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UPCOMING WORKSHOP | Monday, September 18 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Sorensen Library | 6934 Broadway

Do you walk in West Whittier-Los Nietos? Join us for a community workshop on September 18 to provide input on the Step by Step LA County pedestrian plan. The workshop will include interactive discussions to give priority to the most needed and supported projects recommended in the draft Plan. Public input will continue to shape the plan as it moves toward adoption in 2018.

COMMUNITY PEDESTRIAN PLAN

The draft Step by Step LA County; Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities provides a policy framework for how the County is proposing to get more people walking, make walking safer and support healthy active lifestyles and includes a Community Pedestrian Plan for West Whittier-Los Nietos. Review the draft Plan and provide your comments here by November 3, 2017. Hardcopies of the Plan are available at Sorensen Library (6934 Broadway, Whittier, CA 90606) and Los Nietos Community & Senior Service Center (11644 E. Slauson Ave.
Whittier, CA 90606
).

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Over the last year DPH staff and consultants have been meeting with West Whittier-Los Nietos community members to gather information on walking barriers and opportunities to inform the development of the West Whittier-Los Nietos Community Pedestrian Plan. The following is a summary of outreach activities that have taken place so far. Review the draft plan and email the project staff below to share your knowledge of the community and thoughts on how to make West Whittier-Los Nietos more walkable.

Community Workshop   West Whittier-Los Nietos residents and stakeholders gathered at Pioneer High School on November 7, 2016 to learn more about the Pedestrian Plan and provide input. Following a brief presentation about the plan’s goals and timelines, participants engaged in facilitated discussions where residents and stakeholders identified barriers and opportunities for walking in the community and locations for desired improvements.

Community Workshop meeting 1  Community Workshop meeting 2  Community Workshop meeting 3

Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts   The Department of Public Health and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative partnered with community residents to conduct manual pedestrian and bicycle counts in an effort to gather data on walking and biking rates in the community. The counts were conducted at peak travel times during the week and on a weekend at locations that have been identified as main corridors for walking and biking. Through these counts we captured data that will inform recommendations for the West Whittier-Los Nietos Community Pedestrian Plan and will support future efforts to evaluate levels of walking and biking after pedestrian improvements have been implemented.

Walk Audit   Residents and stakeholders gathered at the LNSD offices on January 21, 2017 and Sorensen Library on January 28, 2017 to participate in walk audits evaluating and documenting walking conditions in West Whittier-Los Nietos that contributes information for the Pedestrian Plan analysis and recommendations. Community members were trained and provided with tools to evaluate crossings and intersections, sidewalks, and the comfort and appeal of pedestrian environments. After training sessions, participants broke into teams to conduct the evaluation along pre-identified routes: Slauson Ave., Washington Blvd., Whittier Blvd., Norwalk Blvd., Broadway and Mines Blvd.

West Whittier walk audit 1  West Whittier walk audit 2  West Whittier walk audit 3  


COMMUNITY MAP

map of West Whittier Los Nietos 

CONTACT INFO FOR PROJECT STAFF

Monica Carlos, monica@lani.org, (213) 627-1822 x15
Miguel Ramos, miramos@ph.lacounty.gov, (213) 351-1902


HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS!

icon of parent and child walking and holding handsWalking just 30 minutes a day may the reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and cancer. Obesity is high in West Whittier-Los Nietos adults and children and adults need more opportunities for physical activity to help prevent this. County streets are a public resource that can be designed to enable more people to walk for transportation and recreation.

data table showing childhood and adult obesity are higher in West Whittier Los Nietos compared to LA County overall, data table showing physical activity for youth ages 5-17 is lower in West Whittier Los Nietos compared to LA County overall, though it is about even for adults 

A goal of the pedestrian plan is to support healthy lifestyles by making it safer for people to walk. Currently 7.1% of collisions in West Whittier-Los Nietos involve people walking. With your input this plan will identify improvements that can reduce collisions involving people walking so more residents are able to get out and enjoy walking in West Whittier-Los Nietos.


HOW TO REPORT ISSUES TO THE COUNTY

Report problems such as graffiti, potholes, illegal dumping, street light or signal issues, and more to Department of Public Works at:  http://dpw.lacounty.gov/contact/

Go mobile! Report problems while walking in your community. Download Los Angeles County The Works app to your phone!  http://dpw.lacounty.gov/theworks/


HOW TO CONTACT YOUR SUPERVISOR:

WEST WHITTIER-LOS NIETOS | SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 4 | SUPERVISOR JANICE HAHN
E-mail: forthdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov

Hall of Administration, room 822
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: (213) 974-2222
Norwalk Office
12720 S. Norwalk Blvd., 7th floor
Norwalk, CA 90650
phone: (562) 807-7350


 
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