Learn About the Mar Vista Great Streets Project

Project Overview

After a collaborative process involving the Mayor’s Office, City Council staff, Los Angeles City staff, and a technical committee, Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista as one of the first 15 Great Streets corridors. Councilmember Mike Bonin facilitated community outreach and the Great Streets Initiative identified a vision for the corridor focused around safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and a project that is supportive of business and enhances the identity of the neighborhood.

In August 2015, safety improvements along Venice Boulevard gained additional attention when the street was placed on the Vision Zero High-Injury Network. In January 2017, the City of Los Angeles selected this stretch of Venice Boulevard as a Priority Corridor in the City’s first-ever Vision Zero Action Plan. Vision Zero uses collision data to prioritize safety improvements aimed at ending preventable traffic deaths by 2025.

This section of Venice Boulevard has experienced a high rate of traffic related injuries and fatalities. From 2003 to 2016, 360 collisions involving injury occurred on Venice Boulevard. Over half of the serious injuries involved people walking and biking. Five people lost their lives.

The Project Features the Following Key Enhancements and Benefits:


Protected and buffered bicycle lanes: On Venice Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard.

New Crossing Points: LADOT installed four new crosswalks on Venice Boulevard at Mountain View Avenue, Ocean View Avenue, Boise Street, and Meier Street, with new signals to provide more safe crossing opportunities for pedestrians. The high visibility crosswalk striping will increase the visibility of people crossing the street.

Pedestrian head-start signals: LADOT modified nine intersections on Venice Boulevard to provide pedestrians a head-start when crossing the street.

Upgraded Sidewalks and High Visibility Crosswalks: The Bureau of Street Services (BSS) enhanced safety by grinding sidewalks and expanding tree wells. LADOT installed new crosswalks across Venice Boulevard and upgraded existing crosswalks to enhance their visibility.

Bus Stop Improvements: The City of Los Angeles installed two solar-powered bus benches with USB ports and one bus shelter with USB ports and free WiFi at Venice Avenue and Centinela Avenue.

Community Art Installations: As part of the Great Streets Initiative, community artists have painted more than 10 wall murals, 4 utility box murals, and are in the process of installing the City’s first ever intersection mural. LADOT also launched its first Creative Catalyst program on Venice Boulevard. Alan Nakagawa, LADOT’s Artist-in-Residence, worked with local artists to develop street haiku signs, installed along the entire Venice Boulevard corridor, as well as the City’s first Street Perfume project. Learn more about the innovative project, see the articles below:

Neighborhood Input:

Between 2015 and 2016, the Great Streets Initiative, Council District 11, and LADOT facilitated extensive outreach, canvassing at the Mar Vista Farmers Market, going door-to-door along business corridors, facilitating mobile workshops, holding a community open house, and temporarily building out the proposed design of the project during the November 2015 “Make It Mar Vista” community event.

The following represents some of the outreach events were coordinated during this period:

01/2015 - Community canvas at local grocery stores, community
meetings, and events
01/25/15 - Pop-up workshop at the Mar Vista Farmers Market
04/03/15 - 04/6/15 - Mobile pop-up workshop at Grand View Market
04/06/15 - 04/12/15 - Mobile pop-up workshop at Venice Grind
04/16/15 - Mobile pop-up workshop at Venice High School
04/20/15 - Mobile pop-up workshop at Mar Vista Branch Library
04/19/15 - Mobile pop-up workshop at the Farmers Market
05/02/15 - Family bike ride and mobile pop-up workshop
08/2015 - Invitation (email/posts) to the community open house
08/06/15 - Community open house
08/09/15 - Booth and pop-up parklet at CicLAvia
11/28/15 - Pop-up protected bike lane and parklet at Make It Mar Vista
Regular attendance at the Mar Vista Community Council Great Streets Ad-Hoc Committee meetings


Learn more about the project’s evaluation here.

If you would like to share feedback about the safety enhancements made on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, please email ladot.veniceblvdmarvista@lacity.org.