Public Policies

The road to safe streets and a more walkable LA must always include infrastructure and design change, and public policies play an important role in this vision. Everything from street speed to transportation budgets is determined by local, state, and federal governments. It's not enough to change concrete and cement. Through public policies and campaigns such as those mentioned below, we transform the larger system that (mis)designs our community streets.

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. 


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.


Decriminalize Jaywalking

'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!


No More Road-widening in LA

Los Angeles Walks is part of a regional coalition called 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 in other modes of mobility, like transit, bikes, and walking.


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. 



Past Public Policy Victories:

  • AB 43 (2021) - This law helps slow down local street speeds by creating flexibility in the state’s 85th Percentile rule, which dictates speed should be based on average speeds. Localities now can change speeds by 5 mph and factoring pedestrian and community safety.
  • AB 3 (2021) - This law allows localities to suspend the licenses of drivers caught participating in these dangerous street events. Spectators of sideshow events there could face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for watching sideshow events.


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