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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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City Issue: Should Cars be Banned on Broadway in Downtown LA?

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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times)– Councilman Jose Huizar has asked the city to study a ban on private cars along Broadway between 1st and 12th streets in downtown L.A.

Banning cars from downtown streets is beginning to catch on in major U.S. cities, with New York and San Francisco moving to free up space for transit vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. But the trend hasn’t come to Los Angeles — yet.

A proposal introduced by Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar could change that. The councilman asked city officials last week to study the feasibility of a ban on driving and parking along a 1.5-mile stretch of Broadway between 1st and 12th streets.

Broadway is “an ideal street to go car-free,” Huizar said, because narrower roadways and expanded space for pedestrians have already begun to transform the iconic corridor. […]

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Hollywood Street Closures Are Already Starting for Oscars

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HOLLYWOOD (Patch) — Road closures have begun and will increase as the 92nd Academy Awards approach. All lanes of Hollywood Boulevard will be closed overnight Tuesday evening between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue as work slowly begins on the installation of bleachers and the red carpet for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.

The northernmost curb lane of Hollywood Boulevard, along with much of the north sidewalk, was closed Sunday in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex and Dolby Theatre and will remain blocked until Feb. 12.

Tuesday night’s full closure of Hollywood Boulevard will begin at 8 p.m., continuing until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Hollywood Boulevard, with the exception of the north curb lane, will be open for the rest of the week, but it will be fully […]

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400 N Block Crescent Dr Closed for Vanity Fair Party 1/29 – 2/13

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BEVERLY HILLS (Local Nixle) — Vanity Fair will be hosting its annual Post-Academy Awards Party along the 400 block of North Crescent Drive on the evening of Sunday, February 9.

As crews begin work to assemble the stage and venue directly on the west side of City Hall, Crescent Drive between North Santa Monica Boulevard and South Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed beginning Wednesday, January 29 through Thursday, February 13.

All merchants on Crescent Drive are open and accessible during the partial closure.

Motorists are urged to use alternates routes and heed all directional signage.

For more information, please contact the City of Beverly Hills Film and Special Events Office at 310-285-2408.

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