Learn About the Mar Vista Great Streets Project


Project Overview

In January 2015, the Mayor and Councilmember Mike Bonin kicked-off a visioning process by going door-to-door in Mar Vista to raise awareness about this effort to re-design this stretch of Venice Blvd to reflect community needs. In August 2015, safety improvements along Venice Blvd gained additional attention when it was identified on the Vision Zero High-Injury Network. In January 2017, the City of Los Angeles identified this stretch of Venice Blvd 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 Blvd has experienced a high rate of traffic related injuries and fatalities. From 2003-2016, 360 collisions involving injury occurred on Venice Blvd. 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:

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New Crossing Points: LADOT installed four new crosswalks on Venice Blvd at Mountain View Ave, Ocean View Ave, Boise St, and Meier St, with new signals and crosswalk striping to increase the visibility of people crossing the street.

Upgraded Sidewalks: The Bureau of Street Services (BSS) enhanced safety by grinding sidewalks and expanding tree wells.

Transit Enhancements: The City of Los Angeles installed two solar-powered bus benches with USB ports and one bus shelter with USB ports and free WiFi. Real time bus-travel information will be coming later in 2017.

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 ever Creative Catalyst program on Venice Blvd. Alan Nakagawa, LADOT’s Artist-in-Residence, worked with local artists to develop street haiku signs, installed along the entire Venice Blvd corridor, as well as  the City’s first ever Street Perfume project. Learn more about the innovative project, see the articles below: 

Neighborhood Input:

Between January 2015 and January 2016, 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. 

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This community outreach during 2015 and 2016 revealed that Mar Vista neighbors wanted a Main Street that is safe for people walking and supportive of the continued growth of restaurants, local shopping, farmers’ markets, and other amenities.

From February through May 2017, LADOT broke ground for the Venice Blvd pilot project, and in June 2017 the Venice Blvd Great Streets pilot project officially launched. The initial work has prioritized safety changes, but also includes other neighborhood enhancement projects, like increased street sweeping, median landscaping, and public art. LADOT engineers designed Venice Blvd to eventually accommodate “parklets” or short extensions of the sidewalk intended to increase outdoor seating and place making.

Ongoing Monitoring and Analysis:

The new street design on Venice Blvd between Beethoven and Inglewood is a pilot project. LADOT implements pilot project with low-cost materials that allow for small changes based on the operation and reception of the new street design.

Construction ended in June 2017, marking the beginning of the pilot project. The construction phase of the project initially caused additional traffic congestion along the corridor, due to necessary lane closures to install the new traffic signals.  The gap between the pre to post project traffic data continues to close as drivers adjust to road reconfigurations. LADOT is monitoring project impacts and benefits at the one, three month, and six month intervals. Stay tuned for more information on preliminary project analysis.

As we finalize the most optimal design, LADOT will pursue changes in concrete.

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