In a healthy neighborhood, the streets, sidewalks and parks are safe, open and welcoming to people. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities can get around safely in a healthy place.
The design and structure of our cities, communities, neighborhoods, work sites, schools and streets can impact how much physical activity we get, what we eat, the safety of our streets and the quality of the air we breathe. The Department of Public Health’s Policies for Livable Active Communities and Environments (PLACE) Program fosters policy change that supports healthy, safe, and active environments for all Los Angeles County residents. El Monte and Culver City are the most recent cities in LA County that have become healthy PLACEs.
A “Complete Street” makes it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bike to work; allows buses to run on time; and makes it safer for people to walk to and from train stations. In LA County, the City of Lancaster is developing a Master Plan for Trails to enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities and opportunities for safe recreation throughout city streets and off‐street multi‐use trails. Baldwin Park recently passed the “strongest Complete Streets policy in the nation,” and Pacoima Beautiful recently launched a walking and biking group in addition to a “People’s Planning School” to promote community involvement in the planning process.
Streets for People
Streets can become more complete and friendly to people by reclaiming small, unused and underutilized space and transforming it into welcoming public spaces that benefit business owners, residents, pedestrians and bikers. These street “makeovers” can include re-purposing excess asphalt, travel lanes and parking spaces with paint, and adding movable planters and site furniture including tables, chairs and shade structures.
A “Living Street” is an inviting place with engaging architecture, street furniture, landscaping and public art that reflect the diversity and cultures of the neighborhood. Living Streets bring streets alive in a safe, community-oriented way. Learn more and download the Model Design Manual for Living Streets here.
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