Sunset4All and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition are teaming up to transform Sunset and Santa Monica through East Hollywood, Silver Lake, and Echo Park into a main street for everyone.
Protected bike lanes ⎟ safer crosswalks⎟ pocket parks⎟ access to the subway⎟ safe routes to school⎟ improved bus stops⎟ shade trees and more!
Sunset4All is a community led project powered by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). We are teaming up to transform Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards through East Hollywood, Silver Lake, and Echo Park into a “main street” for everyone. Through this crowdfunding campaign, we will deliver the initial engineering and outreach for protected bike lanes and pedestrian improvements. If you help us reach our $25,000 goal, our angel donors are standing by to MATCH YOUR DONATIONS. Every dollar of your tax-deductible donation will be DOUBLED if we reach our goal!
The NUMBER of donors is as important as the total number of dollars. The city of LA only installs safe street projects that have broad community support. Every individual donor is an individual VOTE for this project. Even a small donation is tangible PROOF that Angelenos support these designs for safer streets!
Even a six year-old can ride in protected bike lanes on Colorado Blvd in Santa Monica. You donation can make this a reality on Sunset Blvd!
WHAT is Sunset4All?
3.2 miles of protected bike lanes, improved crosswalks, bus stop upgrades, safer access to schools, pedestrian amenities, pocket parks, and more!
WHERE is Sunset4all?
WHY Build a Sunset4all?
Almost 1,000 people have been injured or killed in traffic violence along the corridor in the last ten years (SWITRS CHP Data).
Traffic crashes are the fourth leading cause of premature death in the county, ahead of homicides, strokes, and lung cancer. For Latinx and Black communities it is the third leading cause of premature death ( Los Angeles County Department of Public Health). Improving safety for walking and biking will help to reduce this disproportionate impact on people of color.
A thirteen year study of a dozen cities showed networks of protected bike lanes reduce deaths to people walking, driving, and biking by 44%.
Sunset4All would safely and efficiently connect ~100,000 residents with the subway.
Over 50% of trips along the corridor are less than 3 miles. (LA City Planning). Sunset4All makes it possible to walk, roll, or bike for local errands without risking your life while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Provide a meaningful alternative to driving which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air and water quality in Los Angeles
Safe streets = shopping streets
To help our businesses bounce back from COVID, let’s make our community’s “main streets” more welcoming places to walk, dine, and shop.
Sunset4All would knit all of our business districts together. Protected bike lanes on Sunset Blvd would make it possible to shop for a book at Skylight in Los Feliz and then have lunch in Echo Park without searching for a parking spot!
Safe Routes National Partnership, the premier Safe Routes to School Organization in the country, reviewed Sunset4All. In their endorsement letter they wrote, “Sunset4All will be a game changer in the lives of thousands of local children and The Safe Routes Partnership is honored to support it.” (Jonathan Metz, Policy Director, Safe Routes Partnership).
Sunset Boulevard is one of the most iconic streets in one of the most iconic cities in the world. If we can transform Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards into 3.2 miles of “complete streets” it will change the perception of what is possible and inspire other communities to do the same.
Who is Sunset4All & LACBC?
Where is the money going?
Your tax deductible donation will directly pay (along with the matching funds!) for a prominent transportation engineering firm to draw up the initial engineering plans for protected bike lanes and pedestrian improvements along the 3.2 mile sunset4all route. A small percentage of the funds will go to LACBC to cover the administration of the project and related outreach.
Why is this necessary?
Now, in order to advance the project further, we’re raising the last round of funding needed to create the initial engineering plans the community and city will use to formalize outreach and apply for the state and federal grants to cover the cost of putting these street improvements in the ground.
When would the initial engineering begin?
The LACBC plans to sign a contract with the engineering firm to start work at their first bi-monthly Board of Directors meeting following the crowdfunding goal being reached.
Will Sunset4all remove travel lanes?
No! By placing bi-directional, parking protected bike lanes on one side of the street we can maintain all travel and parking lanes on Sunset Blvd.
On Santa Monica Blvd the community would have the option of a 4 to 3 lane reconfiguration between Virgil and Vermont or send the sunset4all route down a parallel side street to the south entrance of the subway station. It’s up to the community to decide which route they prefer!
We estimate that ~46 parking spaces over 2.5 miles of Sunset Blvd. would need to be painted red in order to improve sight-lines as part of the protected bike lane design.These increased sight-lines would improve safety for all modes.
Why should we focus on Sunset Blvd?
The Sunset4all route runs through a mountain pass with no parallel side streets. There is no alternate route people on bikes can take. This is why The City of LA Mobility Plan 2035 identified Sunset as one of the key protected bicycle corridors.
Every neighborhood north of Koreatown and west of the 110 freeway needs Sunset Boulevard to safely access DTLA and vice versa. These bike lanes will serve Hollywood, East Hollywood, Historic Filipinotown, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, DTLA, and all points north.
Sunset4all is among the routes with the greatest transportation significance in the entire region.
Once again, THE NUMBER of donors is as important as the total number of dollars! Every individual donor is an individual VOTE for this project. Even a small donation is PROOF that Angelenos support safer streets!
This could be how you travel to school, work, shop, dine, and play. Make it a reality by donating today!