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Al Fresco Webinars

The City of Los Angeles launched the LA Al Fresco program to support restaurants during the early stages of the pandemic. The program allowed restaurants to continue serving patrons outdoors while indoor dining was restricted, and became a lifeline for these local businesses. As the need for pandemic restrictions has passed, LA Al Fresco proves to be a popular program that repurposes public space in support of community and economic vitality of neighborhoods.

In response to the program’s popularity last year, the City Council adopted an ordinance making LA Al Fresco a permanent program. As stewards of the public right-of-way, LADOT embraces outdoor dining’s potential to improve our public spaces with pedestrian-friendly streets that support local businesses and community character. As we move forward with this new program, it is essential that we support local businesses by providing them the tools and resources they need to thrive.

LADOT is offering webinars every first Wednesday of the month until June 2024, designed to bring awareness of how the Al Fresco Program works and provide practical guidance for participating businesses. Whether you are a restaurateur seeking to expand your outdoor seating or a community organizer interested in activating public spaces, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of Los Angeles. Please visit the LA Al Fresco web page for details about the program and how to apply. Let’s continue to build a city where innovation, collaboration, and community thrive.



You’re Invited to the South LA Eco-Lab Earth Day Kickoff

You’re Invited to the South LA Eco-Lab Earth Day Kickoff!

On Saturday, April 6, you’re invited to a day of learning, engagement, and green innovation as LADOT joins our partner organizations for the South LA Eco-Lab kickoff! This celebration marks the beginning of the initiative aimed at transforming South Los Angeles into a model of sustainability and resilience. With the support of the Transformative Climate Communities Program, this collaborative effort will introduce groundbreaking projects focused on environmental improvement and community empowerment.

The kickoff event will take place at the South Park Recreation Center, 345 E 51st St from 9am-12pm. Resource booths and demonstrations will provide more information on the 11 projects and 3 transformative plans coming to the area, including an e-bike library, EV charging stations and car sharing, South LA stress free streets, and more. Residents in the project area can even receive a free tree!

Learn more about the South LA Eco-Lab here



Feedback on Topanga Canyon Blvd Safety Enhancement

Caltrans Wants Your Feedback on Topanga Canyon Blvd Safety Enhancements

Caltrans is proposing new bike lanes and other pedestrian and bicycle safety enhancements to Topanga Canyon Blvd between Mulholland and SR118. These improvements will help members of the community feel safer walking and biking to destinations along the route. Caltrans is currently seeking feedback on different configurations under consideration as well as information on other features the community would like to see.

Caltrans staff will be available to answer questions and receive feedback in person at the Canoga Park Farmers Market at 7284 Owensmouth Ave on Saturday, April 6, from 9am - 2pm. An online survey is also available to fill out here.



Chris Knowlton

Staff Spotlight: Chris Knowlton - Transportation Planning Associate II

Chris Knowlton, Transportation Planning Associate II at LADOT, undertakes the role of project manager for the Operation and Maintenance of the Commuter Express and DASH bus services within the San Fernando Valley Region. He played a crucial role serving as the LADOT liaison between BYD America and Veolia Transportation for the Electric DASH bus pilot program launched in January 2013. Additionally, he conducted a pivotal cost comparison study between electric and standard CNG buses, providing essential data to the Chief of Transit. Chris eagerly anticipates the integration of technology into our transit system, seeing its ability to attract the younger generation to public transportation, thus fostering sustainability within our communities.

As a lifelong resident of Southern California, his goals revolve around addressing traffic congestion and environmental concerns by advocating for sustainable transportation solutions, emphasizing the importance of shifting towards public transit, and expanding transit options to improve connectivity. Chris admires Los Angeles for its diverse culture and vibrant atmosphere, recognizing the challenges it faces but remaining confident in its ability to find innovative solutions. We thank Chris for his dedication to advancing transportation initiatives at LADOT.



CicLAvia Returns to Venice Blvd

CicLAvia Returns to Venice Blvd April 21!

Join CicLAvia for a day of car-free open streets on April 21! From 9am - 4pm, 5.75 miles of iconic Venice Blvd will close to vehicle traffic and open for a day of biking, walking, skating, jogging, and rolling. This popular route connects Palms, Mar Vista, and Venice Beach for an unforgettable day of fun for all ages. View the route map and learn about activities along the corridor at ciclavia.org  



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