City of Los Angeles Public Hearings: Mobility Element and Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles

City of L.A. Announces 180-mile Network of Family-Friendly Bikeways

Today the City of Los Angeles released two draft documents for 90 days of public comment that will prioritize safety and health in the City’s General Plan: the Mobility Element and the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles.

 

LACBC, Los Angeles Walks and other stakeholders were involved in the development of both plans to ensure that the needs of LA’s bicyclists and pedestrians were considered. The plans call for a layered network of complete streets that serve all people who travel on them, with special focus on vulnerable road users, including children, the elderly, pedestrians and bicyclists.

 

LACBC worked with the Department of City Planning to develop a 180-mile network of protected bikeways and high-quality neighborhood streets that will “provide safe, convenient, and comfortable local and regional facilities for cyclists of all types and abilities.” This is another of LACBC’s campaign goals we asked Mayor Garcetti to accomplish this year. (Sign the petition here.)

What else does the Mobility Element do?

  • Makes safety the City’s number one transportation priority, particularly the safety of children walking to school
  • Sets design speeds for city streets and provides engineering and enforcement solutions to stop the constant increase in speed limits
  • Anticipates building 45 miles of protected bikeways every 5 years
  • Doubles the share of Measure R Local Return for walking and bicycling
  • Calls for annual bicycle and pedestrian counts by LADOT
  • Sets a performance metric of zero increase in car travel per person

We are thrilled to see complete streets and “8 to 80” bikeways embraced by the City, but this plan is only a draft and we need YOU to make sure it is adopted. How? By attending an upcoming workshop in your neighborhood and voicing your support for the Bicycle-Enhanced Network.

Workshops:

NORTH VALLEY

When: Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Where: Granada Hills Recreation Center – 16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA 91344

 

CENTRAL

When: Wednesday, March 19; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Metro Headquarters (near Patsaouras Plaza) – One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

SOUTH LOS ANGELES

When: Saturday, March 22; 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center – 3916 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062

 

EAST

When: Saturday, March 29; 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Where: Boyle Heights City Hall – 2130 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

 

WEST

When: Wednesday, April 2; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Westwood United Methodist Church – 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90024

 

SOUTH VALLEY

When: Saturday, April 5; 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Where: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center – 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

 

HARBOR

When: Saturday, April 12; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Peck Park Community Center – 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732

 

Read more on the LACBC Blog.

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