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The draft Step by Step LA County; Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities provides a policy framework for how the County is proposing to get more people walking, make walking safer and support healthy active lifestyles and includes Community Pedestrian Plans for the unincorporated communities of Lake Los Angeles, Walnut Park, Westmont/West Athens, and West Whittier-Los Nietos.

The draft plan chapters
View and download the entire draft Plan here or view it by chapter:

Chapter 1: Background and Context
Chapter 2: Vision, Goals and Actions
Chapter 3: Facilities to improve Walkability
Chapter 4: Lake Los Angeles Community Pedestrian Plan
Chapter 5: Walnut Park Community Pedestrian Plan
Chapter 6: Westmont/West Athens Community Pedestrian Plan
Chapter 7: West Whittier-Los Nietos Community Pedestrian Plan
Chapter 8: Plans and Procedures
Chapter 9: Programs
Chapter 10: Implementation

Hardcopies of the Plan are available at County libraries in each of the unincorporated communities listed above.

We want your feedback and comments! Please enter your comments through this online form or by emailing The comment period for the draft Step by Step LA County; Pedestrian Plans for unincorporated communities ends Monday, November 20, 2017.


And join us at an upcoming community workshop
  • West Whittier-Los Nietos:
    When: Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6 to 7:30pm
    Where: Sorensen Library - 6934 Broadway, West Whittier, CA 90606
  • Walnut Park:
    When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 6 to 7:30pm
    Where: YWCA - 7515 Pacific Blvd, Walnut Park, CA 90255
  • Westmont/West Athens:
    When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6 to 7:30pm
    Where: Sheriff Station Community Room - 1310 W Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • Lake Los Angeles:
    When: Monday, October 2, 2017 from 6 to 7:30pm
    Where: Vista San Gabriel Elementary School – 18020 East Avenue O, Lake Los Angeles, CA 93591


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.

pedestrian crosswalk with warning sign and light  person riding bike on a multi-use trail  person pushing another person in a wheel chair on a sidewalk

It includes policies that address safety, traffic, education, and programs to promote a walkable community. This project will last from Spring 2016 through Summer 2018. Click above on your community to get involved in the planning process.


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.


project kick-off coccurs in Spring 2016, data gathering and public outreach occurs Spring through Fall 2016, develop recommendations occurs in Fall 2016, draft plan released in Spring 2016, public outreach, community workshops and pop-up urbanism events orrcur Spring and Summer 2017, final drafts released Fall or Winter 2017, finalize plan and plan adoption in 2018

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