Step by Step LA County: Pedestrian Plans for
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.
first four communities were selected based on criteria including high
rates of pedestrian collisions resulting in death or injury, as well as
a focus on disadvantaged communities that experience health inequities
and challenges to safe walking and access.
The criteria included a focus on disadvantaged communities that
experience health inequities and challenges to safe walking and access.
A key goal of the project was to pilot pedestrian safety enhancements
in a mix of rural (Lake Los Angeles), urban (Westmont/West Athens and
Walnut Park), and suburban (West Whittier-Los Nietos) communities.
From 2020 to 2023, the PLACE Program will be 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.
The PLACE Program hopes to continue
improving walkability in
unincorporated LA County communities with the highest needs through
community pedestrian planning and community engagement.
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
It includes policies that address safety, traffic, education, and
programs to promote a safe, walkable community. Work on this next round
of Community Pedestrian Plans will last from Winter 2021 through Fall
Find your community to get involved in the planning process:
Health - Studies show that walking 30
minutes a day can reduce the risk of many
chronic conditions, particularly diabetes, obesity, heart disease,
depression, and some cancers.
- Walking to school, work, or a nearby store can save you money on gas
and car maintenance.
Environment - By choosing to walk you
help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce
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 (DPH) and Public Works (DPW) 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.
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