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PLACE Projects

Technical Assistance to Local Jurisdictions
Research has shown that streets designed for walking and bicycling can encourage physical activity, and lead to decreases in chronic disease and traffic-related injuries. The PLACE Program offers a range of technical assistance to local jurisdictions that are seeking to promote active living and build healthier communities. To learn more about our Technical Assistance programs, please visit our Technical Assistance page.

Promoting Safety and Walking in Los Angeles
In 2014, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support implementation of strategies to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in the City of Los Angeles. With funding support from this program, PLACE is collaborating with the Los Angeles Departments of Transportation, City Planning, and the Mayor's Office to implement transportation plans and policies that encourage physical activity and increase the safety and comfort of people walking. This strategy supports Vision Zero in Los Angeles, an initiative aiming to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025 through policies, programs, and built environment interventions. As part of the implementation of the initiative, a Transportation and Health Database and an online, interactive GIS viewer are being developed that will house data on health outcomes and behaviors, travel patterns, collisions, streetscape design, crime, and other determinants. The database will be used to identify neighborhood needs and inform transportation plans. Please contact Chanda Singh at csingh@ph.lacounty.gov for more information about this project.

LA County Pedestrian Planning Project
The PLACE Program received a Caltrans Active Transportation Program grant to develop pedestrian plans for the unincorporated communities of Lake Los Angeles, Walnut Park, West Athens-Westmont and West Whittier-Los Nietos. Community based organizations working together with a planning consultant, DPH, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will engage community members to identify significant barriers to walking and needed infrastructure enhancements to improve connectivity in each community's pedestrian network, reduce the potential for pedestrian-related collisions, and identify solutions to other barriers to walking such as crime and violence. Please contact Alexis Lantz at alantz@ph.lacounty.gov for more information about this project.

Automated Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counter Program
To encourage monitoring of active transportation in LA County, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health PLACE Program purchased automated equipment for counting bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2013, PLACE established a counter lending program for PLACE grantees and technical assistance recipients. The count data informs the development of active transportation plans, grant applications, and regional data collection efforts and models.

To date baseline counts have been conducted in the cities of Carson, Cudahy, El Monte, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and South El Monte. Below are links to reports on these counts:

Data collected by past grantees and technical assistant recipients is available through the SCAG Bike Data Clearinghouse. PLACE may make the equipment available to other cities depending on need and availability. Please contact Alexis Lantz at alantz@ph.lacounty.gov for more information about this program or to schedule a free training on how to organize and conduct manual bicycle and pedestrian counts.

Past Projects
The PLACE Program has funded a number of jurisdictions and non-profit organizations to work on built environment planning, policy, and programs through several rounds of grants between 2008 and 2014.

Map of jurisdictions that have received funding or technical assistance through PLACE

To learn more about the cities that PLACE has worked with, please click here.

 

 

 
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