Since taking office in 2005, improving the main thoroughfares and communities he represents in Council District 14 has been a key area of focus for Councilmember Huizar. A trailblazer, he shifted the way the city views transit and thoroughfare improvements to encompass a more complete pedestrian and bicycle friendly vision.
Councilmember Huizar is widely regarded as the City’s biggest “Complete Streets” champion, ushering in groundbreaking transit, pedestrian, business and bike-friendly policies on the main thoroughfares of Council District 14 that are seen as a model for the entire City.
What is a “Complete Street”?
A Complete Street accommodates all users, regardless of mode of transportation, including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users. Complete Streets also envision the street as a destination, where communities are encouraged to shop, gather and build community.
Councilmember Huizar has fought for street safety improvements across Council District 14 including the city’s first Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, speed feedback signs, continental crosswalks, bike lanes and on Broadway, the city’s first Pedestrian First Crosswalks.
Building LA’s Bike Infrastructure
Councilmember Huizar advocated for the city’s first ever bicycle corral in Highland Park and has installed miles of bike lanes per the city’s 2010 Bicycle Master Plan, including the city’s first green bike lanes. Council District 14 also saw the installation of the some of the city’s first Bicycle Repair Stations.
City’s First Parklets
Councilmember Huizar helped create the pilot program for parklets and worked with the community to install the first four parklets in the City of Los Angeles on York Blvd in Highland Park, Spring St in Downtown LA, and Huntington Dr in El Sereno. Today, the parklet pilot program has expanded into the LADOT People Street Program.
Councilmember Huizar has worked closely with communities to develop street improvements and “Vision Plans” through workshops and other collaborative efforts.