“Share South LA: Bringing Transportation Innovation to the Neighborhood”

submission by FherUrbanSolutions

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

• Communities for a Better Environment (Lead) • Trust South LA (partner) • Natural Resources Defense Council (partner) • Shared Use Mobility Center (partner)

Organization(s) website(s):

www.cbecal.org / www.trustsouthla.org / www.nrdc.org/solutions / www.sharedusemobilitycenter.org/

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

https://twitter.com/CBEcal / https://twitter.com/trustsouthla1 / https://twitter.com/nrdcsolutions / https://twitter.com/sharedUseCntr

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

www.facebook.com/communitiesfor.abetterenvironment?fref=ts / www.facebook.com/trustsouthla?fref=ts / www.facebook.com/nrdclosangeles?fref=ts / www.facebook.com/sharedusecenter?fref=ts

Organization(s) instagram handle(s):


Please share the direct link for voters to sign up for your newsletter(s):

Trust South LA newsletter link: http://oi.vresp.com/?fid=8aaf9e8a1e / • NRDC newsletter link: http://www.nrdconline.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=72661.0&dlv_id=68461&pw_id=4321

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


CBE builds people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


For low income families, transportation can be the single highest household expense, as each car costs $9,000/yr. Bikesharing and carsharing options can improve access to jobs, education, medical care, and healthy food for South & Southeast LA residents, if these services are designed by and for these neighborhoods. Through a community engagement process, we will empower residents to design their own plan to create affordable and appropriate shared mobility choices for their communities

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

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

Cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and Huntington Park

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

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

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)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

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


Transportation in LA is undergoing a sea change, guided by the expansion of public transit, efforts to promote safe walking and bicycling, and the growth of technology enabled bikesharing, carsharing, and ridesharing. People today can access a bike or car for short-term use or to share a ride with someone heading in the same direction thus splitting the cost. This offers a tremendous opportunity to benefit low income communities because owning a car costs up to $9,000 a year.
These resources have the potential to tackle the 1st/last mile gap of public transit, lower the need to purchase a vehicle, and reduce air pollution from vehicles. They could also lower the need to build unnecessary parking spaces, reducing construction costs and increasing the stock of affordable housing. However, figuring out how to tailor these services to low income communities has not received sufficient attention. Given the large number of LA’s neighborhoods that were deemed “disadvantaged communities” by the California Environmental Protection Agency, due in large part to socioeconomic factors and exposure to air pollution, this proposal seeks to create a shared mobility ecosystem model that could guide private and public efforts in this arena.
CBE will work with Trust South LA, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC) to build on the momentum of recent developments in shared mobility – namely the City of LA’s launch of low income electric carsharing in central LA low income neighborhoods and LA Metro’s launch of bikesharing in Downtown LA.
Focusing these programs on the needs of South and Southeast LA – where median incomes are well below the county’s median – can improve residents’ quality of life with affordable on-demand access to cars and bikes, filling in gaps in the transit network and drastically reducing the need to own a car to be able to live and work. We will lead a participatory planning process to identify the range of residents’ transportation needs that could be met through a mix of bikesharing, carsharing, and ridesharing that can leverage the growing public transit network. Their input will be captured through community focus groups in a customized plan, which we will pitch to local government and transportation officials as well as private providers to develop a competitive public-private implementation proposal to state and other funding. This model can be then expanded to more communities in LA.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


During the first 6 months, we will analyze the communities’ socioeconomic characteristics and conduct two focus groups. It is estimated that the focus groups will engage up to 100 residents and stakeholders each to develop an assessment of their transportation needs. The second 6 months will focus on gaining local buy-in from elected and community stakeholders through letters of support and ultimately securing support in 2017 to launch programs. Thus, the first quarter (post grant award) will focus on the analytical work with the focus groups and community engagement taking place in the second quarter. The third and fourth quarters will focus on securing endorsements and funding commitments from local elected and city officials as well as private providers in the bikesharing and carsharing industries. Ultimately, the success of this project will be determined by both the scale at which these programs are deployed and the extent to which the programs are used by low-income residents.

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.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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It is time to implement inovvative ways to aliviate smog, noise, and airpoluttion... especially RIDE SHARING. It has been mind boggling to me that in the XXI century we're still lagging in a better public transportation system. The rest of the world has more efficient transportation systems then us. I thought we were leaders?

by Finn1960
6 months ago

Looking forward to seeing South LA lead the way on bikesharing, carsharing, and ridesharing!

by michelle.kinman
6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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