Enforcement + Engineering | action plan program series

Woonerf street in the UK, designed with narrow roadway, curves, trees, removable bollards, and physical barriers improve safety for pedestrians and ensure that motorist slow down. Colored pavement/texture also indicates pedestrian crossing zones. Photo Credit: Archinect.com

Woonerf street in the UK: a narrow roadway, curves, trees, removable bollards, and physical barriers improve safety for pedestrians and ensure that motorist slow down. Colored pavement/texture also indicates pedestrian crossing zones.
Photo Credit: Archinect.com

The design and physical components of the built environment play a central role in shaping the transportation patterns of a city or region. A roadway consisting of eight vehicle lanes without sidewalks functions very differently from a street with two vehicle lanes, bicycle lanes, and 15 foot sidewalks.

Current needs and future estimates indicate the demand for engineering standards that accommodate a diverse array of transportation modes and networks (the City’s standard street dimensions were updated in 1999). The primary force behind the programs in the Engineering category is the idea that all travel modes need to be allotted space in the public ROW.

Future traffic impacts, safety standards, ADA access, green stormwater management, pedestrian zones, and the proposed networks are issues that need to be addressed through physical changes and improvements. The programs under Engineering are responsible for making changes to the built environment, while the programs under Enforcement ensure that users are following the rules of the road. This category outlines measures such as citations, inspections, and training programs for enforcement officers and traffic safety violators to enforce traffic safety laws throughout the City. The improvements proposed in the Mobility Element plan for increased access, safety, and transportation choices for all users. Attaining these goals require a change in how we design our streets and whether we use them responsibly.

You can participate in this online discussion by visiting ideas.la2b.org and selecting the “Enforcement” and “Engineering” topics. In each topic, you can prioritize the programs (love it, like it, it’s okay, or neutral), and click on the program for a more complete description and to leave comments, ask questions or suggest new programs. You can also download a complete list of the programs under Enforcement and Engineering on our Documents page. Remember, we will introduce two new categories every week and the topics will remain open for comments until the end of September.

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