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Seeing Stars on Street Design in Downtown LA

Grab a bikeshare bike at Union Station and join a ride through the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles. In one go, you’ll be able to watch the city’s perspective on street design evolve right before your eyes. You’ll hear about the plans for a pedestrian esplanade in the Union Station forecourt, ride through LA’s first dedicated bicycle signals, and observe the transformation – in real time – of Los Angeles’s first buffered bike lanes along Spring & Main Streets. Are you seeing stars? Nope – that’s just Broadway, LA’s very first Theater District (pre-dating Hollywood), also the location of the first street “dress rehearsal,” a street transformation project to reclaim street space for people to lounge, linger, and (on this tour), learn! You’ll end back at the conference hotel, where we’ll hear about the development funded plans for 7th Street, and see how a once closed-off mall opened itself up to the air and to the ground by (literally) blowing the roof off and connecting to a Metro portal underground.


Carlos Hernandez, Transportation Planning Associate II, Los Angeles DOT


Jonathan Rodriguez, Transportation Planner, LA METRO
Valerie Watson, Supervising Transportation Planner, LADOT
Kevin Ocubillo, LADOT
Nat Gale, Southern California Office Director, Toole Design