Update: LA Metro Complete Streets Policy

Metro_logo.1Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Metro board sustainability committee adopted a long-awaited Complete Streets Policy for the transportation agency. Metro is responsible for the planning, funding, development and operation of Los Angeles County’s increasingly multimodal transportation system. This new policy will govern Metro’s performance of all of its many responsibilities, as well as require local cities to adopt complete streets policies of their own in order to qualify for Metro grants.

In response to concerns from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and many partners, Metro staff strengthened the policy just a few days before adoption. The Metro board committee went further and requested that staff return in three months with a more defined implementation plan to ensure this policy translates into improvements on the ground. For more info, see our comment letter and Streetsblog’s coverage of yesterday’s board committee meeting. The policy goes to full Metro board for adoption next Thursday, October 23rd.

Thank you to our partners who 10.15.14.completestreetsjoined us yesterday at the committee meeting urging the board committee to strengthen the policy on implementation, performance metrics, equity, and more.  Thank you Bike San Gabriel Valley, Community Health Councils, Pacoima Beautiful, TRUST South LA and FAST.

The Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative has been supporting a successful Metro Complete Streets policy for close to a year now, and it is inspiring to see so many groups and leaders come together to support a multi-modal transportation network for Los Angeles County.  We will provide updates as this policy progresses.

 

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