Streetsblog Endorses Healthy Streets LA Initiative – Streetsblog Los Angeles
Streetsblog Los Angeles is happy to endorse LA Healthy Streets, the ballot initiative that would create more than 1,500 miles of safer, greener and more efficient streets by requiring the City of Los Angeles to redesign streets to comply with the city’s mobility plan whenever streets are repaved. The ace Mobility plan 2035 was passed in August 2015, but only three percent (95 street miles of 3,137 miles) of the plan has been implemented.
The mobility plan is not perfect, but if the city really followed it, the change would be radical. Within a few years, the city would become a much safer, healthier and more welcoming place to walk. New and expanded bike lanes would generate a long-promised network of connected bikes. Wider bus lanes would mean faster public transport. Angelenos would have a multimodal system offering multiple convenient and safe options. Car traffic would be reduced. The air would be cleaner.
If that sounds like a tall order, it is.
Streetsblog Los Angeles has never approved a ballot measure before qualifying for the ballot, but this is a special case and a unique opportunity. Streets For All, one of the main community groups behind the measure, doesn’t have the kind of big donors paying signature collectors to stand outside grocery stores or attend public events. They rely on volunteers. With a deadline looming at the end of May and a target of 90,000 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot, there’s no better time than the present to get out and collect signatures.
For more information on how to volunteer, visit the Streets For All website. If you would like to sign the initiative but cannot volunteer, you can complete a campaign form and someone will get in touch.