtually hosted their own walk audit in Wilmington to showcase and example to community members. 

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With sidewalk accessibility already awful, don't let City Council blame the houseless to "fix it"

By Mehmet Berker of Los Angeles Walks and Aziz Fellague Ariouat & Jessica Meaney of Investing in Place

Today, on Tuesday the 24th of November, the Los Angeles City Council is set to take up an amended version of Council File 20-1376. This ordinance purports to amend Section 41.18 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (which makes it illegal to sit, sleep or lie down on the sidewalk) in a way that would pass muster under the decision in Martin v. Boise, a Federal court case that determined that such a blanket ban was unconstitutional. In the immediate term, thanks to the tireless effort of activists, the City Council seems to be not voting on the item today. 

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Get rid of the 85th Percentile Rule (aka Speed Creep)!

Southern California Families for Safe Streets steering committee and our various family foundation members have penned a public letter to their state legislators calling on policymakers to do away from the state's 85th Percentile Rule, which states if enough people are driving a certain speed, that should be the speed limit. To no surprise this has caused what many call speed creep and have made our roads more dangerous. 

Any approach to determining street speed must also incorporate the needs of local communities and those who walk, not just cars. Feel free to download and share with your elected officials!

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Poems of Remembrance from our Poet Advocate

In just a few days, it will be World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Violence and this year what better way to uplift our family stories than through poetry? Today we share the work of SoCal Families for Safe Streets* member and poet, Michele McLaren. Traffic violence is often seen through two tragedies: one for the victim and the other for their family and friends. Michele brings both to you today:

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Call for a super hero? It's Peatónito!

Nowadays it feels like we can all use a hero or shero. So we're happy to introduce Peatónito! He comes to us from Mexico City, where he began his masked work saving lives and slowing traffic. And Peatónito has traveled beyond, from NYC to Los Angeles, fighting against the crime of poorly designed streets & sidewalks and reckless driving through creative public demonstrations and street theater.

 

The pedestrian is nobody in this city, he has been forgotten by authorities and our own citizenry. The curious and paradoxical thing is that we are all pedestrians at some moment. As such, we have forgotten ourselves.
- Peatónito 

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