LADOT Releases Vision Zero Action Plan

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This morning, the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation released its Vision Zero Action Plan.

In 2015, Mayor Garcetti issued his Vision Zero directive putting L.A. on course to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2025. The L.A. City Council reaffirmed a Vision Zero commitment by approving similar policies in its Mobility Plan 2035. During 2016, LADOT did a deeper dive into traffic death and injury data, and hosted a series of focus group meetings for input.

L.A. traffic fatalities for all modes. Pedestrians continue to be highly overrepresented
L.A. traffic fatalities for all modes. Pedestrians continue to be highly over-represented

In an interview with Streetsblog, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds emphasized that Vision Zero policy work is still focused on raising awareness. Reynolds stressed that LADOT, LAPD, and other city departments intend to work closely with community organizations, including the Vision Zero Alliance. Reynolds wants the city to work with community groups to change L.A. attitudes to see saving lives as more critical than marginal increases in car throughput.

Fatalities and serious injuries (KSI) per neighborhood street mile
Fatalities and serious injuries (KSI) per neighborhood street mile
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LADOT has identified 40 prioritized corridors for Vision Zero improvements

LADOT further analyzed the identified High-Injury Network to identify 40 priority corridors where the city will prioritize projects, policies, and programs to reduce traffic violence. Reynolds stated that the major problem in these corridors is speeding. Safety interventions will include around 15 engineering projects, including improvements like signal re-timing and road diets.

Reynolds further emphasized the importance of the city’s push to change state laws to improve traffic safety in L.A. She also stated that LADOT is pushing for the state to revise right-of-way laws that define jaywalking, as well as revising how cities can enforce speed limits.

  • michael macdonald

    So confused by this plan.

    I thought the whole point was that the High Injury Network was the priority among LA’s extensive roadway system? Is that list of 90.3 miles of priority corridors the only roadway reconfigurations that we’ll see over the next 8 years?

    12 miles a year of roadway redesign seems awfully small for a city with rampant speeding that causes 200+ traffic deaths every year. I thought every jurisdiction that had significantly reduced roadway deaths had done so with roadway infrastructure improvements like road diets, not with a focus on signal timing and crosswalk paint.

  • Jake Bloo

    Also confused by the plan. It’s narrowing the scope and focus?

  • Joe Commuter

    Yup, also confused by this plan. Why would it take almost 2 years to put together a document that is strikingly similar to the Vision Zero intro they released in 2015? This is like when a kid puts off homework until the last minute and fills their paper with fluff material. And stop talking about the Hollywood scramble! City did one good thing and patting itself on the back endlessly for it.

    This is supposed to be an action plan and all we got was a list of 90.3 miles of street that might see some change within the next 8 years at increments of 12 miles a year. Don’t action plans typically say “this is what we are doing in year 1, this is what we do in year 2”. Giving themselves an open 8 year window leaves no room for accountability. As far as we know they might do it all in one year or might not do any of them at all.

  • Walt Arrrrr

    Uh, where’s the rest of this story? Where’s the rest of this Action Plan? We’ve waited almost a year and a half for this plan. Is this all there is?

  • Walt Arrrrr

    Ohmygodyes. Please stop talking about the Hollywood Highland scramble.

  • Asher Of LA

    I’m looking at the “Action Plan” section, which is two pages out of a 50 page report. There seems to be nothing but “outreach” and some lawmaking. Little or no discussion of infrastructure.

    “LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds emphasized that Vision Zero policy work is still focused on raising awareness. ”

    That confirms my observations. This is officially the Action Zero Awareness Plan. Instead of building safety infrastructure, it seems to revolve around paying government bureaucrats to do less and talk more.

  • Alex Brideau III

    Content aside, perhaps their report title “Vision Zero Action Plan” should be tweaked. Right now it bears too close a resemblance to “Vision Zero-Action Plan”.

  • EB

    If our city’s hit and run crisis didn’t make this clear, LA drivers only seem to slow down and be mindful of non-motorized mobility if the infrastructure is there to force them to do so. Deranged SOV culture is killing us.

  • Asher Of LA

    I say: keep the freudian slip…

  • i like the photo of the cyclist in traffic, with bollards protecting the cyclist from being safe, i guess? so LA.

  • Rambo

    The Majority of Cyclists and Pedestrians CRASHS are cased by themselves! I lots of videos to Prove that POINT! But Vision Zero is war against anything on 4 wheels!

  • Asher Of LA
  • Rambo

    There are so many pedestrians and cyclists that attempt suicide all the time I put a few on line for everyone to see on a daily basis!
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCV_fiOJNtLlTKhhmVQQcxOg

  • michael macdonald

    Pretty strong statement on the problems with this Action Plan from LACBC: http://www.la-bike.org/los_angeles_vision_zero_action_plan_statement

  • midringrider

    Yes youtube videos the greatest data source ever. It’s yuuge…

  • Rambo

    But it shows the truth what Vision Zero denies! That’s the point as 3 citizens died this way in 2 days! Well alcohol did play a part in the in the death of the sisters but had they waited for the light to change to green they would have been here! And maybe the drunk would have crashed elsewhere or not at all!

  • everydayjohn

    ASHER makes some good points about infrastructure just not there…..BUT loses any credibility in discrimination of “White People”.

  • everydayjohn

    As long as Southern CA Cities keep painting UNSAFE Bycycle lanes on major transportation corriders, Cyclists will continue to be Killed and maimed by vehicles. CA is so full of this LIBERAL crap at the State levels and refusing to improve AUTO traffic safety.

  • Asher Of LA

    Read and the blog and you’ll realize it’s not white people but do-gooder yuppies more or less being parodied.

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