LA/2B: The Road Ahead

What is your favorite street in Los Angeles? Join the conversation here.

Welcome to the LA/2B project page! Today we embark on a series of conversations in Los Angeles about the transportation future of our City. This conversation will extend beyond the traditional topics of reducing congestion and traffic to highlight the important function our transportation system plays beyond the everyday tasks of moving us from point A to point B. At center stage is our streets – the City owns and maintains close to 6,500 centerline miles of streets throughout the City. All together, streets comprise 10% of the 465 square miles of our land base.

The streets of Los Angeles have evolved many times over the past century based on the transportation technologies available at the time. Some of the city’s iconic boulevards, such as San Vicente Blvd, Vermont Ave and Glendale Blvd originally had streetcars on them which provided a critical link to housing and jobs in the early 20th century.  Today, these same streets, despite their early role accommodating both trains and cars are almost exclusively devoted to moving vehicles. From the 1950s until now, the development of the streets has been dictated by the street classification system with accompanying performance metrics that measures the volume of cars that can move through an intersection per day.

A new day has come in the city, demanding a smarter, more sustainable way of using our streets as a public resource and space. The time is ripe for a citywide conversation on the future of our streets. More Angelenos are walking and bicycling to work and to run errands. Streets are being repurposed, hosting weekly farmer’s markets, community festivals and Ciclavia. The accommodation of all users under the umbrella of Complete Streets, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, transit-riders, those with special needs, and goods movers, is an important goal of this project.

The citywide conversations will inform the process of fulfilling the following goals of LA/2B:

1. Revised Mobility Element: The Mobility Element (formerly the Transportation Element) is the main policy document that will identify the goals, objectives, policies, and programs that reflect the communities’ future mobility ideas and suggested strategies.

2. Identify a Layered Network: The City undertook a study of its existing street classification system and researched best practices on how other jurisdictions are addressing their streets. The final report is available here, and on our Resources page. Given the size and diversity of streets in our City, a layered network approach is being explored as the cornerstone of a new street classification system.

3. Updated Street Standards: The City’s Street Standards dictate the characteristics of each street. A new set of standards will reflect all modes, including trucks, cars, scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians, and may have green streets features.

4. Produce a Streetscape Manual: A new Streetscape Manual will provide new guidelines and standards that will identify streetscape elements and characteristics (curb extensions, crosswalks, landscaped medians, parkways, sidewalk widths, pedestrian lights) that are appropriate for each street standard. A similar robust bicycle design manual was created through the 2010 Bicycle Plan‘s Technical Design Handbook.

5. Revise our Street Performance and Measurement Tools: Our current street metrics evaluate the performance of our streets based on how many vehicles they are able to move. The City’s street performance metrics will be revised to measure the quality of our streets for various modes and used for mitigating the impacts of future projects.

6. Develop an Implementation Strategy: A sustainable strategy that identifies the capital and maintenance costs as well as potential funding sources for implementing and maintaining street improvements will be critical to the realization of the vision set through the citywide dialogue and the policy document.

We encourage you to join the citywide dialogue in giving your best ideas for improving the city’s streets! Join the conversation here.

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2 Responses to LA/2B: The Road Ahead

  1. BC says:

    “More Angelenos are walking and bicycling to work and to run errands.”

    You emphasized commuting by specifying ‘work’, and de-emphasized everything else into “errands”. Many people are retired, in school, or work at home. They go to school, to cultural events, recreation, shopping, visiting, family events, etc. If your going to specify work, please specify everything else, because an overemphasis on ‘commuting’ is one of the reasons we are in this mess.

  2. Pingback: LA/2B: an opportunity to shape the future of Los Angeles’ streets | urban diachrony

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