There’s a cool new group on the move in South L.A. called the Mobility Advisory Committee.
Spearheaded by representatives of TRUST South L.A. and Community Health Councils, with support from the LACBC, it has managed to bring together a diverse group of community activists to discuss and promote South L.A.’s interests with regard to all forms of mobility.
Which is actually more fun than it might sound.
Organizers have been diligent about linking the meetings to community events. So, after an hour or two of planning events or debating the kinds of updates we’d like to see in the Mobility Element of the General Plan, we are able to support other community organizations in South L.A. or hold our own, as we did this past weekend.
This weekend’s event was particularly exciting because we were joined by some of the staff from city planning and LADOT for a 12(ish)-mile bike tour.
After discussing candidate areas for South L.A. pedestrian districts, we gathered around the maps of the route we would be taking. Organizers asked that we think about the kinds of improvements that would help make major streets like Vernon, King, and Crenshaw “complete” streets.
Lys Mendez, a planner working on the Health and Wellness Chapter of the Mobility Element, asked that we also think about health aspects and opportunities as we rode. Were there healthy stores or resources in the area that would complement complete streets improvements? Could we snap photos of any such potential sites as we went along and send them to her?
While we weren’t necessarily successful in documenting the ride in photos (see here for some), it was valuable for all of us to get a feel for how streets were used, the assets they held, and how welcoming (or unwelcoming) particular streets could be to pedestrians or cyclists.
Bike lanes on 2nd Ave., for example, although part of a road diet, didn’t appear to slow down a driver determined to speed their way through.
The failure of the “improvement” to make a real impact on the driver’s behavior may have been why a resident (and sometimes cyclist) standing in his front yard seemed surprised to find that there was a bike lane on his street. Read more…