LADOT Set to Launch People St in 2014

People St is the official “one-stop shop” for Community Partners interested in applying to install Parklets, Plazas, and Bike Corrals in neighborhoods.

We are thrilled to announce the formal establishment of People St, the new citywide program administered by LADOT that allows communities to install three types of projects: Parklets, Plazas, and Bike Corrals!

These temporary (not permanent, static structures) project types have one thing in common: they are situated below the curb.

  • Plazas are installed in underused or redundant road space.
  • Parklets and Bike Corrals are installed in on-street parking spaces.
  • All three types of projects transform roadbeds into pedestrian-oriented spaces.

Assistant General Manager Dan Mitchell and the Pedestrian Coordinator team of Margot Ocañas and Valerie Watson presented the structure and intent of People St at a report back to City Council Transportation Committee on December 4, 2013, at which time the recommendation to proceed with the full launch of the program and initiation of the application process was approved. On December 17, 2013, City Council officially authorized LADOT to launch People St in 2014.

Timeline for Full Program Launch and Supporting Materials

Plazas & Parklets

  • Early January 2014: The full array of supporting program materials—including application manuals and the Kit of Parts documents—will be released for Plazas and Parklets via the People St website.
  • March 1–April 30, 2014 (tentatively): An introductory, inaugural application window will open in the beginning of March and close at the end of April. The People St website will offer an online application portal. Downloadable application manuals (PDF) for Plazas and Parklets offer step-by-step information for how to prepare for the application process.
  • June 2014: After Plaza and Parklet application review and prioritization, LADOT will report back to Council in June on the selected projects.
  • October 2014 (and annually thereafter): Going forward, the regular, yearly application window will open each October.

Bike Corrals

Detailed information on bike corrals can be found via the Bike Corrals page of the People St website, which links you to the ongoing process established by the LADOT Bike Program.

Thanks to All Involved!

LADOT would like to take a moment to thank all involved in the pilot projects and development of the program. Your hard work and dedication helped inform the formalization of People St as an official citywide program and process—tangible policy change for our city.

From elected officials who shepherded the pilot projects through, to the council district staff who tirelessly worked on building the relationships needed to ensure long-term success, to the Community Partners who stepped up to take responsibility for maintenance and management of the projects for their neighborhoods—we are thrilled to continue to work with you and build from lessons learned.

From the neighborhood councils, volunteers, organizations, and design professionals who gave their hearts to these projects, to vendors, contractors, and experts who helped make installation a smooth process—thank you!

To the project team of consultants who rode this wave with us and created a world-class body of work to support the program, kind thanks.

Last, but not least, huge thanks to the skilled City staff from various departments who sat in meeting after meeting to create the bones and foundation for this program.

We Look Forward to Working with You in 2014

Check back in 2014 for links to a slew of downloadable PDF documents and manuals that will guide interested partners through the application process.

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