Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica Begins to Draft Pedestrian Action Plan
By Lookout Staff
January 28, 2013 -- Santa Monica officials want to residents to weigh in on the City's Pedestrian Action Plan, dedicated to making the beachside city safer and more walkable.
Residents will meet at the East Wing of the Civic Center at 7 p.m. Monday to start honing Santa Monica's pedestrian plan, meant to lay the ground work for future projects in Santa Monica that will make walking “safe and enjoyable,” according to staff.
“Even when you’re taking a car, bike or bus, you start by walking,” staff said. “And walking should be as safe as it is healthy and enjoyable.
“But it isn’t,” staff said.
“The City’s Pedestrian Action Plan is about deciding where the dollars should be spent so that walking becomes the healthy, safe alternative it should be,” staff said.
Monday's meeting will tackle questions that include how to improve pedestrian safety and how to create more independence for young people and seniors.
At the meeting, residents will also talk about how walking more would improve the health of all residents.
The Pedestrian Action Plan will hopefully lead to fewer pedestrian-related accidents, staff said.
Eighty percent “of the pedestrian collisions are happening at 20 percent of the intersections,” according to staff, “particularly on certain streets such as Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd.”
Though the Pedestrian Action plan is in its nascent stages, staff says that certain themes are “emerging.”
At Monday's meeting, residents will discuss “visibility and crossing issues, sidewalk condition, signal timing, streetscape modification, facility design standards and funding for new facilities,” staff said.
Residents can get to the Civic Center on Big Blue Bus Lines 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9.
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