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Mar Vista CC: Action Alert
July 11, 2017
Safe street projects on the Westside are under attack from vocal opponents who prefer the status quo over safety.
>>>>>>> JOIN US IN TAKING ACTION >>>>>>>
Tuesday, July 11th the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) meet to discuss recommendations surrounding new street configuration with protected bike lanes on Venice Blvd.
No matter where you live, we need you to take action to protect Vision Zero projects in Mar Vista and Playa del Rey.
The LA Department of Transportation used internationally proven and evidence-based methods to design new street safety improvements in Mar Vista and Playa del Rey that was informed by community input.
We can’t let misinformation and impatience stop us from building safer streets and more vibrant communities. Some drivers using these corridors have grown impatient because they are unable to travel at the same unsafe high speeds as they previously could.
Despite the great public benefit, these projects have unfortunately come under attack amid a flurry of misinformation being circulated about the projects. There is some concern that they will be removed, thus potentially setting a troubling precedent for Vision Zero projects all across LA County.
For more information on these import projects see HERE
TODAY — Please email Mar Vista & Venice Neighborhood Councils
– Template letter and email addresses below.
ATTEND: Mar Vista Community Council meeting, 7:00pm
the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) meeting at the Mar Vista Recreation Center at 7:00pm! The MVCC will be taking action on the bike lanes and it’s critical for us to show up and let them know these lanes are essential for safe Westside streets. If you plan to attend, please let us know by signing in here so we can keep you up to date and help prepare you for public comment. Don’t forget to share on social media if you show up!
SHARE on social media! Tweet and post your support or photos of your ride through Venice, Jefferson, and Culver Boulevards, and Pershing Drive in the new bike lanes! Use #SaferVeniceBlvd, #SaferJeffersonBlvd, #SaferCulverBlvd, and #SaferPershingDr or #SaferVistaDelMar, to build momentum and share your message with fellow safe streets advocates.
EMAIL the Mar Vista Community Council and Venice Neighborhood Council TODAY to show your support for street safety improvements on Venice Blvd.
SAMPLE EMAIL: Please personalize.
To: MVCC@EmpowerLA.org, VeniceNC@EmpowerLA.org
BCC: firstname.lastname@example.org, Cynthia.Rose@SMSpoke.org
RE: Support for Venice Blvd Great Streets Safety Improvements
Dear Members of the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council:
I strongly encourage the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council to continue supporting the project on Venice Blvd. as part of the Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative. This recently installed project has come under attack, much of it being fueled by misinformation. Impatience of drivers shouldn’t stop the community from building safer streets and more vibrant neighborhoods. These safety improvements will prevent future injuries and can save lives.
As a [student, older adult, mom, cyclist, person with a disability, business owner, etc], I firmly support the street safety improvements on Venice Blvd. This project was designed through community dialogue throughout a yearlong open process and is meant to make all residents and visitors safer. Similar to how the farmers market has improved our community, we believe the “small town feel” of this Great Streets initiative will do the same for Mar Vista and will further improve community culture.
We must continue to improve our streets with rigorous and informed evaluations, and I urge you to remain committed to creating vibrant and safer streets in Mar Vista.