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Complete Streets Initiative Announces the Opening of Parklets; Manual for Living Streets Wins National Award

On February 7, two “parklets,” or micro urban parks, were officially opened in downtown Los Angeles in a morning ribbon-cutting ceremony on Spring Street; the Lewis Center’s Complete Streets Initiative played a central role in creating these new public spaces. “This parklet is the first in the nation focused on active recreation,” said Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Associate Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, who was a lead Lewis Center researcher on the project and who spoke at the ceremony.

The parklet features bike equipment and a foosball table along with seating and vegetation. The two parklets on Spring Street were designed by the Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council with support from Councilmember Jose Huizar and the L.A. Department of Transportation. The Complete Streets Initiative worked with these partners throughout the project phases and supported construction with a grant from the Rosaline & Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

The local parklet movement is guided by the parklet toolkit (PDF) authored by Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA Complete Streets Initiative Manager Madeline Brozen, and UCLA Luskin Center Deputy Director Colleen Callahan. “It is a very exciting day for Los Angeles and UCLA. We are seeing our research put into action by helping the city implement this innovative project,” Brozen noted. The UCLA team in collaboration with Parklet Studies will next evaluate the parklets’ use and pedestrian and business volumes in the area, to quantify the impact of the micro parks.

Also part of the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative is the Model Design Manual for Living Streets, a reference for cities and others working to enhance the many economic, social, and travel purposes of streets. The Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation has selected the Model Design Manual as one of only […]

By |April 9th, 2013|Categories: Complete Streets, Transportation|

TransitWiki Launched!

 

Doing more with less requires innovative approaches to transit service delivery.  TransitWiki.org is an innovative, collaborative approach to identifying cost-effective strategies that have worked elsewhere, complete with the guidance agencies need to implement the strategies locally. 

 

One objective of TransitWiki is to reduce the time it takes agency staff to find high-quality, authoritative information on implementation.  This will allow agency staff to spend less time researching and preparing staff reports and more time implementing high-quality strategies, informed by experiences from other agencies.

 

“Caltrans worked with UCLA to complete work in support of the development of a statewide strategic public transit plan, which has in UCLA’s development of a first-of-its-kind TransitWiki, which has the potential to become the go-to place for practitioners looking for ways to improve public transit,” said Coco Briseno, acting Chief of Caltrans Division of Research Innovation and System Information.

 

“Transportation researchers have many outlets to publish their work, but often not in a form or in venues accessible to practitioners.  TransitWiki allows practitioners to start with an issue or concept, like bus rapid transit, and find lots of information about BRT and related topics with curated links to guidance for each topic,” said Professor Brian Taylor, Director of the UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies.  “While some of the largest large transit agencies have libraries that curate practice-relevant information and publications, most small agencies don’t have such resources.  TransitWiki can help connect these staff with the most up-to-date authoritative information on topics relevant to their work,” Professor Taylor added.

 

The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies developed the site with funding from the California Department of Transportation’s Division of Mass Transportation.  Caltrans charged UCLA researchers with developing a report that identified cost-effective options to improve transit service as […]

By |April 5th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|