Ballona Creek Pedestrian/Bike Connector Bridge

submission by THarchitecture
Ballona Creek Pedestrian/Bike Connector Bridge

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Tagliaferri Howard Architecture

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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THarchitecture is a community minded Architecture firm seeking projects to provide a positive meaningful impact within our built environment in Los Angeles. As Architects we can bring together Community Stakeholders, Governmental Agencies and NPOs.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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THarchitecture in has identified a dire need to safely connect the communities of Westchester, Inglewood, Playa Vista, Culver City, Mar Vista Marina Del Rey and Venice via pedestrian/bike friendly oriented paths, our proposal is to provide a Connector Pedestrian/Bike Bridge as a first step. The challenge: there is currently not a safe route that provides the residents of our community the ability to move north and south with existing Ballona Creek Bridges at Lincoln and Centinela.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

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Westside

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Ballona Creek between Play Vista, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey and Culver City.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

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Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

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We need the resources to set up community meetings and

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

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Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.

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As indicated in the recent adoption of the Westside Mobility plan, there is a great need for alternative methods of transportation, a proposed Connector Ped/Bike Bridge is shown on the Westside Mobility Plan Map but not currently available. We believe the best method for mobility within the Westside is by cycling, skateboarding, walking and running, this provides a long term solution to the traffic problem in Los Angeles. LA has the ability to be just as bike friendly as our Euro neighbors or other West Coast City neighbors, however we need infrastructure to allow this to happen safely. Awareness is growing through cycLAvia and there is a growing community of people who commute via bike, but a long term solution is needed for the Westside and this proposal facilitates the development of a vast network of bike/ped paths that connect north and south as well as east and west. Currently a north south route does not exist on the west side across Ballona creek except for at the Beach path.

Our proposal will allow people, students, to move freely and commute safely. Currently there is not a safe method for Venice High students who live in Westchester to cycle to school since there is not easy access or bike path across Ballona Creek. Lincoln Blvd bridge is very dangerous and Centinela is equally as dangerous. Our proposal will allow pedestrian connection for daily commuting and daily recreation through the Parks at Playa Vista across Ballona creek and along Beethoven to access Alla Park and Moore Park. The Connector bridge will also allow a connection through the bike path along Marina 90 into Marina Del rey and Venice. Our proposal connects communities, allow for increase mobility with recreation, and facilitates future pedestrian oriented growth within the Westside and the surrounding LA area.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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Work will be evaluated by completion of the bridge and the resultant of additional bike/pedestrian friendly and safe paths on the Westside. We hope this project will catalyze future development of Bike/Pedestrian friendly paths. This will provide increased access to Healthy life styles, recreation and mobility between communities. We will provide increased access to the beach from communities that currently do not have safe access. We also will provide access to new grocery stores being built in Playa Vista. We suspect there is an Food Desert in the area we are working since there are so few grocery stores. Providing access over Ballona Creek will only further alleviate these conditions and provide access for the community to healthy lifestyles.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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We recognize there is a wealth of financial capital within the tech community in Playa Vista, Venice and Santa Monica (AKA Silicon Beach) we believe there can be enormous financial support for this project from one or many of these major tech companies.

Discussion
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Why haven't the developers of Playa Vista been held accountable for paying for this?

by zolo420
6 months ago

Every time I have passed that spot, I have thought that it would be so great to be able to walk or bike across Ballona Creek there. I really hope this happens!

by kweiner
6 months ago

Interesting bit of information, the proposed site for the connector bridge is the old Pacific Electric Red Car line between Inglewood and Venice. It was decommissioned before the Marina was built. The line and the right of ways still exist. This location should be a historic site re-purposed for Pedestrian and Bike Routes between communities as should all of the old Pacific Redcar lines. You can research more if you google Pacific Electric Red Car playa del rey

http://www.manhattanbeachhistorical.org/trolley

http://www.oldimprints.com/pages/books/49872/california-los-angeles-pacific-electric-railway/relief-map-of-territory-served-by-lines-of-pacific-electric-railway-in-southern-california

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Should find out from Del Rey Neighborhood Assoc if they got any feedback in response to this letter they sent to the Westside Mobility Plan team: http://delreync.org/sites/default/files/ltr%20westside%20mobility%20plan%2003031403052014.pdf

by yoodge
6 months ago

I was also thinking once the connector bridge has been completed, it would be amazing to have CycLAvia route cross the Bridge into Playa Vista and Westchester and Iglewood for a North to South Route on the West Side!!!

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Good news!! We have friends from ARUP and engineering firm in Playa Vista who are willing to help make this project happen, like us they will be donating time and energy to the project. They have special expertise in bridge design and have recently completed a pedestrian bridge in Long Beach.

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

This river crossing is sorely needed so that pedestrians and cyclists are no longer forced on Lincoln Blvd to get from Playa vista to Venice. What a great idea!

by simon.rees.589
6 months ago

This is a fantastic idea which a lot of us have had! It would be a relatively cheap and quick win, and would be an asset to the Westside!

by rollo
6 months ago

I've been waiting for a bridge which resolves the problem area. Thanks doing this!

by RedstarRider
6 months ago

I cycle to work on the Ballona path and take the Centinela bridge towards Playa Vista. On that route cyclists and pedestrians have to deal with the 90 on-ramps and off-ramps which can be intimidating as cars are accelerating to enter the freeway or not looking for bikes/pedestrians when they exit. Many cyclists use the sidewalk to get through this area. An alternative bridge like this proposal would be great for everyone!

by bondah
6 months ago

As someone who regularly tangles with Lincoln drivers on my bike this would be a great addition to the community and a huge safety improvement.

by Joninsocal
6 months ago

I would love to be able to safely cycle my daughter to playa vista parks and Ballona Freshwater Marsh from mar vista

by Wareaglehoward
6 months ago

EXACTLY!!

by agataterrazyahoo
6 months ago

Link was cut off... http://goo.gl/Z3AcB8

by yoodge
6 months ago

No problem, we live in the area and use this path all the time often looking at the other side wondering would it not be nice to be able to cross safely, it is almost impossible to go north or south except for at the bike path along beach. Will be a great amenity to the neighborhood, not to mention to be able to access the new theater and whole foods.

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

*friends from Arup an engineering firm

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Thanks for your interest we look forward to meeting you soon to discuss further! Cheers.

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Please forward to all your friends and contacts and have them cast a vote for the project! We will need future community support to get funding for the construction cost, hopefully donations from local businesses in playa vista such as Google and Youtube...

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Please forward this submission to all of your friends and local community to Cast their Vote! Thank you for your support. We want to make this happen ASAP!

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Please forward this submission to all of your friends and local community to Cast their Vote! Thank you for your support.

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Thank you we sent an email to the Del Rey Neighborhood Association and will keep you posted on a response. Cheers!

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

Any sources of funding will be much welcomed for the pedestrian bike bridge, currently we are talking to multiple organizations as we speak to work on a path forward for garner political support within the community and then advocate and work with governmental agencies to make this project a priority.

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

That area known as tracts A and B where taken completely out of development when they were bought by a conservation group.

by richard.ortegamiro
6 months ago

It is our understanding the multiple options/ locations we are proposing to build a pedestrian bike only bridge are between Del Rey and Area C which is East of Lincoln blvd and North of Ballona Creek. Also we are proposing the construction to be within the creek to connect the South side of the creek to the Existing Ballona Creek Bike path, which is county land. Additional bike paths and pedestrian paths with low environmental impact will hopefully follow after the bridge is built. We also are proposing a bike path at the perimeter of Area C between the 90 Fwy and area C which will connect the proposed Bridge to Marvin Braude Bike path in the Marina. This will probably be much more of a challenge than the current proposed bridge. Hopefully local authorities and conservation groups will view the project as a necessity and see that the bridge facilitates a safe connection and promotes environmentally friendly activities such as recreation and daily commuting by bike, running etc.

by THarchitecture
5 months ago

Great! Thank you for the information from the Del Rey Neighborhood association. It seems as though this idea has been kicking around for a few years with the existing bridge supports in the creek. Hopefully we can develop a critical mass with the community to move the project forward!

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

The amazing thing is there are already supports and access within the creek along the CSX line, just need the City and CSX to work together to re-purpose the land!

by THarchitecture
6 months ago

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