Recap of Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting on 3/27/13

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting March 27, 2013

Last Wednesday over 35-45 people came together at the Wallis Annenberg Science Center to discuss policy needs and goals for the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition.  It was an exciting afternoon with lots of great discussion and feedback.  Multi-modal/complete streets investments and equity were a key and recurring part of the entire afternoon.  Please see our meeting notes here and pictures from the afternoon here.

In order, to fully leverage these co-benefits of walking and bicycling and their connection to riding public transit, Los Angeles County must build out the active transportation network around its expanding rail system and largest public bus system in the state. Active transportation is crucial to the success of implementing projects that support state and regional policies, such as the Sustainable Communities Strategies from state legislation SB 375 and Active Transportation Program from the implementation of MAP-21, forthcoming Cap and Trade revenue, acceleration of Measure R investments (motion at Board this month) and other pending opportunities.

Based on Los Angeles County findings in the travel briefs and transportation finance documents, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Southern California Network recommends the following ideas for the consideration among its Los Angeles County partners during our meeting on March 27th:

Recommendations for Metro/County Transportation Policy:

  • Develop a Complete Streets or Multimodal Policy for all Metro Funded Projects
  • Increase allocations for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects in Metro’s Call for Projects
  • Allocate revenues from local sales taxes to bicycle and pedestrian projects
  • Prioritize local revenue sources for bicycle and pedestrian projects to make these projects easier for cities to complete in a timely manner
  • Expand Metro’s role as a Technical Assistance provider to assist cities in planning, designing and building active transportation projects
  • Develop a list of 100 shovel ready active transportation projects
  • Create an Active Transportation Division at Metro to plan and design larger projects
  • Establish performance criteria for transportation projects to improve safety
  • Allocate additional funding for Education, Encouragement and Enforcement activities
  • Include bicycle and pedestrian improvements in infrastructure bonds and legislative priorities

Los Angeles County Active Transortation Coalition Meeting March 27, 2013

Recommendations for Cities:

  • Adopt local Complete Streets policies
  • Update local street standards
  • Adopt Pedestrian, Bicycle, Safe Routes to School Master Plans
  • Use SWITRS (Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System) data to prioritize safety improvements and high need areas
  • Include bicycle and pedestrian improvements in infrastructure bonds and legislative priorities
  • Leverage local funds as a match for other grant opportunities
  • Include bicycle and pedestrian improvements in infrastructure bonds and legislative priorities

Next Steps of Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition:

— Motion by Directors: Wilson, Huizar, Dubois and Fasana: Enhancing Active Transportation Planning and Implementation: Report back to Board Members on status/feasibility of Motion at April 17th Metro Planning and Programming Committee

  • Join us in person at 2:30 at Union Station on 4/17 to provide testimony to Metro Board Committee members in support of enhancing Active Transportation Planning and Implementation at Metro
  • Sign onto our Letter for 4/18/13 Metro Motion: Enhancing Active Transportation
  • The Metro Board is considering an Amendment notice this month (April 2013) to accelerate all Measure R projects.  Is there a opportunity to improve active transportation in this important conversation?
  • Forming a equity work group – we have a lot of discussion last week on equity in transportation policy.  Next proposed stet is to convene a smaller work group to dig into this.
  • Over next several months continue to conduct one-on-one meetings, but see about convening Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition meetings in other parts of Los Angeles County to seek input on County policy goals and challenges, i.e. San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach and other areas.
  • What did I miss? Reactions and other thoughts? Kindly email Jessica Meaney with your ideas.

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting March 27, 2013

Key documents for the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition:


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