Avalon Safety Bazaar Leads The Way In Community Outreach

Last weekend, LADOT participated in a successful community activation event at the Avalon Blvd Safe And Smart Community Bazaar hosted in the parking lot at Sunset Baptist Church, spotlighting safety improvements and roadway updates coming to Avalon Blvd. Sign-in sheets from the documented over 400 attendees at this event, representing a major triumph of engagement and communication.

LADOT debuted our new Vision Zero Virtual Reality experience at the event. The VR experience helps community members and LADOT staff locate safety needs and tell personal stories about how roadway infrastructure affects their lives.

Important safety discussions at the bazaar event were bolstered by fun community activities such as a live DJ, inflatable basketball courts, carnival games, and free refreshments throughout the day. Pairing these community entertainment activations with essential safety information created unprecedented levels of engagement at the Safety Bazaar.


The high levels of engagement at the Safety Bazaar were achieved through use of a direct-call campaign that employed both recorded messages and a phone-a-thon and personal follow-up phone calls. Three days before the event, LADOT prepared a recording in both English and Spanish to voters located near the safety bazaar. Then, 8 LADOT staff members called through the voter database to confirm whether participants could attend the event.

Furthermore, our deployment invests in young people living in South LA, who have been essential participants in our outreach strategy. They work with multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multilingual communities in South LA. In total, these young people knocked on over 1500 doors in the 90011 area code and interacted directly with community members on the ground to boost attendance at our event and help spread safety messages. We can’t wait to continue working with these brilliant young people!

This event was the precursor to other activations planned for the corridor in coming weeks, such as our mobile institutes, a specified children’s fair, homeless person’s outreach campaign, and car wash activations. We’re looking forward to employing the engagement strategies from the Safety Bazaar activation to increase participation in these future events.

Congratulations to LADOT on MyFig rollout and safety improvements!

Vision Zero LA congratulates our partners at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) for the opening of MyFigueroa! As new street installations open to the public, LADOT is working with CD 9 Councilmember Curren Price, CD 14 Councilmember José Huizar, businesses, and stakeholders to distribute information along the corridor on how to use the street improvements.

MyFig has been years in the making, but its construction will help us achieve our Vision Zero goals. The MyFig design uses many of the same engineering interventions to improve safety while managing congestion. This level of capital investment shows a precedent for more work to come, like projects funded through SB1 and Measure M.

See the press release LADOT sent out last week:

As the Los Angeles Department of Transportation begins rolling out the MyFigueroa Streetscape Project (MyFig) construction improvements for safety, all corridor users should note to adhere to the modified street design, particularly regarding red curbs and bike lanes.

To make sure all Angelenos are safe as the new street design installations take place, LADOT has been working with CD 9 Councilmember Curren Price, CD 14 Councilmember José Huizar, businesses, and stakeholders to distribute information along the corridor on how to use the street improvements.

Safety improvement updates for roadway, bicycle, transit and sidewalk users include:

  • Park:  Park cars in marked parking stalls to the left of buffer zones and bicycle lanes. Adhere to parking signs and colors along the curbs.
  • Load:  When adjacent to a protected bicycle lane, use buffer zones to get to parked cars. Look for passing bicycles when opening car doors.
  • Bike:  Ride in the new bicycle lanes. Watch for crossing pedestrians.
  • Transit:  Safely cross the bike lane to the bus shelter for public transportation.
  • Sidewalk:  Look for oncoming bicycles when crossing new bicycle lanes.

Figueroa Street improvements are active and open from Exposition Boulevard to 8th Street though safety measures are still being made. LADOT is planning to install additional bollards by the bicycle lanes around the Los Angeles Convention Center. The department is also working with special event planners to identify and establish areas for passenger pick-up and drop-off.

MyFigueroa was funded in 2010 by a Proposition 1C grant under the custodianship of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). The project is fully supported by Councilmember Price, Councilmember Huizar, and Mayor Eric Garcetti as a signature project for Los Angeles. Besides advancing the City’s Mobility Plan, MyFigueroa also helps achieve the goals of Vision Zero and Huizar’s DTLA Forward.

We are continuing to monitor the bike lanes in the area to ensure they remain free of cars and clear for cyclists. We thank you for your patience as we determine the best way to keeping the bike lanes clear while ensuring speedy entrance and exit to Convention Center events.

LADOT announces update to Vision Zero High Injury Network

This month, LADOT updated the Vision Zero High Injury Network (HIN), the network of city streets where we can make the biggest difference in our efforts to save lives. The update can be found on the City’s Geo Hub, our public platform for exploring and visualizing location-based open data.

The first iteration of the HIN launched in 2016 and was based on collision data available from 2009-2013. Though only 6% of Los Angeles’ street miles are on the HIN, we found that nearly seventy percent of all deaths and severe injuries of people walking occurred on this network. The HIN helps us focus our safety efforts, maximize resources and save lives.

Vision Zero’s 2017 Action Plan called for an update of the City’s High-Injury Network using new collision data made available by the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). As a first step, we mapped fatalities and serious injury collisions (KSIs) involving people walking and bicycling using the most recent data (2012-2016). With this new data set, we found that the corridors with a high density of KSIs from 2012-2016 were nearly the same as the HIN corridors identified previously. This information will be used to identify a new round of priority corridors for safety improvements.

Many of the Vision Zero improvements on the High Injury Network began installation in May 2017 and safety data over that time has not yet been included in our High Injury Network analysis (SWITRS data from 2017 and 2018). Where we’ve made Vision Zero improvements and have available safety data, like the Hollywood and Highland intersections, we’ve seen positive results. See attn. Media’s coverage of the scramble here. As new data becomes available and incorporated, we hope to see fatalities decline and remove streets from the HIN.

Changes to the HIN

Our HIN updates can be categorized into the following types:

  • Additions: We identified three new streets (6th St, Glenoaks Blvd, and Glendale Blvd) that witnessed a high number of KSI collisions between 2012 and 2016 yet were not part of the original HIN. Seventeen KSI collisions involving a pedestrian or a bicyclist occurred on just 2.8 miles of these streets in the last 5 years.
  • Extensions: We also saw that a high number of bicycle and pedestrian collisions occurred at the edges of the existing HIN. To capture these new hotspots of collision activity, we have extended 13 of the existing HIN corridors.
  • Connections: We identified two streets (Vanowen St and Central Ave) where we connected existing HIN corridors based on the newer collision data.

High Injury Network Changes


Street To/From HIN Modification Miles Bicycle and Pedestrian  KSI Collisions KSIs per Mile
6th St. Ogden Dr./Cochran Ave. New Corridor 0.7 6 8.6
Glenoaks Blvd. Peoria St./Roscoe Blvd. New Corridor 1.6 7 4.4
Glendale Blvd. Revere Ave./Glenhurst St. New Corridor 0.5 4 8.0
48th St. Crenshaw Blvd./Western Ave. Extension 1.2 6 5.0
Vanowen St. Woodman Ave./Ethel Ave. Connection 0.8 3 3.8
Vanowen St. Hatillo Ave./De Soto Ave. Extension 1.2 5 4.2
Nordhoff St. Haskell Ave./Reseda Blvd Extension 1.8 7 3.9
Riverside Dr. Laurelgrove Ave. /Van Nuys Blvd. Extension 2.7 6 2.2
Ventura Blvd. Topanga Canyon/Fallbrook Ave. Extension 0.9 4 4.4
Normandie Ave. Melrose Ave./Beverly Blvd. Extension 0.5 5 10.0
Beverly Blvd. Bonnie Brae St./Rampart Blvd. Extension 0.5 5 10.0
Olympic Blvd. Crenshaw Blvd./La Brea Ave. Extension 1.3 6 4.6
Washington Blvd. La Brea Ave./Redondo Blvd. Extension 0.3 4 13.3
Vermont Ave. 88th St./120th St. Extension 2.4 9 3.8
Central Ave. Slauson Blvd./Manchester Ave. Connection 2.1 10 4.8
Cesar E Chavez Ave Keller St./ Vignes St Extension 0.3 5 16.7
Total: 18.8 92 4.9


In total, these additions to the HIN cover 19 miles, but account for over 90 bicycle and pedestrian KSI collisions in the last 5 years. After making these modifications to the network, the share of bicycle and pedestrian KSIs on the HIN remains at roughly two-thirds (64 percent).

This updated HIN is available on the City’s GeoHub. We will also be publishing the updated collision data to the GeoHub as well, so stay tuned!

Pursuing Roadway Safety South of the Border – Vision Zero in Mexico City

This blog post was written by Ribeka Toda, a Student Professional Worker in the Vision Zero LA office and a Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA.

Vision Zero is an international effort. Since it was first introduced in Sweden in 1997, the Vision Zero initiative has been adopted by cities and countries across the world. While the programs vary in their processes, policies, and plans in order to reflect the local context and needs, the objective is the same – to eliminate fatalities on roadways.

As a graduate student in urban and regional planning at UCLA, roadway safety has been a personal and professional interest of mine. I’ve had the opportunity to work on roadway safety projects outside of school as a Student Professional Worker with the LADOT Vision Zero team. For this summer, I wanted to gain some perspective on international approaches to roadway safety so I decided to go to Mexico City to work on pedestrian safety projects. I am currently interning for Laboratorio para la Ciudad, a creative department within the Mexico City government focused on innovative planning projects, specifically working on their Vision Zero program called Programa Integral de Seguridad Vial (PISVI).


Pedestrians and cars in Mexico City


With a population of 8.8 million people in 573 square miles, Mexico City is the largest city in Mexico and has over twice the population of the City of Los Angeles (the entire Mexico City metropolitan area has more than 20 million residents). While Mexico City is significantly more densely populated than LA, I have found these two megacities to be rather similar in their size, urban design, and culture. Like LA, Mexico City strives to be multimodal in its transportation planning and offers various forms of transit such as subway, trolleys, bus rapid transit, and microbuses, as well as pedestrian and bicycle facilities and even a bike share program called Ecobici. Though most people are pedestrians, the walking experience can make one feel vulnerable when confronted with aggressive cars that drive as though they own the street and rarely grant right-of-way to crossing pedestrians.

PISVI was published in May 2017 and is still in its initial stages. It is the result of two years of collaboration between various departments of the city government, NGOs, and members of the public. Now the real work of saving lives begins, and the Laboratorio has their work cut out for them. Of the 10 priority actions that were identified in the PISVI, the third is the development of an information system and the monitoring of roadway safety. This is the current area of focus for the PISVI team, as the largest and most immediate problem facing the program is the availability of data, or lack thereof.

When I came to work for the Laboratorio, I thought that I would be analyzing safety data, something that I have enjoyed and am comfortable doing after years of working as a transportation engineering consultant. However, I have suddenly found myself in the middle of a political battle for open data, as I attend meetings and review reports strategizing how to obtain the data we need in order to plan for a safer city. The problem with roadway safety data in Mexico City is twofold: first, when a crash happens, police may not arrive, and if they do, they may document little to no information regarding the crash; second, this imperfect information is included in a database that is tightly guarded by the government entities that have access to it and are hesitant to share with the PISVI team. In addition, there are other sources that have data – academics, insurance companies, hospitals, and others – but those databases are equally inaccessible, despite the fact that Laboratorio is part of a public agency. We even joke that the media may have a better database of roadway safety than we do, given the almost daily coverage of crashes across the city, often accompanied by gruesome photos that would not be published by the media in the US. The fact is, we have incomplete data from various sources that provide inconsistent information, with the annual number of roadway fatalities ranging from 200 as cited by one source to over 1,000 from another source.

Mexico City Vision Zero Team with VZLA swag!


I have to admit that while the data that we work with in LA may not be perfect, I have taken for granted the fact that we have easy access to such a plethora of information from various sources, from geocoded information regarding crashes to public health data, transit data, socio-economic data, and so much more. It has never occurred to me that Vision Zero could be attempted without data, because how would we know where we have problems if we don’t have data?

I am looking forward to seeing the progress that we achieve here at Laboratorio over the course of this summer. I have presented information from Los Angeles as an example of what can be achieved with access to good data. After all, the high-injury network would not have been developed if we had not discovered that 64 percent of the fatal and serious injury crashes in LA occurred on just 6 percent of city streets. Data is such a powerful tool, as it provides insight into the what, where, when, and even how of crashes, which can then help us identify countermeasures that are specific and effective. I am heartened by the amazing people that I have met working on the PISVI in Mexico City. Despite the political challenges facing this initiative, the people working on the PISVI are incredibly passionate, bright, and determined to create a safer city for chilangos (residents of Mexico City), just like the wonderful team at LA Vision Zero. The past few weeks in Mexico City have been an invaluable learning experience for me and I’m excited for all the learning ahead and to return to Los Angeles with more knowledge and experiences as we continue toward a safer city, and ultimately, a safer world.  

Celebrating a Safer Westlake-MacArthur Park

Between Monday, June 5 and Saturday, June 10, LADOT partnered with Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP) to present “20 Miles Saves Lives — 20 Millas Salva Vidas,” a traffic-safety campaign to publicize and celebrate improvements to the MacArthur Park-Westlake area. A week of art, music, education, and participatory planning culminated in a street festival on Saturday, featuring traditional Latin American dancing, an appearance by Council Member Gil Cedillo, and a march down 6th Street led by the famous activist Peatonito. When the improvements are finished, 6th Street between Rampart and Beaudry, Wilshire Blvd. between Rampart and Valencia, and Alvarado Street between 6th and 7th, will feature new designs that improve visibility and safety for all road users.

Council Member Gil Cedillo addresses the crowd.

All week long, neighborhood residents had access to a newly created pocket park at 6th Street and Columbia, where there was a daily art workshop with recycled products. Daily walks through the neighborhood alerted residents and business owners to the exciting changes coming to the area. On Saturday, a daylong festival and resource fair brought civic organizations, neighborhood groups, and local artists to MacArthur Park. Attendees could look at plans to improve the streets and pick the kind of crosswalk they wanted to install at the intersection of 7th and Alvarado, and a dance troupe performed traditional dances from various regions of Mexico.

At the end of the day, the famous pedestrian superhero Peatonito also came by, to participate in a telenovela about street safety and ten lead a march through the neighborhood. Residents walked from MacArthur Park to the pocket park at 6th and Columbia, waving signs and chanting “20 Millas Salva Vidas! 20 Miles Saves Lives!” to the cheers of onlookers.

Thank you to our partners at CCNP and all the local community organizations that helped to make this event a success!

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This post was written by Jordan Fraade.

Vision Zero’s Community Partnership Grant Kick-Off Event

This was a huge week for Vision Zero Los Angeles! On Wednesday, City Council Transportation Committee recommended that Council endorse our Vision Zero Action Plan! You can read the Action Plan here. This recommendation brings us one step closer to citywide adoption of the Action Plan.

We’re already getting to work! On Tuesday, we held a Kick-Off meeting with the recipients of the Vision Zero community-based education campaign with over 40 community-based organizers, artists and leaders.

Eight teams of community organizations were awarded up to $32,000 to develop a traffic safety education campaign to promote road safety.  These partnerships are part of Vision Zero’s commitment to traffic safety education and equity. Traffic violence is an incredibly personal and visceral experience. As such, traffic safety education should be developed in a language and style that reflects the personal experiences of each community.  And who knows better about the history and culture of an area then the people and organizations that live and work there? By taking this localized, door-to-door approach, our community partners will help us communicate Vision Zero’s core principles across Los Angeles’ many diverse communities.

At our kick-off event, we walked through the goals of Vision Zero: zero fatalities by 2025 and a 20% reduction in fatalities by the end of this year. We also discussed our four-pronged approach to reaching this audacious goal: enforcing speed and traffic laws, engineering safer streets and intersections, evaluating fatality hot spots and our progress towards Vision Zero, and educating communities about traffic safety—all working in a coordinated, strategic effort.

We then got to hear from each of the teams about what kind of activations they are thinking about.  Here are some of their exciting working ideas!

Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), and L.A. Commons are working on Hoover Street from Vernon Avenue to Manchester Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Vernon Avenue.  On Hoover, they are planning an event that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising to focus on how road safety has changed in the area.  On Crenshaw, they will work with local artists and young people to tie Vision Zero goals into the Annual Day of the Mask activation on Juneteenth.  It will be an interactive, multi-generational event with a theme of “balance, creation, unity”.

The Cornerstone Theater Company, Power to Pedal and Dignity Health Hospital are working on Vernon Avenue from Western Avenue to Central Avenue.  Their plan includes holding story circles regarding the impact of traffic injuries in people’s lives.  They will also work with visual artists to design installations along the corridor.  Workshops will be held with the community and input from these meetings will be interpreted into the visual art which will appear in the corridor throughout the week.

Los Angeles Walks, Gabba Gallery, the Pilipino Workers Center, and Public Matters are working on Temple Street from Beverly Boulevard to Beaudry Avenue.  Working with local churches and schools in the area, their event will include installation of murals, performance art, dancing events, and other forms of engagement with the community.

Ave 50 Studio and L.A. Neighborhood Initiative are working on N. Figueroa Street from Avenue 43 to York Boulevard.  They plan on a series of temporary installations along parts of the corridor which will lead to a cumulative poetry event.

Central City Neighborhood Partners are working on 6th Street, Alvarado Street, and 7th Street.  In partnership with Art Division and an Artist in Residence and with community input, they will install a series of mural installations along the corridor on utility boxes, benches, and other temporary places that incorporate Vision Zero messages.  Other ideas for this corridor include a street mural on the scramble intersection and a telenovela at Levitt Pavilion.

C.I.C.L.E., Blacklist and artist, Alan Nakagawa are working on Pico Boulevard from Western Avenue to Union Avenue.  They want to place manikins along the corridor posed as people taking part in active transportation.  They will be wearing t-shirts with safety messaging on them.  All of these manikins will direct people to an info hub with educational materials.

Pacoima Beautiful, Leyna, Kaiser, and Cottonwood are working on Roscoe Boulevard from Van Nuys Boulevard to Woodman Avenue.  In partnership with the JC Decaux, they are going to take the bus stops along the corridor and create four permanent art installations that will remain after the activation.  They also want to roll out temporary installations to create monuments along the street during a week-long intervention program.

LA-Más and Parents, Educators/Teachers & Students in Action are working on Adams Boulevard from Hauser Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard.  They are planning temporary installations over a one mile stretch.  The community and local high schools will be involved in outreach, actually putting in the installations, and the big unveiling event.

We are excited to continue our partnership with these teams and see their projects take place.  Stay tuned for more updates throughout the year!