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City Launches Online Petition Program to Engage Residents in Traffic Solutions

Post Date:July 02, 2018 11:28 AM

traffic calmingThe City of West Hollywood has launched a pilot online process to accept proposals and statements of support from residents who wish to implement recommendations from neighborhood petitions as part of the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP). The aim is to make residential streets safer and more comfortable for everyone.

The City’s NTMP program is focused on improving the quality of life in the City of West Hollywood’s neighborhoods by:

  • Reducing cut-through traffic on residential streets;
  • Slowing traffic on residential streets;
  • Creating safer walking and bicycling conditions; and
  • Providing greening opportunities.

With this program, local residents work together in a community consensus-building process with staff from West Hollywood City Hall to find solutions to traffic issues on neighborhood streets. In a collaborative process, these solutions are implemented with a high level of community participation.

The program recently launched an online petition process as a pilot program to make it easier for residents and neighborhoods to access information, gather support, and take part in expressing support to advance traffic calming proposals recommended by recent Citywide traffic studies.  The NTMP incorporates a five-step process for traffic calming solutions developed with recommendations from several comprehensive neighborhood traffic studies involving extensive analysis, neighborhood participation, and input. The steps include:

  1. Written Request — Requests can be initiated by an individual or a neighborhood group;
  2. Data Collection and Analysis — Staff evaluates the feasibility of requests. Solutions for basic requests can implemented within several weeks; other requests require more evaluation including the collection of data on the street segment including speed surveys, traffic volume counts, crashes, bicycle routes, pedestrian activity, and impacts on neighboring streets;
  3. Community Involvement — A community meeting will be held to collect general information about the neighborhood concerns. If the request moves forward, there may be follow up meetings to discuss potential solutions.  More than 50 percent consensus is needed in order to implement some projects;
  4. Commission and Council Action — The City’s Transportation Commission and City Council will review requests for approval of traffic calming implementation; and
  5. Final Project Implementation — Pending City Council approval, the project is placed in the budgets and is implemented.

For community members who are interested in learning more about current traffic calming proposals recommended by recent Citywide traffic studies, please visit the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) web page at www.weho.org/trafficcalming.

For more information, please contact Walter Davis, City of West Hollywood Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Specialist, at (323) 848-6328 or at wdavis@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.  For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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