A Community Vision becomes reality
Since 2015 a community outreach process facilitated by Councilmember Mike Bonin and the Great Streets Initiative has culminated in changes focused on making Venice Boulevard safer for people who travel the corridor and supporting local businesses. Coming in May 2017 are four new pedestrian crossings, a safer road design featuring protected and buffered bike lanes, and improvements at existing signalized intersections. Combined, these changes serve to help make the street the “small town downtown” that Mar Vistans asked for throughout the Great Streets Initiative’s community input process.
Frequently asked questions and survey
We want to hear from you what you think about the changes on Venice Blvd. The new lane configuration on Venice Blvd is a community-driven, one-year pilot project installed with low-cost and temporary materials to test a design that has been found to improve safety for people using all travel modes: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Venice Blvd is on the City's High Injury Network of streets, meaning it has a higher rate of collisions compared to similar streets in Los Angeles. Using data collected before and after the new street design is installed -- including public feedback -- the City will evaluate how the project is working and make changes as needed. We're taking all the feedback we receive very seriously -- including the specific points you mentioned -- and reviewing them as part of our evaluation.
Please take a moment to review our Frequently Asked Questions page and survey. Please feel free to share your initial assessments here and let us know how the pilot project can be improved.
How to Use Venice Blvd
Since some of the safety-oriented changes on Venice Blvd may be unfamiliar, this graphic below is designed to help you know where to drive, park, load, ride and walk. You may even see one of these signs posted in numerous locations along the corridor.
The heart of Mar Vista, Venice Boulevard offers a special blend of local retail and community-serving uses, including unique coffee shops and restaurants, art and architecture studios, salons and spas, bike shops and books, and other creative and vital businesses. Every Sunday, the Mar Vista Farmers Market brings hundreds of Angelenos from all over the Westside to this sunny stretch of Venice Blvd. The Great Streets Initiative on Venice Boulevard will enhance the community's infrastructure and help create an even more accessible pedestrian and bicycle environment, making this friendly street even friendlier.
GREAT STREETS INVESTMENTS To Date
- Installed Mar Vista Great Street streetlight banners
- Conducted proactive sidewalk and tree well maintenance
- Hosted a pop-up demonstration parklet at CicLAvia
- Installed 14 new bike racks
- Deployed 13 new trash and recycling recepticles
- Initiated weekly overnight street sweeping
- Installed solar powered Soofa bench and 2 signal cabinet murals
- Awarded $20,000 in Challenge Grant funding for Make It Mar Vista, a one-day event that showcased small businesses, the arts, and public spaces.
- Funded the Mar Vista Art Walk through the Arts Activation Fund through a partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Venice Boulevard Story map
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Venice boulevard partners
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