New Poll Shows LA County Voters Strongly Support Safer Streets for Walking and Bicycling
June 7, 2016 1 Comment
Our partners at Investing in Place have released the results from a recent poll of over 600 LA County voters indicating their priorities for a for a sales tax ballot measure that would fund transportation improvements in LA County. This poll was funded in part by a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association. The survey found that support for using ballot measure funds on more freeway lanes (65% in favor) is actually lower than support for investments in making it easier and safe to walk and bike. For example, while 42% believe that improving freeways and roads should be the highest priority for the use of transportation dollars, a larger 44% believe the higher priority for County transportation funds should be “alternatives to driving, such as public transportation and making it easier to walk and bike to places.”
The polling results strongly support investing more in active transportation, especially Safe Routes to School:
- 83% total favor (65% strongly favor) using funds from the measure to make it easier and safer for children to walk or bike to schools, which polled higher than any other question asked in the poll.
- 81% favor using ballot measure funds to improve crosswalks so they are safer for pedestrians.
- 74% favor using ballot measure funds for fixing sidewalks, including more street trees, benches, wider sidewalks, lighting, and more separation from cars.
- 61% favor using ballot measure funds on additional bike paths and bike lanes.
Next Steps: On June 23rd, the Metro Board of Directors of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also known as Metro) will decide whether to approve an expenditure plan for a transportation sales tax in the November 2016 general election. Metro’s proposal, if passed by voters in November 2016, would be the region’s 4th transportation sales tax measure. Investing in Place is organizing partners to attend the hearing and support greater investments in active transportation. For more information contact Jessica Meaney (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Guevarra (email@example.com).