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L.A. Street Summit 2010: Building Momentum for Change

Whatever way you slice it, the L.A. Streets Summit 2010 was a big success.  Take a gander at our wrap-up vid featuring many voices from the hundreds of conference attendees who made connections and started some L.A. synergy for livable streets.

As a special bonus, NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (who spoke at Occidental College the previous Thursday night) dropped by the Los Angeles Trade Technical College to provide some inspiring mojo in the form of before & afters of her work transforming NYC's streets.

[0:02] Danielle Marie: Street Summit 2010! [0:04] Raymond Martinez: We're here at the L.A. Street Summit. It's actually an outgrowth of last year's bike summit, which was a huge event, bringing together all of the different bike activists in L.A.'s growing bicycle community, and now we've moved on to an even larger platform.

[0:17] Damien Newton: There's a lot of people that are involved this year that weren't involved last year because of the expanded nature of the conference. L.A. Walks this year. I see the Sierra Club here. Lots of groups that are all coming together around the idea of making our streets safer, more livable, and just better here in Los Angeles.

Danielle: [0:33] We set up a bike rally, so everyone can come, and not really worry about locking up, and it was a more communal experience. I think Janet Sadik-Khan is awesome. I really appreciate what she's doing on the east side of the country, and I think it's amazing that she took the time out of her busy schedule to come to L.A.

Raymond: [0:50] We were so have Janet Sadik-Khan come out. She spoke Thursday night to a packed audience. We had her running around the city on Friday, and meeting with city officials.

Janet Sadik-Khan: [1:00] I spent a long time talking with about moving quickly and about the importance of safety in all of the programs that we do in New York. We've been able to reduce traffic fatalities to an all time low. [1:12] They've got 10, 000 miles of streets here, and prioritizing sustainable mobility, and really treating these streets as the valuable public spaces that they are, was really the message. I think there's a lot of opportunity here.

[1:24] Joe Linton: Definitely Ciclovia. We're looking forward to... It looks like it's going to happen in September, and it needs more momentum, and more supporters.

[1:32] Sirinya Tritipeskul: There are many parts of Los Angeles that aren't bikeable, that aren't walkable. They lack infrastructure. The infrastructure that's there is crumbling. So, I find it really encouraging that people are here to educate themselves, to learn more about principles of planning, and understand how decisions are made, with regards to infrastructure improvements, but also here to develop solutions.

[1:51] Charles Gandy: These people are the catalyst. These are the people that we get to watch develop into political activists and stewards for what's going to be next in Los Angeles. I'm proud to be a part of it.

[2:03] Justino: There's been a lot of mixed communication about the L.A. bike plan. A lot of people, I guess riders, have been thinking it's more like lip service than anything. But, I think something like this will really get people involved in knowing what they can do.

[2:20] Danielle: I just think that drivers should be more educated, because then they would understand we don't push a pedal behind a combustible engine, like we are the machines that propel us to get from point A to point B, and if they could just take the five seconds out of their day to pass us safely...

[2:35] Joe: I'd love to see protected bike lanes. I have a hard time imagining that.

[2:40] Mojito: [Spanish]

[2:46] We need to have more Spanish events, or seminars at this summit, because it is the lower income communities that are affected by pubic transportation. We use it the most, especially walking and bicycling.

Janet: [3:00] There's a lot that they can do here in L.A. to make their streets safer. That really involves putting people first, and targeting vulnerable pedestrians, like kids and seniors, and getting everybody in the community to help look at our streets in a whole new way, and make them as safe as they can be, so that people are comfortable walking, and biking, and taking the bus, which is really what we've seen in New York, and that's what we're hoping to see here in L.A.


Clarence Eckerson, Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Mike

    I don't see an actual video on this page...

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/Valleygirl_back_in_LA Sirinya Tritipeskul

    Thank you so much for including me in your video, Clarence!

    I really do believe that one of the biggest barriers to cycling as a way to get from one place to another in many parts in LA is the deteriorated state of the streets. Echoing Alexis Lantz's research on cyclists in LA (that was funded by the LA Sustainability Collaborative), I think one of the most impactful things that LADOT can do to make our streets friendlier to cycling is to prioritize repaving streets tagged for repair that also happen to be bike lanes or routes. I know that might not make everyone happy to hear, but LA is in dire fiscal straits and we have to use the resources that we do have as wisely as possible.

    The editing was really nicely done too!

  • http://la.streetsblog.org Damien Newton

    I'm so tired of Clarence filming me that I decided to shoot him back. You can see his interview from another angle. My flip cam is not quite as good as his equipment though...and I'm certainly not as steady a hand.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNuESljbcdg

  • http://ubrayj02.blogspot.com Umberto Brayj

    Clearly, in L.A., we DO put people first. As long as they are in a car!

    Ha ha! I kid!

    We put them first, really! We put them first in line to develop respiratory illnesses, to get hit by a car and left for dead on the streets, to feel fear while riding a bike on the streets, and to close the doors to their local business to serve the interests of regional auto-dependent shopping centers (out of the City of LA).

    People first! Go L.A.!

  • Jessica

    Awesome event - awesome vid! More LA Streetfilms for sure!!

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/rmarti55 Ramonchu

    Awesome video of an awesome weekend! A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to make StreetSummit weekend an incredible event--StreetSummit wouldn't have been possible without the amazing community of streets advocates here in LA. And that goes for you as well Clarence. Come back anytime and make us all look so good again!

  • beth!

    i miss biking in warm and sunny LA, although I am also loving the protected bike lanes here in Denmark. Great to see the continued momentum at the StreetSummit!

  • Hart Ryan Noecker

    I am addicted to street films.

  • http://womenscyclingchallenge.org Dorothy Wong

    Great work! Inspiring! Ready to make a difference!

  • http://www.valleybikery.com Valley Bikery

    Thank you Streetfilms and Street Summit for the Bikery love!

  • Colleen Callahan

    Thanks for creating this great video of an awesome event.

    I agree with Sirinya about the importance of well maintained and shared streets. Sirinya, thanks for mentioning Alexis Lantz's bike research supported by the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative. Her report- including the "fix-it-policy recommendation to prioritize pavement maintenance- can be found here:
    http://www.lasustainability.org.

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