SOURCE: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Project RENEW

RENEW Los Angeles County

March 11, 2011 15:17 ET

National Experts to Create Master Blueprint for Building a Healthier Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2011) - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Project RENEW will host Smart Growth transportation planning consultant Ryan Snyder and a diverse panel of local and national experts to write a Model Streets Manual that will help cities in Los Angeles County build healthier and safer communities.

Walkability expert Dan Burden will join the effort, along with other nationally-recognized designers. A number of organizations including AARP, Smart Growth America, Institute Transportation Engineers, the National Complete Streets Coalition and others will help produce the manual.

The panel will convene Monday, March 14 at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

With contributions by experts in the fields of transit, traffic and pedestrian design, the manual will provide guidance to cities committed to implementing policies of active transportation and environmental sustainability.

The two-day working session will culminate with a public Report Out of recommendations for cities in LA County to create more walkable, bikeable communities that are transit-friendly, safe and sustainable. The public forum will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Metro's One Gateway Plaza board room.

"Giving city planners, engineers and other policymakers a set of guiding principles to create healthier, more livable communities is the first step in making our neighborhoods better places to live, work and play," said Ryan Snyder, the organizer of the event.

Panel participants will also include representatives from the UCLA Luskin Center and local city planning departments. The LA County Department of Public Health is funding the project through its RENEW LA County initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The panel follows the UCLA/RENEW LA County Complete Streets Conference held last month, where the manual was introduced as a tool for addressing Complete Streets at a local level.