bicycle planning

Inglewood First/Last Mile Plan Adopted by Metro Board

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After a year-long planning and design effort, Here LA is excited to announce that the Inglewood First/Last Mile Plan was adopted last night at the Metro Board meeting with a special shout out for the Plan from Inglewood Mayor James Butts. The Plan is a joint effort between Metro and the City of Inglewood and lays out first/last mile streetscape design improvements around five stations in and adjacent to the City. Here LA led a team of consultants for the Plan.

The Inglewood First/Last Mile Plan is LA County’s first first/last mile project that has received committed implementation funding from a City partner (City of Inglewood).

Read more about the project here

Volunteers Needed for a Walk Audit around Future Purple Line Stations

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First / Last Mile planning for the Purple Line Extension has begun for the Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Constellation, Westwood/UCLA and VA Hospital rail stations. We invite you to participate in a Walk Audit, which is part of Metro’s First / Last Mile program to develop plans and implement strategies to ensure safe, accessible, and pleasant trips to and from transit for all riders. A Walk Audit is an in-the-field analysis of the streets surrounding a transit station.

Here LA will lead the walk audits on the days specified, training auditors in the field about best practices for auditors and how to use the mobile App that we helped to develop. We will take all of the information from the audits and compile results into a proposed set of streetscape projects and designs.

Hope you can join us!

Saturday, January 12th: 10:00am – 12:00pm  
Wilshire/Rodeo Station & Century City/Constellation Station                            

Saturday, January 12th: 2:00pm – 4:00pm  
Westwood/UCLA Station & VA Hospital Station

Monday, January 14th: 10:00am – 12:00pm  
Westwood/UCLA Station & VA Hospital Station

Monday, January 14th: 2:00pm – 4:00pm  
Wilshire/Rodeo Station & Century City/Constellation Station

We are Too Accepting of LA's Hostile Urbanism

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In LA and in so many cities across the country we've grown too used to hostile forms of urbanism that make it unpleasant to walk, bicycle, and generally hang out outside.  'Hostile urbanism' refers to streetscaping elements or design moves in the public realm that are generally unfriendly to the human being. As an example, think about what it's like to walk next to a freeway edge or through an underpass with chain link on all sides and no light.  Think about the noise and smells that we've gotten used to, as we walk along the edge of a 10 lane arterial street.  Good design, thoughtful urban design needs to be prioritized and needs to be funded to avoid these mistakes, these inhumane moments all around our city. It's a matter of respect - respect for the human, respect for our city, respect for ourselves. (Picture: Flickr Oatsy 40)

Read about Hostile Urbanism here, in a recent article from LAist, with insights from Here LA's Amber Hawkes.

Getting People to Parks on Transit

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This week, Here LA kicks off the Transit to Parks Strategic Plan for LA Metro.  The physical and psychological benefits of urban parks are well documented.  Benefits range from reduction in obesity, depression, and air quality-related health issues, to support for healthy brain development and overall healthy living.  But for so many people living in the LA region, accessing a park is not easy.  Most of our neighborhoods aren't built around a local park; we can't walk out of our front doors and bike or walk to meet our friends for a pick-up game at a nearby basketball court or the like.  Fewer than one-third of Los Angeles children live within walking distance of a park or playground. 

The Transit to Parks Plan investigates how we, as a region, can get better access to parkland and open space areas, including the 75 miles of LA County coastline.  Solutions will likely include a full range of access improvements, like public shuttles, bike lanes, greenways, programmatic incentives, creative partnerships, non-traditional or shared ride possibilities, and others.  The focus will be on providing solutions for car-less, transit-dependent Angelenos and on getting people to the specific types of parks that they want to explore. 

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Map from the recent LA County Park Needs Assessment. 

Blue Line Summer Events Are Coming...

Be sure to join us on August 6th for a pop-up event for the Metro Blue Line First/Last Mile Summer Series! The pop-up event will include a community "Bike to the Beach" coupled with an interactive area for feedback and ideas. Here LA will be there with a kit of Blue Line temporary street furniture, talking about the First/Last Mile.  Music, food, and giveaways too!

The Bike to the Beach event is part of a series of events, happening in August and September along the Blue Line, aimed at getting feedback about what sorts of walking and biking improvements would be best for the areas surrounding the Blue Line, from Downtown Los Angeles, to Downtown Long Beach.

Can't make it to the Long Beach Event? August 3rd, 6pm - 9pm, the First/Last Mile Summer Series will be at the Parks After Dark, at Roosevelt Park, right near the Florence Blue Line Station.

See you there!

West Hollywood's Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Plan Approved by City Council

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This week, the West Hollywood City Council approved the Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, which Here LA has been working on for the past year.  The Plan is organized around the principle of a “Complete Network.”  Given the dense urban context of West Hollywood, not all streets can serve all modes of transit - like buses, walking, cycling.  The Plan achieves a Complete Network, prioritizing some streets for certain modes and other streets for other modes. This means that no matter what mode of travel you choose, there will be safe and comfortable options for you in West Hollywood.

Congratulations to the City of WeHo!

Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan Approved!

Last night, the Long Beach City Council approved the Bicycle Master Plan.   The Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan serves as the foundation for creating a more bicycle-friendly City.  Congrats Long Beach!  Here LA ran the creative community pop-ups and performed art direction on the Plan.

Download the Plan

SAMO's MANGo Project is Moving Along

Come out for the Community Forum tomorrow, Monday, January 9th, between 6:30PM – 8:00PM - to give your input about the next phase of the MANGo (neighborhood greenway) project on Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica.  The project is transforming a residential corridor into a walkable, bikeable, and beautiful green street.

Here designers Amber and Shannon oversaw the initial planning phases of the project in 2014, which included conceptual design, a pilot installation along the corridor, and a community festival that drew hundreds.  In 2015 the first phase of the project was constructed - a series of traffic circles, as envisioned and tested in the pilot.  Now regarding the eastern end of the route, the Forum will discuss the planned improvements near the Edison Language Academy.

See more information and Forum location here

 

Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan To be presented at Planning Commission

Here LA is happy to announce that the Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan will be presented at the City's Planning Commission on Thursday, January 4th at 5:00 pm. Our team has been working on the project with the City of Long Beach and Alta Planning and Design for the past year, crafting a comprehensive and visionary Bicycle Master Plan that is reflective of community sentiment and that catapults Long Beach forward to achieve its goal of becoming the "most bike friendly city". 

Check out the full draft plan here! The Plan will go to City Council next month for final adoption. 

Popping Up in Long Beach

This weekend we will be popping up in Long Beach at the Live Long Beach Festival to hear from community members about bicycle planning.  Come and make some music on our power-generating bicycle, eat some popcorn, and enter for a chance to win a membership to the Long Beach Bike Share.

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Re-imagining 10th Street in Long Beach

This week Here Design is 're-imagining 10th Street' in Long Beach as part of the the 2nd Council District's push to improve some of the main corridors in the District.  The District has earmarked funding for a pilot project to test out some of the ideas in the Plan, which is expected to be complete in July, 2016.  So far we are looking at temporary solutions like "bus stop-lets" or temporary sidewalk extensions at bus stops, artful crosswalks, and a community-initiated utility pole painting project to beautify the north side of the street.