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695 S. Vermont Avenue, South Tower, 14th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 351-1910
PLACE Program (Policies for Livable, Active Communities and Environments)

The PLACE Program is dedicated to fostering policy change that supports the development of healthy, safe and active environments for all Los Angeles County residents.

FREE 1-hour bike safety workshops
The PLACE Program and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works are offering FREE 1-hour bike safety workshops this fall and winter in East Los Angeles. Learn the basics of how to safely bicycle on the street, your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist, and how to fit your helmet and adjust your bicycle. Workshop attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a refurbished bicycles donated by the Sheriff’s Department and other great bike accessories!

Join in one of our four FREE workshops:
Workshop 1: When: Thursday, November 12th, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Location: Ruben Salazar Park, 3864 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Workshop 2: When: Saturday, November 14th, 12:00pm-1:00pm. Location: CALO YouthBuild, 3626 E. 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90063
Workshop 3: When: Tuesday, December 15th, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Location: East Los Angeles Library 4837 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Workshop 4: When: Saturday, January 9th, 2:00pm -3:00pm. Location: East Los Angeles Library 4837 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Let’s Walk Together! A Walking School Bus Training Manual
The PLACE Program recently developed “Let’s Walk Together!” as a resource for parents, teachers, and volunteer coordinators that are interested in starting a Walking School Bus program at their local school. A Walking School Bus is one of many safe routes to school encouragement programs that encourages students to walk together to/from school under adult supervision. Check out PLACE’s Built Environment Resources page to learn more and download the manual.

The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles:
The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles: A City Dreams Big, Aiming to Make Health Goals and Metrics a Part of its General Plan. The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles lays out a practical vision for creating a more vibrant, healthy, and sustainable city. The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles serves as an overarching policy document for health — a platform to help launch broad, citywide initiatives that address health and equity.

City of Los Angeles Releases Health Atlas
The City of Los Angeles is developing a Health and Wellness Chapter for its General Plan, which will help elevate health as a priority for future planning and development in Los Angeles. The Health Atlas is a tool that comprehensively examines health issues in Los Angeles and illustrates the role that neighborhoods play in the health of Angelenos. The Health Atlas analyzes over 100 health outcomes, such as childhood obesity, pollution, and crime, and how they are geographically concentrated in the city. The Atlas shows that life expectancy in Los Angeles’ neighborhoods can vary by up to 12 years, highlighting the opportunity to address health inequities through better land use and community design. Funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and The California Endowment, this multi-sector initiative provides the first update to the General Plan Framework in over 20 years, and includes the development of complementary programs to address issues identified in the Health Atlas.

In addition to the Health Atlas, the City has also created an interactive website at Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles , where the Atlas’ data is available through engaging maps and neighborhood profiles. It offers neighborhood profiles and interactive maps that display many of the characteristics of the built and social environments that affect health outcomes, such as economic conditions, education, land use, transportation, and crime statistics.

Brief on Transportation Finance in LA County

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP) developed this brief on transportation finance to identify potential strategies for increasing funding for active transportation, such as biking and walking, in Los Angeles County. SRTSNP researched the funding sources that pay for transportation projects in Los Angeles - from local proposition funding, to state gas tax funds to federal transportation allocations. The brief ends with recommendations for Los Angeles County’s transportation commission (Metro) and local cities on how to build more bicycle and pedestrian improvements on our streets. (Transportation Finance in Los Angeles County Report )

LA County Department of Public Health Awards Healthy Eating Active Living Grants

In July 2012, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop and implement one or more strategies that will create an environment where it is convenient, safe and easy for community members to eat healthfully and participate in physical activity every day. The HEAL grantees will pursue a variety of strategies including, but not limited to, active transportation plans; increasing access to healthy foods; and safe routes to school plans. Grantees will receive up to $125,000 per year for approximately three years.

Estimating Cost to Build Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure in the SCAG Region
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is currently updating its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP is a long-range (25-year) transportation plan for the Southern California and it has the potential to reduce air pollution, increase the walkability and bikeability of cities in the region, and expand the public transit system.

To support SCAG’s efforts in making difficult resource allocation decisions, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health estimated the cost of creating pedestrian and bicycle improvements throughout the SCAG region. The accompanying document provides the calculations and assumptions used in our draft analysis. There are three components to the analysis:  bicycle costs; pedestrian costs; and bicycle and pedestrian costs in Transit Oriented Districts (TODs). We estimate a range from $37 billion to $59 billion over the 25-year period..


Newly painted bike lane near 7th Street and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles.

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