Community Consultation

Community Consultation

What can the City of Los Angeles do to develop a 21st century transportation network? Note: Ideas presented here are not the adopted policy of Garcetti for Mayor 2013.

More on Great Streets or "Complete Streets"

The City of Philadelphia has recently issued a draft of a "Complete Streets Design Handbook," available at http://philadelphiastreets.com/pdf/Complete%20CS%20Handbook_FINAL_lowres.pdf. I quote from the Introduction: "In 2009, Mayor Michael Nutter issued an executive order, ensuring that the City’s streets would accommodate “all users of the transportation system, be they pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, or motor vehicle drivers.” In doing so he made a promise that all of the City’s streets would be designed, built, and maintained as “Complete Streets.”

This was a transformational idea in Philadelphia. It would be even more so, in Los Angeles.  It would not only result in a policy document, such as the one referenced here, but it ripple through decisions regarding, spending, appointments of department heads, and the like. 

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An all-of-the-above, multi-modal vision for L.A.'s transportation system

For a city as large and diverse as Los Angeles, a mono-culture of transportation has never made sense. We need to integrate all available transport systems. Bicycle sharrows should converge on bus routes and rail lines. Bus lanes and carpool lanes should be placed in strategic locations to encourage shared ridership. There is no single transportation solution, however the various methods of transport should connect to unify our city.

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A 100-mile CicLAvia

CicLAvia has proven a huge success in bringing Angelenos out into the streets. It's so successful in fact that the area of the event is becoming too small to accomodate all who come out. CicLAvia should be expanded to cover 100 miles of roadway in and around downtown L.A. It not only is a chance for people to celebrate our city but it also encourages and cultivates a culture where a car isn't the only transportation option.

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Complete the L.A. River Bike Path

The LA River is connector for all of Los Angeles from North to South. A completed bike path for most or all sections of the river will help bridge communities as well as encourage outdoor recreation and alternative forms of transport ultimately becoming a bike superhighway.

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