Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti Unveils New Safety Improvements on Van Nuys Boulevard

Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative delivers new pedestrian crossings, protected bike lanes, resurfaced streets, and more in the heart of Pacoima.

LOS ANGELES—Motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and shoppers alike are noticing a new look and feel on a busy stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined City Council President and Overseer of Council District 7 Herb Wesson, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, and a host of community partners to celebrate the latest improvements to the major artery in the heart of Pacoima.

The improvements mark the latest milestone in Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative, and they include high-visibility pedestrian crossings, buffered and protected bike lanes, and street resurfacing. In 2014, the Pacoima stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard running from Laurel Canyon Road to San Fernando Road was selected as one of the first 15 Great Streets corridors. Since then, Van Nuys Boulevard has seen the launch of an entrepreneur center, an outdoor art museum (“Museo al Aire Libre”), and 11,000 square feet of reconstructed sidewalk. These improvements are aimed at enhancing Van Nuys Boulevard as an economic, cultural and transportation hub.

“Van Nuys Boulevard is the cultural and commercial heart of the Northeast Valley, and we’re going to keep it thriving — by making sure it is safe and accessible to everyone who comes to enjoy what it has to offer,” said Mayor Garcetti. “These upgrades will improve everyday life for local residents and business owners, and they’ll let everyone who visits Pacoima explore the community in a new way.”

“Van Nuys Boulevard is as iconic as Los Angeles itself,” said Council President and Overseer of Council District 7 Herb Wesson. “The Pacoima Great Streets project is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when the city and local community work together.”

This stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard has been classified as part of Vision Zero’s High Injury Network — streets where a majority of severe and fatal traffic collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists happen. The safety improvements announced today will make the corridor more welcoming for people who walk, bicycle, and drive.

“We want Van Nuys Boulevard off the Vision Zero High Injury Network," said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT General Manager.  "Our goal is to build a safe, organized, and beautiful street where people thrive, no matter how they travel.  Whether people are visiting Pacoima City Hall, taking a Zumba class in Bradley Plaza, or visiting the mural mile, our interest is for the street to match the way people use it.“

About the Great Streets Initiative

Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Great Streets Initiative in October 2013 to transform streets across the city into more vibrant public spaces. A Great Street is a street that serves as the center of a neighborhood, where people can walk, meet, learn, and play on a daily basis. The Great Streets Initiative’s goals include improving safety and access, increasing economic activity, and encouraging community engagement. For more information, including a full list of Great Streets corridors, visit www.LAGreatStreets.org.

About Vision Zero

As directed by Mayor Garcetti, this citywide effort brings together transportation engineers, police officers, advocates, and policymakers to work together towards creating safer streets by eliminating all traffic deaths by 2025. Learn more at visionzero.lacity.org.

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