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Step by Step Los Angeles County provides a policy framework for how the County proposes to get more people walking, make walking safer and support healthy, active lifestyles. It also includes Community Pedestrian Plans for unincorporated communities in L.A. County.

Read draft Pedestrian Plans for:

click to Step by Step East LA web page click to Step by Step East Rancho Dominguez web page click to Step by Step Florence-Firestone web page click to Step by Step Willowbrook/West Rancho Dominguez web page

Hard copies are also available at County libraries in each of the four project communities.
Click here to find your nearest County library:

Step by Step as amended (Draft) (192 MB PDF) | Appendices as amended (Draft) (117 MB PDF)

What's Next

Board of Supervisors – March 19, 2024 (Tentative)

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Check out the video from our virtual workshop from February 1, 2023 to find out more about the pedestrian plan process, information on how being in green space impacts health, and what kinds of projects are proposed for East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone and Willowbrook/West Rancho Dominguez.

Read the adopted 2019 Step by Step Los Angeles County: Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities framework.

Read the adopted 2019 Appendices A-E (PDFs):
Existing Plans and Projects Review, Existing Conditions, Pedestrian Counts, Implementation, Cost Estimates

Community Plans 2019

click to Step by Step Lake LA web page click to Step by Step Walnut Park web page click to Step by Step Westmont/West Athens web page click to Step by Step West Whittier-Los Nietos web page

What Is a Pedestrian Plan? 
A pedestrian plan provides guidance in developing a network of sidewalks, off-street paths, and trails and facilities (such as lighting, crosswalks and benches) that allow people to walk safely and comfortably to key destinations like parks and schools throughout a community.

It includes policies that address safety, traffic, education, and programs to promote a safe, walkable community.
Step by Step Los Angeles County (PDF) was adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2019, and included Community Pedestrian Plans for unincorporated Lake Los Angeles, Walnut Park, Westmont/West Athens, and West Whittier-Los Nietos.

These first four communities were selected based on criteria including high rates of pedestrian collisions resulting in death or injury, and a focus on communities that experience health inequities and challenges to safe walking. A key goal of the project was to pilot pedestrian safety enhancements in a mix of rural, urban, and suburban communities.

From 2020 to 2023, the PLACE Program is collaborating with neighborhood organizations, mobility advocates, and resident leaders to develop four new Community Pedestrian Plans for the unincorporated neighborhoods of East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, and Willowbrook/West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria.

If you want to learn more about these plans, contact Alfredo Lezama

pedestrian crosswalk with warning sign and light  person riding bike on a multi-use trail  person pushing another person in a wheel chair on a sidewalk

Benefits of Walking

heart shaped icon showing heart rate indicatorHealth - Studies show that walking 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of many
chronic conditions, particularly diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension,
depression, and some cancers.

dollar sign iconEconomics - Walking to school, work, or a nearby store can save you money on gas
and car maintenance.

hand icon holding globeEnvironment - By choosing to walk you help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce traffic congestion.

Currently 23% of Los Angeles County children and 23.9% of adults are considered obese, in some communities the percentage is even higher. Countywide only 28.7% of children engage in regular physical activity and only 34.1% of adults walk regularly. In addition, traffic collisions are a leading cause of premature death of both children and adults in Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and Public Works are working in partnership on these plans to improve roadway safety and increase rates of walking. Communities that have safe streets, accessible sidewalks, paths and trails make getting physical activity easier for everyone.

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

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