A new round of community level pedestrian planning began in early 2021 in the communities of East Los
Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, and
Willowbrook/West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria. Read the
plan and learn more
here. Photo Credit:
A critical barrier to improved traffic safety is the car-oriented culture we live in. To help create culture change around traffic safety, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
placed an artist in residence with the PLACE Program for a two-year residency. The role of the artist was to help increase empathy for people walking and biking, especially youth and the elderly, and to help create internal culture change at County departments to think more creatively.
, was selected as the Artist-in-Residence because of his work at the Japanese American National Museum, where he has years of experience communicating effectively about the history of our nation’s internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, and his success in helping change hearts and minds about those terrible events.
Clement residency included going out in the community and talking to people, hearing about their experiences with traffic collisions and near misses, and doing art projects with them about traffic safety. His approach has demonstrated how using art as form of engagement can help people feel heard by their government in new ways, help them feel safe, and even help them heal and process traumatic events like car crashes.
The culmination of his residency was installed in bus shelters and billboards along Normandie Avenue in the unincorporated community of Westmont. Clement worked with youth at Woodcrest Library on Normandie Ave in late 2019/early 2020 on messages they wanted to share with drivers. Their campaign was installed on Oct 26th, 2020 and ran until mid-November 2020. Below are images developed by the youth along with their images.
Los Angeles County Launches Slow Streets
To make it easier for people to safely exercise and commute during the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles County has launched the
Slow Streets program
for unincorporated areas. Slow Streets is a temporary program aimed at alerting drivers to slow down making it easier to walk, bike, or roll while physically distancing. As part of the program, Los Angeles County Public Works will install temporary signs with “Slow Down” messaging, free of charge, on qualifying streets.
Individual residents, community groups, or other organizations can sponsor a slow street network by visiting
VisionZeroLACounty.com and submitting an
application. To be eligible for signing, streets must be local residential streets, and part of a network of neighborhood streets that can also be signed.
Slow Street Sponsor responsibilities include, promoting the purpose of the program to fellow residents; notifying LA County Public Works if the signs or equipment posts are missing, broken, or vandalized; and communicating with the County if people are gathering/not social distancing.
Slow Streets is part of the County’s efforts to promote streets that are safer for physical activity and active transportation. Between 2013 and 2017, traffic fatalities on unincorporated County roadways increased by nearly 28 percent. The Board of Supervisors has adopted a Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate traffic-related deaths and severe injuries on roadways in unincorporated areas of the County.
For more information on Slow Streets and Vision Zero, please visit
www.VisionZeroLACounty.com or call 833-VZ4-LACO (833-894-5226). For more information on COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, visit the
County's COVID-19 Response website (http://covid19.lacounty.gov).
LA County Board of Supervisors Adopts Vision Zero Action
Between 2013 and 2017, over 3,400 people lost their lives in traffic collisions on roads throughout Los Angeles County. Of these deaths, 383 occurred in unincorporated areas of the County. During this same time, traffic fatalities on unincorporated County roadways increased by nearly 28 percent.
In an effort to enhance traffic safety, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion on August 4, 2020
authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, to adopt Vision Zero Los Angeles County: A Plan for Safer Roadways, which establishes a goal of eliminating traffic fatalities in unincorporated areas of the County by 2035.
The motion directed Los Angeles County Public Works and Public Health to co-lead implementation of the action plan by forming a Vision Zero Steering Committee, launching pilot programs on three or more Collision Concentration Corridors, and providing an annual Vision Zero progress report. Learn more about the County’s Vision Zero program
Articles & Research
A Novel Resident
Improves Street Tree
Planting Outcomes in Los
Angeles (December 2022)
Urban tree planting is a
key climate change
resilience strategy for
many municipalities, but
remains challenged by
in semi-arid regions.
Street trees offer shade
benefits to adjacent
structures and pavement,
and enable public works
departments to implement
heat island reduction
interventions to exposed
But in Los
approval and written
agreement to water for
3–5 years is required to
plant street trees in
rights of way.
Historically, 10% of
agreed to adopt street
trees, and 50% of trees
strategies, shown to
improve tree acceptance
rates and survival
elsewhere, had not been
with PLACE on "A novel
program improves street
tree planting outcomes
in Los Angeles," a
of a street tree
planting and public
education project in
2018 that incorporated a
novel youth outreach
multiple strategies to
inform future tree
increase street tree
and support community
Preventing Traffic Deaths - The Critical Role of Clinicians
Traffic collisions are a leading cause of death for both
adults and children in Los Angeles County. Clinicians
have an opportunity to support Vision Zero, a
multidisciplinary effort to end traffic fatalities in LA
County. In the July 2019 issue of Rx for Prevention
describes concrete actions clinicians can take to
advance traffic safety including: engaging patients in
conversations about practicing safe transportation
behaviors, sharing their first-hand experiences about
victims of traffic collisions to promote culture change,
advocating for local policy changes, and encouraging
their patients to get involved with local advocacy
How do pedestrians fare in motor vehicle collisions?
DPH used data from the Los Angeles County Emergency
Medical Services Agency trauma database to evaluate
outcomes for people hit by a car while walking. Over a
two-year period, 4713 people were hit and 235 of them
died – that’s two people per week (see
People hit at speeds greater than 20 mph were more
likely to be injured, disabled or die than people hit
speeds under 20 mph (see brief
Direct costs of medical care for bicyclist and
To place in perspective the economic losses that result
from motor vehicle crashes, DPH calculated the minimum
direct costs of medical care for pedestrian and
bicyclist victims of motor vehicle collisions in Los
Angeles County. In 2014, direct costs were $63.4 million
Building Awareness about Equity and the Social
Determinants of Health
The social determinants of health are the conditions in
which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These
circumstances, such as access to high-quality education,
housing, and financial resources, are the most
responsible for health inequities - the unfair and
avoidable differences in health status seen within and
between communities. Building broad awareness and
understanding of the social determinants of health and
the policies that have created health inequities is an
important step to move towards racial equity, social
justice, and healthier communities.
In order to support this goal, the PLACE program
developed two GIS Story Maps: “Hidden Health Hazards:
How Our Environments Shape Us
” and “Let’s Walk
Story Maps can be embedded and linked from any website,
and should be broadly used for education to connect the
dots around what determines health and overcoming
barriers to walking. In addition, the PLACE program is
supporting the Department of Regional Planning’s (DRP)
Equitable Development Work Program through the Healthy
Design Workgroup. DRP reports regularly to the Board