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PLACE Projects

Step by Step LA County pedestrian plan
The PLACE Program has received multiple rounds of Caltrans Active Transportation Program grants to develop pedestrian plans for the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities. The first round of funding enabled PLACE to develop community pedestrian plans for Lake Los Angeles, Walnut Park, West Athens/Westmont and West Whittier-Los Nietos. A new round of funding will enable PLACE to work with community members, community based organizations, a planning consultant, and Los Angeles County Public Works to develop community pedestrian plans for East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, and Willowbrook/West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria. We work with 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 Justin Robertson at for more information about this project.

Vision Zero Los Angeles County
Traffic collisions are on the rise in unincorporated Los Angeles County. Between 2013 and 2017, fatal collisions increased nearly 28 percent. Three hundred eighty-three (383) people lost their lives during that 5-year period. Each year, on average, over 80 people are killed each year in traffic collisions with more than 500 severely injured on roadways the County maintains. To address this public health threat, the County of Los Angeles developed Vision Zero Los Angeles County: A Plan for Safer Roadways, which was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in August 2020, to guide a new traffic safety initiative focused on eliminating traffic-related deaths on unincorporated County roadways by 2035. Please visit the County's Vision Zero site to learn more.

Expanding the Urban Forest in Unincorporated Communities
Trees are an essential part of the urban environment and contribute positively to climate control, storm water collection, air quality, and the mental and physical health of the community. PLACE works together with County partners to develop holistic strategies for preserving, maintaining, and expanding LA County's urban forest in low income, tree-poor neighborhoods, working in collaboration with community partners and youth leadership groups. Please visit our Urban Forestry page to learn more.

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 collaborated 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 were developed that 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.

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 Active Transportation Database. PLACE may make the equipment available to other cities depending on need and availability. Please contact Alexis Lantz at for more information about this program or to schedule a free training on how to organize and conduct manual bicycle and pedestrian counts.

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 has offered a range of technical assistance to local jurisdictions in the past that are seeking to promote active living and build healthier communities. To learn more about our past Technical Assistance programs, please visit our Technical Assistance page.

Past Projects
The PLACE Program has funded 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


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