West Hollywood General Plan – Focus on Mobility

By Mihai Peteu

If you haven’t read through it yet, set some time aside.  It’s worth seeing what West Hollywood aims to do in terms of making their community more livable.  The Mobility Chapter (PDF) has some very forward-thinking language.  It aims to create a more walkable, bikeable city.  This small, yet centrally-located city can do a lot to change the urban landscape of Los Angeles by setting an example of what’s possible when you promote non-motorized modes of transport for both residents and those that are passing through.

It’s true that West Hollywood already has made an effort to calm traffic, but there’s a lot to be done in order to get the desired effect.  According to WeHo News, “based upon the City’s telephone survey, we learned that 91% of West Hollywood residents own or lease a vehicle – with half owning/leasing 2+ vehicles”.  Along with the gridlocked motorized traffic resulting from morning and afternoon crosstown commuters, it seems that city planners have taken a cue that something visionary was needed.

Support the plan if you can make it to tonight’s City Council meeting, and keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to give the WeHo Bike Task Force feedback on where improvements can be made.

There is a City Council meeting tonight, Oct 25th at West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Bl.

Meeting info and Agenda – General Plan is item 2-H
http://www.weho.org/index.aspx?page=18&recordid=1006

In case you have a hard time finding it, the Auditorium is sandwiched between the outdoor pool and the library reconstruction, SW corner of San Vicente and Melrose.

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One Response to “West Hollywood General Plan – Focus on Mobility”

  1. Thanks for this heads-up, Mihai. We have to keep cognizant of what the leading cities are doing in the region to advance pedestrian and bike (i.e., non-motor) transport, and WeHo seems to be taking a leadership role. My own city, Beverly Hills, true-to-form is part of the problem in this regard, rather than part of the solution.
    I especially appreciate that WeHo has written into the mobility chapter mandated employer incentive programs, such as that new developments are “required to develop and submit a Trip Reduction Plan as part of the development review process in order to receive a final certificate of occupancy.” Cash-outs and facilities to encourage non-auto commuting are great stuff. My city could learn much from simply looking to the neighbors for guidance.
    It’s de rigeur for cities to include in their plans boilerplate language that aspires to “enhance mobility and access and improve quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors.” Etc., etc., etc. Talk is cheap. Planners and policymakers have a responsibility to live up to that language with facilities and programs to realize the aspiration. Let’s hope WeHo is off to a good start.

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