LADOT: Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)  invites you to save the date for Thursday, March 21, 2:00 – 4:00 in the Caltrans Building (100 Main Street, LA 90012 in Conf Room 1.040B) to review milestones and progress to date on the city’s forthcoming Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan.

Specifically, the Safe Routes to School strategic plan is to make walking and bicycling to school safer for students in the City of Los Angeles.  The Plan will include a data based methodology for prioritizing school project selection and improving the City’s competitiveness in securing state and federal funding.

Complementary goals include:

  •  evolving a safety countermeasures toolbox and costs to support recommendations for infrastructure and non-infrastructure needs per school/project,
  • increasing communications and build partnerships between city agencies, LAUSD, and SRTS stakeholders, and
  • formulating strategies to fund and implement SRTS school plans via transportation and non-transportation funding sources.

The LADOT SRTS team has been making productive strides with GIS mapping and analysis, relationship building with multiple levels of LAUSD, policy inventory analysis, plan outlining and scoping topical working groups such that we would like share with all interested stakeholders:

  • Analysis and assessment of a prioritized list of schools citywide
  • Overview of collaborative in-roads with LAUSD headquarters and school-specific
  • Update on LADOT’s synergy with concurrent large-scale SRTS programs/projects citywide
  • Draft of a future SRTS citywide process and resources
  • Draft plan outline and project timeline
  • Opportunities for you/your team to engage in SRTS Strategic Plan working groups

City staff looks forward to all hearing from all interested stakeholders as this will be a wonderful opportunity to provide input, clarifications, insights and perspectives as City staff continue to evolve the Plan.

This March 21 presentation is taking place during the regularly scheduled City of Los Angeles PAC (Pedestrian Advisory Committee) meeting.  Going forward, the SRTS Plan will continue to be a significant focus of the PAC meeting agenda.  Attendance at PAC meetings will ensure consistent and regular communications about SRTS Plan progress and developments.  If you have recommendations of persons to attend, please contact LA City DOT Pedestrian Coordinator Margot Ocañas

We welcome your forwarding this SAVE the DATE to  all interested stakeholders – now is a great time to get involved and help support this endeavor with diverse perspectives and interests.


Pedestrian Advisory Committee

As shared with the PAC in January 2013, a key Pedestrian Coordinators’ initiative includes the Citywide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Strategic Plan. We invite you to SAVE the DATE for Thursday, March 21, 2:00 – 4:00 in the Caltrans Building (specific room to TBD) to review milestones and progress to date on key SRTS Plan Tasks and […]

LADOT: Finally Getting Serious About Safe Routes to School?

For years the LADOT’s applications for state and federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding have been an object of ridicule among transportation advocates.  But over the last year, there are signs that the city is taking the funding and designing of safe school routes more seriously. Following a batch of applications this summer that […]

Speed Humps Installed Surrounding Nine Valley Schools

Miranda Chavez, Student Body Vice President for Langdon Elementary, speaks as some other politicians and students look on. Photo: Office of Richard Alarcon City Councilman Richard Alarcon has always been a vocal supporter for traffic calming and safe streets around schools and other places that children congregate. In 2007, he introduced legislation calling for the […]

City of Los Angeles, Pedestrian Advisory Committee

City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda November 15, 2012, 2:00 – 4:00 PM 100 South Main Street, Caltrans Building Room 01.040A     Bring to Order Deborah Murphy Self Introductions   Sign In & Roster Update All Approval of September 20th Meeting Minutes All Featured Issue/Program/Project   Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Margot Ocañas […]

City Council Takes Aim at CALTRANS Safe Routes to Schools

(Editor’s note: I sat on the Caltrans’ Safe Routes to School Committee for District 7 during the last cycle.  Any opinions expressed in this piece are mine and not necessarily the opinions of Caltrans staff or other committee members.) A resolution on today’s City Council Transportation Committee Agenda expresses their frustration with the amount of […]