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LADOT People St Program Wins National Planning Award

“We are so proud to have won this prestigious award from APA. People St. represents a collective and collaborative life from the City staff and consultants who worked tirelessly to create this innovative program, to our community partners who rally their expertise and resources to partner with the City to bring the projects to life. This recognition is a testament to the power of working hand-in-hand with communities to unlock the potential of their streets.”

-LADOT General Manager, Seleta Reynolds

About People St

In a profound operational and cultural shift, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has recently decided to allow and encourage a more creative use of the public right of way under their control. A major piece of this shift is the People St Program which invites community partners to submit proposals for parklets, bike corrals, and “people plazas,” which transform street parking spaces, alleys, and even street segments into enjoyable places for people instead of cars.

Direction of the Program

With this new direction, LADOT now joins the ranks of agencies in cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, which have all begun to think creatively about how to use pavement for more than just circulating vehicles.

In order to demonstrate the effects of this pilot program, justify the investment, and encourage communities to participate more widely in future People St cycles, LADOT hired Fehr & Peers to evaluate and communicate the effects of these interventions on the surrounding community.

Performance Measures

Changes within a community like the People St program are often encouraged on the economic revitalization improvements to quality of life, safety, and public health, and increases in localized levels of walking and biking.

Typical performance measures used to evaluate changes to the street include Level of Service, collisions, volumes and speed through a corridor. In order to understand the aforementioned effects of improvements like parklets or plazas, typical performance measures will not suffice – a much broader, more creative array of performance measures must be employed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The People St Program at the LADOT has an evaluation manual in place which was used for a previous effort that reconfigured a busy downtown corridor and created a “linear plaza.” In order to remain consistent with the previous effort, the Fehr & Peers project team closely replicated the methodology. The following performance evaluation tools were employed:

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Pedestrian intercept surveys, focusing on quality of life, typical travel behavior, perceptions of the street and neighborhood, and opinions on subjective characteristics of the area

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Business operator surveys, focusing on the business climate, performance, and longevity, as well as perceptions about clientele's transportation choices

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Inventory of jurisdictional and institutional authority (Community Plan Areas, Business Improvement Districts, etc.)

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Pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle collision data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS)

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Stationary activity counts (people and vehicles)

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Local demographics from the Census' American Communities Survey

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Sales tax measures

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Inventory of physical assets

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Land use designations

Leimart Park Village Plaza
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3340 Motor Avenue Parklet
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