Biking, Walking and Networking towards a Healthier Los Angeles
CNU member Ryan Snyder convened the first day of Renew Los Angeles County today. There was a lot of energy in the room this morning as Ryan called to order about 50 seasoned street design experts from around the country to help the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health achieve better designs in streets, networks and public health. With SB375 withstanding legal challenges and new connections between public health, the connections are clear. In a city that grew up in the automobile age, times are changing. People will not stand for a system that risks their health, air quality and depends on their wallet to shell out $4 per gallon just to go a few miles with no alternative. Thus LA County is leaning on several CNU members and others to create a master blueprint for a healthier region.
This morning we were divided into groups from very specific groups such as bikeway design and Pedestrian crossing to broader groups like retrofitting suburbia and public process. I was assigned to the Network group and spent my day in an exciting conversation defining and measuring street networks with CNU Board member Norman Garrick and former CNU staffer Ellen Greenberg and longtime street design champion Ian Lockwood. The teams drafted outlines for key characteristics, principles and will report back and get ready to present to the public health department tomorrow night. Just before dinner I had a chance to walk around with CNU member Art Cueto. Here’s a shot of the concert hall and a shot of soon to be revamped Grant Street. For CNU members who want to stay tuned to the details check www.ph.lacounty.gov/chronic for more information.
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