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Beverly Hills Unveils Draft ‘Complete Streets’ Plan to Make City Less Car-Centric

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BEVERLY HILLS – The much anticipated and comprehensive guide to making Beverly Hills a more mobility friendly city is nearing its completion. The community is being invited to review the updated plan at beverlyhills.org/completestreets.  Hard copies of the plan are also available in the City Clerk’s office and the Library. 

The updated version of the Draft Complete Streets Plan for Beverly Hills will be presented at a special meeting of the city’s Traffic and Parking Commission on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Gallery at Beverly Hills City Hall.

The Draft Plan provides a framework for programs, policies and infrastructure projects to make navigating the city easier, more enjoyable and more equitable across all modes: people on foot, on wheels, riding transit and in cars.

The plan represents a community-driven planning effort and has a focus on preparing for the opening of the future Metro Purple Line subway stations through recommendations for first/last mile connections.

As the city is mature and largely built-out, the provision of bigger and wider roadways is not a feasible option to improve mobility or reduce congestion. Through implementation of the Complete Streets Plan, the City aims to transform Beverly Hills from an auto-dominated community to one that embraces all modes of travel, reduces vehicle trips on our streets, and can be truly considered a world class bicycling city.

This plan envisions a future where students can bike to school, families can take transit to their destinations, people of all ages can walk to neighborhood amenities, and the Beverly Hills community is a model for other jurisdictions. The plan focuses on utilizing creative methods of re-purposing existing roadways and streetscapes to offer more diverse mobility options and increase access to the many destinations the city has to offer.

Complete Streets provide a blueprint for transportation improvements that balance the needs of all road users: bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and motorists. Once implemented in Beverly Hills, it will provide more options for people to choose the mode that best works for their trip type, and a network of streets where individual modes will be prioritized.

The plan calls for residents, employees, and visitors of Beverly Hills will have more car-free options for getting where they need to go. The vision of this plan is ambitious and transformative, while recommending changes that are realistic to pursue over its lifetime through a detailed action plan.

To ensure it is user-friendly, the plan is now structured by mode (bicycling, walking, taking transit, and driving).  In addition, goals and policies for each mode are identified to better guide decision makers and more detailed bikeway network recommendations are featured.  Finally, there is a new standalone Action Plan that identifies implementation of priority projects by year and will serve as a working document as tasks are completed.

For more information or questions, please call 310-285-1128 or email transportation@beverlyhills.org

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Possible LA Tour Van Ban After Hollywood Hills Residents Complain

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L.A. Might Restrict Tour Vans After Complaints From Hollywood Hills Residents

HOLLYWOOD HILLS (KTLA) –Hollywood Hills residents and tour companies are at odds as the Los Angeles City Council seeks to more tightly regulate buses and vans passing through roads some say are dangerous.

The council’s Transportation Committee recommended new rules this month to ban tour buses and vans from driving through roads marked as unsafe by the Department of Transportation.

“My No. 1 goal is public safety for the neighborhoods and the residents who live in the hills, but also for the tourists and the passengers of these vans,” said Councilman David Ryu, who represents some hillside areas frequented by the tour vans and introduced the […]

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New Year’s Day Means Free Parking & WeHo City Hall Closure

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — In observance of New Year’s day, City Hall and the adjacent automated parking garage will be closed on Wednesday, January 1.

However, street parking in West Hollywood will be easier than usual: street cleaning and on-street metered parking are not enforced during New Year’s day unless specifically noted to include holidays.

Residential parking permits are still required and can be obtained for one or more days at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station.

The enforcement of parking regulations will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

For more information about WeHo parking enforcement, click here.

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LAPD Warns: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Now Through New Year

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are reminding those attending holiday gatherings to plan for a designated sober driver.

According to the LAPD, “law enforcement will be employing saturation patrols and checkpoints far and wide in Southern California looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs…. and yes, cannabis as well.”

This holiday season, police will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Through December 31, 2019, the LAPD has the following DUI-related enforcement activities scheduled:

Friday, December 27, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Florence Avenue and Broadway
· DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Roscoe Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue
· DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at La Brea Avenue and Oakwood Avenue

Saturday, December 28, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Vermont Avenue and Florence Avenue
· DUI Checkpoint from 7 PM to Midnight at Alameda Street and 4th Street
· DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Osborne Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard

Sunday, December 29, 2019

· DUI Saturation Patrol from 4 PM to Midnight in 77th Street Area
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 1 AM in North Hollywood Area
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 2 AM in Southwest Area

Monday, December 30, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Sunset Boulevard and Coronado Street
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 7 PM to 3 AM in Pacific Area

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 1 AM Van Nuys Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard

“Unfortunately, this time of year is when we see more people driving impaired,” Officer Don Inman said. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”

Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

So, if you are hosting a holiday party, make sure to offer non-alcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor how people are getting home.

If someone has been drinking and tries to leave, offer to have them stay the night or take ride-share home.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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