A Community Vision becomes reality

Project implementation during April and May 2017

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. 

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.

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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

 

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