People St is now an award-winning program!

Did you hear the great news?

On May 1, 2014, LADOT People St was honored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) with a prestigious Sustainability Award for Achievement in Active Transportation at the Annual Sustainability Awards. Along with several other Southern California jurisdictions, LADOT received recognition for the program’s contributions to active transportation in a video introduction from former LA City Planning Director and current Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles Chapter Executive Director Gail Goldberg honoring the program’s facilitation of partnerships between the City of Los Angeles and the community to “recaptur[e] pieces of streets for use by people.”

We would like to thank Kevin Ocubillo from Councilmember Huizar’s office for nominating LADOT for this award. We would also like to thank all of the staff from across various City departments who contributed to the formalization of this award-winning program! Go People St!

 

Thank you, People St applicants!

The very first People St applications are in! As of 4:00 pm last Wednesday April 30, our introductory application window for Parklets and Plazas came to a close. Our next application window is tentatively fall 2015.

People St would like to thank the individuals and organizations who submitted their proposals for transforming Los Angeles’ streets into active, vibrant, and accessible public spaces. From site plans and photographs to community outreach and letters of support, it takes a lot of work to apply for a People St project, and we appreciate the tremendous effort of everyone who submitted during the recent window.

In the coming weeks, LADOT will be convening an inter-departmental team to evaluate the applications against the People St project criteria and determine which projects to recommend for approval. In June, LADOT staff will present the team’s recommendations to City Council, who will then make the final decision regarding which projects to move forward.

Later this summer, LADOT is looking forward to working with selected applicants from this round as they bring their projects to life. In the meantime, we encourage anyone who didn’t apply during our introductory window to begin assembling the required application materials in preparation for our regular, annual Fall window, which is less than five months away. Remember to visit our PlazaParklet, and Bicycle Corral pages for more information.

 

 


May 6, 2014 News Permalink

Application Deadline Fast Approaching

Welcome back!

Our new citywide program’s first application deadline is only days away: April 30, 2014 at 4:00pm PST. We at People St are very excited to review your proposals soon!

The most efficient way to submit your People St Parklet and Plaza applications is through our People St Online Application.

If you can’t submit via the online application, there are two other options:

  • Via e-mail: Please use the subject line “People St RFP Submittal” as your e-mail to peoplest@lacity.org . Electronically scan each original hardcopy document requiring signatures and submit as individual PDF documents.
  • Via mail: Hardcopy packages must arrive on or by 4:00pm PST on April 30, 2014 addressed to:

People St Application Submittal

City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Pedestrian Program 

100 S. Main Street, 9th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you are not ready submit a People St project application this time around, make sure to ask us questions about your potential projects and get ready for our following application window: October 1 – November 28! Questions? Visit the Get Ready page for a quick guide on how to prepare for the application process. If you have questions about a potential project or site location feasibility, contact LADOT via the Inquiry Form at the bottom of the page.

Get in touch with us through the Contact page of the website for general comments and questions!


April 24, 2014 News Permalink

Online Application Portal Now Live!

Hello there!

Thank You for Coming
We at People St send a big thanks for making it out to our public information seminars. We heard many times that it was very beneficial for folks to hear questions from other seminar attendees, and that people even made potential project team connections with others present!

That’s the power of our new citywide program: community partnerships, grassroots creativity, and connecting the dots to leverage available resources.

If you weren’t able to join us, we invite you to view the full range of program materials we discussed at the seminars by visiting peoplest.lacity.org

There you can find:

  • Application Manuals – your guide to process, responsibilities, and application requirements
  • Kit of Parts documents – everything you need to know about the pre-approved, required set of design elements that are installed to create plazas, parklets and bicycle corrals
  • Online Application Portal – access via the PlazaParklet, and Bicycle Corral pages

Online Application is Now Open! 
See the pages within the PDF Application Manuals for all of the documentation required as part of the application process. The pages in the back of the Application Manuals can be used like draft “workbook” pages to help you get started, and are analogous to the online application. When you are ready to start a formal online application, click on the “Click Here to Apply” button found on each project type webpage that links you to an online system where you can enter your information and upload required documents, images, and more. Again, access the application portal by visiting the PlazaParklet, and Bicycle Corral pages.

Now through April 30, 2014, you can log on to the system, create your own unique user name and password, enter information, save your work, and come back to it later at your convenience. Just make sure to be totally done with all information before you hit the final submission button.

Questions? Visit the Get Ready page for a quick guide on how to prepare for the application process. If you have questions about a potential project or site location feasibility, contact LADOT via the Inquiry Form at the bottom of the page.

See the Contact page of the website for general comments and questions.

See you on People St!


March 3, 2014 News Permalink

People St Program Materials Now Available

People St program materials are now available for download under the “Project Types” menu of this website (People St). These materials cover everything you need to know to bring a People St project to life. They include the following.

An online-application portal is in development and will be available in advance of the March 3, 2014, opening of the initial application window. Make sure to download the Application Manual for your desired project type for detailed information about the process and application requirements.

Application Windows for 2014

LADOT is offering an introductory application window, open March 3 through April 30, 2014. During this two month–long time frame, Community Partners can work on and subject initial project proposals.

Another application window will open in the fall of this year: October 1 through November 28, 2014. Application windows will open every fall every year for the indefinite remainder of the program.

Introductory Application Window
March 3–April 30, 2014

Regular Annual Application Window
October 1–November 28, 2014
(October–November every year thereafter)

Visit the Get Ready page of this website for a quick guide on how to prepare for the application process. If you have questions about a potential project or site location viability, contact LADOT via the Inquiry Form.

Public Information Seminars
People St is hosting a series of information seminars for interested Community Partners. Take a look in advance at the Application Manuals and other program materials and join us at one of the following locations:
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We look forward to working with Community Partners across the City of Los Angeles to reimagine our streets and bring projects to life!


January 21, 2014 News Permalink

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.


December 17, 2013 News Permalink

Introducing People St

We are thrilled to announce the establishment of People St, a program of LADOT and the City of Los Angeles. People St is the toolkit of cost-efficient design elements that bring quickly installed transformations to L.A.’s streets, demonstrating the value of active, accessible spaces for people to enjoy. These projects are one tool for a community or neighborhood to consider when establishing a long-term vision for improvements to support walking, bicycling, and economic vitality, and serve as the first step for attracting future capital-intensive investments in physical street infrastructure. People St projects are incubators for creating Great Streets.

YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP

This website is your one-stop shop for information, resources, and materials on People St Plazas, Parklets, and Bike Corrals, and the process for applying to bring these projects to your neighborhood. Building from lessons learned from the city’s first six pilot projects, LADOT has been working closely in an unprecedented collaboration with community members, elected officials, and other City staff to develop People St into a program that will expedite project development and implementation with a clear, consistent process.

APPLICATION-BASED PROCESS

People St offers an application-based process for community partners to receive approval to install a Plaza, Parklet, or Bike Corral. Through this website, potential community partners can access an online- application portal and the materials that inform and guide the application process. Each year, LADOT opens an application window, during which time Community Partners submit an initial project proposal. Using a set of established criteria to assess each proposal, LADOT selects a limited number of applications on which to move forward. Considerations for proposal selection include: organizational capacity, site location, site context, community support, and public-space access need. Those selected then work closely with LADOT to move through the rest of the process of bringing a project to life. Upon full program launch in early 2014, a downloadable Application Manual will be made available that details in full everything you need to know.

KIT OF PARTS

Each People St project type offers a preapproved, required Kit of Parts that contains packaged, thought-through configurations from which to choose so that no community partner needs to “reinvent the wheel” each time a project is considered. We know that demystifying city processes, rules, and requirements to make our government more responsive to residents and businesses is super important for improving the quality of life in our city. We also recognize that any new program has to start with meeting the immediate needs identified by community groups all over the city to get projects on the ground quickly, and can evolve over time to add new ideas and project types.

FULL PROGRAM LAUNCH 2014

We look forward to acquainting you upon our initial, full program launch in early 2014 with the array of program materials and manuals that have been developed to guide you through the process. People St will offer the following materials:

  • Plaza and Parklet Application Manuals
  • Plaza and Parklet Kits of Parts and Technical Appendices
  • Bike Corral Resources via the LADOT Bike Program—Supplemental Materials
  • Online Application Portal
  • Pre-/Post-Evaluation Materials to document and report on project impacts

In the mean time, People St is here to answer any questions you may have. Please direct inquiries through the Contact Page of this website.

People St and LADOT would like to send a warmhearted thank you to the many dedicated city staff superstars, elected officials, designers, and community participants who have contributed to the formalization of this program. See you on People St!


October 10, 2013 News Permalink

Recruiting Volunteers to study NELA Parklets

The York Boulevard and Huntington Boulevard Parklets are two of the first four pilot parklet projects in Los Angeles.  Parklet Studies is partnering with Cal Poly Pomona to conduct post-occupancy studies at both sites for LADOT.  Fieldwork will take place through October 2013.  To sign up, please go to tinyurl.com/Parklet-Studies-NeLa

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