L.A. City Council Approves New Mobility Plan, Including Vision Zero

City Council Planning Committee Chair Jose Huizar speaking in favor of Mobility Plan approval today. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
City Council Planning Committee Chair Jose Huizar speaking in favor of Mobility Plan approval today. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

After a lengthy and contentious debate, the full Los Angeles City Council approved the city’s new Mobility Plan, the Transportation Element of the city’s General Plan. Mobility Plan 2035 replaces the city’s former transportation plan in effect since 1999. The final vote was 12 in favor, with only Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Gil Cedillo opposing.

The approved plan places a high priority on traffic safety, including making Vision Zero official citywide policy. L.A. is now committed to “decrease transportation-related fatality rate to zero by 2035.”

Public testimony was limited to 20 minutes, and was heavily in favor of plan approval.

A number of councilmembers offered amending motions that would have removed specific bikeway components from the plan:

  • Councilmember Koretz continued to press til the last moment to remove Westwood Boulevard from the bikeway network. Ultimately, he forced a vote, which lost with only three councilmembers in support.
  • Councilmember Gil Cedillo continued to press for pretty much all future Council District 1 bikeways to be removed from the plan, as his staff had proposed in committee last week. When Cedillo questioned Department of City Planning staff about these modifications, they responded that a change of that magnitude was likely to trigger additional environmental studies.
  • Councilmember Curren Price proposed removing Central Avenue from the bikeway network
  • Councilmember David Ryu proposed removing 4th Street from the bikeway network.

Other than the Koretz motion, which was voted down, the rest of the proposed amendments will be heard later, in a joint meeting of the Planning and Transportation committees anticipated in September.

Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Mike Bonin showed strong livability leadership in ensuring committee and council approval, and staving off piecemeal amendments. Ultimately, Huizar and Bonin were able to shepherd plan approval with only two council amendments. In committee, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson added that the plan would include equity in implementation. Today, Councilmember Ryu added that plan implementation would consider public safety and community input in implementation.

Final Los Angeles City Council vote to approve Mobility Plan 2035
Final Los Angeles City Council vote to approve Mobility Plan 2035

Ultimately, it is just a plan. The 1999 plan had similar language about “transit priority streets” and “safe and convenient bicycling” that has, for the most part, failed to materialize. Communities will need to organize and press to translate the Mobility Plan’s multimodal vision into improved safety and broader mobility choices in L.A. neighborhoods.

  • SZwartz

    (1) You should learn about Detroit
    (2) you should learn about Los Angeles

    It is the Affordable Housing which is scarce in Los Angeles and the reason for that is known. They tore down affordable homes in order to build luxury condos for the wealthy Millennials.

  • calwatch

    The Figueroa bike lane would also slow down buses, so a shared transit/bike lane might do better. On Seventh Street Downtown, bus travel has gotten much slower west of Los Angeles Street, where it becomes one lane in each direction. Ironically it would be faster to get off the bus in the Fashion District and ride downtown, but the first phase of bikeshare does not include that area.

  • neroden

    The biggest problem here is that the LA police seem to be a crime (extortion/threats/self-dealing) ring, rather than a police force. So of course they don’t give a damn about people braking the law in ways which endanger people.

    This makes it very hard to enforce any laws, with the “police” unwilling to enforce any laws (but happy to harass and murder people for their own sick jollies).

  • ubrayj02

    I am so happy that Agenda 21 finally made it into the discussion. SAFE STREETS ARE A GLOBALIST CONSPIRACY. Unlike the actual conspiracy that ripped out the street cars and ran freeways through our cities.

  • Don’t make this bikes vs buses

    You know what regularly slows down buses more than road diets or bikes? Cars!