Los Angeles Plans for Walking, Cycling, Transit

Permaculturalist Joline Blais, left, bikes with South Los Angeles resident Craig Dietrich after buying vegetables in the Pico-Union neighborhood. (Photo by L.A. Green Grounds)


LOS ANGELES, California, August 14, 2015 (ENS) – In the sprawling city of Los Angeles, world-famous for its automobiles and its struggle for clean air, City Council Tuesday adopted a 20-year mobility plan that will help reduce traffic by giving people transportation options other than their cars.

The Mobility Plan 2035 proposes developing a network of bike lanes, transit lines and pedestrian-friendly streets to help encourage more people to choose to walk, bike or take public transit, taking cars off the road in Los Angeles neighborhoods.

As chairmen of the City’s Transportation and Planning & Land Use Management committees, Councilmembers Mike Bonin and José Huizar worked with the city’s Transportation and Planning departments to develop and advocate for Mobility Plan 2035.

Permaculturalist Joline Blais, left, bikes with South Los Angeles resident Craig Dietrich after buying vegetables in the Pico-Union neighborhood. (Photo by L.A. Green Grounds)

With an emphasis on safety, the citywide planning and transportation plan connects neighborhoods and thoroughfares, utilizing what Bonin and Huizar call a “Complete Streets” approach to safety improvements.

“When it comes to transportation planning for the City of Los Angeles’ future, Mobility Plan 2035 represents a bold step forward that builds on the work we’ve been doing in recent years where we prioritize multimodal options beyond cars utilizing Complete Streets planning,” said Huizar.

“While the automobile remains a vital part of our transportation future, so too is our goal to make our roads safer, more efficient and accessible with increased public transportation, pedestrian and bike-focused options. Mobility Plan 2035 does just that,” he said.

The plan is the first comprehensive update of Los Angeles’ transportation policies since the 1990s and in addition to providing a policy framework for how the city will build streets in the future, the plan will be used to procure grants to help pay for improvements.

“This plan is about giving people safe and convenient transportation options so they aren’t forced to use their cars for every trip they take,” said Bonin. “The more options we give people beyond their cars, the less traffic we are going to have in our neighborhoods. Mobility 2035 is a forward thinking vision for our city that will make Los Angeles a better place to live and work and enjoy.”

The plan went through a thorough public review process, including interactive workshops, engagement with Neighborhood Councils and online town halls.

Each specific project and street enhancement will additionally have its own public participation and approval process.

According to research behind the plan, 47 percent of all trips taken in Los Angeles are less than three miles, but 84 percent of those trips are taken by car.

“Mobility Plan 2035 aims to give people choices,” said Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. “It delivers a 21st century playbook for street design, establishes safety as our highest priority, and sets in motion a thoughtful community-based process to build the healthiest, most efficient, and beautiful streets we can.”

“At its core, this plan is about strengthening our neighborhoods and local businesses, and keeping us on track to be the most sustainable, resilient city we can be,” said Reynolds.

“The City of Los Angeles is leading the way in providing safe and cutting edge transportation options for our citizens,” said Michael LoGrande, general manager of the City Planning Department. “The adoption of the Mobility Plan by the City Council is a monumental step forward for Los Angeles.”

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