Complete Streets Arrive in LA
You'll learn about:
- How LA's complete streets design guidelines and first/last mile policy can inform local policies
- How to implement tactical urbanism projects to gain public support for permanent infrastructure improvements
- How to change streets from a car-only space to an active community asset
Explore how the Los Angeles region is tackling mobility issues to create a more livable city, rather than having residents rely on their cars as their primary mode of transportation. Long seen as the only option, the automobile is contributing to congestion, air pollution, and societal isolation. Today the public sector is writing policies to combat this car-dominated landscape and investing in innovative techniques to make the region more walkable, bikeable, and transit friendly.
A representative from LA Metro will explain the complete street design guidelines as well as the policies that are in place to combat the first/last mile conundrum to ensure safe access to transit stops. The speaker will also touch on the work of the newly created Office of Extraordinary Innovation. Learn how these policies can inform your local jurisdictions to enhance quality of life.
The second speaker will showcase work on five tactical urbanism projects in the Southern California region to show audience members how these relatively quick and inexpensive techniques can gain public buy-in and lead to permanent infrastructure improvements for active transportation.
The final speaker will explain the Play Street Initiative that works with communities to envision how a street can become a play space for the community. You will learn how to replicate this practice in your own community, where streets are seen for cars but actually have the potential to create community cohesion and active lifestyles for residents.
, LA Metro
, Los Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerMarla Westervelt is a Senior Transportation Planner at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). Within OEI Marla serves as the head of research. Prior to Metro Marla worked at the Eno Center for Transportation as a Senior Policy Analyst and Assistant Editor for Eno Transportation Weekly.
, Kounkuey Design Initiative
, Los Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerJESSICA BREMNER is Planning Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative. Jessica has coordinated, supervised, and implemented a number of community development programs aimed at empowering and educating communities around the world. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and dual Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
, Los Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerThomas Bassett is an urban planner in Arup's Los Angeles office, where they are starting the planning practice in Southern California. His focus is to connect land use with transportation through community engagement. Prior to Arup, he worked for a non-profit, community-driven design firm. He also worked at the American Planning Association where he helped to launch the Community Assistance Program, a pro bono planning service for communities in need. He was also a project lead for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas team, providing technical assistance to NGOs in Latin America. His research has covered the politics of Bus Rapid Transit in Latin America as well as sea level rise int he Caribbean. He has participated in planning projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, South Africa, the U.S. and various islands in the Caribbean. His published work appears in The South African Geographical Journal, URBAN, Latin American Perspective, among others. He holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and an AB in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University.
, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors
, Los Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerRichard France is a Principal at Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors. He assists clients with strategic planning, visioning, and community and economic development. His work includes authoring a report on the current state of human development in Los Angeles for the Goldhirsh Foundation (LA2050) and reporting on strategies to foster resilience in Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable communities for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. His work in active transportation includes coordinating a study to improve bike and pedestrian access to transit oriented districts for the County of Los Angeles, and working with the Southern California Association of Governments to host tactical urbanism events throughout the region. Mr. France serves as an Advisor for Investing in Place, a nonprofit organization examining transportation finance, social equity, public health, and environmental sustainability. He previously worked for a media consulting firm, where he assisted on social action campaigns, including partnership development and day-to-day execution of active campaigns. Mr. France received his M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from University of Colorado at Boulder.