The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) recently released a report that outlines its strategy for making Los Angeles streets safer and it includes the following improvements:
- Eliminate towering parking signs. Great Streets is looking to “develop a clearer parking sign system for easier interpretation by motorists” that will include standardization of signage.
- A seven-year “rolling meter upgrade cycle” to keep up with the latest parking meter technology.
- Enforcement on misuse of disabled placards that allows vehicles to park free at meters.
- Re-time 400 crosswalk signals a year, to allow pedestrians enough time to cross the street.
- Order all new DASH buses with bike racks. The goal is to add 75 new DASH buses with racks by 2017.
- Take LA ExpressPark to Venice by 2017; the parking program keeps tabs on where spaces are available and adjusts prices according to availability, and has been a success in Downtown already.
- Add benches, trees, better sidewalks at high-volume bus stops that are in need of such additions. There are also plans to install real-time arrival information at a handful of stops.
- Expand the hail-a-cab program, which allows people to hail taxis on the street rather than having to wait at a taxi stand, to four more pilot business districts across the city.