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Weekly Update: February 24, 2022

Weekly Update: February 24, 2022

Rainbow Halo In Memory Of Chyna Waddle and Baby Ikey

Yesterday LADOT stood with the family and loved ones of Chyna Waddle and her unborn son Ikey whose lives were taken by a reckless driver in the LA community of Wilmington.

To honor and remember the lives of Waddle and her son whose lives were taken too soon, LADOT installed a Rainbow Halo near the site of the fatal crash. Rainbow Halo’s are a permanent fixture that reminds us that traffic deaths are preventable, if we slow down we can save a life. We thank the family and friends of Chyna, the Southern California Families for Safe Streets, and Los Angeles Walks for attending the ceremony to honor her life.

The City is committed to ending traffic deaths in Los Angeles and we appreciate community members who continue to advocate for justice and safety on our streets to prevent horrible tragedies like these.

 
City Council Approves Lower Speed Limits For Certain Streets.

City Council Approves Lower Speed Limits For Certain Streets.

On Tuesday the LA City Council unanimously approved a life-saving proposal by LADOT to repeal and reduce speed limit increases on dozens of local streets. The proposal will reduce speeds by 5mph on over 177 miles of city streets that had previously been increased, as required by the state to ensure enforceability. The next and final step is approval from Mayor Eric Garcetti and the implementation will begin 30 days from approval.

The proposal comes as a result of the passage of AB 43, authored by Asm. Laura Friedman, which grants cities more local control of speed setting and took effect this year. The speed reductions will help the city address its street safety goals.

LADOT’s proposed speed limit reductions will now go to the full City Council for approval. If adopted, road users can expect the installation of new, reduced speed limits to begin one month after approval.

California State Assembly Bill (AB) 43 was written and introduced by Asm. Laura Friedman. Prior to AB 43’s passage, California's 85th percentile rule forced LADOT to raise speed limits on nearly 200 miles of city streets over the last several years. Under new laws the City can choose to retain a street’s existing speed limit following traffic speed studies, as long as that speed limit was established by a prior survey and no lanes have been added to the street.

The speed of a vehicle is closely tied with the severity of a collision. A pedestrian has a 90% chance of surviving when hit by a vehicle going 20 mph and only a 10% chance of survival if a vehicle is going 40mph. Lower speeds on streets give drivers and others more time to react to prevent a collision and reduce the severity of collisions that do occur.

The full list of streets where speed reductions are proposed is available in this LADOT report. Under the new speed setting law, future reductions will be possible on streets with high rates of fatal or severe injury collisions as well as in areas with a high density of retail and commercial activity.

 
Last Call: Give us your input on how to improve Wilmington streets.

Last Call: Give us your input on how to improve Wilmington streets.

The City of Los Angeles is working to improve safety and accessibility in the Wilmington neighborhood. Anaheim St. has had a number of severe and fatal collisions. Traffic deaths are preventable and it is our priority to reduce the number of traffic deaths.

No one knows your neighborhood like you do. Give us your feedback by filling out the survey and let us know how you commute through the Wilmington neighborhood and some of the concerns you have and safety improvements that could be installed to help make a safe and enjoyable community.

Let your voice be heard by taking this brief survey.

 
Deadline Approaching: LADOT Traffic Enforcement Study Advisory Task Force

Deadline Approaching: LADOT Traffic Enforcement Study Advisory Task Force

The final day to submit an application is Feb 25, 2022. The City is looking for applicants interested in improving traffic safety in Los Angeles. LADOT is developing a Community Advisory Task Force that will study and recommend new policies for traffic enforcement alternatives to armed enforcement. We are looking for applicants with expertise and lived experience in areas of traffic safety, public health, racial equity, mental health, public safety, and criminal justice. Selected members will receive a modest stipend for the work they do such as attending meetings and working with the consultant on the study. You may submit your application here.

 
Young Angelenos Encouraged To Join The L.A. Youth Council

Young Angelenos Encouraged To Join The L.A. Youth Council

The LA City Youth Council is accepting applications for its first cohort. Young Angelenos between the ages of 16-25 are encouraged to apply.

The Olivia Mitchell LA City Youth Council is part of the Youth Development Department and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment that will give city youth the opportunity to help develop policies, practices, and programs that will improve the quality of life for our youth.

Members of the Youth Council will serve for one year and become educated on municipal government practices, participate in special projects and give recommendations to the City Council and Mayor. The Council will consist of 30 members, two from each of the 15 districts.

The application closes on February 28th. To learn more visit youthcouncil.lacity.org

Application for the Youth Council is available here.

 

Participate in our Community Surveys:

You are the ultimate expert for your community. LADOT wants your input as we plan projects to improve the safety, sustainability, and livability of Los Angeles communities.

 

Wilmington Safe Street Survey

Wilmington Safe Street Survey

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.

 

Ventura-Cahuenga Specific Plan

Ventura-Cahuenga Specific Plan

Now's the time to give your feedback. City Planning is asking for your help to confirm drafts created for the Specific Plan Amendment and your input on what you would like to see in the Ventura-Cahuenga Corridor. Take the surveys to help take a closer look at the sidewalks and make note of anything that can prevent safe travel along the area. Specific Plan Amendment

 

710 Mobility Hub Plan

710 Mobility Hub Plan

The purpose of this plan is to improve mobility and quality of life in the heavily congested region surrounding the northern end of the 710 Freeway. Give your feedback in this survey to help identify other locations that will benefit from future Mobility Hub that will offer more transportation options for the community. Learn more about the Mobility Hub Plan here.

 

LADOT recently hosted a design lab at Los Angeles City College. The event is for LADOT to hear directly from Angelenos on what improvements need to take place for pedestrians and cyclists to have easier access to City streets.

 

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