Public Policies

The road to safe streets and a more walkable LA must always include infrastructure and design change. However, public policies play just an important role in this vision. Everything from street speed to transportation budgets are all determined by local, state, and federal governments. It's not enough we change concrete and cement. We need to change the larger system that (mis)designs those streets through policies.

LA's Goal for ZERO Traffic Deaths

In 2015, LA City adopted Vision Zero, an effort to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025. While we support LA's Vision Zero, traffic fatalities have only worsened. If the City is serious about Vision Zero, they need to back it with infrastructure change and significant investments in public transit. 

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No More 'Beg Buttons' in LA

During the pandemic LA City turned off beg buttons and automated pedestrian crossings. It's time we do away with beg buttons altogether and engineer our intersections to serve communities.

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Decriminalize Jaywalking (AB1238)

'Jaywalking' laws disproportionately ticket people of color and often penalize the very communities whose streets were designed for cars, not people. It's time we do away with 'jaywalking' laws!

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No More Road-widening in LA

Los Angeles Walks is part of a regional coalition Destruction for Nada, calling on the City to stop any further road widening or freeway expansions. The only way to a more connected, less congested LA is investing as much in other modes of mobility, like transit, bikes, and walking.

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Give Cities Power to Slow Speed (AB48)

Currently, cities cannot lower their own street speeds due to an archaic state law that determines speed based off of average speed of traffic, leading to what is called "speed creep." Cities should have the power to lower speed and prioritize communities, not just cars.

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National Vision Zero Policy

The move for eliminating traffic deaths is gaining national attention! Congress recently introduced a resolution to implement a national Vision Zero policy. 

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