Complete Streets Arrive in LA

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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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.   


Marla Westervelt , LA Metro , Los Angeles , CA (see bio)
Jessica Bremner , Kounkuey Design Initiative , Los Angeles , CA (see bio)
Thomas Bassett , Arup , Los Angeles , CA (see bio)
Richard France , Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors , Los Angeles , CA (see bio)