Making Our Streets Safer For All

We have the choice in this City to make Los Angeles a city where biking, rolling, walking, taking transit, and driving are all safer and more enjoyable. Our office seeks out every opportunity we can to change our physical infrastructure in order to make this vision a reality and improve our transportation network for all of us.

Our Office prioritizes three goals when evaluating transportation projects: safety, accessibility, and cutting carbon emissions. This means that with every opportunity to diversify our active transportation options, we look at whether the project will increase protection from traffic violence, improve access to opportunities, activity centers, and public spaces, and cut carbon emissions while building resilience.

Creating More Active Transportation Options

Our Office prioritizes three goals when evaluating transportation projects: safety, accessibility, and cutting carbon emissions. This means that with every opportunity to diversify our active transportation options, we look at whether the project will increase protection from traffic violence, improve access to opportunities, activity centers, and public spaces, and cut carbon emissions while building resilience. 

LA Riverway Bike Path: 

In August 2023, City Council voted to approve a $60 million contract with Metro for the design and construction of the Los Angeles River Valley Bike Path Project, which includes the development of approximately 13 miles of a new bike path and greenway!

The project will consist of nine segments that close gaps in the existing riverside trail system, directly addressing the high need for access improvements along this stretch of the LA River. River-adjacent communities from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley will be connected to one another by way of the project’s new class I bicycle path and pedestrian trail. For LA County more broadly, these facilities will significantly bolster regional active transportation networks.

The LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway is a 12.8-mile project in the San Fernando Valley.
Cutting the ribbon on the protected bike lane on Riverside Drive in Spring 2022.

Riverside Drive Protected Bike Lanes: 
In partnership with LADOT, our Office identified Riverside Drive as a candidate for striping and resurfacing in the Spring of 2022. The new Riverside Drive Protected Bicycle Lanes are a half-mile long running from Los Feliz Boulevard to Glendale Boulevard and are parking-protected or protected using vertical delineators on both sides, making this stretch of road safer for all no matter how they are traveling, but especially for people biking by separating them from traffic and for people walking by painting new crosswalks and shortening crossing distances.

Sherman Oaks Bike Lanes 
Working with LADOT, our office identified two half mile segments of roadway in northern Sherman Oaks where we could implement painted bike lanes and help reduce gaps. On Burbank Boulevard from Hazeltine Avenue to Van Nuys Boulevard, we closed a half-mile gap in bike lanes that connect Kester Avenue in Sherman Oaks to Elmer Avenue in North Hollywood – completing a 4.5 mile stretch. On Hazeltine Avenue from Burbank Boulevard to Oxnard Street, we implemented a half-mile bike lane segment to connect the Burbank Boulevard bike lanes to the Orange (G) Line Busway Greenway.

Investing In Street Safety Improvements

Mulholland Drive Safety Improvements
As part of a resurfacing of Mulholland Drive which our office got back in the Fiscal Year 21-22 schedule, our office worked with LADOT to create a safer Mulholland Drive from Laurel Canyon Blvd to Wrightwood Dr, including narrower driving lanes, wider shoulder where possible, and anti-burnout features at Mulholland Dr/Dona Pegita Dr which also enforce and existing “No Left Turns” sign.

Pacific View & Mulholland Drive Safety Improvements
Our office checked in for neighbors of Pacific View Drive on the status of a request for enhanced safety at Pacific View Dr and Mulholland. We advocated for the improvements as soon as possible and are happy to report a realigned intersection which will give better visibility for people turning from Pacific View Drive onto Mulholland.

Kirkwood & Laurel Canyon Drive Safety Improvements
Our office reached out to LADOT to repaint left turn arrows and crosswalks at Kirkwood Drive and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. In addition, LADOT was able to complete the design of an approved left turn arrow for northbound Laurel Canyon Boulevard traffic onto Kirkwood Drive.

Ventura Blvd & Andosol Ave Safety Improvements
Our office was contacted by neighbors living south of Ventura Boulevard near the Encino Courtyard shopping center regarding the installation of a new signal at Ventura Blvd and Andasol Ave. Thanks to their advocacy, our office was able to work with ShopCore, the owner of the Encino Courtyard who has having the signal installed, as well as LADOT to help redesign the signal so that people could not drive through the intersection, precluding vehicle cut-through traffic for the residential community. The signal is now a TOUCAN signal, where “two can” go through, those “two” being people walking or biking. This signal design type is one tool we have to fight back against cut-through vehicle traffic.

Upgrading Our Street Infrastructure

Reforming the City’s Street Widening Policies 

For years, we have prioritized making streets easier to drive on, creating an infrastructure that both undermines accessibility and harms our environment. Councilmember Raman and colleagues introduced a motion to amend the City’s existing policies around street widening to prioritize active transportation and shade trees. New regulations would call for public improvements to promote multimodal accessibility, good street design, and sustainable infrastructure.

Reinvesting Street Furniture Advertising Revenue into Public Rights-of-Way

Earlier this year, we saw a clear mandate led by safe streets and mobility justice advocates for urgency in implementing the City’s Mobility Plan equitably and expeditiously — and a marked commitment from the Council to meet that demand. Councilmember Raman introduced a motion to create a new dedicated fund to implement the City of LA’s new Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program (STAP) program and ensure the City creates a multi-year investment and implementation plan for street furniture, including transit shelters that provide riders with protection from increasingly extreme weather conditions.

Resources & More Information

Griffith Park Safety & Active Transportation Improvements Project

Read the the final feasibility study for methods to improve active transportation safety and access in Griffith Park. Learn more on our Parks page.

LA Department of Transportation

LADOT leads transportation planning, project delivery, and operations in the City of Los Angeles.  LADOT manages 52 different transportation services for the region — from parking management to safety improvements to permits for private mobility operators.

  • Report parking violations such as a blocked driveway to LADOT’s dispatch center at (818) 374-4823 |This number should also be called to report broken traffic signals or down or defaced traffic control signage (like STOP signs).
  • Report abandoned vehicles by calling 1-800-ABANDON (1-800-222-6366) 
  • LADOT Transit Customer Service Center (818) 808-2273

City of LA Bureau of Street Services (StreetsLA)

StreetsLA is part of the Department of Public Works family responsible for preserving, protecting, maintaining, and renewing the City of Los Angeles’ (City) street network and urban forest. This includes our streets’ sidewalks, bikeways, trees, and medians.

LA Metro

Metro serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder, and operator for LA County. Their website has bus & rail schedules, updates on current and upcoming transportation projects, agendas & minutes for Metro Board meetings, and more.

Safe Sidewalks LA

The Sidewalk Repair Program is located within the Bureau of Engineering and is responsible for fulfilling our sidewalk repairs and accessibility improvements. If you have a mobility disability or can speak for someone who does by proxy, you should submit any ADA accessibility issues (like broken sidewalks, missing curb ramps, missing Accessible Pedestrian Signals, etc) as an Access Request through the Safe Sidewalks LA website.