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“Safe Streets” in Playa del Rey Starts

By David Graham-Caso, Communications Director for Councilman Mike Bonin

The community-initiated initiative to make streets safer in Playa del Rey took exciting steps forward this month, and improvements are being made to better protect people in the neighborhood from speeding cars.


In recent weeks, crews from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation have been implementing a series of projects that will help make streets in Playa del Rey safer by calming traffic.

On May 21, crews began working on Vista Del Mar, which has been the scene of a series of horrible collisions, with pedestrians being killed by speeding cars. The city is restriping the street from Culver Boulevard to Imperial Highway, moving all of the parking to the west side of the street, creating U-turn pockets, and narrowing the road to one lane in each direction. This will make the street safer, create more parking inventory, reduce speeding, and curb the use of Playa del Rey streets as a short-cut from the South Bay to points north.

Also, on June 3, the Bureau of Street Services will begin the long-awaited resurfacing of Pershing Drive from Westchester Parkway to Culver Boulevard. When the resurfacing is done, LADOT will restripe not just Pershing Drive, but also Culver Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard to implement the community-initiated “Safe Streets for Playa del Rey Initiative.” Once the restriping is completed, all three streets will have one travel lane in each direction, as well as center turn lanes and bike lanes. The reconfiguration will help calm vehicle speeds through the neighborhood, with the goal of creating safer streets for people using all modes of travel: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

The “Safe Streets for Playa del Rey Initiative” is the result of a community-driven process, and as we enter the next phase of the project, your feedback and continued engagement is crucial.  Please contact Mike’s Mobility Deputy Jessie Holzer at jessie.holzer@lacityorg or 310-575-8461  if you have questions, input, or if we can be of any assistance.

Comments (2)

  1. Nick Antonicello

    How about admitting this was a colossal mistake and you have made the traffic even worse? This “Sean Spicer” moment is sad at best and comical at worst that you would actually try to explain away this public policy debacle.

  2. Lemmy_Caution

    This is not about speed. It has been at least 3 years since I saw any kind of speed enforcement on Culver Bl.

    It’s more about the urge to control by a Crypto-Marxist city government claiming to have our best interests in mind.

    “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”
    Thomas Jefferson

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