The ‘MyFigueroa‘ project has officially opened along the four-mile stretch of the busy Figueroa Street between downtown L.A. and the USC/ Exposition Park area! As a way to improve access and safety for pedestrians and bikers, the city of Los Angeles has been working for over 10 years to improve this busy street which has hundreds of thousands of commuters each day! Take a look at the new improvements that will ultimately help relieve traffic and pedestrian-related accidents as well as help reduce airborne pollution.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has been working on a section of Figueroa Street for over 10 years as a way to make the area safer and more organized and efficient for people who walk, ride bikes, and use public transit. The $20 million improvements will include better signalization, high-visibility crosswalks, transit platforms, more street trees, and public art to make the pedestrian and transit-rider experience safer and more enjoyable. There will also be a three-mile bikeway where bicycles will be separated from roadway traffic, decreasing injury crashes between non-motorized and motorized users.
“Our city streets are bustling with life, and we owe it to Angelenos to make sure they are safe, vibrant places that everyone can enjoy. The MyFigueroa project is a major upgrade to more than four miles of our busiest streets — making the trip from downtown to South L.A. a safer, more enjoyable experence for all.”
-Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Moreover, the project is fully supported by Councilmember Curren Price, Councilmember Jose Huizar, and Mayor Eric Garcetti as a “signature project” for Los Angeles. Besides advancing the city’s Mobility Plan, MyFigueroa also helps achieve the goals of Vision Zero and Huizar’s DTLA Forward. Vision Zero is working in partnership with the City of Los Angeles to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025! And DTLA Forward is an initiative focused on improving traffic flow, pedestrian and bicyclists’ access, as well as increased green and public space in DTLA.
In other major cities like San Francisco and Portland, similar projects have been implemented which have proven to better balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists. These kinds of projects have shown an increased safety measure for all users and have created a more vibrant and healthy community. You will be able to see the MyFigueroa improvements in the Exposition Park, USC, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, LA Live, and the Los Angeles Convention Center area!