Programs make the case for action to happen in our city. Here are a few transportation programs related to data and planning already in action that you can plug into now:
1. LA Bike and Pedestrian Count
In 2009, 14,000 bicyclists and 62,000 pedestrians were counted at over 50 locations throughout the city. In 2011, over 15,000 bicyclists and 75,000 pedestrians were counted. This year, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Los Angeles Walks are partnering up to count at over 120 locations.
Dates & Times:
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, September 10, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
You can read more about it here.
Nationwide, communities collect data on vehicle movements, but rarely is data collected on bicycle and pedestrian use. In the City of Los Angeles we have an abundance of data on auto trips, but very little is known about rates of people walking or bicycling. Collecting more data can help the City of Los Angeles fund projects that make it safer and more appealing for people to walk, bike, and take transit for many of their trips, because what gets counted gets funded. Additionally, counts help measure the benefits of improvements in regards to increases in usage and reductions in collisions when compared to past collision data.
2. Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) includes a public member that represents each council district and representatives from City departments engaged in pedestrian issues that meet once every two months to discuss pedestrian safety issues. Members of the general public are encouraged to join the PAC. If you would like to be a representative for a Council District, please contact the Councilmember in writing regarding your interest in becoming an appointed member. More information is provided here.
3. Bicycle Plan Implementation Team
The Bicycle Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) is a program that came out of the adopted 2010 Bike Plan. Members of the public and City departments meet to discuss bike plan priorities and implementation issues. Notices and recaps of the meetings are regularly provided here.