Friday, June 30, 2017

With the holiday weekend ahead, we’re thinking about the beach

Join Investing in Place and our partners Los Angeles Walks and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition in supporting implementation of policies that make Los Angeles safe and accessible for everyone.

 

With the holiday weekend ahead, we’re thinking about the beach and how families from all over Los Angeles County can safely enjoy it. Safe and walkable communities are a key reason why we love living in our beautiful city. We are passionate about our work in #CompletingStreets to ensure policies contribute to complete communities – so kids can get to and from school, older adults can get around, and families can access jobs and recreation.

Without implementation, policies are just words. We are excited to see recent changes happening on streets on the Westside and hope to see more projects like these in more communities throughout the region. These projects are about making sure streets serve more than one purpose, like supporting local business and increasing local access to neighborhood destinations. The research is clear that complete streets are good for health, good for the environment, and good for business. Streets need to serve communities, not just commutes.

Change is hard. Balancing these priorities is difficult and there are many legitimate opinions on whether these projects are meeting their objectives. But at Investing in Place, we believe that data should drive decision-making. It is vital that these pilot projects be allowed to take their course so that the community has a chance to evaluate the results.

You can help to protect these ideals by supporting the roadway redesigns and encouraging stakeholders to give them a chance to work.

Please join us Tuesday, July 11 for the Mar Vista Community Council meeting at 7pm to share your support for streets safe for walking, biking, and driving. RSVP here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Emilia Crotty, Los Angeles Walks.

“Street safety projects on the Westside have come under attack. If opposition to safe streets succeeds in getting these projects removed, it could stifle similar projects across the city.” – Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Read more about the three safety projects on LACBC’s blog.

 

PS: Don’t forget to RSVP for the July 11 Mar Vista Community Council meeting, where turnout is key!



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