Last Saturday, Highland Park celebrated FIG JAM on North Figueroa Street between Avenue 50 and Avenue 60. As one of Mayor's Great Streets Challenge Grant awardees, FIG JAM transformed Figueroa into a safer, more active neighborhood street with pop-up green buffered bike lanes, colored sidewalks, public art, and music. All day long, Figueroa was full of people walking and shopping--and playing! Here’s what we loved about the event:
1. Showing, Not Telling
FIG JAM brought to life possible changes to Figueroa by demonstrating what a buffered or a protected bike lane would look like. Pop-up parklets provided kids with safe places to play in the street while murals livened up the sidewalks. (Great job by the volunteers who set up all these temporary improvements!)
Murals added a lively touch on Figueroa.
Kids had fun playing in a pop-up parklet! Photo credit: @Fig4all
Temporary protected bike lanes demonstrated one vision of Figueroa’s future.
People were excited to ride on pop-up buffered bike lanes.
2. Changing the Conversation
FIG JAM was a celebration of the community’s future, but Figueroa’s present condition was on everyone’s minds. Councilmember Gil Cedillo kicked off the day by pledging “to make Figueroa the safest street in the city.” Meanwhile, LADOT was there outlining a new comprehensive proposal for making that happen. The new designs are aimed at reducing the most common causes of death and injury on Figueroa by making it easier to cross the street and reducing speeding through the heart of Highland Park’s business district.
Councilmember Gil Cedillo addresses the crowd from the main stage. @FigJamLA
Posters by LADOT explain Mayor Garcetti’s Vision Zero Initiative and what it means for streets like North Figueroa that are on the High Injury Network. Proposed comprehensive safety improvements include curb extensions, new signals and high visibility crosswalks, and buffered bike lanes.
3. Building Momentum
Over 250 residents came by our table and signed our petition for a safer Figueroa. Now that FIG JAM is over, we will continue to build momentum on the great success of FIG JAM with more community bike rides and other outreach opportunities to gather more support. Get involved in this campaign by signing up to be a Northeast Neighborhood Bike Ambassador (SIGN UP HERE) and attending our next meeting on March 29th at 6:30 p.m.
Come join our next meeting to get more involved!
When: 6:30 PM, Tuesday, March 29th
Where: Glassell Park Senior Center
LACBC gathered over 250 signatures that support a safer Figueroa at FIG JAM. Your support for this campaign is critical. Sign up to be a Neighborhood Bike Ambassador today!
Streets are for playing! Children make a hopscotch court with chalk.
We <3 Highland Park too! So many community partners came together to make FIG JAM such a success. Congrats to all!