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
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.