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LA Staffing Up Pedestrian Master Planning Efforts

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Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to create two full time "pedestrian coordinator" positions at the Department of Transportation to oversee pedestrian planning efforts around the city. According to an email sent by the DOT, the report approved yesterday by the City Council's Transportation Committee recommends two positions--a full-time pedestrian coordinator and a full-time assistant pedestrian coordinator--responsible for "developing a pedestrian master plan and recommending to the Council and Mayor a list of prioritized safety improvements and other pedestrian amenities and enhancements." (We already know what pedestrian improvements one Hollywood resident would like to see for Sunset Boulevard in front of Guitar Center.) The committee's action follows a string of tragic incidents involving pedestrians around LA, including a fatality in Echo Park earlier this week and another in Silver Lake last month. The national media has also begun to scrutinize pedestrian safety--earlier this week Slate launched a four part series called The Crisis in American Walking. LA's new pedestrian coordinator positions still require approval from the Personnel Committee and full City Council. The new positions would require a yet-to-be-determined source of funding, other than than Measure R.
· The Crisis in American Walking [Slate]
· Pedestrian Coordinator / Department of Transportation / Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan [City File 11-1872]