Posted on 01/31/2019

LOS ANGELES — The City of Los Angeles today was awarded $35 million to improve the safety of our streets for children, seniors, and families. These grants are part of the California Transportation Commission’s statewide Active Transportation Program (ATP) — and represent 15% of the total available funds.

“Angelenos’ safety and well-being should be our top priority in any decision about our City’s streets,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “No parent should worry that their child won’t make it to school, and no older adult should feel unsafe when walking around their neighborhood. These new resources accelerate our relentless push toward a future with zero traffic fatalities, and help us invest in critical improvements to our City streets.”

Los Angeles will allocate this new funding to four projects that will dramatically improve safety for students and seniors as they move around the City.

Three Safe Routes to School projects will receive $33.3 million to improve traffic safety for young people in Los Angeles with capital improvements — including speed reduction measures and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure — around eight schools that demonstrated the greatest safety need.

An additional $1.7 million will be used by the Safe Routes for Seniors program to develop five neighborhood plans that improve walkability for older adults in Santa Rosalia/Baldwin Hills, Westmont, East Los Angeles, Chinatown, and Skid Row.

More than half of all people who die from collisions on Los Angeles’s streets are people walking and bicycling, and the fatalities disproportionately impact seniors and school-age children.