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Step by Step LA County: Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities provides a policy framework for how the County proposes to get more people walking, make walking safer, and support healthy active lifestyles. It also includes Community Pedestrian Plans for unincorporated communities in L.A. County.



Step by Step Los Angeles County (PDF) was adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2019, and included Community Pedestrian Plans for unincorporated Lake Los Angeles, Walnut Park, Westmont/West Athens, Whittier-Los Nietos.

New Pedestrian PlanThese first four communities were selected based on criteria including high rates of pedestrian collisions resulting in death or injury, as well as a focus on disadvantaged communities that experience health inequities and challenges to safe walking and access.

The criteria included a focus on disadvantaged communities that experience health inequities and challenges to safe walking and access.

A key goal of the project was to pilot pedestrian safety enhancements in a mix of rural (Lake Los Angeles), urban (Westmont/West Athens and Walnut Park), and suburban (West Whittier-Los Nietos) communities.

From 2020 to 2023, the PLACE Program will be collaborating with neighborhood organizations, mobility advocates, and resident leaders to develop four new Community Pedestrian Plans for the unincorporated neighborhoods of East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, and Willowbrook/West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria.

New Pedestrian Plan The PLACE Program hopes to continue improving walkability in unincorporated LA County communities with the highest needs through community pedestrian planning and community engagement.

If you want to learn more about these plans, contact the project managers, Mariana Huerta Jones or Zully Juarez at

Read the full Step by Step Los Angeles County: Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities here (PDF) or by clicking on the image.




What Is a Pedestrian Plan?

A pedestrian plan provides guidance in developing a network of sidewalks, off-street paths, and trails and facilities (such as lighting, crosswalks and benches) that allow people to walk safely and comfortably to key destinations like parks and schools throughout a community.

It includes policies that address safety, traffic, education, and programs to promote a safe, walkable community. Work on this next round of Community Pedestrian Plans will last from Winter 2021 through Fall 2023.

Find your community to get involved in the planning process:



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Benefits of Walking

heart shaped icon showing heart rate indicatorHealth - Studies show that walking 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of many
chronic conditions, particularly diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension,
depression, and some cancers.

dollar sign iconEconomics - Walking to school, work, or a nearby store can save you money on gas
and car maintenance.

hand icon holding globeEnvironment - By choosing to walk you help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce traffic congestion.

Currently 23% of Los Angeles County children and 23.9% of adults are considered obese, in some communities the percentage is even higher. Countywide only 28.7% of children engage in regular physical activity and only 34.1% of adults walk regularly. In addition, traffic collisions are a leading cause of premature death of both children and adults in Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health (DPH) and Public Works (DPW) are working in partnership on these plans to improve roadway safety and increase rates of walking. Communities that have safe streets, accessible sidewalks, paths and trails make getting physical activity easier for everyone.

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