While the climate action goals of L.A’s Green New Deal and safety priorities of Vision Zero have foregrounded Los Angeles’s policy agenda of safe and sustainable transportation options, a vehicle-oriented status quo still seems to dominate many conversations. In the face of vast geography and to better serve diverse constituencies, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation needs more than a single, bike-centric approach to project development and network implementation. Hear from LADOT Staff across programs on the strategies bringing integrated bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to life across Los Angeles. From neighborhood greenways to Safe Routes to Schools, what are our greatest opportunities and most effective tools, and where do they intersect? What does it take to build consensus for projects, and what’s getting in the ground?
Nearly half of carbon emissions in California come from transportation, largely from on-road travel. While a transition to electric autos is helpful for the long term, even EV optimists project that by 2040 the great majority of vehicles on the road will still be burning gasoline. To avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we need big, bold action and a lot more funding now to build a clean transportation system of bike and transit networks that will be up and running in 10 years. Join us to brainstorm on state and local fundraising and organizing strategy to get from here to there. This will be a participatory session.
By replacing competition, politics, greed, and maps, with collaboration, art-making, and empathy, transportation community engagement becomes inclusive, equitable, and meaningful. Place It! creates a safe space for visual and spatial thinkers, youth, women, non-native English speakers, and other underrepresented communities to express their mobility needs in new ways. By using storytelling, objects, and sensory experiences this method quickly builds consensus to find common values, and mobility solutions, using the participants’ memories, needs, and aspirations. This hands-on session will teach participants this method and how to apply it to various transportation projects.