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!