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Community Pedestrian Plan
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Step by Step Los Angeles County: Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities is a master plan for pedestrian safety in Los Angeles County that will include a Community Pedestrian Plan for East Los Angeles.

A pedestrian plan is a study of where our streets and sidewalks could be better places to walk; and includes projects that the County could implement like high-visibility crosswalks, signals, lighting, and parkway trees to encourage safe walking and rolling in your community.

On December 12, 2023, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the East Los Angeles Community Pedestrian Plan.

Hard copies of the plan are available at the following County libraries in East Los Angeles:

City Terrace Library - 4025 E. City Terrace Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90063

East Los Angeles Library - 4837 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Anthony Quinn Library - 3965 Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90063
El Camino Real Library - 4264 Whittier Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023

Read the plan here: StepbyStep_Chapter_11_East_Los_Angeles_Draft_Community_Pedestrian_Plan.pdf

How East LA Shaped This Plan

Community Outreach In collaboration with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Public Works, Public Matters led outreach efforts in two phases, before and after the draft Plan was released in October 2022. The first phase of engagement helped the project team understand barriers and opportunities for walking in East Los Angeles. The second phase gave community members an opportunity to respond to the draft Plan and identify additional or revised enhancement ideas.

Efforts included attending existing meetings held by community organizations, schools, and neighborhood groups; tabling at community events; convening focus groups; stakeholder interviews; surveys; community workshops; and community data collection activities.

Community Outreach 2 Common issues identified included unsafe walking conditions due to speeding and bad driver behaviors, poor sidewalk conditions such as cracked and narrow sidewalks, inadequate lighting, lack of shade, and personal safety concerns. Public Matters also asked participants to identify areas that they would like to walk to and areas that bring them joy. This included green spaces, libraries, farmers markets, and community events.

Stakeholders were also encouraged to complete a survey on their current walking habits, concerns, and desired projects. The project team collected a total of 278 surveys, which were available in English and Spanish.

Respondents identified the top three areas of concerns as:

  • Trash on sidewalks
  • Obstacles on sidewalks
  • Poor lighting at night

Check out this StoryMap to learn more about the experience of walking in East Los Angeles.

East LA by the numbers

  • The rate of motor vehicle collision involving pedestrians in East LA is 41%, compared to 21% for LA County. Source: LAC VZ Collision Database 2010-2014
  • Over 42% of East LA residents 18 or older are considered obese, compared to 30% for LA County.Source: AskCHIS UCLA, 2020.
  • Youth obesity in East LA is 39%, compared to 34% for LA County. Source: AskCHIS UCLA, 2020.
  • The rate of households with no vehicles in East LA is 11.6%, compared to 9% for LA County.Source: ACS 2019 1-year
  • East LA - Northwest has 1 park acres per 1,000 residents and East LA – Southeast has 0.1 park acres per 1,000 residents whereas the County average is 3.3 park acres per 1,000. According to the Countywide park needs assessment, East Los Angeles (Northwest and Southeast) has a very high park need. Source: Los Angeles Countywide Comprehensive Park & Recreation Needs Assessment Appendix A

The Community Pedestrian Plan will help the County address corridors that have concentrations of collisions, identified in red on the map.

These corridors were identified as having had 3 or more fatal or severe injury collisions within a half mile segment between 2013-2017.

These corridors are the focus of the County’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, which aims to eliminate fatal injury traffic collisions on County roadways by 2035.

These corridors are part of the 3.8% of County maintained roadways where 50% of all fatal and severe injury collisions have occurred.

By working with community to understand concerns and opportunities for walkability enhancements the Pedestrian Plans will help the County achieve the Vision Zero goal.

How to report issues to the County

Report problems such as graffiti, potholes, illegal dumping, street light or signal issues, and more to the Department of Public Works at:

Go mobile! Report problems while walking in your community. Download Los Angeles County The Works app to your phone!

Find Public Works projects in your community

Los Angeles County Public Works is the agency responsible for road projects in unincorporated areas, including safety enhancements for walking. Their website includes a map of planned, in-progress, and completed transportation and water projects, often with project fact sheets and contact information. Click here to see the map: LA County Infrastructure Projects Map.

How to contact your Board of Supervisors office

Hall of Administration, room 856
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: (213) 974-5555
East Los Angeles Office
4801 E. Third Street.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
phone: (323) 881-4601

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