LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that L.A. has been awarded $43.6 million from the California Transportation Commission’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) to strengthen our city’s infrastructure. These funds will help create three miles of new bicycle and walking paths along the L.A. River in the West San Fernando Valley, and improve street safety and dedicated bike lanes in South Los Angeles.
“The path to prosperity is paved with smart investments in our infrastructure,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are fighting for every dollar possible to make our city more livable, reduce traffic fatalities on our roads, drive improvements on our streets, and create new spaces for walking and biking along our river.”
The California Transportation Commission awarded two grants to L.A., which were secured with the support of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, and L.A. Metro.
In the West San Fernando Valley, a $18.8 million grant will open three miles of LARiverWay trails to the public, providing Angelenos with a safe place to walk and bike. The new path will help Metro complete a project on their Twenty-Eight By ‘28 Project list — the L.A. River Bike Path, which will help create a continuous 51-mile path along the L.A. River from Canoga Park to Long Beach by 2025.
In South L.A., $24.8 million will be directed toward the Broadway/Manchester Active Transportation Equity Project. It will fund a dedicated bicycle lane; curb, sidewalk, and crosswalk enhancements; pedestrian islands and signals; new ADA access ramps; and urban shade along the corridor.
“We are glad to see South Los Angeles getting the investment it deserves. This may be the largest known public investment in this neighborhood in generations. We are committed to making up for lost time,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “The project will transform this community into a safe and vibrant part of Los Angeles, while also improving mobility, creating a cleaner environment, and increasing access to transportation and jobs.”
“When the project is complete, the L.A. River will finally have a continuous bike path from the headwaters to the Sepulveda Basin,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. “One day the L.A. River will be an amazing linear park that all Angelenos can enjoy. This project will connect the various new pocket parks I have helped create over the past few years and showcase the possibilities of the L.A. River.”
“Building a better Los Angeles means building a more walkable Los Angeles, and making every street in Los Angeles a safe one for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “This funding will help realize our goals for the L.A. River — including a single, continuous bike path along the entire stretch of the 51-mile river — and greatly improve safety and quality of life for countless Angelenos.”
“L.A. County Bicycle Coalition would like to congratulate the City of L.A., SCAG, and L.A. Metro for securing funds for more active transportation projects in Los Angeles,” said Eli Kaufman, Executive Director of LACBC. “The protected bike lanes and pedestrian improvements in South L.A., along with an extension of the LARiverWay in the West San Fernando Valley, are investments in a sustainable, multi-modal transportation future that we strongly support.”