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Weekly Update: April 14, 2022

Weekly Update: April 14, 2022

Foothill Blvd 5 Year Anniversary And Memorial

This year marks 5 years since the installation of pedestrian and bicycle safety elements on Foothill Blvd that have resulted in a 100% reduction rate in fatal collisions. This weekend LADOT joined Streets are For Everyone (SAFE), and the office of Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez to install a community-funded memorial in memory of Jeff Knopp, a father, husband, and veteran who was struck by a vehicle and killed while riding his bicycle on Foothill Blvd in 2016. This fatal collision was followed by the death of another pedestrian just 3 months later along the same stretch of road. Following these tragedies, LADOT to implemented the Foothill Blvd safety project between Sunland Blvd. and Wentworth St. The project added a protected bike lane and re-striping to the road improving safety for all users whether walking or riding. Since its installation fatal collisions among all users of the road have been reduced by 100%, and collisions ending in serious injury by 63%.

The memorial is part of the Yellow Bike Project, a collaboration between artist Scott Froschauer and SAFE and features a full-scale steel sculpture of a yellow bicycle in honor of Jeff Knopp and to remind drivers entering Sunland-Tujunga to watch for vulnerable users of the road. A group of cyclists from the San Fernando Valley also held a memorial ride from the Hansen Dam Ranger Station along Foothill Blvd. through Sunland-Tujunga, and then along La Tuna Canyon Rd., for a total 25-mile ride through the district.

LADOT has worked closely with community partners and the office of Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez to implement more safety improvements in the Foothill area including those for equestrian riders, upgraded signs and signals, road repaving and striping, and much more.

We wish to take this moment to thank activists like SAFE founder Damian Kevitt and others who joined for their dedication and collaboration to help us improve safety on L.A. streets.

Learn more about our efforts on Foothill Blvd.

 

Mercy Housing California Adds New Housing for Seniors to Former LADOT Parking Lot

Mercy Housing California Adds New Housing for Seniors to Former LADOT Parking Lot

An LADOT parking lot is now home to a new affordable Senior Community Center. We joined Mayor Eric Garcetti, CD 5 Councilmember Paul Koretz, and supporters for the ribbon cutting of the Howard & Irene Levine Senior Community Center.

This LADOT owned lot in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood was formerly a parking lot with a 39 car space capacity. At LADOT, we recognize our ability to help ease the housing crisis by repurposing such space. Working with Council District 5 and the Los Angeles Housing Department, LADOT leased the lot to Mercy Housing California which proposed the building of an affordable senior living community that would include 76 units to be built above a city-owned parking garage for seniors with 12 of the units reserved for formerly homeless senior veterans.

 

Sherman Way Great Street New HAWK Signal on Eton and Sherman Way

Sherman Way Great Street: New HAWK Signal on Eton and Sherman Way

Our Sherman Way Great Streets work continues! We’ve added a new High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk or HAWK signal at the intersection of Eton and Sherman Way in Canoga Park that will improve safety and visibility for pedestrians and other modes of active transportation. The signal uses flashing and solid yellow and red lights to alert drivers to crossing pedestrians; when not in use, the beacons stay dark. This corridor is home to a plethora of small businesses serving the community. Project like this that improve access and safety will also increase economic activity for the benefit of residents and businesses.

See what other improvements have been made and are in the works for the Sherman Way Great Streets Project.

 

Osborne St. Paths-To-Parks Access Project
Osborne St. Paths-To-Parks Access Project

 

Osborne St. Paths-To-Parks Access Project

Los Angeles residents got a chance to take a closer look at the upcoming improvements coming to Osborne St. The focus of the project is to improve connectivity and accessibility on Osborne Street between San Fernando Rd. and Foothill Blvd. Attendees were able to hear from LADOT, StreetsLA and the office of Councilmember Monica Rodriquez as well as ask questions and give feedback.

Learn and learn more about Osborne Street improvements

 

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Western Avenue Survey

Western Avenue Survey

LADOT is making some critical safety improvements on Western Avenue. Take this survey and give us your feedback on how you travel this neighborhood and the best way to make it a much safer and more enjoyable commute for all who use it.
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Osborne Path-to-Park Survey

Osborne Path-to-Park Survey

We need your help! We’re working on improving transportation connectivity and accessibility on Osborne St. between San Fernando Road and Foothill Blvd. Get involved! Take the online project survey here to share your experiences, feedback, and ideas for Osborne Street and Pacoima.
Take the survey here.

 

Reseda Boulevard Complete Streets Project

Reseda Boulevard Complete Streets Project

As part of the Complete Streets Program, the City is reconstructing Reseda Blvd to improve safety and accessibility for all. Give your feedback on the upcoming improvement and receive updates and more information on the project here.

 

Wilmington Safe Streets Project

Wilmington Safe Streets Project

Anaheim Street, from Figueroa St to Henry Ford Ave has had a high rate of death and severe injury traffic crashes. Since you are the expert in your neighborhood we want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts, concerns, and ideas about how to improve accessibility and safety in the Wilmington neighborhood by taking this brief survey.

 

Transportation Photos of the Week

Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

Transportation Photos Of The Week
Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

Transportation Photos Of The Week

 

LADOT attended the unveiling of a memorial for cyclist Jeff Knopp who was killed while riding his bike along Foothill Blvd in 2016. Safety improvements installed following the collision have eliminated traffic deaths on this stretch of road over the last five years.

 

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