With people dying at an alarming rate, we face a crisis in our streets in Los Angeles. This is particularly pronounced in the streets of South and Southeast Los Angeles where eleven people have already died this year due to traffic violence.
These deaths are preventable. After looking at crash data, the City of Los Angeles found that 65% of all deaths and severe injuries involving people walking occur on just 6% of our streets, including segments of Vermont, Central, and Hoover.
LACBC has been heavily involved in the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance (LA0) since its inception in the summer of 2015. The LA0 is a diverse coalition that advocates for the implementation of the City’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025.
In February, LACBC wrote a response statement to the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, where we pointed out our concerns with its commitment to bicycle lane installation and prioritization of enforcement without addressing racial profiling.
LACBC maintains that the City cannot claim to be committed to equity unless it is willing to explicitly address race and racial
profiling. Sixteen out of the forty priority corridors identified in the High Injury Network are located in the South Los Angeles communities in Council Districts 8 and 9.
As the City of L.A. begins implementing its 2017 Vision Zero Action Plan, Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD 8) and Curren Price (CD 9) will be hosting open houses in South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles to discuss Vision Zero improvements planned for these Community Plan Areas.
These open houses are a great opportunity for community members to voice support, ask questions, and vocalize concerns to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the city council members. Spanish translation will be provided at all meetings.
Come help end traffic deaths in your community! All meetings will be an open house format, so drop by anytime between 6 – 9PM.
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m., Estelle Van Meter Center, 606 E. 76th St.
Tuesday, May 02, 6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m., Fire Station 64, 10811 S. Main St.
Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m., Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave.
Thursday, June 01, 6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m., EXPO Center / Roy Anderson Rec Center, 3980 Bill Robertson Ln.
Please attend these meetings and spread the word!