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Councilman Gives “Great Street” Three-Month Figures


Note:  Councilman Mike Bonin made this report on “Great Streets” project in his “Neighborhood’s First Newsletter.

The 90-day results are in for Mar Vista’s Great Streets program, and Venice Boulevard is safer, with fewer speeding cars, and minimal disruption to travel times for commuters.

According to updated LAPD data, as well as new LADOT speed data just released this week, average monthly collisions on Venice Boulevard are down 22%, injuries from such collisions are down 10%, speeding is down 15%, and the average commute time has increased less than one minute. The three-month data builds off of the early success shown in the one-month data, and is strong indication that the pilot program is working as intended.

The data is incredibly encouraging, but we’re not done making improvements to this project. LADOT and I continue to seek out input from Mar Vista neighbors and collect suggestions on how we can make this project safer and even less impactful to traffic. Over the last two months, we’ve called, texted, or knocked on the doors of more than 9,000 Mar Vista residents, and we’ve already started to implement some of your suggestions:

•We heard that you wanted safer, more visible right turns, and we are moving forward with putting those improvements in place. The new right turns are scheduled to be installed by the end of the month.

•We heard that you wanted clearer, less confusing, striping for the bike lines, and LADOT recently successfully tested newly developed, state-of-the-art paint that can be applied with minimal disruption to Venice Boulevard. The City has begun the process of procuring the paint, and we will schedule installation once the purchase contract is completed.

•We heard that you were concerned about first responders getting to emergencies on time. Working with LAFD, we’ve begun installing transponders in fire trucks to allow for quick access through signals on Venice Boulevard.

Mar Vista deserves a neighborhood downtown that is safe, vibrant, and family friendly. Over the last year alone, in the wake of the improvements we’re making, we’ve seen neighborhood-serving businesses spring up on the Venice Boulevard corridor, including Alana’s Coffee Roasters, The Mar Vista, The MV Grab & Go, and the kid-favorite Small Batch Ice Cream. At the same time, the Mar Vista Art Walk continues to grow into a lively, fun and popular gathering. These amazing new offerings, coupled with new bike.

…and pedestrian amenities along the corridor, safe crosswalks, and less speeding on Venice Boulevard, are transforming the neighborhood in the way that so many of you envisioned throughout two years of surveys, community workshops and events.

We still have some work to do, but this is a good start.

If you have any suggestions on how we can make this project even better, please let me know by emailing me at councilmember.bonin@lacity.org. I continue to take every single comment to heart, and explore every idea for making Venice Boulevard the best of Los Angeles’ Great Streets.

Comments (3)

  1. Sarah

    One minute? That’s a laugh. Maybe at 2am. I feel for the businesses suffering from the loss of customers who don’t want to sit in the heavy traffic caused by people driving through our neighborhood. You’ve lost my vote, Boning. Too bad you’re so myopic and stubborn that you can’t admit you made a mistake with this.

  2. Nick Antonicello

    Phony and faulty information. Unreliable. Inaccurate and just bullshit.

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