Today, Streets for All announced its LA 25 × 25 Challenge. The campaign is asking leaders in Southern California to support giving 25 percent of the street space back to the people by 2025. According to the campaign’s website, this will “massively expand Slow Streets, Al Fresco outdoor dining, plazas, green spaces, bus shelters, tree planting, pedestrian parking and bus and bike lanes “and would be” the biggest and most progressive change on the streets of LA in decades. “
More from the campaign’s website:
Together, the streets and sidewalks are Los Angeles’ largest publicly owned asset. Despite the spatial abundance of 55,360 acres of streets criss-crossing 61,358 intersections, many of Angelenos’ everyday life in our public right of way is largely relegated to an unpleasant or even hostile existence. All too often we sit in stuck traffic waiting for late buses without shade, navigating on paved sidewalks or crossing dangerous streets.
Los Angeles is built for the convenience of the driver at the expense of people who walk, bike and use transit. Because of this, the majority of Angelenos drive to work (75 percent from 2017) because they have no other safe and reliable option. 86.3 percent of our public driving rights are devoted to car use and storage. The remaining chunks of space are set aside for part-time bus lanes (0.08 percent), largely unprotected bike lanes (0.96 percent unprotected, 0.06 percent protected) and damaged sidewalks (10.6 percent).
Streets for All has requested LA 25 × 25 pledges from community groups and candidates running for LA City offices.
To date, LA includes 25 × 25 coalition partners: Abundant Housing LA, ActiveSGV, Central City Association of Los Angeles, Climate Resolve, Day One, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Move LA and Streets Are For All.
The following candidates have also signed on 25 × 25:
- Mayor: Jessica Lall
- Controller: David Vahedi and Kenneth Mejia
- City Attorney: Kevin James and Marina Torres
- Council District 1: Eunisses Hernandez
- Council District 3: Yasmine Pomeroy
- Council District 5: Molly Basler, Jimmy Biblarz, Scott Epstein, Katy Yaroslavsky and Sam Yebri
- Council District 9: Curren Price and Dulce Vasquez
- Council Distict 13: Al Corado, Dylan Kendall, Kate Pynoos and Hugo Soto-Martinez
- Council District 15: Bryant Odega
See the campaign’s Sign Ons page for the current list of LA 25 × 25 Approved.
Streets for All notes that the LA 25 × 25 Challenge is inspired by (and received the blessing of) a New York City Transportation Alternatives NYC 25 × 25 campaign.