A Vote for Safer Streets from the Heart of Car Culture

Los Angeles voters approved Measure HLA, which would require the city to implement parts of its mobility plan every time it repaves a street, with a 63 percent majority. The measure could add hundreds of miles of bike lanes, bus lanes and safety improvements to sidewalks and crossings on L.A.’s streets.

The proposal was pitched primarily as a safety plan. Campaign backers put up a billboard saying that more pedestrians were killed on Vermont Avenue in L.A. than in the whole state of Vermont in 2022.

They say the margin of victory shows a growing concern for street safety even among people who mostly drive to get around. “L.A. is the car capital of the country,” says Michael Schneider, director of the advocacy group Streets for All, which organized the campaign. “We’re mocked for it.”

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