Transportation, Pedestrian Safety, and Parking

How can the city promote alternative mobility, improve pedestrian safety, and adapt to rapidly changing automobile habits?

THE FOLLOWING INITIATIVES ARE MOVING THE CITY TOWARDS IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, AND PARKING

  • Continue robust pedestrian safety program

    The City’s in-street pedestrian warning signs have reduced pedestrian related traffic collisions by 30%, and the City plans to install pedestrian-activated mid-block crosswalks, lights that are 50% brighter than national standards, and more warning signs at busy crossing locations citywide.

  • Increase number of shared bicycles per capita

    WeHoPedals bike share system launched with 150 smart bicycles at 20 stations throughout the City.

  • Increase number of shared vehicles per capita

    After expiration of Zipcar pilot project, staff is developing a permanent contract with Zipcar, maintaining on-street shared vehicles and exploring options for expanding into off-street shared vehicles.

  • Increase number of EV charging stations within the City

    • Staff is working with ChargePoint to develop new charging stations throughout the City, including at the upcoming surface parking lot at Crescent Heights and Santa Monica, as well as exploring opportunities for on-street charging stations.
    • Staff is exploring both electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for use in the City pool and City fleet.

  • Introduce Smart Street Furniture within the City’s public right-of-way

    The Street Media Project is in design development of new, state of the art bus shelters which will include Wi-Fi, real time arrival information, and digital information kiosks.

  • Redesign parking signs across the City to be more user friendly and help motorists

    • Real time parking availability is displayed at three city parking garages and staff is developing a public facing parking availability counter for the City’s website.
    • The Street Media Project is developing a comprehensive set of pedestrian wayfinding pylons and vehicular wayfinding signage.

  • Explore creating new on-street parking options for shared transportation

    The Safe Passenger Loading Zone pilot project will designate existing on-street yellow loading zones as pickup zones for ride share operators from 6pm to 3am daily.

  • Provide real-time public transit service information to the public

    As of September 2015, the public has the ability to access real-time vehicle arrival information for all of the City’s fixed-route transportation services (Cityline, CitylineX, and The PickUp).

  • Create a connection to LA Metro’s Hollywood and Highland Station

    Ridership on the CitylineX service to Hollywood and Highland has continued to increase steadily to a current average of about 400 passengers per week.

PHOTO: JON VISCOTT

CASE STUDY: AUTOMATED PARKING GARAGE

In June 2016, the City opened the Automated Parking Garage to solve the challenge of creating additional parking in a parking-deficient area of the City. The 200 space garage requires a smaller physical footprint than a conventional parking structure with similar capacity. The garage provides customers with a valet-like experience that is fast, safe, and convenient. The garage utilizes computer-controlled motorized lifts, conveyors and shuttles to transport cars from the arrival level to a parking space and vice versa, without human assistance. West Hollywood’s is the first operational automated parking system on the West Coast.

Beyond providing much needed parking, the garage adds considerable benefits to the City. Each bay features a hand-painted mural by artists including Art of Chase, MONCHO1929, Bronwyn Lundberg, and Kim West. The space savings nets more than 7,000 square feet for a Community Plaza, which holds a large-scale triptych art-banner installation, a collaboration of artist MONCHO1929 and former City Poet Steven Reigns. The garage features a large glass pane where people can watch as mechanical shuttles carry vehicles in and out of bays. The window includes a fixed-art installation by renowned public artist Ned Kahn, with a grid of large clear marbles that reflect moving parts inside the garage. The structure contains roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels, features the use of a sustainable material made from recycled grocery bags, and uses drought-tolerant landscaping. Staff is able to track solar energy production and savings in real-time from an online dashboard.

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

  • Study the impact of autonomous vehicle technology on future planning efforts.
  • Explore innovative technologies for traffic mitigation.